The Microlinux Enterprise Desktop is a full-blown production desktop based on Slackware Linux and the Xfce desktop environment, with many enhancements. It is currently used by various small town halls, public libraries, schools and local radio stations in South France.
MLED is not some derivative Linux distribution. It aims to provide all the stuff that’s commonly missing in Slackware – popular applications, multimedia codecs, plugins, fonts, translations – through a series of package repositories that can be easily managed through Slackware’s package manager. These package sets are installed on top of a trimmed-down but otherwise mostly unaltered Slackware base system. A handful of stock Slackware packages have been rebuilt for enhanced functionality. Elegant and sober artwork fit for use in a corporate environment is included.
As far as the installation itself is concerned, MLED’s main audience are users with a bit of Linux and Slackware experience who want a rock-solid desktop with a full set of applications where everything works out of the box, so they can be immediately productive. Once MLED is installed, even Joe Sixpack or his french counterpart Madame Michu can use it without even giving it a second thought.
The Microlinux Enterprise Desktop runs satisfyingly even on obsolete hardware. A battered first-generation Pentium-IV with 512 MB RAM and a 20 GB hard disk would be sufficient for the job. On more recent hardware, MLED runs blazingly fast.
The standard installation procedure requires a working Internet connection, over an Ethernet cable. Performing an offline or wireless-only installation is possible, but we leave it as an exercise to the minority of users who feel a pressing urge to complicate their lives. Check out the FAQ for a few hints.
Processor architectures and support cycles
MLED packages are available in binary form for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. The package repositories also include a full set of sources and build scripts. Starting with Slackware 14.1, MLED strives to follow the Slackware support cycle of roughly five years per release.
Support MLED development
MLED is basically a one-man-project with very limited resources. If you like MLED, consider a small donation.
Much of this work is based on great work that’s been done before by some excellent folks, and here’s the place to give them credit :
- Eric Hameleers for his help on creating the software repository
- Darren Austin from Slackware.org.uk for mirroring all my stuff
- All the crew from SlackBuilds.org for their precious work
- Daniel de Kok, who worked on what we called “Slick Linux” back in 2006
- Matteo Rossini and Sébastien Ballet for the great
- Chess Griffin for the great
- And of course, Patrick Volkerding for creating the “Finest Linux Anywhere“