MLED - Microlinux Enterprise Desktop

Microlinux Enterprise Desktop

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.

Target audience

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.

MLED runs satisfyingly even on obsolete hardware

Hardware requirements

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.

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.

Installation Guide

Microlinux Enterprise Desktop Installation

The following instructions assume you already know how to install and configure Slackware Linux. Read them carefully. The bits you skip will come back and bite you.

If you've never used Slackware before, head over to the Slackware Documentation Project and read at least the Getting Started with Slackware section. Slackware is not a hold-your-hand distribution, and reading the documentation is mandatory.

Support

MLED is basically Slackware, with a bunch of extra packages and a few minor configuration tweaks. The Slackware forum on LinuxQuestions.org is by far the best place to get help on Slackware. Folks on LQ are a nice and competent crowd. Just describe your ignorance, and there's a good chance your questions will be answered. By the way, I'm user kikinovak on LQ.

Release Notes & ChangeLogs

Microlinux Enterprise Desktop ChangeLogs

For detailed information about MLED, check out the Release Notes as well as the respective ChangeLog files.

Credits

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.
  • 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 slackpkg+ tool;
  • Chess Griffin for the great sbopkg tool;
  • And of course, Patrick Volkerding for creating the Finest Linux Anywhere.

Support MLED development

MLED is basically a one-man-project. If you want to support it, read more about it here.