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1. Porteus (72)
Porteus is a fast, portable and modular live CD/USB medium based on Slackware Linux. The distribution started as a community remix of Slax, another Slackware-based live CD, with KDE 3 as the default desktop for the i486 edition and a stripped-down KDE 4 as the desktop environment for the x86_64 flavour. The lightweight LXDE is available as an alternative desktop environment.
2. Zenwalk Linux (86)
Zenwalk Linux (formerly Minislack) is a Slackware-based GNU/Linux operating system with a goal of being slim and fast by using only one application per task and with focus on graphical desktop and multimedia usage. Zenwalk features the latest Linux technology along with a complete programming environment and libraries to provide an ideal platform for application programmers. Zenwalk's modular approach also provides a simple way to convert Zenwalk Linux into a finely-tuned modern server (e.g. LAMP, messaging, file sharing).
3. VectorLinux (93)
VectorLinux is a small, fast, Intel based Linux operating system for PC style computers. The creators of VectorLinux had a single credo: keep it simple, keep it small and let the end user decide what their operating system is going to be. What has evolved from this concept is perhaps the best little Linux operating system available anywhere. For the casual computer user there is a lightening-fast desktop with graphical programs to handle daily activities from web surfing, sending and receiving email, chatting on IRC to running an FTP server. The power user will be pleased because all the tools are there to compile programs, use the system as a server or perhaps the gateway for home or office computer network. Administrators will be equally pleased because of the small size and memory requirements, so the operating system can be deployed on older machines that have long been forgotten.
4. Salix (96)
Salix is a Slackware-based Linux distribution that is simple, fast, easy to use and compatible with Slackware Linux. Optimised for desktop use, Salix OS features one application per task, custom package repositories, advanced package management with dependency support, localised system administration tools and innovative artwork.
5. AUSTRUMI (97)
AUSTRUMI (Austrum Latvijas Linukss) is a bootable live Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux. It requires limited system resources and can run on any Intel-compatible system with a CD-ROM installed. The entire operating system and all of the applications run from RAM, making AUSTRUMI a fast system and allowing the boot medium to be removed after the operating system starts.
6. Absolute Linux (100)
Absolute Linux is a light-weight modification of Slackware Linux. It includes several utilities that make configuration and maintenance easier and it has many common desktop and Internet applications installed and configured with tight integration of menus, applications and MIME types. Absolute Linux uses IceWM and ROX for its window and file managers.
7. Wifislax (131)
Wifislax is a Slackware-based live CD containing a variety of security and forensics tools. The distribution's main claim to fame is the integration of various unofficial network drivers into the Linux kernel, thus providing out-of-the-box support for a large number of wired and wireless network cards.
8. Slackel (145)
Slackel is a Linux distribution and live CD based on Slackware Linux and Salix OS. It is fully compatible with both. It uses the current version of Slackware and the latest version of the KDE desktop. The Slackel disc images are offered in two different forms - installation and live.
9. Plamo Linux (157)
Plamo Linux is a Japanese Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux. The installer, and many text-based and graphical tools have been updated to include Japanese language support.
10. ConnochaetOS (195)
ConnochaetOS (formerly DeLi Linux) is an Slackware-based Linux distribution for x86 computers with limited resources. ConnochaetOS ships with free (libre) software only and removes proprietary software and binary blobs from its upstream sources, including the Linux kernel. Where possible free software alternatives are provided. ConnochaetOS strives to remain backward compatible with Slackware and Salix OS.
11. Superb Mini Server (261)
Superb Mini Server (SMS) is a Slackware-based server distribution with web, DNS, DHCP, file, print and fax servers, iptables firewall, mail server with spam filter and anti-virus scanner, and BitTorrent station. It also includes Webmin, a web-based administration tool, but no graphical desktop. SMS, which comes with Slackware's text-mode system installer, is built using Linux-Live scripts (from Slax) and can be used as a live CD for testing purposes.
12. AliXe (Not ranked)
AliXe is a SLAX-based, desktop-oriented live CD with the goal of promoting Linux among the French-speaking public of the Québec province in Canada.
13. Arudius (Not ranked)
Arudius is a live CD Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux, Zenwalk Linux and Linux Live scripts. It contains an extensive set of software tools used by IT security professionals for penetration testing and vulnerability analysis. Its goal is to include the most complete set of useful security tools and still maintain a small footprint.
14. BearOps Desktop Linux OS (Not ranked)
Whether you are a business or home user, BearOps Linux Desktop OS offers unrivalled value, functionality and user-friendly features. BearOps Linux gives you the easiest automated self installer on the market today and includes a ton of industry recognized application software that can be used and enjoyed by all. If you are a Windows user now, BearOps Linux makes the transition easy with a familiar look and feel. And, because BearOps Linux Desktop OS safely co-exists with Windows, you have the flexibility of running dual operating systems. Enjoy all the great Linux software while keeping Windows and its applications available. If you are new to computers or upgrading, BearOps Linux offers easy installation to get you up and running right away, plus lots of useful software that's perfect for a small budget. And you also get Linux's legendary operational stability. BearOps Linux Desktop OS truly is the safest, easiest way to get Linux on your system.
15. Blin Linux (Not ranked)
Blin Linux is a stable, fast, universal, multi-purpose and 100% free Linux operating system for x86 processors. It doesn't need to be installed on a hard disk as it is run directly from the bootable CD. The comfortable graphical user interface and excellent support for Cyrillic alphabet (Russian, Ukrainian...) makes Blin Linux a useful alternative to similar existing products. It is designed for novice users who have just started using Linux as well as for experienced system integrators.
16. Bluewhite Linux (Not ranked)
Bluewhite Linux is an unofficial port of Slackware Linux to the x86_64 processor architectures.
17. Buffalo Linux (Not ranked)
Buffalo Linux is a derivative distribution based on Vector and Slackware. It is targeted at the small business workstation market. This is the free base version; enhanced versions with pre-installed database access (DB2 and Oracle) and Microsoft product execution using CodeWeavers products are available at US$25 over licensing costs.
18. CDlinux (Not ranked)
CDlinux is a compact Linux mini-distribution. It ships with an up-to-date version of the Linux kernel, X.Org, Xfce window manager, and many popular applications. It has good internationalisation and locale support, and is highly user-configurable.
19. DARKSTAR Linux (Not ranked)
DARKSTAR Linux is a Romanian Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux.
20. Definity Linux (Not ranked)
Definity Linux is a Brazilian Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux.
21. DNALinux (Not ranked)
DNALinux is a live Linux distribution based on SLAX and bundled with bioinformatics applications, such as EMBOSS, Primer3, and other software.
22. Draco GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
Draco GNU/Linux is a distribution based on Slackware Linux and pkgsrc, a package management system developed by NetBSD. It is distributed in the form of a minimal base system, but a range of additional software packages is available for installation from the project's FTP server.
23. P!tux Linux (Not ranked)
P!tux Linux is an operating system of the Linux family, based on Slackware Linux distribution and on kernel 2.2.x. It can be installed both on an ext2 filesystem (on a dedicated partition) or on a DOS filesystem (as a loopback device). It can be installed from DOS, Linux, in umsdos mode or via FTP. Basic installation requires a 486 PC with 8 MB RAM and 105 MB minimum hard disk space. During the installation another 150 MB will be used.
24. Damn Vulnerable Linux (Not ranked)
Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is a Slackware and Slax-based live DVD. The distribution, purposefully stuffed with broken, ill-configured, outdated and exploitable software, began life as a training system used during the author's university lectures. Its primary goal is to design a Linux system that is as vulnerable as possible -- in order to teach and demonstrate a variety of security topics, including reverse code engineering, buffer overflows, shell code development, web exploitation, and SQL injection.
25. easys GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
easys GNU/Linux (previously pocketlinux) is a Slackware-based distribution developed by former developers of the now-discontinued Bonzai Linux. Its main features are a simplified Slackware installer, one application per task, and KDE Light desktop.
26. eLearnix (Not ranked)
eLearnix is a self contained, Linux-based, tutorial operating system that comes on a CDROM instead of a book. We give you the instructions to burn the CD and load the whole thing absolutely and positively free. The only way to learn Linux is by running it! eLearnix is based on Slackware Linux.
27. EvilEntity Linux (Not ranked)
A distribution like no other! It's primary goal is to provide the best home or dorm-room desktop environment possible. "EvilE" is not a server distribution and not a corporate workstation platform -- it's simply the most fun and useful tool you can install on your PC! Now you can install Linux and be up and running, online, ripping MP3s, burning CD's, watching DVD's and TV, editing video, and 3D models in minutes. No longer will you have to spend a week compiling downloaded programs to have a usable environment and NEVER will you have to boot into the outdated, unstable, piece of dog shit called MS Windows (especialy since EvilE blows out your Windows partion during the install -- for the good of mankind of course).
28. Freepia (Not ranked)
Freepia is small GNU/Linux distribution designed to run on VIA EPIA-M mainboards. It currently only runs on the M-9000 and M-10000 (ezra and nehemia CPU) but with some modifications like kernel and X11 modules it should run on others too. The main goal of this project is to build a full-featured, low-noise media box to play movies, MP3s, images, etc. It uses freevo as its media viewer, but in the future there may be support for others, like mythtv or vdr.
29. gNOX (Not ranked)
gNOX is a Linux Operating System that you run from a CD without the need for installing. gNOX is based on the Slackware Linux distribution, and uses Dropline GNOME 2.6 as its default desktop manager, with XFce also available as the lightweight alternative. gNOX also employs a modular system. This means it is very easy to add extra software applications to gNOX by the means of modules (a growing selection available in the downloads section ) that you can permanently add to the ISO image OR run 'on the fly' from a stored location (hard drive/CD/USB drive). gNOX can be customised to suit YOUR needs, and any changes you make to the look of your gNOX can be saved, then restored again next time you use it!
30. How-Tux (Not ranked)
How-Tux is a Slackware-based, desktop-oriented Linux distribution with the installer translated into Italian and most applications localised for the benefit of Italian speakers. Compared to Slackware, How-Tux is enhanced by GWARE GNOME, OpenOffice.org, and several extra multimedia and graphics applications.
31. Imagineos (Not ranked)
Imagineos (formerly GoblinX) is a bootable live CD distribution based on Slackware Linux. The primary goal for Imagineos is to create a more pleasant and functional desktop, standardising all icons and themes to make it easy for novice users to learn about available applications.
32. JoLinux (Not ranked)
JoLinux is a Brazilian desktop Linux distribution for x86_64 platforms based on Slackware Linux.
33. Klax Live-CD (Not ranked)
Klax Live-CD is a Linux live CD based on Slackware Linux and SLAX. Its primary goal is to showcase the latest KDE desktop environment and related applications, such as KOffice, on a live CD for demonstration purposes.
34. Kongoni GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
Kongoni GNU/Linux is a Slackware-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux distribution and live CD. Its main features include a graphical installer, a Kongoni Integrated Setup System (KISS), and an easy-to-use Ports Installation GUI (PIG). The distribution's package management borrows its main concepts from BSD ports, with an intuitive graphical package installer that compiles and installs programs from source code on the user's system.
35. LG3D LiveCD (Not ranked)
LG3D LiveCD is a bootable Linux CD incorporating Project Looking Glass, a Java-based technology that attempts to bring a richer user experience to the desktop and applications via 3D windowing and visualisation capabilities. An open source development project evolved from Sun Microsystems' Advanced Development division, the LG3D live CD is based on SLAX, but it includes extra applications and technologies, such as Firefox and Gaim, working NVIDIA graphics driver, and copy2ram support. It is also possible to run it from a 256MB flash memory device.
36. Linvo GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
Linvo GNU/Linux is a Slackware-based distribution and live CD/DVD. Some of its more interesting features include a careful selection of applications for every-day use, installable to hard disk from the live medium, use of software modules for extensive customisation of the live CD, availability of the GNOME desktop, applications installed and managed on a per-user basis, and out-of-the-box support for most multimedia formats.
37. Linux LiveCD Router (Not ranked)
Linux LiveCD Router is a Linux distribution designed to share a broadband connection over WiFi. It can be used with DSL, cable modem, T1, ISDN, and dial-up connections. It can also be used it as a firewall, or as an access point for most WiFi cards. Linux LiveCD Router does not require any installation, but requires a dedicated computer to boot and run the CD.
38. MUMi-LinuX (Not ranked)
MUMi-LinuX is a Linux distribution for dedicated servers and desktops, developed by Muammer Altuntas, Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. It uses TAR.GZ packages and is optimised for the i686 architecture. MUMi-LinuX Desktop is an easy-to-use Live CD with an option to install it on hard disk.
39. Mutagenix (Not ranked)
Mutagenix is a Linux live CD based on Slackware Linux and Linux-Live live CD build scripts.
40. Linux Netwosix (Not ranked)
Linux Netwosix is a powerful and optimised Linux distribution for servers and network security related jobs. With its collection of security oriented software, it is designed to be used for special operations, such as penetration tests. Linux Netwosix is a light, portable and highly configurable distribution created for system administrators. It has a powerful ports system (Nepote), similar to the BSD systems, but more flexible and usable.
41. NimbleX (Not ranked)
NimbleX is a Slackware-based live CD which is able to boot from a CD, USB storage device or from another computer on the Local Area Network. Its main features are small size, a varied selection of software packages, and good hardware support.
42. Nonux (Not ranked)
Nonux is a Dutch Linux distribution, a combined live and installation CD based on Slackware and GNOME. It is optimised for business use, with some applications localised into Dutch. The main features of Nonux are automatic hardware detection, careful selection of business and office applications, and presence of tools for a seamless integration into an existing (Windows) software and network environment.
43. OpenLab GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
OpenLab GNU/Linux is an easy-to-use Slackware-based distribution featuring innovative and user-oriented design. Developed in South Africa since 2001, the product takes shape in the form of an installable live CD. It also includes OLAD (OpenLab ADministration tool) and many other innovations ranging from backend systems, such as the hyperdrive suite which simplifies the handling of removable media, to user-level enhancements, such as the highly integrated desktop theme complemented by the award-winning Nuvola icon set.
44. Parslinux GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
Parslinux is a Slackware and Slax-based distribution and live DVD with partial support for Persian (Farsi), as well as the default English language.
45. pQui Linux (Not ranked)
pQui Linux is a Brazilian desktop-oriented distribution based on Slackware Linux.
46. Project development Enlightenment verbose (Project dEv) (Not ranked)
The mission for Project dEv is to create a stable and secure Linux distribution based on the lightweight window manager Enlightenment, with the latest of hardware detection technology to make sure your hardware is detected and configured as quickly as possible with minimal amount of effort. dEv aims to use and extend the EFL. By this, the KDE and GNOME dependencies are made obsolete while the feature richness and speed of the window manager increases. dEv wants to bring all the eye candy and speed which Enlightenment gives to a more cleanly manner by placing Enlightenment inside its own directory.
47. RIPLinuX (Not ranked)
Recovery Is Possible (RIP) is a Slackware-based CD or floppy boot/rescue/backup/maintenance system. It has support for a lot of filesystem types (Reiserfs, Reiser4, ext2/3, iso9660, UDF, XFS, JFS, UFS, HPFS, HFS, MINIX, MS DOS, NTFS, and VFAT) and contains a bunch of utilities for system recovery. It also has IDE/SCSI/SATA, PCMCIA, RAID, LVM2, and Ethernet/DSL/cable/PPP/PPPOE network support.
48. ROOT GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
ROOT Linux is an advanced GNU/Linux system. It is licensed under the GNU GPL - it's 100% free and non-commercial. ROOT Linux is not recommended as a first Linux distribution. You must have experience of Linux and computers in general. Of course, you may use it anyway, but don't complain. ROOT Linux does not contain help programs like linuxconf, sndconfig, netconfig and things like that. People using ROOT Linux should know how to configure their software & hardware without using that kind of tools. ROOT Linux is Pentium optimized. This means it won't work on older processors than Pentiums (Intel 586's).
49. Rubix Linux (Not ranked)
Rubix is a Linux distribution forked from Slackware Linux. It differs from its parent in that Rubix uses Arch Linux's 'pacman' for simplified package management with dependency resolution and it has a completely revamped init system, maintaining the BSD style, but adding modularity.
50. RUNT Linux (Not ranked)
RUNT (ResNet USB Network Tester) is Slackware Linux designed to run from a 128MB USB pen drive. It consists of a boot floppy image and a zip file, similar to "zipslack". It is intended to be a fairly complete Linux installation for use as a testing tool capable of booting on any x86 computer with a USB port and a bootable floppy drive. The boot floppy is based on Slackware's bare kernel. It contains an initial ramdisk to load USB-storage related modules and it pauses for 5 seconds to allow the drive to initialize. The bootdisk also contains Memtest86, a very useful RAM testing tool, which can be started by typing memtest at the boot prompt. The zip file contains a UMSDOS filesystem designed to be extracted onto a 128MB pen drive with an MSDOS filesystem using 2K clusters.
51. SaxenOS (Not ranked)
SaxenOS is a lightweight Slackware and Zenwalk-based distribution with the Xfce desktop. It is designed for older, low-specification computers.
52. Sentry Firewall CD (Not ranked)
The Sentry Firewall CD-ROM is designed to be an easy to manage and configure CD-ROM based Linux operating system suitable for use in a firewall, IDS (Intrusion Detection System) or server environment. The system is designed to be immediately configurable for a variety of different operating environments via a configuration file located on a floppy disk, a local hard drive, and/or a network via HTTP(S), FTP, SFTP, or SCP. Currently, the system is based on a Slackware 9.0 installation. Various other packages and utilities have also been added to increase this system's functionality.
53. Slackintosh (Not ranked)
Slackintosh is a port of Slackware Linux to the PowerPC (Macintosh) processor architecture.
54. Slamd64 Linux (Not ranked)
Slamd64 is an unofficial port of Slackware Linux to the x86_64 architecture.
55. SLAMPP Live (Not ranked)
SLAMPP is a Linux distribution which can boot and run directly from a DVD, with possibility to be installed onto hard disk. It is designed to be used as an instant home server. Just like other Linux live DVDs, SLAMPP makes it possible to test Linux without messing up the user's existing system. What makes SLAMPP different is the fact that it comes with pre-configured tools and applications that turn a personal computer into a home server. SLAMPP is built using Zenwalk Linux as its base and Slackware Linux for packages.
56. Slax (Not ranked)
Slax is a Slackware-based bootable CD containing a Linux operating system, designed with a modular approach. Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well-organised graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.
57. STUX GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
STUX GNU/Linux is a Linux system that runs from a CD-ROM; STUX can automatically load and save main configuration and personal files on a writable partition. It is based on Slackware Linux.
58. Topologilinux (Not ranked)
Topologilinux is a Slackware-based distribution designed primarily to be installed inside an existing Windows system. As of version 6.0, it can also be installed as a standalone distribution using the standard Slackware installer. Compared to Slackware, however, Topologilinux is enhanced with GNOME, OpenOffice.org and other popular applications.
59. Truva Linux (Not ranked)
Truva Linux is a Turkish distribution based on Slackware Linux.
60. TumiX GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
TumiX is a Peruvian Linux distribution based on Slackware and SLAX. It provides the KDE desktop environment together with a large number of academic, office and multimedia applications. The distribution is targeted at colleges, universities and Peruvian educational institutions in general in order to help teaching and understanding GNU/Linux and to spread the use of Free Software in Peru. Tumix is an initiative of the Peruvian Community of Free Software and is distributed under the General Public License.
61. Ultima Linux (Not ranked)
Ultima Linux is a Slackware-compatible Linux distribution available for Intel and AMD-based personal computers. Although first intended as a lightweight, techie-oriented desktop system when development began in November 2004, Ultima has since evolved into a highly stable distribution supporting both desktop and server capabilities. Ultima Linux is built around the K Desktop Environment (KDE), and includes many popular applications such as Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, the OpenOffice.org office suite, the GIMP image editor, MPlayer and Xine media players, and many others. It borrows Slackware's TGZ package format, and can be extended with additional software from a public repository, or various third-party sites.
62. Voltalinux (Not ranked)
Voltalinux is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux and the pkgsrc package system from NetBSD. The project offers a pre-built distribution where the user can enjoy the clean design of Slackware Linux with the availability of over 5,000 NetBSD ports ready to be installed.
63. WHAX (Not ranked)
Whoppix is a stand-alone penetration-testing live CD based on KNOPPIX. With the latest tools and exploits, it is a must for every penetration tester and security auditor. Whoppix includes several exploit archives, such as Securityfocus, Packetstorm, SecurityForest and Milw0rm, as well as a wide variety of updated security tools. The new custom kernel also allows for better WIFI support. Starting with version 3.0, Whoppix was renamed to WHAX and its base changed from KNOPPIX to the more modular SLAX live CD.
64. Wolvix GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
Wolvix is a desktop-oriented GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux. It features the Xfce desktop environment and a comprehensive selection of development, graphics, multimedia, network and office applications. It's mainly targeted at home users and strives to provide a balance between everyday computing tasks, creativity, work and enjoyment.
65. Zencafe GNU/Linux (Not ranked)
Zencafe GNU/Linux is a desktop Linux distribution designed specifically for public Internet cafés. Based on Slackware and Zenwalk Linux, it includes auto-recovery features, Internet café billing and management software, and other graphical system administration tools. Zencafe's default edition uses Xfce as the main desktop, while its "Lite" edition, designed for older or less powerful computers, installs the IceWM window manager.
66. Zeus Linux (Not ranked)
Zeus Linux is a Greek Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux. It includes many fixes, such as remaking init scripts, new precompiled kernels for workstation machines, several tools that we believe should be included in all distributions (Zebra for advanced routing, FreeSwan ipsec tunnels, Open-nms for network monitoring, Ntop, Mailscanner, Sophos Antivirus, Mrtg, Rrdtool for graph making, sawmill log analyzer and many other useful tools for power users).
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