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" 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: e6c8552b649385ab3047f79d5a385fb8

64-bit: 1b076ab19f53ae1173fc7c46777c3b67






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

Comments (26)
Login as root
26Saturday, 15 June 2013 01:19
How do I login as root?
What are the username and password?
Agree with a comment
25Saturday, 08 June 2013 23:04
I TOTALLY agree with "anon" (10. Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:18

I agree to this comment at 200% !
Root Partiton When installing
24Friday, 07 June 2013 17:25
I am installing it right now, and when trying to pick a drive to install it on, I keep getting the message that i have to select a root partition. To do this, right click on one of your current partitions where you want to mount it. A few options pop up, and you I chose the first one, and was able to continue after that.
som more issues
23Friday, 07 June 2013 15:48
Some more stuff forgotten:
Enlightment file manager - starts but shows a white empty workspace (root?)

Installed GParted, could only be run as root, no way to edit menuentry, have to start from root terminal...
Different issues
22Friday, 07 June 2013 15:38
Have an attached IDE NTFS @ 160GB, everytime I wish to access it, I need to do it with root... Breaking some apps (mainly music players as I whish to use that machine as an audio player) that do not run as root default.

SnowMount does not work, even when running as root, Can't mount my NTFS drive.

Menu tool synaptic, does not work! But when started from terminal as root it does. The other package/program manager does not start at all - well it does but no items is shown (a root thing?).

No easy way to change menuentries (no right click, no config item found either to change it).

The positive side though, I come directly from Windows (Linux newbie) so my lack to manage this tasks, could depend on lack of knowledge...

Otherwise a very nice and reasonable fast (on old machines) distro, but it does not meet my requirements (see above)

//Thank you!
21Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:40
cant detect my braodcom wlan card...
20Tuesday, 26 March 2013 20:29
Instalei no meu netbook (acer aspire one - D250)
Very good
wireless setup issues
19Monday, 14 January 2013 19:27
This doesn't detect my wireless card. Every other distro does :-)

Tried setting manually but it doesn't work. wpasupplicant daemon doesn't start. Btw my macchine is Lenovo T61 with intel 4695 AG wireless card.

Edit: What WLAN adapter do you have?
18Sunday, 13 January 2013 20:04
Why don't you provide torrents for faster (and low-cost for you) download??

Edit by Lars: We'll do with the next Snowlinux release.
Re help with Linux
17Friday, 11 January 2013 14:45
There's plenty of free help available but more often than not, it's by people with over inflated opinions of themselves who look down on any one not prepared to master using a terminal. Linux distros still appear to be predominantly designed by geeks for geeks, a reputation well earned & unlikely to change it seems...
I want the definition of Nvidia VGA 173
16Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:17
I want the definition of Nvidia VGA 173
And I would like to uyoupdate the system safely
1)Try before you buy 2)Shrinking install images
15Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:59
For the many using Microsoft systems, I recommend a free tool named Rufus (at ) for testing Linux systems that don't work well with YUMI of (or UUI). Less wasteful of flash space, or plastic discs.
Let us encourage development of similar tools in the Linux world!

For manipulating Windows setup discs, consider nLite for XP, vLite for Vista (or 7?), or 'RT 7 Lite' - just remember removing parts from any system can void warranty/support, and make backup copies.

There are a few Linux distros for which both paid support and free forum help are available; perhaps there's a need for a development marketplace.
Pre installation check
14Monday, 07 January 2013 17:17
A very useful application to see if you like a distro or not is Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager, freely available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris x-86 platforms:

With this program you can open any ISO image without physically burning it & is very easy to use!
CD installation
13Monday, 07 January 2013 14:09
Further to my previous posts, I found this information regarding reducing the size of a DVD ISO image so it fits on a CD:

Unfortunately this is for Linux users but it shows it can be done, so how about making it possible for Windoze users, anybody?
Windoze vs Linux
12Sunday, 06 January 2013 16:17
The point I'm trying to make is Linux is supposed to be based on freedom, but most distros are not, they impose software during installation, which are subsequently difficult to change, well that's been my experience to date...

Take Snowlinux, it comes with Firefox & Libre Office, which I don't use & do not particularly wish to, I use Iron & Open Office, so why not give me the choice to install those programs instead of having to go thru the hassle of changing after installing.

I'm quite sure this is well within the capabilities of the designers & it's a shame people can't see I'm making perfectly valid observations with the objective of improving what is a fine concept...

I much prefer Linux to Windoze in principal, but until I can do everything I currently do with the latter, without having to go thru hoops, I'm stuck with a hybrid & unstable system full of holes, which I've long wanted to ditch believe me!
Linux/BSD vs Windblows
11Saturday, 05 January 2013 19:43
Microsoft's Windows is a public utility - a common standard base operating system(s) - because it has a paid-support business model. There are many badly-documented difficulties with installation, passwords, file formats (including Microsoft file formats), backup-copy & recovery, destructive updates, deliberately obscure or deceptive error messages, spying on non-Windows areas, refusal to work with other OSs, enabling deliberately defective hardware and software, and occasional monopolistic mis-behavior. Of course, the same is true of other operating systems, business-supported or otherwise. Linux, BSD, Unix, Solaris, and several other OS systems share many of the same issues in varying degrees. As with price, these variations are part of any negotiations.

Ranting or whining will get little empathy, and no sympathy.

If you buy Apple hardware, expect it to run Apple software. If you buy Windows-certified hardware, expect it to run Windows - sort of. If you buy uncertified hardware, you get what you pay for, or less. Lately, much less.

If you can run other software on your hardware, enjoy and support it; if not, either write your own or hire someone.
Thinking of going over to Linux? Here's my experience to date:
10Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:18
EVERY time I've tried going over to Linux it's failed for one reason or another, which can basically be summarised as ending up being UNABLE to do ALL the things I can do under Windoze.

Over the 12 or more years I've tried many different distros (Linux term for distributions) & problems have ranged from:

- the well documented difficulties associated with installing programs/software not included in “the package”...
- using files like MP3, now largely resolved at long last...
- distros that require or recommend an internet connection to install but fail to connect & don't provide the means to connect...
- passwords not recognised after installation & being locked out because the keyboard detected was wrong & NO option to select the right one during installation...
- inability to connect computers running different OS...
inability to install OS on one hard drive & personal folders on another...
- distros that don't install as root but later require root privileges to run “system” programs…
- I could go on but those are the main ones.

I know there are solutions to all these problems but not without spending a lot of time looking for answers & in some cases, requiring being more than a NOVICE Linux user, the net is overflowing with problem pages associated with Linux that are a doddle in Windoze, doesn't that say it all?

I'm not going to enter into protracted exchanges with anyone about this, all I want is an OS that's easy to install & to use, based on the single tenant:


It doesn't matter which distro you try, & believe me I've tried most of them over the years, all make ASSUMPTIONS & IMPOSE programs, which have to be changed AFTER installing if one doesn't like what's included in the “package “ (rarely easily) at most you can choose the language & location BEFORE installing but not for the rest, WHY NOT?

The way I see it, a Linux installation (or any other for that mater) should be in 2 parts;

Part 1: Automatic detection of hardware

With confirmation that all is working fine, especially if a connection to the internet is recommended or necessary for a good installation!

Any ERROR message should include possible solutions! It's EXTREMELY frustrating being told something's wrong without that kind of information, & a HELP button that merely connects to a website is not much use when there's NO connection to the internet! This applies not only to error messages during installation but ALSO within the system afterwards, software developers please take note...


QUICK (or for NOVICES): with (1) selection of regional settings for language, location, keyboard, mouse, currency, units of measurements etc., & (2) programs/software like webrowser, office etc. chosen by the the distributor with the OPTION to change afterwards without ANY restrictions.

PERSONALISED: with (1) as above (2) options regarding partitioning, including whether to put the OS on one drive & data generated by users on another, a safety feature I've long used, which has saved my data many times... & (3) CHOICE of programs/software to install &/or which ones to make default.

In all cases, the INSTALLER must have full access to all groups & full privileges AFTER installation, anything else is just nonsense but by all means EXPLAIN the dangers for novices...

So unless someone knows of such a distro, I'm unfortunately compelled to stay with Windoze until one comes along or I can design my own...
Tests nice, but how to install? [2]
9Friday, 04 January 2013 20:28
Thanks for the youtube video link. Looks like it's easy to install on a fresh blank virtual drive.

From DebIan Installer wiki:
"If the installer runs in low memory mode, it is recommended to create a relatively large swap partition (64–128MB)."
"If a larger swap doesn't help, try creating the file system as ext2 (which is an essential component of the installer) instead. It is possible to change an ext2 partition to ext3 after the installation."
"Filesystems known to work are at least fat16, fat32, ext2, ext3 and swap."
(& qnx4){maybe jfs, xfs, reiserfs}[NTFS can resize, mounts read-only, no create]
"Be sure to create at least two partitions: one for the root filesystem (which must be mounted as /) and one for swap. If you forget to mount the root filesystem, partman won't let you continue until you correct this issue."
"Typically 150–250MB is needed for the root partition."
8Friday, 04 January 2013 19:51
Would maybe also be helpful to give people the option to pare down the image so it fits on a CD. I know from many other trials that images contain far more stuff than is initially needed...
Linux is supposed to be about "freedom" but that's not my experience!
Over the last 12 years I've repeatedly tried going over to Linux & every time encountered one problem or another, how long will it take for you guys to wake up to the simple fact that most people just want an OS that's simple to install & to use without wasting time trying to find answers for things that are a doddle on Windows, the net is overflowing with Linux related problem pages over trivial things like how to install software, makes my blood boil!
7Friday, 04 January 2013 19:32
1- Not very helpful telling people they can install from a USB without telling them how...
2- Downloaded the latest version after checking my machine fits the bill, which it does, when I tried to install after burning the image on a DVD, got an error message that the CPU was not compatible...
Looks like yet another DVD wasted & yet another distro achieving nothing more than putting me off Linux & staying with Windoze, even tho I loath it, but maybe better the devil than the one you don't...
SnowLinux 4 E17?
6Friday, 04 January 2013 15:15
Will you be releasing SnowLinux 4 with the new E17 stable soon?

By the way, congratulations on this release and on how much you have achieved in such a short time!

Edit by Lars: Yes, E17 will follow in one month.
5Friday, 04 January 2013 05:57
the download link of 64bit at is wrong.

I'm going to try this release,hope it will be great.

Edit by Lars: I corrected the link now. Enjoy this new release!
Tests nice, but how to install?
4Friday, 04 January 2013 04:04
Live testing - this is one very smooth DebIan spin/remix!

The installer keeps asking me to select a "root" partition - please detail install requirements:
Logical or primary?
Filesystem(s) (Ext2/Ext3/Ext4/FAT32/NTFS/...)?
Selectable mount points (root, boot, home, ...)?
(Am I making this way too complicated?)


Edit by Lars: Please watch this tutorial:
snow linux mate
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:22
just tried the new snow linux mate crashed on reboot grub issue it seems snow linux not ready for main stream yet
Reply to Lars' Edit
3Friday, 04 January 2013 01:59
I definitely agree that it's already a lot more stable than Ubuntu releases (even LTSs) :). Anyways, thanks a lot, the ISO just finished downloading so I'll be installing momentarily :).
SnowLinux 4
2Friday, 04 January 2013 00:51
I'm looking forward to trying this release (I've been trying a number of Debian-Based distros lately). However, I don't think (I'm 99.9% sure) that Wheezy has been released yet, so it's still "testing" not "stable." Also, how will debian backports be handled considering the backports repo doesn't exist yet (AFAIK)? Finally, isn't Debian Wheezy only supported for a year after Jessie is released? meaning February or March 2012, plus about two years, plus an extra year, making it Feb/March 2016? Unless you plan to support the repos for another year...

Edit by Lars: Yes, it's still "testing". But it's marked as stable, because it's using the Debian stable branch and not the testing one. Also Debian "Wheezy" already more stable than a stable Ubuntu release. We'll add backports to Snowlinux 5, if required. Sure the release is only supported for the Debian Wheezy release cycle. That means until 2016, not 2017. That was a typo on our side. Sorry. Thank you for trying Snowlinux.
1Friday, 04 January 2013 00:28
Download speed too stronK....

Edit by Lars: It's due to the fact that so many people are downloading this new release now. Please try again a bit later. Thank you for trying Snowlinux.

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