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Slackware-Based Slax Linux Is Back After 9 Years of Hiatus

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In 2015, Slax Linux, a lightweight and portable GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux, disappeared from the Linux scene. Two years later, in late 2017, Slax Linux developer Tomas Matejicek announced the release of a new version of Slax Linux based on Debian GNU/Linux, not Slackware.

In mid-July 2022, Tomas Matejicek announced that “having nothing better to do” he is considering bringing back the Slackware-based version, and today he released a new Slax release based on Slackware 15.0.

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Bobby Borisov

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    Slax is a portable and fast Linux operating system with a modular architecture and beautiful design that can be operated from a USB stick. It supports many filesystems, including NTFS, FAT, EXT4, and Btrfs.

    The ability to persist data is one of the key features that distinguishes Slax from other Live CD Linux distributions. In other words, if you run Slax from a read-only media, such as a CD/DVD, it only saves system modifications in memory, which you lose when rebooting.

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    Slax is one of the most interesting lightweight Linux distributions.

    It was also a suitable option for 32-bit systems, considering it is based on Slackware. If you are curious, Slackware is the oldest active Linux distribution and witnessed a major upgrade after 6 years, i.e, Slackware 15.

    Slax also offered an alternative edition based on Debian, which is being actively maintained. Unfortunately, as mentioned by the creator in the blog post, the Slackware-based version (Slax 14) did not see an update for a long time (9 years).

Fancy a freshened up SLAX or ChromeOS replacement Peppermint OS?

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    Slax, one of the lightest-weight Linux distros around, and Peppermint OS, a web-centric Debian remix, both put out new versions this week.

    Slax is a very lightweight live-medium distro from Czech developer Tomáš Matějíček (Czech language). As The Reg mentioned at the time, earlier this year, Slax got its first update in a couple of years. That update, version 11.2, was based on Debian, as the last few Slax releases have been.

    Slax goes back to its roots

    Now, Slax 15 is out. After nine years, Slax is returning to its Slackware roots. Slax 15 is based on the recently-released Slackware 15 – which itself is the first new Slackware release in six years. (Slax's version numbers denote the version of the underlying OS.)

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