SLAX Linux - Your pocket operating system - Review

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hi all,

    Another fine distro:

    "SLAX is a small, live Linux distro, based on Slackware. It aims to be light, friendly and useful. It's meant to fit onto antique USB thumb drives and run well on old hardware. And it features the sexy KDE desktop. Plus there's a revolutionary modules management. This fine list of features made it a worthy candidate for testing. The version chosen for this review was 6.0.9."

    If you're interested:

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/slax.html

    Comments and suggestions are welcome.

    Regards,
    Mrk
     
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  3. lewmur

    lewmur Registered Member

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    Thanks for the review. I d/l'd the USB version and got it working but I have a problem. It connects to the Net with Konguerer so I know my internet connection is OK. But when I open the Module Manager I only shows the modules already installed. When I click to Add Modules, it doesn't go to the Slax site but only shows local folders.

    Edit: I found the modules at www.slax.org.
     
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  4. Eice

    Eice Registered Member

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    Thanks for the review. The lack of ability to connect to wireless networks is rather worrying, though.

    Any suspicions as to what the reasons might be?
     
  5. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Lack of necessary modules (drivers) plain and simple. When you have X mb to fill with stuff, you have to shuffle between kernel modules, applications, GUI, documentation and whatnot. Sometimes, you get more hardware support, sometimes less.

    The goal is to strike the best balance between usability and hardware detection. Of course, when you have only 200mb, it's a bit tough.

    Mrk
     
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