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Slax

Last Update: 2019-09-14 08:18 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: 60 (192), 6 months: 74 (159), 3 months: 80 (142), 4 weeks: 73 (170), 1 week: 93 (129)

Average visitor rating: 7.45/10 from 33 review(s).


Slax Summary
Distribution Slax
Home Page http://www.slax.org/
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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 announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 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
 • More Slax releases...

  Headlines:
 •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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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 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 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 260-270 210-240               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 9.11.0   6.1.2   5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Full Package List

Full Package List:   Slax 2.9.0.22
  Number of packages: 190 (download as TXT)
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  •  a2ps-4.13b-i386-2
  •  aaa_base-9.0.91-noarch-1
  •  aalib-1.4rc5-i386-1
  •  acct-6.3.2-i386-1
  •  acpid-1.0.2-i486-1
  •  alsa-lib-0.9.6-i486-1
  •  alsa-oss-0.9.6-i486-1
  •  alsa-utils-0.9.6-i486-1
  •  apmd-3.0.2-i386-1
  •  apsfilter-7.2.5-i386-2
  •  arts-1.1.3-i486-2
  •  ash-0.4.0-i386-1
  •  atk-1.2.4-i486-1
  •  audiofile-0.2.3-i386-3
  •  aumix-2.8-i486-1
  •  autofs-3.1.7-i386-1
  •  bash-2.05b-i486-3
  •  bin-8.5.0-i386-1
  •  byacc-1.9-i386-1
  •  bzip2-1.0.2-i386-4
  •  cdparanoia-IIIalpha9.8-i386-1
  •  cdrdao-1.1.7-i386-1
  •  cdrtools-2.00.3-i486-1
  •  checkinstall-1.5.3-i386-1
  •  coreutils-5.0-i486-3
  •  cpio-2.5-i386-1
  •  cramfs-1.1-i686-1
  •  cups-1.1.19-i486-3
  •  cxxlibs-5.1.0-i486-1
  •  db1-1.85-i386-1
  •  dbdiff-2.2-1
  •  dcron-2.3.3-i386-4
  •  devfsd-1.3.25-i386-2
  •  devs-2.3.1-noarch-17
  •  dhcpcd-1.3.22pl4-i386-1
  •  diffutils-2.8.1-i386-1
  •  dosemu-1.0.2-freedos-0.82-i386-1
  •  dvd+rw-tools-5.12.4.7.4-i486-1
  •  e2fsprogs-1.34-i486-1
  •  elflibs-9.0.3-i386-1
  •  elvis-2.1_4-i386-1
  •  enscript-1.6.3-i386-1
  •  esound-0.2.29-i486-3
  •  espgs-7.05.6-i486-2
  •  etc-5.1-noarch-5
  •  expat-1.95.5-i386-1
  •  findutils-4.1.7-i386-1
  •  flash.plugins-6-1
  •  fluxbox-0.9.6pre1
  •  fluxbox-0.9.6pre1-i486-1
  •  gawk-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  gdbm-1.8.0-i386-3
  •  gdk-pixbuf-0.17.0-i386-1
  •  genpower-1.0.1-i386-1
  •  gimp-print-4.2.5-i386-1
  •  glib-1.2.10-i386-2
  •  glib2-2.2.2-i486-1
  •  glibc-solibs-2.3.2-i486-1
  •  gmp-4.1.2-i486-2
  •  gnet-1.1.8-i386-1
  •  gnu-gs-fonts-6.0-noarch-1
  •  gpm-1.19.6-i386-5
  •  grep-2.5-i386-2
  •  groff-1.17.2-i386-3
  •  gtk+-1.2.10-i386-3
  •  gtk+2-2.2.2-i486-1
  •  gzip-1.3.3-i386-2
  •  hdparm-5.3-i386-1
  •  hotplug-2003_08_05-noarch-2
  •  ifhp-3.5.10-i386-1
  •  imagemagick-5.5.4_3-i386-1
  •  inetd-1.79s-i486-2
  •  infozip-5.50-i486-2
  •  iptables-1.2.8-i486-1
  •  iptraf-2.7.0-i386-1
  •  jed-0.99_16-i486-1
  •  jfsutils-1.1.3-i486-1
  •  joe-2.9.7-i386-1
  •  jove-4.16.0.61-i386-1
  •  k3b-0.9-i386-1
  •  kdeartwork-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kdebase-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kdegames-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kdegraphics-3.1.3-i486-2
  •  kdelibs-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kdemultimedia-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kdenetwork-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kdeutils-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  kernel_mod_xfs-2.4.22-i486-1
  •  koffice-1.2.1-i486-4
  •  kopete-0.7.1-i486-1
  •  less-381-i386-1
  •  lesstif-0.93.49-i486-1
  •  libart_lgpl-2.3.14-i486-1
  •  libglade-2.0.1-i386-1
  •  libgr-2.0.13-i386-2
  •  libjpeg-6b-i386-4
  •  libpng-1.2.5-i386-1
  •  libtermcap-1.2.3-i386-5
  •  libungif-4.1.0b1-i386-4
  •  libusb-0.1.7-i386-1
  •  libxml2-2.5.10-i486-1
  •  libxslt-1.0.32-i486-1
  •  lilo-22.5.7.2-i386-1
  •  links-2.1pre11-i486-1
  •  livecd-enhancements
  •  logrotate-3.6.8-i486-1
  •  lprng-3.8.21-i486-2
  •  lsof-4.68-i486-1
  •  lvm-1.0.7-i486-1
  •  m4-1.4-i386-2
  •  man-1.5l-i386-1
  •  man-pages-1.60-noarch-1
  •  mc-4.6.0-i386-1
  •  modutils-2.4.22-i386-1
  •  most-4.9.4-i486-1
  •  mpeg_lib-1.3.1-i386-2
  •  mpg321-0.2.10-i386-1
  •  mplayer-1.0pre1-i486-1
  •  mt-st-0.7-i386-1
  •  mutt-1.4.1i-i386-1
  •  nc-1.10-i386-1
  •  ncurses-5.3-i386-1
  •  netpipes-4.2-i386-1
  •  netwatch-1.0a-i386-1
  •  nfs-utils-1.0.5-i486-2
  •  nmap-3.28-i486-1
  •  oggutils-1.0-i386-3
  •  openssh-3.6.1p2-i486-2
  •  openssl-0.9.7b-i386-1
  •  openssl-solibs-0.9.7b-i386-1
  •  orbit-0.5.17-i386-1
  •  pango-1.2.3-i486-1
  •  pciutils-2.1.11-i386-4
  •  pcmcia-cs-3.2.4-i386-1
  •  pcre-3.9-i386-2
  •  pine-4.56-i486-1
  •  pkgtools-9.0.1-i386-1
  •  popa3d-0.6.3-i486-1
  •  popt-1.7-i386-1
  •  portmap-4.0-i386-2
  •  ppp-2.4.1-i386-2
  •  procmail-3.15.2-i386-1
  •  procps-2.0.14-i486-1
  •  proftpd-1.2.8-i486-3
  •  qt-3.1.2-i486-5
  •  quanta-3.1.3-i486-1
  •  raidtools-1.00.3-i386-1
  •  rdesktop-1.2.0-i386-1
  •  rdist-6.1.5-i386-1
  •  reiserfsprogs-3.6.11-i486-1
  •  rexima-1.2-i386-1
  •  rp-pppoe-3.5-i386-1
  •  rpm-4.0.2-i386-6
  •  rsync-2.5.6-i386-1
  •  samba-2.2.8a-i386-hacked-2
  •  screen-3.9.15-i486-2
  •  sdl-1.2.6-i486-1
  •  sed-3.02-i486-1
  •  seejpeg-1.10-i386-1
  •  sendmail-8.12.9-i486-3
  •  shadow-4.0.3-i486-8
  •  slocate-2.7-i386-1
  •  smartmontools-5.1_7-i386-1
  •  strace-4.4.98-i486-1
  •  stunnel-4.04-i486-1
  •  svgalib-1.4.3-i386-2
  •  sysklogd-1.4.1-i486-8
  •  sysvinit-2.84-i486-32
  •  t1lib-1.3.1-i386-2
  •  tar-1.13.25-i386-1
  •  tcpdump-3.7.2-i386-1
  •  tcpip-0.17-i486-18
  •  traceroute-1.4a12-i386-2
  •  ttf-bitstream-vera-1.10-noarch-1
  •  umsdos-progs-1.13-i386-1
  •  upx-1.24-linux
  •  usbutils-0.11-i386-1
  •  utempter-0.5.2-i486-2
  •  util-linux-2.12-i486-1
  •  wget-1.8.2-i386-2
  •  wireless-tools-25-i386-2
  •  workbone-2.40-i386-3
  •  xaw3d-1.5-i386-3
  •  xfree86-4.3.0-i486-4
  •  xfree86-fonts-misc-4.3.0-noarch-1
  •  xfree86-fonts-scale-4.3.0-noarch-1
  •  xfsprogs-2.5.6-i486-1
  •  ytalk-3.1.1-i386-1
  •  zlib-1.1.4-i386-3


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Version: 9.9.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-09-13
Votes: 26


Fantastic distributon, everything including network, sound, video just work, the size (~270mb) is crazy small, and still pretty small (1.1 gb) after I run apt update && apt upgrade, also it's very fast on my old netbook and use only ~160mb memory when no app running. Good work!


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Version: 9.9.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-06-27
Votes: 27


You don't need to write ISO onto USB. You just have to copy slax directory in your usb. Right click in USB's file manager and open terminal there. Type 'sudo ./bootinst.bat' and it will make the USB bootable. It was the first fluxbox distro that I've have tried.
pros- Lightweight, can be used as daily desktop, doesn't look like old-fashioned 90's puppy, ISO is not more than 300MB, based on Debian.
cons- boring because you can't change the default wallpaper, you cannot put icons on desktop (this one you cannot do in bunsenlabs as well), wicd network manager should be replaced by nmapplet because whenever you will connect wired network to your computer, you have to connect it manually.


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Version: 9.8.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-04-13
Votes: 18


I used to hate the new Debian-based version, but I've changed my mind. You can basically create your own recovery USB stick with it! The only downside is its weird choice of GUI.


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