Slax
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Slax 11.2 RC1
DeveloperTomáš Matějíček
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release11.3[1] / 27 March 2022; 9 months ago (2022-03-27)
Kernel typeMonolithic
LicenseVarious
Official websiteslax.org

Slax is a LiveCD Linux distribution developed by Tomáš Matějíček and based on upstream customizable Linux distributions. Packages can be added by apt package manager or can be prepared as modules. The tagline for Slax refers to itself as "your pocket operating system".

Features

One of the main benefits of the Slax distribution is its ease of customization. Additional software can be added and removed, using Slax modules. A traditional package manager such as Debian's APT is not required to load additional software; Slax modules are completely self-contained. However, APT is fully supported. Users can also modify the default CD image or USB drive installation to customize the packages available in the distribution on boot. Slax also allows Debian packages to be converted into Slax modules.

Slax modules are compressed read-only SquashFS file system images that are compressed with a LZMA compressor. The various modules are stacked together to build the complete Slax root directory. A supplemental writable layer (a tmpfs file system) is put on the top of the stack to implement the write functionality.

The stackable file system of choice changed between Slax versions 5 (UnionFS) and 6 (aufs), as did the module file name extension (changed from .mo to .sb).

Versions

Slackware-Live! 1

Slackware-Live! 1.8.0.1 was based on Slackware 8.0. Slackware-Live! 1.81.0.21 was based on Slackware 8.1.

Slackware-Live! 2

Slackware-Live! 2.9.0.1 was based on Slackware 9.0.

Slax 3

Slackware-Live! was renamed to SLAX in 3.0.24.[4]

Slax 4

Slax 4.0.1 is based on 4.0.1 linux live scripts with Linux Kernel 2.4.25. Slax 4.2.0 special is based on SLAX 4.2.0.

Slax 5

There were five editions of Slax 5:

The Fluxbox Window Manager was an option in all editions except Frodo.[5][6][7][8]

Slax 5.0.0 standard edition is based on Slackware-current and Linux Live 5 with UnionFS and SquashFS, Linux kernel 2.6.11.6.

Slax 6

Slax 6 is offered in a single version and completely relies on modules (additional packages) for extra features. From version 6, modules are based on LZMA compression, but some compatibility was initially provided between the obsolete .mo modules used by Slax version 5 and the more recent .lzm modules of version 6. As there have been some changes between Linux kernel versions during sub-version releases of Slax 6, however, the .mo modules of Slax 5 are now considered obsolete. Each module or package should be compiled for compatibility with the Linux kernel currently in use.[9][10]

Slax 7

Slax version 7 was announced on the developer's blog (which has now been integrated into a newly refreshed Slax website). Slax 7 supports both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures, and according to its download page, "is available in more than 50 languages". It also features a stripped-down version of KDE 4, a new wallpaper, and a new module system.[11][12]

Slax 9

In November 2017, the developer announced the release of version 9. This latest edition is heavily rewritten and is based on Debian, and relies on APT to add packages. The default builds (both 32-bit and 64-bit) contain Fluxbox window manager with a terminal, Chromium web browser, LeafPad text editor, calculator, pcmanfm file manager, and wicd network manager.[13][14]

Slax 11

Slax 11.2 is based on Debian Bullseye (version 11.2).[15][16]. Slax 11.3 is based on Debian version 11.3.0.[17] Slax 11.4 is based on Debian version 11.4.0.[18]

Slax 15

Slax 15.0 is based on Slackware 15.[19][18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Releasing Slax 11.3". 27 March 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  2. ^ Changelog (1.8.0.1-5.1.8.1)
  3. ^ "Changelog (9.3.0-)". Archived from the original on 2022-08-28.
  4. ^ "Slax - News". DistroWatch. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  5. ^ Review: Slax 5.0.6 | Linux.com | The source of Linux information
  6. ^ Slax 5.1.4 - Your Pocket OS | Tux Machines
  7. ^ Mini-Review of A mini slack | Tux Machines
  8. ^ Featured distribution of the week: SLAX, DistroWatch Weekly
  9. ^ SLAX Linux - Your pocket operating system - Review, Dedoimedo
  10. ^ Latest Slax release needs more time in the oven | Linux.com | The source of Linux information
  11. ^ After three years, Slax Linux is reborn with version 7.0 | PCWorld
  12. ^ Everyday Linux User Review of SLAX
  13. ^ Debian-Based Slax 9.3 Linux OS Enters Beta with Improved EXT4 and NTFS Booting, Softpedia News
  14. ^ Slax 9.3 Is The Latest In Resurrecting This Longtime, Lightweight Linux Distribution - Phoronix
  15. ^ Testing Slax 11.2 based on Debian Bullseye
  16. ^ Releasing final Slax 11.2.0
  17. ^ Releasing Slax 11.3
  18. ^ a b Releasing Slax 15.0 (based on Slackware again after 9 years) and 11.4 (based on Debian)
  19. ^ Slax based on Slackware 15.0
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