SLAX 15.0.4 / 12.2.0 – Live Linux OS

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SLAX OS: Instantly Bootable Live Linux Operating System

Slax is a modern, portable, small, and fast Linux operating system having a modular approach and exceptional design. It runs directly from your USB flash drive without installation, so you can carry it everywhere you go in your pocket. Despite its small size, this OS provides a nice graphical user interface and a wise selection of pre-installed programs, such as a Web browser, Terminal, and more.

Slax is based on Slackware or Debian, which gives you the ability to benefit from the entire ecosystem of each. Tens of thousands of prebuilt packages with applications, all within reach thanks to slackpk (Slackware) or apt (Debian) command.

Slax boots from USB mass storage devices such as Flash Drive keys as well as from regular hard drives and CDs/DVDs. Simply plug your device in and boot from it. The entire Slax operating system resides in a single directory /slax/ on your device, making it easier to organize with your other data.

It provides a FluxBox window manager already preconfigured for the most common tasks. Included are a Web browser chromium, Terminal emulator Xterm, and simple text editor Leafpad and calculator Qalculate. You can put Slax on a wide range of different filesystems, including EXT (ext2, ext3, ext4), btrfs, and even FAT and NTFS.

When Slax is started from a read-only media such as CD/DVD, it keeps all system modifications in memory only, and all the modifications are lost when you reboot. On the other hand, if you run Slax from a writable device such as a USB Flash Drive, it can store all changes there. So all your configurations and modifications are restored next time you boot, even if it is on a different computer. This feature is known as Persistent Changes and you can read more about it in a separate chapter.

Text-mode utilities included are:

  • Archival utilities: comparable to gzip, bz2, cpio, tar, ARJ, ZIP, LHA, LZO, XZ
  • Disk utilities: as fdisk, gptdisk, parted, hdparm, sdparam, lvm2, mdadm
  • Hardware monitoring tools: like dmidecode, lm_sensors, smartctl, powertop
  • File system utilities: for ext2/3/4, btrfs, fats, ntfs, reiserfs, xfs, jfs
  • CD ripping/ burning software: comparable to cdparanoya, cdrdao, mkisofs
  • Utilities for CPU overclocking: like cpufreq-info and cpufreq-set
  • Data restoration tools: comparable to ddrescue, xfsdump, rsync, bpe
  • Networking tools: comparable to tcpdump, iptraf, iftop, mtr, NC, FTP, netwatch
  • Support Windows shares: by mounting with mount -t cifs
  • Wireless tools: comparable to iw, rfkill, wpa_supplicant
  • Other tools: like OpenSSH SSH server and client, screen, Midnight commander, and more…

Choosing the optimal Slax structure (32bit or 64bit)

Slax is available for 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures. The 32-bit version can run on very old computers (as old as Intel 686; that dates back to 1995). It will run properly on brand new computers too, but it is somehow a bigger download. Furthermore, it has a limitation that a single application can address only 4GB of RAM.

On the other hand, the 64-bit version is smaller, does not have such limitations, and will run on most computers available nowadays. So in general, if you plan to use Slax on very old archaic computers, then choose 32-bit. If you intend to use Slax on a machine made in this century, you better go for 64bit. And if you don’t know what your target hardware is, go for 64bit too, because the chance you’ll ever see a 32-bit computer nowadays is almost zero.

Changes in version 12.2.0 and 15.0.4

  • Fixed Debian and Slackware versions to run properly as they should

System requirements:

32bit version

  • Processor: i686 or newer CPU, all Intel processors and AMD processors will work
  • Memory: 128 MB of RAM for desktop, 512 MB of RAM to run a Web browser
  • Peripherals: CD or USB drive to boot from
  • Optionally: network card, sound card

64bit version

  • Processor: An x86_64 CPU, like AMD Athlon 64, Opteron, Sempron, Intel Core 2/i3/i5/i7, and others
  • Memory: 128 MB of RAM for desktop, 512 MB of RAM to run a Web browser
  • Peripherals: CD or USB drive to boot from
  • Optionally: network card, sound card

Size: 448 MB

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