Testing Slax 10.2 beta1

You can download testing version of Slax 10.2 (based on Debian 10.2) here:

Changes include disabling apparmor, which was preventing some programs from starting properly (eg. man), and fixing chromium by installing chromium-sandbox package. Also added was dummy 'sudo' command (so you can copy&paste sudo commands from internet and it will work as long as you are signed in as root).

I will be happy if you let me know problems you encounter, either by email, or using slax-users google group, or by commenting to this blog post.

Thank you

User comments
Ádám Farkas 2019-11-18 13:42

Hi Tomas.
Thank you for creating this small, fast and beautiful distro.
It found a small bug, but on almost every laptop I've tested.
The touchpad on my laptop (Acer Aspire One D257) is not working.
Two finger scrolling works. Tap to Click does not work.
Please enable it in the next version. (Thanks)

Please describe how to save Firefox to Firefox.sb?

Thanks for everything!


john smith 2019-11-18 14:59

for the love of god do not enable tap-to-click, its a nightmare!

Ádám Farkas 2019-11-18 20:25

@john smith:

Please do not intervene in another's business.
I didn't even speak to yours!

Brent Nichols 2019-11-18 23:15

64bit downlad please

parrothead 2019-11-18 23:22

@Adam Farkas:

How to fix tap to click:


There is probably an app that could be loaded to toggle this but I haven't bothered to research it - this config files works.

How to build Firefox:

The trick is that it's called firefox-esr in Debian. See Tomas' example at the bottom of:


I prefer to build bundles with the unofficial apt2sb script, which allows you to build a bundle for each package without any cruft from my other personal changes. The script is here:


The most recent version of the script is at the bottom.


A. Visame 2019-11-22 09:32

Hi Tomas,

Thanks for your wonderful work on this distro. A trouble that I can not solve: the system starts using a root user, every install must be made as a root but many apps like playonlinux do not accept running as root do not run as root and in fact, are unable to make any substantial work running as a normal user. And apps
l ike libreoffice running just from the main desktop icon create docs that can be only used as long as libreoffice is running as root. Could you please redirect me to some reference link, manual or similar to solve this problem? Most probably is a real easy solution at hand.

Thanks again for your wonderful work.


Ádám Farkas 2019-11-24 16:18


Thank You for the help!

I have one more question.
Localization settings how can i do it?


Lukas Veselovsky 2019-11-24 17:01

Hi Tomas is on the plan integrate apps with a small dependencies like image viewer, terminal and text editor?

i vote for

viewnior - its very nice image viewer
sakura - gtk3 based terminal
Geany - ultimate text editor for developers with tabs

and pls add mpg123 package for play mp3 files directly from midnight commander - MC

and i dont know but laptop users would be happy when there exist battery plugin for fluxbox

parrothead 2019-11-24 20:14

@Adam Farkas - Sorry, I'm not familiar with localization. Maybe someone else will help.


GNU/Gelber 2019-11-30 00:31

I haven't heard from Slax since maybe a year ago, back when I used Windows full-time and had a brick brain with no knowledge. Now that I use Linux full-time and have a lot more knowledge, I decided to revisit Slax and see how it is going. I'm pretty pleased with what I saw, though I do have some stuff to point out:
- As a portable OS it should support all hardware, but from what I see it's totally free (mostly affects the wifi-card on most laptops) and that limits a lot of users. I think you should base your OS of Debian non-free not free;
- Again, as a portable OS there are no brightness controls and it can get annoying, which can probably be fixed with some package, but I didn't spend much time with it on my main Linux laptop because of that wifi-card issue;
- Slax should go for a "full release" because I firmly believe it is a great distribution and shouldn't be "limited" to just being a portable OS.
I would also like to point out how simple it is, both in installation, looks and usability. I can't stress enough the feel of getting Slax up and running and using it.


Gelber 2019-11-30 14:35

Sorry for the message, I messed it up. Wifi works perfectly out of the box.
Otherwise I'll keep my points.
Also sorry for posting it here, I don't know where to put.


Patrick Mustard 2019-12-01 06:25

I loaded the slax 32 bit version onto a old 4 gb usb drive, and installed it into an even older 32 bit laptop. It worked! That's the only OS I can get to work on the laptop. Amazing.

I also loaded the slax 64 bit version onto a brand new usb drive and installed it into a reasonably new HP laptop. I could only get the 64 bit version to work if I disabled the secure boot, and enabled the Legacy Support boot. After doing that I was able to select the usb drive for the first option in the boot sequence. For some reason I couldn't get the usb drive to be used as the first option in the boot sequence in UEFI. I tried it on two laptops of the same HP model. I could not get the UEFI to boot from USB. It worked in the end, but i'd rather just stick with UEFI and not have to worry about changing to Legacy when I am using Slax. Many thanks to the creators! Very amazing!

parrothead 2019-12-06 00:02


Yes, a new 64 bit ISO please. :)

Re. leafpad replacement, mousepad seems small and simple. After loading I did have a couple of steps to fix it up:

# Remove "running as root" nag.
perl -p -i -e 's/geteuid/getppid/g' /usr/bin/mousepad
# Fix icon path.
perl -p -i -e 's/^Icon=.*$/Icon=\/usr\/share\/icons\/Adwaita\/48x48\/apps\/accessories-text-editor.png/' /usr/share/applications/mousepad.desktop

There may be a better way to fix the first problem and likely a better way to fix the icon but if nothing else, these work.


শামীম ওসমান 2019-12-12 10:13

DHCP Clients Waiting for 1.35s
this wait for pcmanfm
please fix it

Handryc 2020-01-06 16:54

my system is without any audio, help me please !!!

Pavel Bohmat 2020-01-10 19:08

sudo is not needed for root! Bad people ask for bad things :(
Need 'sudo apt upgrade /dev/hand'
Better out of the box are file managers (mc, PCManFM) for mime mp3, image (directory view script) & etc. Add menu F2 in MC dir2sb & etc.
p.s. 64bit downlad please

Kruz Garcia 2020-01-16 05:55

@Pavel, While you know sudo is not needed for root, there are a lot of new people to GNU/Linux OSes and don't know any better. If they are copying and pasting from a tutorial and sudo is in the tutorial, they're going to get errors. Tomas is making it very easy for people to be able to try using a *nix OS on any system.

Thanks Tomas!

Nikolin Nikolov 2020-01-19 14:48

Hi everyone , so sorry for a stupid question . In google groups find the script for build modules apt2sb . Ok , but where put the script and how used , pls show a few examples.

Pavel Bohmat 2020-01-19 23:19

@Kruz Garcia
Cultivation of stupidity. Thanks Tomas!
p.s. It would be better to fix the problem.

parrothead 2020-01-20 15:09


You can put the apt2sb script anywhere you like. I have Slax stored on a USB flash drive that I boot my laptop from, but it also has a hard drive installed of course. I put the script in a directory called (on my system) /media/sda2/linux which is on my hard drive.

To use the script, I open a terminal window, cd to the directory and then run it with something like ./apt2sb ffmpeg or ./apt2sb mousepad. That leaves the bundle in the / directory which of course is lost after reboots so I then do mv /ffmpeg.sb . to move it to my current location on my hard drive. I then activate it with slax activate ffmpeg. If you want the bundle activated automatically you can copy it to the modules directory on your flash drive, which for me is /media/sdb1/slax/modules.

Personally I try to keep my flash drive with just the basic files of Slax as provided by Tomas. Once Slax is booted (always fresh), I open a terminal window, cd to where my bundles are, and run a script to activate all the bundles I normally use, as well as use perl or patch to modify various config files to my liking. For me, the motivation for going to Slax years ago was not having to worry about the OS getting messed up accidentally or through malware. If I accidentally mess up some config file, I reboot and poof, everything is the way it was before. Any customizations are done through the script and therefore deliberate vs. accidental. And by keeping the flash drive with just the standard Slax files, it makes updating to a new release simple - I just wipe out the old slax directory and unzip the new one, and run bootinst.bat again to get the newest bootloader in place.


P.S. the script takes the name of one or more packages, in case you want to combine several packages in one bundle. Normally I just have one package specified per bundle and apt pulls in all the needed dependencies. But in some cases I need some that are not done automatically. In the case of the abcde mp3 encoder, I create it with:

/media/sda2/linux/apt2sb abcde lame eyed3 libmusicbrainz-discid-perl libwebservice-musicbrainz-perl \
libdigest-sha-perl eject glyrc imagemagick

This creates one bundle called /abcde.sb but that bundle also includes the extra packages called out on the command line.

Nikolin Nikolov 2020-01-20 15:22

Thanks a lot :beer: Cheers

Gabriel Gabriel Sampaio De Almeida Soares 2020-01-21 22:34

I found the system incredible but put a desktop that you can put icons on thanks

Gabriel Gabriel Sampaio De Almeida Soares 2020-01-21 22:41

the system is amazing, but put a desktop to put the laqr files thanks

paul maydaynight 2020-02-05 16:00

Ádám Farkas2019-11-24 16:18

Thank You for the help!

I have one more question.
Localization settings how can i do it

echo $LANG
$ LANG=en_UK.utf8
localectl set-locale LANG=en_UK.utf8

paul maydaynight 2020-02-05 16:09

"Gabriel Gabriel Sampaio De Almeida Soares2020-01-21 22:34
I found the system incredible but put a desktop that you can put icons on thanks"

Gabriel ,you could always make amiwm compile and work again on debian if you like tiny code

Mahir GÜL 2020-02-25 13:29

First of all, I would like to thank you very much for this beautiful work.

I will have a suggestion for the new version.
Can you set the "win" button to open the menu.

Thank you again.

Kruz Garcia 2020-02-26 12:07

@Mahir GÜL

I haven't been able to test 10.x, but version 9 uses Fluxbox. Fluxbox uses a file for the keyboard shortcuts /root/.fluxbox/keys. You can modify it and add:
Super_L :Exec fbappselect

The only problem I've seen with doing this is that any other shortcuts for the windows key is that it may do both the menu and the shortcut, because it will try to intercept the windows key for that shortcut instead of Windows Key + anything else. By default, Alt F2 will bring up the app menu. If you want to use the Windows Key, I would recommend something like win+r:
Mod4 r :Exec fbappselect

I usually do things like win+t for terminal, win+e for filemanager, win+v for vim, win+f for firefox.

If you create some shortcuts you like and want to keep you can spin up your own iso with a package that contains just the keys file. Look at the customize slax section of the site.

Gabriel Gabriel Sampaio De Almeida Soares 2020-02-29 10:29

I wanted the slax team to put a lxde, xfce or mate in the slax

Gaudério Guapo 2020-03-06 23:10

Quero parabenizá-los pelo Slax; gostaria de sugerir que fosse possível instalar no HD, pois já perdi 2 pendrives, haja visto que fico muito tempo com o micro ligado. Ou que ele viesse com algo que possibilitasse cópia perfeita do pendrive com tudo configurado. Grato

Lars Beigon 2020-03-22 05:33


How can I perform catching the voice from Chromium to the file ?

Vitor Monteiro 2020-03-23 06:44

hello, how can i change the "start here" message and change the system language to pt_br? I would like to make videos teaching how to make these changes to youtube and popularize the system in Brazil.

Evandson Dantas 2020-03-28 19:10

Dear Gaudério Guapo,

Its very simple use Slax in HD.
Just extract the image in root of your partition and run bootinst.

I want to display battery charge icon in taskbar

shrenivaasan chandrasekaran 2020-05-03 22:44

Hi All

I Use Pop-OS as my daily driver but i want to use SLAX from my USB pendrive 8 GB as (Live USB) but i am having issues i downloaded both the 32 bit as well as 64bit iso burned the same onto the disk i see slax folder and readme.txt inside the slax folder i see boot but when i tried to run the bootinst.sh from my usb it gives me an error message also when i boot with the usb nothing happens i have both UEFI and legacy boot options in my bios i dont know what i am doing wrong please help as i want to use slax as an emergency boot OS

shrenivaasan chandrasekaran 2020-05-03 22:45

my email id is shrenivaasan6730@gmail.com

Jiří Krůla 2020-05-26 09:03

Hi every one,
manual install is unusable and user enemy. I can pay for full functional system. Data backup is my own problem.
So when full Slax will be available. I know, it is not for BFU, but in my neighborhood exist many people, who don't know how to install base system, bud they has some old HW. Manual install is not for everyone, specially for grand father or grand mother, bud they can use an old PC to find info on the NET or communicate with family.
This system is really light, and that is fine.

Jiří Krůla 2020-05-26 09:16

Evandson Dantas wright:

Its very simple use Slax in HD.
Just extract the image in root of your partition and run bootinst.

Yes, bud SLAX system starts will extract system files, and we need to quick boot and light system to use it.

To copy real system to yours HDD, you will need many know-how.

Davide Gandolfi 2020-08-13 19:15


I like Slax but the kernel shipped in the last release is bugged for my eeePC. I would like to try Slax 10.2 but the link seems expired. Could you recheck it (and reupload if needed?).

Moreover: how am I supposed to customize the kernel in my slax distro. I know I can do apt-get install linux-image....
but it seems that I can't make it persistent. Is this possible?


Nickson Pinto 2020-09-14 22:54

What's going on?

Sam 2020-09-28 18:57

Hey thomas, thanks for tge amazing release. I wonder why my Slax isnt mounting my hard drive and flash memory after the boot automatically, i am on copy to ram mode btw.

Pavel Bohmat 2020-10-02 09:40

Хватит тянуть кота за хвост, склепай уже slax-64bit-10.6.0.iso! :(

Alexander Manakov 2020-10-13 19:42

Разработчик slax вообще жив ещё?