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December 2, 2006

SLAX Standard Edition v 5.1.8.1

Filed under: UNIX/Linux — zombi @ 12:08 am

SLAX Standard Edition v 5.1.8.1

SLAX is fast and beautiful Linux operating system which fits on small (3.14″) CD-ROM disc. It runs directly from the CD (or USB) without installing. The Live CD described here is based on the Slackware Linux distribution and uses Unification File System (also known as unionfs), allowing read-only filesystem to behave as a writable one, saving all changes to memory.

.  Why

Imagine the ability to boot your favorite Linux distribution whether you are at home, at school, or at work. Imagine walking on the street and carrying the only thing you needed in life - the 8cm compact disk with your Live Linux CD. Wouldn’t you want to experience such a feeling? :)

.  How

When your computer boots from the LiveCD, the first step is loading the kernel image (vmlinuz). After this, a 4 MB ramdisk is created in the computer’s RAM. The rootdisk image (initrd.gz) is then unpacked into it and mounted as a root filesystem. Large directories (like /usr) are mounted directly from the CDROM.

.  Bugs

I am still learning and I don’t know everything. If you find a bug or if SLAX does not work on your computer, contact me and I’ll try to fix it. If you have some interesting idea or if you know how to do things better than I did, tell me about it. I appreciate all kinds of feedback.

SLAX is available as an ISO image of the CD. It fits on small 8cm CD-R(W). Burn it with your favorite cd-writing software and then boot from the CD. You might want to check your BIOS to assure it’s set to boot the CD prior the disc. Read changelog and known bugs before downloading please.

SLAX Standard Edition v 5.1.8.1

SLAX SE is a pocket operating system providing wide colection of useful software with Xwindow system and KDE desktop environment.

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