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Slax


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


Slax is a minimalist desktop live CD based on Slackware Linux. It boots into a simple desktop using the Fluxbox window manager which offers a small collection of applications, including the Chromium web browser, a text editor and a calculator. Prior to version 9.x, Slax was a Slackware-based live CD featuring the KDE desktop and a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use together with useful recovery tools for system administrators. After releasing version 11.x with a Debian base, the project returned to a Slackware base for version 15.0.0.

Average visitor rating: 6.75/10 from 8 review(s).


Slax Summary
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-10-05: Distribution Releases: Slax 15.0.3, 12.1.0
 • 2023-02-02: Distribution Releases: Slax 15.0.1, 11.6.0
 • 2022-02-22: Distribution Release: Slax 11.2.0
 • 2022-02-09: Development Release: Slax 11.2.0 RC1
 • 2018-11-15: Distribution Release: Slax 9.6.0
 • 2018-07-23: Distribution Release: Slax 9.5.0
 • 2018-03-26: Distribution Release: Slax 9.4.0
 • 2017-12-24: Distribution Release: Slax 9.3.0
 • 2017-11-16: Distribution Release: Slax 9.2.1
 • 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
 • More Slax releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2023-01-02 Slax getting a new persistent storage filesystem
 • 2022-07-18 Slax experiments with Slackware-based branch
 • 2018-11-20 Slax gets series of minor updates
 • 2018-03-21 Slax to be preinstalled on USB thumb drives
 • 2017-12-12 Slax adding wifi support
 • 2017-11-07 Slax considers systemd
 • 2017-11-03 Slax returning
 • More Slax headlines...

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Feature 15.0.1 11.6.0 9.11.0 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 2023-02-02 2023-02-02 2019-09-14 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 200-300 200-300 200-300 200-300               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Fluxbox Fluxbox Fluxbox KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ DEB DEB TXZ LZM TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV systemd systemd 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 15.0.1 11.6.0 9.11.0   6.1.2   5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Full Package List
Package 15.0.1 11.6.0 9.11.0 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 (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.1.3 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 (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 22.0.0 19.1.0 1.2.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1 4.4 4.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- 9.4.3-P1 9.3.2 9.3.1 9.3.0 9.2.3 -- 9.2.2 bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.182) -- -- 73.0.3683.75 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.182)
cups (2.4.10) -- -- -- -- 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.21 1.1.20 -- 1.1.19 cups (2.4.10)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- 4.4.1 4.3.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.46.5 1.46.2 1.43.4 1.42.6 1.41.3 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.34 1.34 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (128.0) -- -- -- 19.0.2 3.5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (128.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.6.3 2.4.11 2.3.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) -- -- -- 4.7.2 4.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.36 2.31 2.24 2.15 2.7 2.3.6 2.3.6 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.1 glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 3.24.35 3.24.24 2.24.31 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 (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.62) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.62)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) -- -- -- -- 1.0.5 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.14 0.10.3 0.9 k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) 30 28 23 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.5)
linux (6.10) 6.0.12 6.0.12 4.9.189 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 (6.10)
Package 15.0.1 11.6.0 9.11.0 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
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.4) -- 20.3.5 13.0.6 9.1 7.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (24.1.4)
mysql (9.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (9.0.0)
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-0274 -- -- -- NVIDIA (555.58)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.8p1) 9.1p1 8.4p1 7.4p1 6.1p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.7.1p2 3.6.1p2 openssh (9.8p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 1.1.1s 1.1.1n 1.1.0k 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 (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) -- 5.32.1 5.24.1 -- 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.7 -- -- -- -- perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.3.2 php (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.3)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) -- -- 2.7.13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.2) -- -- -- 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 (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) -- -- -- 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 (4.20.2)
systemd (256.2) -- 247.3 232 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256.2)
thunderbird (128.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (128.0)
vim (9.1) -- -- 8.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) 1.21.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.6 1.20.11 1.19.2 1.13.2 1.4.2 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) (6.8.1) (6.7.0) -- -- xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 15.0.1
Rating: 4
Date: 2023-06-26
Votes: 12


The positive - blazingly fast and light. With Wifi connected and terminal open I was at 290 MB of RAM. I installed Chromium browser launched it and was at 283 MB RAM. While watching a YouTube video it was at 491 MB of RAM. Awesome! The file manager is fast, the Wifi easy to configure - great but...

The creators of the distro clearly do not respect privacy -witness the Chromium browser, that you have to give then an e-mail to get a download link. There is no documentation and if you want to join the forum you eventually need to give them a telephone number. You need a Facebook of Google account to view other ways of getting info. It is just sad. Some of us value privacy.

So in the end a great, fast, light system with no documentation ran by a group that clearly wants to know it users.Makes you wonder of the are buddies with the antiX developers.

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Version: 11.3.0
Rating: 6
Date: 2022-07-12
Votes: 4


. removing The Chrome Browser was a Great Choice ( by default, no one Wants the Cloud by default.! )

. Loading by DEB packages, might seem like The Cloud ( and it is ) but "Your The One Telling It To Do So."

I started with version 9.10.0 and Loved It. It was completely experimental and, truly I wish it were Still Available.
. The biggest advantage of SLAX was that IT was Totally "a in memory only Operating System" meaning, should someone deside to send you something that you Never Requested that THAT would be erased when you Shut Down your System.
. . A conversion package builder is about the only thing missing - Everything gets loaded to your slackware via .sb files but there is no-way to create Your Own Unique Software "my_program.sb" option available!

- JW retired A.F.


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Version: 11.3.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2022-04-15
Votes: 2


This is yet another supposedly portable Linux that does not live up to its claims.

The 'web browser' icon is nothing more than a link for downloading a web browser. And this is where the problems start.

How can one download when there is no internet connection?

WiFi does not work. It's not even recognised.

Mobile Broadband is either not recognised or shown as a false ethernet connection. I tried with 2 different dongles.

In other words, this 'portable' Slax distro works only from a static ethernet connection.

Therefore it is NOT portable.

How is it that a 300MiB 'distro' is little more than a shell with a pretty face?

SliTaz can make a fully functional installable live system that weighs in at under 60MiB. So why is Slax so incapable?

On top of this, the prices demanded to purchase this functionless distro are extortionate.

Where's your head at Tomas?


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