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 XFCE & E17 released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Snowlinux 4 XFCE & E17.



Snowlinux 4 XFCE                                 Snowlinux 4 E17


Snowlinux 4 XFCE is based upon Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 "Wheezy" and uses Linux 3.5. Snowlinux 4 XFCE & E17 is available in two ISOs. Two ISO images are available. The XFCE edition contains XFCE 4.10 and the E17 edition contains E17. While the XFCE edition fits on CD, the E17 edition doesn't. Both are using Firefox, Thunderbird, Abiword, Shotwell and Pidgin by default.


New features:

  • Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy 7.0
  • Linux 3.5
  • XFCE 4.10
  • E17
  • LightDM
  • Snowlinux LightDM greeter
  • Snowlinux Plymouth theme
  • Improved Snowlinux-Metal-Theme
  • Improved Snowlinux-Metal-Icons
  • 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 XFCE" / “What's new in Snowlinux 4 E17"

Make sure to read the “Release Notes (XFCE) / Release Notes (E17)” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.


Upstream information:

Snowlinux 4 XFCE & E17 is based upon Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 "Wheezy" Stable. It comes along with the Linux kernel 3.5 and XFCE & E17. It has installed Firefox 17, Thunderbird 17, Abiword, Shotwell and Pidgin 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: 475dcb2b9a7a1f523287db5e29397cbb

64-bit: e3e89d998d66b73d6b98bb58fb3f7bef


32-bit: d660791ec164c9a411b7c62749ee26ca

64-bit: 72b63ffdd10cb01eb81a2594b0bd6450










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

Comments (17)
17Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:50
Why E17, not LXDE?
Why 7.0, not 7.1?
Why not CD size? Remove a little of the added packages maybe?
User snowlinux Password live
16Wednesday, 10 April 2013 19:39
repeating these is not helping us. I can see on the USB version that snowlinux is indeed the account and that live is the password,except on the CD version.

The USB does autologin but the CD version does not.

Please don't repeat the User/Password, we know, it just is not working for some of us.

As others have said this looks great but I need the same interface on 3 machine (1 laptop, 1 EEEPC 701SD (USB works) , 1 Desktop.

Bodhi is giving me a different headache on the Desktop (Ubuntu/NVidia ahh sigh) so I hope to run Bodhi on the Laptop, Either on the EEPC and Snowlinux on the Desktop where I hope Debian haven't been so quick to throw away older machines.

I started Linux because it did run on older machines but the big distros forgot this obviously.
download links broken
15Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:33
the links for the 32bit and 64bit downloads of the XFCE version seem to be broken

Edit by Lars: Thanks, fixed.
Live Login Glacier 4 e17
14Saturday, 09 February 2013 17:56

Live login does not work. Neither using snowlinux nor using user and password live. XFCE Version no problem. Any suggestions?


Edit by Lars:

user: snowlinux

password: live

13Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00
I had to use 'user' and 'live' to login. I booted Snowlinux 4 E17 from a USB flash drive (i.e. LiveUSB). I created the bootable flash drive using Unetbootin on a mkfs.VFAT formatted flash 2 GB drive. User 'snowlinux' did not work for me, but user 'user' did. I figured that out by switching to a text terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1), seeing the user 'user', then switching back to the GUI terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F7).
working user/pass for liveCD
12Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:27

Try user:user pw:live

Edit by Lars: No, it is user: snowlinux, password: live

Live login
11Tuesday, 05 February 2013 08:18

Have downloaded E17 and burnt 4 discs now and verified OK. Each time and on 3 machines (Athon XP Nvidia chipset, P4 Asrock Intel board and a Dell 5150 all intel desktop, have had the same problem, LOGIN, using the supplied details I still cannot login. Had this problem with Ver 3. I am not a Linux Noob but this sort of problem is stopping, even driving people away from Linux. I want to start testing your E17 as I find Macpup a Joy and light, Bohdi I find Useless and misconceved. It is only fast because it has no software in it to tax it out of the box and still no way to configure wireless easily. Please get rid of this unnecessary hurdle. What is breaking Autologon?? XFCE version is testing perfect, smooth and like Macpup light and useful. Ta


Edit by Lars: user: snowlinux, password: live

Live Login Not Working...
10Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:06

I've been trying to use the password you've said to use (live) to get into the live session but keep getting a message that the password is incorrect. I'm using a usb flash drive set up with unetbootin (I don't have an optical drive). I tried different boot options from the menu and none have worked. Any suggestions? (In the future, why not make the live session log in automatically without a password? No real reason to require one...) Hope you can help -- I'm eager to try Snowlinux E17 on my old laptop!


Edit by Lars: Auto-login is enabled by default. I think, there must be another reason for not working.

wife detection issues
9Monday, 28 January 2013 11:36
I can't any of the snowlinux distros detect wifi on my laptop. Mine lonovo t61 with Intel pro 4965 agn card. Downloaded iwlwifi firmware but
no luck. Every other distro detects wifi card properly. Snowlinux distros are blazing fast and please take care of wifi issues.
re. System Requirements
8Saturday, 26 January 2013 19:38

It wouldn't be confusing to state different system requirements for all your editions -- it would help people decide which edition is right for their hardware.

Also, someone might well skip over SnowLinux completely if he/she thinks it's too "heavy" for his/her existing hardware, rather than try the E17 version, for example.
Live USB?
7Wednesday, 23 January 2013 04:30
Can I dd the iso into USB and boot from it?

Edit by Lars: No, sorry. You need a tool to create a bootable USB drive, for example unetbootin.
firmware missing
6Wednesday, 23 January 2013 04:02
I downloaded and installed your last E17 Snowlinux and it had my firmware, this release of Xfce is missing my iwlwifi firmware. Kind of a pain on a laptop to have to find a wired connection to get my missing firmware. Otherwise it looks very good.

Edit: Normally the firmware are pre-installed in Snowlinux.
Memory Requirements Seem Off
5Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:56
Congratulations on your recent releases!

The only thing I'm puzzling over is the memory requirements -- the release announcements for Mate, Xfce, and E17 all say 256 MB, yet E17 is lighter than the other two and Mate is the heaviest of the three. In the previous edition the minimum memory requirement for E17 was 128 MB (the same as Bodhi, another E17 distro, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). Is it really sucking up 50% more memory now?

Also, I'm curious about why the E17 download is bigger than the Xfce. Does it include more applications?

Thank you!

Edit by Lars: Don't worry. E17 still only need 128 MB. But it would be a bit confusing, if we would make seperate system requirements for all our editions. Yes, E17 is a bit bigger than XFCE. It's the fact that we have some extra file manager like Thunar on E17 pre-installed and these depend on much more packages.
Differences - XFCE, E17 please?
4Tuesday, 22 January 2013 19:02
Those of us in the want-more, know you have some answers, but are not saying.

Each new distro has fast, light environments. The simplest way to express these is the smallest disk space, smallest boot times, compared to other interfaces, on the one piece of hardware.

I'll publish soon how to multiboot all these interfaces on the one hardware setup, in case you know not this. Currently downloading on my 10-multiboot operating system PC (a simple 2xHDD, I7 over-the-counter PC).

Chief Information Officer (retired 1984)
Australian Capital Territory

Edit by Lars: XFCE is a replacment for Gnome 2. It's similar to Gnome 2. E17 has a development time of 12 years by now so its changes are made in the detail. E17 is lightweight.
3Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:02
Thank you for this wonderful release. Will this release have the same support cycle as Debian wheezy? Also i see the release having linux 3.5 and xfce 4.10 as opposed to 3.2 and 4.8 in wheezy proper. how is that?

Edit by Lars: Yes, it has the same support cycle as Debian "Wheezy". We updated Linux kernel and XFCE to 3.5 and 4.10.
Is this a live cd/dvd ?
2Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:55
Is this a live cd/dvd ?

Are all edition livr cd also?

Edit by Lars: Yes.
1Monday, 21 January 2013 15:48
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


Edit by Lars: No problem.

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