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Slax

Last Update: 2018-11-15 22:24 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: 50 (207), 6 months: 65 (165), 3 months: 74 (158), 4 weeks: 51 (260), 1 week: 13 (734)

Average visitor rating: 6.96/10 from 25 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.php
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:
 • 2018-11-15: 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:
 •2018-03-21 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 9.6.0 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 2018-11-15 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 9.6.0   6.1.2   5.0.8 4.2.0 4.1.4 3.0.25 2.9.0.22 Full Package List
Package 9.6.0 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 (1.1.7) 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 (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
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 (9.13.3) -- -- 9.4.3-P1 9.3.2 9.3.1 9.3.0 9.2.3 -- 9.2.2 bind (9.13.3)
chromium (70.0.3538.110) 70.0.3538.67 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (70.0.3538.110)
cups (2.2.9) 2.2.1 -- 1.3.9 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.21 1.1.20 -- 1.1.19 cups (2.2.9)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.4 1.42.6 1.41.3 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.34 1.34 e2fsprogs (1.44.4)
firefox (63.0.3) -- 19.0.2 3.5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (63.0.3)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.4.11 2.3.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) -- 4.7.2 4.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.8)
glibc (2.28) 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 (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.43)
grub (2.02) 2.02 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.1) 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+ (3.24.1)
httpd (2.4.37) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.37)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.3) -- -- 1.0.5 0.12.15 0.12.8 0.11.17 0.11.14 0.10.3 0.9 k3b (18.08.3)
kmod (25) 23 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.5)
libreoffice (6.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.1.3)
linux (4.19.2) 4.9.130 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 (4.19.2)
Package 9.6.0 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 (10.3.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.10)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.2.5) 13.0.6 9.1 7.0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (18.2.5)
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.30.3)
NVIDIA (410.78) -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-0274 -- -- -- NVIDIA (410.78)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.4p1 6.1p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.7.1p2 3.6.1p2 openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1) 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 (1.1.1)
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.1 -- 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.7 -- -- -- -- perl (5.28.0)
php (7.2.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4.3.2 php (7.2.12)
plasma-desktop (5.14.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.3)
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.1)
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.7.1)
qt (5.11.2) -- 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 (5.11.2)
samba (4.9.2) -- 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 (4.9.2)
systemd (239) 232 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.3.1)
vim (8.1) 8.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.2 1.13.2 1.4.2 (6.9.0) (6.9.0) (6.8.1) (6.7.0) -- -- xorg-server (1.20.3)

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Version: 9.6.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-11-17
Votes: 0


Very good and fast distro and also easy to use



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Version: 7.0.8
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-11-17
Votes: 0


7.0.8 is still a modern smart Desktop OS with System Sounds like in Windows.
I'm a Windows User since Years, and I wanna hear the OS ''breathing''. ;)
The 9.6 version is a downgrade to a mutely ''DOS-A-Like'' System - not my Cup of Tea.


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Version: 9.5.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-09-11
Votes: 2


Was looking for an alternative to Finnix since it is no longer maintained regulary.
Slax is awesome and it does exactly what it needs to do. No bells and whistles.
Light weight is something we don't see too often and this is perfect at less than 300 mb.

Something nice could be added in the next version is adding freerdp to the iso, but I can add it from the command line with apt so I still like it anyway.

Good work.


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