Snowlinux 4 E17

Snowlinux 4 with the E17 desktop  ...


Snowlinux 4 XFCE

Snowlinux 4 with the XFCE desktop  ...


Snowlinux 4 Glacier

Snowlinux 4 with the MATE desktop  ...



Snowlinux 4 "Glacier" RC released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Snowlinux 4 "Glacier".



Snowlinux 4 "Glacier"


Snowlinux 4 "Glacier" is based upon Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 "Wheezy" and uses Linux 3.5. MATE 1.4 is the default desktop environment and LightDM as new default login manager to replace GDM 3. It was built an own greeter for LightDM. There were introduced much new features like snowMenu, the Snowlinux menu and snowMount, the Snowlinux mount tool for drives. The Snowlinux-Metal-Theme was colored blue and the icon set was updated with the latest Faience icons. Snowlinux uses Pidgin now as default IM client. This release comes along Firefox 17 and Thunderbird 17, LibreOffice, Rhythmbox and Shotwell.


New features:

  • Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy 7.0
  • Linux 3.5
  • MATE 1.4
  • LightDM
  • Snowlinux LightDM greeter
  • Snowlinux Plymouth theme
  • Improved Snowlinux-Metal-Theme
  • Improved Snowlinux-Metal-Icons
  • SnowMenu
  • SnowMount
  • Firefox 17
  • Thunderbird 17
  • Snowlinux HD backgrounds
  • Updated software
  • Improved speed and response
  • System improvements


For a complete overview of the new features, visit: “What's new in Snowlinux 4 "Glacier"“.

Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.


Upstream information:

Snowlinux 4 "Glacier" is based upon Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 "Wheezy" Stable. It comes along with the Linux kernel 3.5 and MATE 1.4. It has installed Firefox 17, Thunderbird 17, Libreoffice, Rhythmbox and Shotwell by default.


Life cycle:

Snowlinux 4 "Glacier" is supported until February 2016.


Compatibility with Debian:

Snowlinux 4 "Glacier" is 100 % compatible with Debian's Repository.


System requirements:

  • x86-CPU
  • 256 MB memory
  • 2 GB free disk space
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  • CD-ROM drive or USB port



32-bit: 66f714ca1419222830ce9fb3b397662e

64-bit: 1396122025ba272d17b4acc75fd57d03






We are looking forward to your comment on this RC. Thank you for using Snowlinux and enjoy this new RC.

Comments (21)
21Sunday, 06 April 2014 15:53
how can i set the resolution for 1260x1024 i was find out on google but have no idea with this problem, help please, i use snow linux 4 xfce
20Sunday, 02 February 2014 09:59
Login : user & passwd :live doesn't works. Pls let me know
Comments on Glacier
19Monday, 01 April 2013 20:43
Well I have had it on my laptop for the last few days, and I have to say that I like it a lot better than Ubuntu. I was using Ubuntu until unity came along, which I did not like at all, then I tried Ubuntu remix, which got rid of the unity issue, but seemed to be slow on my laptop, so I decided or something that lighter on my laptops resources. After reading reviews comparing different distros, snow linux had pretty good marks all round, so I gave it a go, and as I said I love it !, so easy to use and menu's, are so clean and simple, and being Debian based means I have a huge range of software available at my fingertips :D, and using software center it is very easy to install them (though I do prefer the terminal to do these things)
Anyway, so far so good, so thumbs up Lars, you have an excellent OS
Bug city dude
18Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:03
installer told to format ext4 over NTFS from live boot, it didn't but coped files over anyway. GRUB failed of course. Writing this on Gparted live CD while I manually format. lol

Edit by Lars: Good luck with that.
Failed to detect wireless
17Monday, 14 January 2013 18:42
Installed snow glacier 4 but it failed to detect my wireless.

Mine is a lenovo T61. how do I fix that?

Btw great distro . Damn smooth . good work.

Edit: What WLAN Adapter do you have?
first tryout
16Friday, 04 January 2013 08:36
Hi Lars,
I have SSD for '/' and HDD for 'home' and
with current installer this setup is impossible for me.
After I choose drive to install it only offers that drive's partitions.

Other than that I quite like the distro. Great job here!

Best Regards,

Edit by Lars: Thank you. We'll write it on our list and improve this in Snowlinux 5.
Can we get a torrent link please?
15Friday, 04 January 2013 03:19
P2P networks would help offload the amount of bandwidth needed by the download servers.

Edit by Lars: We'll see them in the next Snowlinux release.
Testing, testing
14Friday, 04 January 2013 02:38
A lot of Linux ISOs trip on oddball hardware like mine; doesn't mean they don't work well after a few tweaks.
Try before you buy: it's why we use flash sticks and unetbootin!
3.1 vs 4.0
13Wednesday, 02 January 2013 20:12
@Reticent: Thanks for that comment. I installed Snow Linux 3.1 Cystal XFCE (Debian) a few days ago on my young daughter’s old PC (1GB RAM) and it is running perfectly. Quite fast on the old PC and stable. And now I am considering changing from Linux Mint 13 Mate (Ubuntu) to a Snowlinux Debian version. I was debating between 3.1 or 4.0. I want stability, so if what you are saying is correct, then I guess 3.1 would be the better choice for me.


Edit: It doesn't matter, if you use 3.1 or 4. The Pop ups are resulted to be able to finance the project. If we'll get enough donations to be able to finance the project, we'll remove them.
unetbootin works, no sound/volume, flash [Dell/Intel hardware]
12Wednesday, 02 January 2013 07:18
unetbootin (format first!) seems to use own syslinux.cfg, starts okay. Right-click in middle of screen doesn't bring resolution fix. Volume not visible, hardware not listed/detected, no sound. browser accesses internet, search set to DuckDuckGo (good!)
no bookmark for distro found, "Adobe flash" plugin not found, nor html5 - gnash/lightspark? Initial screen font seems rough.
Hang in there! Wait, is Wheezy really 'stable' yet?

Edit by Lars: Adobe Flash Player is not installed due to legally issues. HTML5 is enabled for videos by default.
Snowlinux 4 Glacier roots?
11Monday, 31 December 2012 12:24

Great Job, looks good. A good way to leave Ubun2 and to use D-bian

Could it be that there is some mint under the hood ?

Edit by Lars:
Thank you for your praise.
Yes, you're a bit right.
It's the theme, a fork of the Mint one. That lets it seem as it would be similar to Mint. Also the menu (SnowMenu) is a fork of the MintMenu. But the other things, technically etc. don't have anything in common with Mint.
Snow linux Glacier
10Monday, 31 December 2012 08:37
I have installed this Distro. Many important programs like mateconf-editor, media player (No media-player at all !) have been left out.
Of course, we can install media-player of our choice.
Installing any software using synaptic, I get a warning that "You are about to install software that cannot be authenticated " What could be the problem ? I have changed the server to Main Server in the first page. What could be the problem ?

Edit by Lars: Thank you for the information about mateconf-editor and the media-player. Mateconf-editor isn't pre-installed due to the fact that it is not recommended to use it if you aren't an experienced user. We'll add the MATE Media Player. But why do you think, there isn't any media player there yet? Rhythmbox is pre-installed.
Re: livelinux usb creator & unetbootin
9Sunday, 30 December 2012 15:38

here is a quick tutorial:

- Please format the drive as FAT32.
- Use Unetbootin to push the ISO on the drive.

Here is a screenshot:

livelinux usb creator & unetbootin
8Sunday, 30 December 2012 15:14
Hey, I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with programs like livelinux usb creator or unetbootin to get Snowlinux booting & running live from a USB stick (thumb/flash etc. drive)?
& if so please provide an idiots guide for us noobs who haven't used those programs yet
That media would save-as-you-go?

Edit by Lars:
Here is a quick tutorial:

- Please format the drive as FAT32.
- Use Unetbootin to push the ISO on the drive.

Here is a screenshot:
7Sunday, 30 December 2012 14:55
Installed it this morning without any issues. So far so good, and I love the fact that it's based on Debian instead of Ubuntu.

Edit by Lars: Thank you for your praise.
Re: Glacier RC ubgrade ?
6Sunday, 30 December 2012 12:10
Hi Uli,

While Snow White is Ubuntu-based, Snow Glacier is Debian-based.

So it wouldn't make much sense to upgrade to Glacier and it isn't possible in this case.

Glacier RC ubgrade ?
5Sunday, 30 December 2012 11:51
Can I upgrade from Snow White to Glacier ? What is to be done ?

Uli Starke

Edit by Lars:
While Snow White is Ubuntu-based, Snow Glacier is Debian-based.

So it wouldn't make much sense to upgrade to Glacier and it isn't possible in this case.
Login ...
4Sunday, 30 December 2012 10:51

normally it should auto-login.

Please use:

user: user
password: live

Kbd Warriors who know nothing
3Sunday, 30 December 2012 10:21
Well you all came to the release page.
Go dogpile.
login password
2Sunday, 30 December 2012 05:58
Can't start live session... it asks for login name and password. Sorry I do not have time to hack it in order to test it.

Edit by Lars:
If you'll be asked for a user/password, please use:

user: user

password: live

Edit by Lars:
Normally it should auto-login.

Please use:

user: user
password: live
1Sunday, 30 December 2012 05:37
i don't know live login username and password...

Edit by Lars:
If you'll be asked for a user/password, please use:

user: user

password: live

Edit by Lars:
Normally it should auto-login.

Please use:

user: user
password: live

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