Slax 6.1 is out

I've been a bit busy (as usual) and it will be the same for the following few weeks, I'm building a new house and I have to be there everyday. You know, the working-men are unpredictable and they require continuous supervision in order to make things correctly.

Despite the lack of time, I was able to push out Slax 6.1, which is mainly a maintenance release (aiming to cleanup some logical issues with splitted base modules). The 'Build Slax' feature should be now working (logically) better than before, since it is possible to exclude KDE modules and the created Slax will be still usable with pure X (using FluxBox as default).

I noticed few requests for kernel upgrade, since currently it has the same configuration like in the previous version 6.0.9 - the kernel is I think it is possible, please describe to me what changes do you need, send it using "Contact" link. But do not only tell me 'enable this' or 'disable that'... rather precisely explain what needs to be done step by step, that will significantly increase the chances that your suggestion will be accepted.

Anyway, the kernel version will remain the same (2.6.27.x) for Slax 6.x. As you perhaps noticed, squashfs has been accepted to mainline kernel (2.6.29). I am not willing to pay for my own LZMA patches this time, I choose to wait instead; it (lzma) will eventually appear in mainline sooner or later, so there will be no kernel update in Slax unless official LZMA is mainlined and supported by squashfs.

Slax 6 is now over. Only bugfixes or small improvements should be implemented, the focus is now on Slax 7, which will contain KDE 4 and newest kernel. This will take some long time I guess.

Thank you all for using Slax!

User comments
the_greek 2009-04-09 13:47

thank you
i guess , new chalenges are under way.
hope works out ok with workers ,
i know it may be pain.

Greek 2009-04-09 18:38

no. THANK YOU for creating this excellent Live distribution. :)

AleXander 2009-04-10 01:26

Thank You for this most usefull tool.
Slax works by me as normal daily operating system
and as demo system for my students as well (boot via PXE).

I'd like to know if it is possible to start "PXE in RAM":
start Slax from pendrive all to RAM, and the PXE server.

Kernel? Wait and build Slax 7 with newest one.
Bye, bye.

Ivo Georgiev 2009-04-10 02:06

All the Slax versions with this kernel sometimes crash on VirtualBox while booting. It may be a VirtualBox bug, my VirtualBox isn't up to date.

Greek 2009-04-10 16:49

thank you, also, for your Linux Live shell scripts. :)

ćululum 2009-04-10 17:01

I love it. Nice work :)

anopos 2009-04-10 17:38

The Slax has a nice cosy feel.
What a cute OS...

the_greek 2009-04-11 02:09

many thanks above but no criticizm

captain_picard 2009-04-11 03:16

Hi Tomas,
Simple question: would you be interested in adding a bootsplash in the next version of Slax?

If you are interested, let me know to tell you the exact steps needed (it has already been implemented by many users already myself and markds included).

gg 2009-04-11 06:37


ancosx 2009-04-11 12:03

nice work on slax man

But do you think you could release a ultra minimal version
with better support for package managemnt tools from slackware?

ive been trying to get a modded distros that will run persintantly from a compact flash card in a ide port

ardianzzz 2009-04-12 01:34

Thank you for creating SLAX

adnuri 2009-04-12 04:00

fantastic jobs, tomas

abong 2009-04-12 08:57


Bubu 2009-04-12 11:33

Thank you for working on Slax.

Moebius 2009-04-12 14:31

Great work! Running the new SLAX 6.10 plus a lot of exta modules from 6.09 and no errors as of yet!
I personally have no objections with Windows but SLAX seems to be on the cutting edge of a new portable OS revolution. Makes me think of the future will in a few years everyone be carrying their personal OS in their pocket? All the issues I had with getting things to work with SLAX awakened the computer programmer in me and i'm learning so much about Linux again. Many thanks!!!

btoraja.com 2009-05-14 21:44

slax 6.1 is good, work well in my computer.

Thank You, good work!!

Deynega Vitaliy : stbnfk[a]gmail.com 2009-05-25 01:20

Hi Tomas. I want to be able to change the location of /root and /home on its also how search folders SLAX on all media. Then make a link there. I do not like how 'change' work. Convenient for the user's laptop. The needn't to synchronize the folder disappears from the settings of users (mail, Desktop). Do not copy from Slax/rootcopy /root and /home folder. My rootcopy must to be empty. All situated in modules. (aka LZM)