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DistroWatch.com: Slax

Slax

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


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.

Average visitor rating: 7.75/10 from 4 review(s).


Slax Summary
Distribution Slax
Home Page http://www.slax.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.slax.org/forum.php
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.slax.org/documentation.php
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Download Mirrors http://www.slax.org/download.phpLinuxTracker.org
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Reviews 7.x: Everyday Linux UserBlogspotLinux Za Sve (Croatian)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2013-03-15: Distribution Release: Slax 7.0.6
 • 2013-01-15: Distribution Release: Slax 7.0.4
 • 2013-01-03: Distribution Release: Slax 7.0.3
 • 2012-12-23: Distribution Release: Slax 7.0.1
 • 2012-12-11: Distribution Release: Slax 7.0
 • 2012-12-06: Development Release: Slax 7.0 RC3
 • 2012-11-14: Development Release: Slax 7.0 RC2
 • 2012-11-07: Development Release: Slax 7.0 RC1
 • 2012-10-20: Development Release: Slax 7.0 Preview
 • 2009-08-05: Distribution Release: Slax 6.1.2
 • 2009-04-09: Distribution Release: Slax 6.1.0
 • 2008-12-12: Distribution Release: Slax 6.0.9
 • More Slax releases...

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Feature 7.0.8 6.1.2 5.1.8.1 5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Feature
Release Date 2013-03-16 2009-08-04 2006-11-25 2006-03-23 2004-10-22 2004-08-30 2004-01-06 2003-09-22 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 0-0               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ LZM TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS -- -- -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes               Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List   6.1.2   5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Full Package List
Package 7.0.8 6.1.2 5.1.8.1 5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.0.26 1.0.17a 1.0.11 1.0.11rc3 1.0.6 1.0.6 1.0.0rc2 0.9.6 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 4.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- 9.4.3-P1 9.3.2 9.3.1 9.3.0 9.2.3 -- 9.2.2 bind (9.11.2)
chromium (62.0.3202.62) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (62.0.3202.62)
cups (2.2.5) -- 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.21 1.1.20 -- 1.1.19 cups (2.2.5)
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.42.6 1.41.3 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.34 1.34 e2fsprogs (1.43.7)
firefox (56.0.1) 19.0.2 3.5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (56.0.1)
freetype (2.8.1) 2.4.11 2.3.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 4.7.2 4.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.15 2.7 2.3.6 2.3.6 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.1 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.1)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.24) 2.24.10 2.12.12 2.8.19 2.6.10 2.4.13 2.4.4 2.2.4 2.2.2 gtk+ (3.22.24)
httpd (2.4.28) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.28)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.2) -- 1.0.5 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.14 0.10.3 0.9 k3b (17.08.2)
kmod (24) 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.2)
linux (4.13.8) 3.8.2 2.6.27.27 2.6.16 2.6.16 2.4.28-pre4 2.4.28-pre2 2.4.23 2.4.22 linux (4.13.8)
Package 7.0.8 6.1.2 5.1.8.1 5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.9)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.2) 9.1 7.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.2.2)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.90) -- -- -- -- 1.0-0274 -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.90)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.6p1) 6.1p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.7.1p2 3.6.1p2 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.1e 0.9.8i 0.9.8b 0.9.7g 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7c 0.9.7b openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) -- 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.7 -- -- -- -- perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.3.2 php (7.1.10)
plasma-desktop (5.11.1)                 plasma-desktop (5.11.1)
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.3)
postgresql (10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.0)
Python (3.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.6.3)
qt (5.9.2) 4.8.4 3.3.8b 3.3.6 3.3.4 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.2.3 3.1.2 qt (5.9.2)
samba (4.7.0) 3.6.8 3.2.4 3.0.22 3.0.14a 3.0.7 3.0.5 3.0.0 2.2.8a samba (4.7.0)
systemd (235) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.4.0)
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.13.2 1.4.2 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) (6.8.1) (6.7.0) -- -- xorg-server (1.19.5)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
7.8
from 4 review(s)



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Version: 7.0.8
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-10-09
Votes: 0


This is probably the only Linux distribution I know that differs from the others. I am not into Linux those last years, but SLAX was always a very interesting distro thanks to that module approach. You can really have a nice little Linux system with exactly what you want. The only real problem is support of course. Modules are pretty old today and unfortunately there aren't updates.


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Version: 7.0.8
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-09-14
Votes: 0


I found it easy to boot the system from and start the software and the wi-fi. Then I wanted to put it on the hard drive because I like it, and there is no easy way to do that.

Everything is easy except installing on the hard drive, because it is meant to be bootable from flash drive. But that's not what I want.

I want to revive an old computer by installing a new OS on the hard drive.

It has a kernel that supports old (pre-pae) processors though, and that's good and harder to find than it should be.


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Version: 7.0.8
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-05-20
Votes: 9


Works easy and reliable but no proper forum or support, you have to find out for your self
But all in all good fun, I have been using it frt two years with no problems.
I run it from a live sd card with the write lock on and have no hard drive in my laptop .
So I,am not worried about doing something wrong, the operating system can not be damaged.
Just restart !

Perfect, just some support is missing


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