Wifi in Slax

Apparently I forgot to include some wifi support in Slax. I don't have any device with wifi here at the moment, so I can't test, but there should be few things to consider. First of all, you will probably need some firmware for your wifi adapter. I'm not sure which packages to install, some of them may not be in official debian repository. Hopefully somebody in the comments will suggest something. Second, you will probably need some software to manage your wifi connections. Some people suggested wpa_supplicant, this can be installed with apt install wpasupplicant. This is a commandline utility, as far as I can tell. If you are looking for a GUI to configure your wifi network, you may try

apt install network-manager-gnome
nm-applet &

Or better (half download, only 50MB):

apt install wicd
wicd-gtk -t &

This will put an icon in system tray, which you can use to access network settings using GUI.

Hope this helps a bit.

User comments
fu-deepin-ck 2017-11-17 16:38

today i found slax updated!! it's so cool!!i am waitting for it in a long time.
system start so fast!!Although it without many features , but i believe it will be better and better!
but now ,i can not use it without wifi~hhhhhh

fu-deepin-ck 2017-11-17 16:45

oh~and i want to konw,how can i install the slax in the hard diak. i want use slax like the other system,not base the .sb file.

Petro Pantero 2017-11-17 20:24

Slax is still maintained, cool, awesome. +1
so I give it a try :)

1. how to start with sshd on persistent?
2. how to start in textmode persistent?
3. wifi, I will try to figure it out of my own, there are hints enough around. :)

Petro Pantero 2017-11-17 20:25

sorry, forgotten
4. keyboard layout persistent?

naEX 2017-11-18 08:23

well... and if you have only wifi as internet connection then what? :D Im not expert in this, but why not insert into slax what debian has for wifi to work in minimal CD (netinst)?

Tomas M 2017-11-18 09:43

Yes it is good idea to examine Debian's install CD to check out how they manage to make Wifi work.

p. Trinx 2017-11-18 15:48

Regarding the wifi with debian netinstall I need to add the repo non-free and them look for the firmware(s) package(s) linux /intel/realtek etc...I also usually need to add wifi and eth tools and utils.

Za Xandros 2017-11-19 03:36

@tip for Tomas M for wifi/sound etc etc proprietary drivers:


download firmware.tar.gz from the url above and store it for later offline use.

Extract it . It will contain all the non-libre firmware related .deb for wifi and sound etc . Install the required .deb as per your hardware configuration.


@humble request for Tomas M

1) can u give a step by step article, by which i can produce a customized (some packages added) iso of slax

can u give step by step in a blog article by which (given the linux-live scripts https://github.com/Tomas-M/linux-live and given the debian iso ), I can compile to slax .iso from scratch by myself

with love to slax - from India

Za Xandros 2017-11-19 03:53

some additional clarification:

remark1: when the .iso of slax is being copied to usb pen drive; at the same time the above firmware.tar.gz can be put put to same usb pen drive partiition.
So, at places where only wifi is available, the chicken egg problem - "of how to connect to wifi internet without drivers to apt install the wifi drivers" - will be solved. because all the firmware are already available offline in that firmware.tar.gz

remark2: whatever .deb you want to install - (the .deb which is extracted from above from firmware.tar.gz), you can install it using

Николин Николов 2017-11-20 21:09

@Za Xandros

Download and unzip firmware.tar.gz , create directory ./niko in main directory USB device ( now only 2 "slax" and "niko") . Now , when start slax 9 in terminal can't see and find ( with mc ) "niko" and can't execute dpkg -I broadcom_bla_bla .

> dpkg -I broadcom_bla_bla
> No such file or directory

Where the file ??

lucbertz 2017-11-22 11:17

@Николин Николов

Folder "niko" you added should be reachable under "/run/initramfs/memory/data/" path.

So you should be able to proceed with the following commands:

cd /run/initramfs/memory/data/niko/
dpkg -I broadcom_bla_bla

Russell Hernandez 2017-11-22 17:04

For anyone trying to get SOUND as well try this:

apt install dbus-x11
nohup pulseaudio >/dev/null 2>&1 &


Za Xandros 2017-11-23 01:14

@Николин Николов
i did not got any notification email for your query/reply to my comment. So, I am late in replying to your query to my comment.
As lucbertz already pointed that you can get your pen drive at cd /run/initramfs/memory/data/, and do whatever.

I will add that if you choose boot time menu as "copy to RAM", then this folder will not be available then you manually mount /dev/sdX (say)(mostly, it will be /dev/sdb1) to whatever directory mount point you want

any further query/help , you may also copy/notify about it to me to ashishwave@gmail.com

Cheers :-)

Николин Николов 2017-11-23 10:58

@Za Xandros
I was a little bit tired of this distro . I released without a problem wifi driver broadcom but ... can't manage wireless :( . Have not wired internet , only wireless . Download wicd and try instal with dpkg but too many dependency's.
Try connect through my smartphone with tethering but ... distro no find internet . In this form that distro without internet .... sorry . How work without inertnet ??

François Lavoie 2017-11-28 02:00

@Николин Николов or Za Xandros:
Please provide the link or keywords search to get firmware.tar.gz.


François Lavoie 2017-11-28 03:59

root@slax:~# lspci -k
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100
Subsystem: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100 AGN
Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi
Kernel modules: iwlwifi

Google: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100
Almost last in the table for 5100

Download 5100:

As I have a tgz archive:
tar zxvf iwlwifi-5000-ucode-

Copy the files firmware directory:

If the wifi does not work make sure the wifi is not hard blocked as in my case ;)
root@slax:~# rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

Николин Николов 2017-11-28 12:07

@François Lavoie


download firmware.tar.gz

lucbertz 2017-11-28 14:53

I guess if it is possible to add debian firmware.tar.gz to initrfs.img of Slax in order to have many firmwares available and make a Slax USB really portable.

This solution is reported at the following link:

thierry 2017-11-29 19:21

hello tomas

j essaye slax 9.2.1 que je trouve sympa , mais je ne comprend pas la philosophie de la demarche . la version 7 avec les modules est vraiment genial .
merci pour le boulot

François Lavoie 2017-11-30 00:47

Copying the files the files to /lib/firmware was good enough for me. I am in save changes mode.

Noah Leon 2017-12-08 20:25

Works well, but I have to restart the tray icon every time I reboot. How do I make it permanent.