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.