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Slax

Last Update: 2018-03-26 20:47 UTC


Slax is a minimalist desktop live CD based on Debian's "stable" branch. 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 85 (140), 6 months: 41 (265), 3 months: 52 (234), 4 weeks: 19 (433), 1 week: 68 (147)

Average visitor rating: 7.76/10 from 17 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
Documentation http://www.slax.org/documentation.php
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.slax.org/download.phpLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 7.x: Everyday Linux UserBlogspotLinux Za Sve (Croatian)
6.x: DedoimedoEric's Binary WorldLinux.comBlogspot
5.x: TuxmachinesABC Linuxu (Czech) • Linux.comTuxmachinesDistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 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
 • More Slax releases...

  Headlines:
 •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 9.4.0 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 2018-03-26 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 200-220 210-240               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Fluxbox KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB TXZ LZM TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model 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 i386, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software 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 9.4.0   6.1.2   5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Full Package List
Package 9.4.0 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 (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 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 (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.1) -- -- 9.4.3-P1 9.3.2 9.3.1 9.3.0 9.2.3 -- 9.2.2 bind (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.117) 64.0.3282.119 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (66.0.3359.117)
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.1 -- 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.21 1.1.20 -- 1.1.19 cups (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.43.4 1.42.6 1.41.3 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.34 1.34 e2fsprogs (1.44.1)
firefox (59.0.2) -- 19.0.2 3.5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (59.0.2)
freetype (2.9) 2.6.3 2.4.11 2.3.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.3.0) -- 4.7.2 4.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.3.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.27) 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 (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.28.0)
gnucash (3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.0)
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.39)
grub (2.02) 2.02 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 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+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- 1.0.5 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.14 0.10.3 0.9 k3b (18.04.0)
kmod (25) 23 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.0.1)                   krita (4.0.1)
libreoffice (6.0.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.0.3)
linux (4.16.3) 4.9.82 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 (4.16.3)
Package 9.4.0 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 (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.2.14) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.14)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.0.1) 13.0.6 9.1 7.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (18.0.1)
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-0274 -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.48)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (9.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (9.0.4)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.4p1 6.1p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.7.1p2 3.6.1p2 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) 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 (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1 -- 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.7 -- -- -- -- perl (5.26.1)
php (7.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.3.2 php (7.2.4)
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.4)
postfix (3.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.0)
postgresql (10.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.3)
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) -- 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 (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.0) -- 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 (4.8.0)
systemd (238) 232 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.7.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (3.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.1)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.2 1.13.2 1.4.2 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) (6.8.1) (6.7.0) -- -- xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 9.4.0
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-03-28
Votes: 3


Much needed distro, unfortunately not yet as stable and useful as it should be.

Pros: fast, lightweight, APT enhanced, easy installation to the USB pendrive.

Cons: It would be nice to have the possibility of choosing e.g. Firefox or Midori over Chromium (If you try installing the former via APT, it only gives you the option to install the ESR version, i.e. 52.x., so this is not an option). It also hangs at quasi-arbitrary times, which becomes very frustrating.

Overall a good idea with a couple of improvements pending


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Version: 9.3.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-31
Votes: 3


This is an edit for my previous post, the Lenovo E540 system. Also, a change in rating.

As promised, I looked into the app installation and the post from Nov 16 explains this change: http://www.slax.org/en/blog/24273-Proper-release-announcement.html

For any missing application we need to run the 'apt' command. Thank you to the reviwers posting after me, they have mentioned that too.
The distro becomes really powerful and flexible. For sure a must for a portable USB stick.


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Version: 9.3.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-29
Votes: 4


Fantastic little distro. Its speedy, its good looking and its based on Debian so you can install any package you want. I highly recommend for a portable OS to keep on a USB stick.


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