Releasing Slax 15.0 (based on Slackware again after 9 years) and 11.4 (based on Debian)

I am happy to announce new Slax release based on Slackware 15! Previous Slackware-based version dates back to 2013, I am sorry for the delay :)

Slax version 11.4.0 is a new incremental update of Slax based on Debian,
Slax version 15.0.0 is now a new initial release of Slax based on Slackware again.

These Slax releases were made possible by generous supporters at Patreon. If you like to see more releases in the future or if you like to become a part of the growing community of people who are interested in supporting Slax regularly, feel free to join us there.

Both releases provide the same desktop with mostly the same installed packages.

Download at www.slax.org

Enjoy! :)

User comments
necrophcodr 2022-08-03 15:44

It seems none of the download links are working yet? The links seem to return an empty 200 OK with content-type of text/html.

Tomas M 2022-08-03 16:07

Thanks for notice, fixed

lucbertz 2022-08-03 16:29

Thank you! Is it foreseen a Slackware 32bit based version?

Lioh 2022-08-03 16:55

Thanks a lot. So glad to have the Slackware variant back.

Luko 2022-08-03 17:12

I'm going to test, I have a free afternoon, so Linux testing is always a pleasure

babu 2022-08-04 11:25

Nice iso!
However no internet! How to activate Wireless or Ethernet? Where can I find info?

zbyso 2022-08-04 13:02

Great! Thanks very much, Slax is my favorite LiveBoot OS

Mikex 2022-08-04 14:45

@lucbertz No one use 32 bit system nowadays.. Go to use Puppy Linux.

ilyaigpetrov 2022-08-04 16:37


> No one use 32 bit system nowadays.

See TwisterOS.

lucbertz 2022-08-04 17:10

@Mikex, @ilyaigpetrov, thanks for your hints; nowadays there are still plenty of x86 distributions (also Slax based on Debian); I was just asking if it is planned to publish Slackware 32 bit.
I know 32 bit systems are obsolete, but Slax can be used as a "portable" OS, so, if I find a 32 bit machine, in emergency or for kids, I can use Slax also on it.

Kamora 2022-08-05 06:36

Is it possible to install or create a persistent drive to use Slax or install it?

clecorre 2022-08-05 20:19

Hello, I gave a try to this new KDE-Slax on USB key, I love it, but persitence doesn't work.
Il also tried the perch option at boot, it doesn't work either.

Raf 2022-08-06 05:46

No persistence?

dian 2022-08-06 08:34

I just downloaded and installed slax 15 it runs flawlessly directly to the desktop just like Thomas promises.Thank you..

Juju 2022-08-06 11:09

Nice job
I have the same problem with a wired connection
To solve I modified the file /etc/resolv.conf with nano with an other dns and it's ok
for example : or

jean-étienne 2022-08-06 13:44

Good idea to base slax on slackware15 but ..
Hanging in boot : Triggering udev events

cochranizer 2022-08-06 22:41

Now that the Slackware version is back, is it possible to update the Slax Modules Tool page with new modules?

Marcelo 2022-08-07 15:27

I am using the debian version of Slax and I can't compile the drivers to my wifi device because it is not possible to install the linux-headers.

The command "apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)" does not install the headers and shows the following error messages:

E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-5.10.92

So I installed the latest version of linux-headers (apt-get install linux-headers-generic), and symlinks the directories to replace 5.10.92 manually, now the driver compiles but the compiled driver doesn't work. An error message saying that the module format is invalid is shown:

$ sudo insmod rtl8188fu.ko
insmod: ERROR: could not insert module rtl8188fu.ko: Invalid module format

It seems that the newer version of the linux headers is incompatible with the slax kernel, I have tried other older versions but none have worked. The linux-headers should be pre-available in the slax iso image, this would avoid a lot of problems.
Maybe if I update the Slax kernel this can be fixed. Can I update the Slax kernel and remaster the ISO?

Brian 2022-08-07 19:07

I installed the 15.0, 64 bit as a virtual machine in VBox. No problems at all except, I cannot use apt as I get a "command not found" error. I checked /etc and there is no apt directory, which should be as /etc/apt. I don't know how to install apt. Also, after shutting down and trying to boot (or restart) I get a VBox error that no media is found and I have to delete the machine and reinstall it in VBox. That's not very useful I'm just tinkering so far but I appreciate any help. Thanks!

Brian 2022-08-07 20:42

Just a note that cliking the internet icon brings up a suggestion to install Chrome, which Slax did by itself.
I tried using slckpkg command to install Mplayer and apparently slckpkg needed updating which I did. Still can't install packages. Libreoffice would be nice.

ia32 please? 2022-08-08 02:49

This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU.
Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.

32-bit x86 build please?

I still regularly use Slax 6.x because despite trying a ton of other LiveCD's over the years since, none of them (including later versions of Slax) can measure up. I'm hoping so much that Slax 15.x being Slackware based can eliminate my need to carry a distro from 2009 around with me, but I still have to deal with some 32-bit x86 machines. PLEASE offer a 32-bit version. Even if you can't give it the same care and attention the 64-bit build gets. Please don't kill off 32-bit support in Slax. Please!!

Thank you so much for all you do.

librehat 2022-08-09 22:30

Congratulations on the new release. It's been a long time since 2013 :)

Lukve 2022-08-10 20:29

Tomas will be posible to create compat32 module for 64bit slackware edition ? i know there exist some from Slackware Live project but this one are too big. and i try to convert some packages from slackware, direct from slackware dvd (xfce4) and txz2sb create sb modules but after new start of slax this create dirs with this content of sb not integrated to live system, its bug or is it correct?

Sergio 2022-08-14 18:43

Hello, I have a problem when doing an apt update I get an error in some of the official Debian 11 repositories, and I can't even install anything. I hope you solve it.

@Juju 2022-08-15 14:37

I have the same problem too. How do you change the /etc/resolv.conf file in order to fix the dns??.
When I did the module and I moved it to module folder, after modify /etc/resolv.conf file in the system, I could see that changes not be apply because the changes of that file isn't catch by savechanges and I could be sure of this when I did dir2sb. So, please tell me, how I do that?

Slax the better distro ever 2022-08-15 22:42

Tomas please let us know how can we install amd driver to recognize hdmi??. please!! a lot of Slaxers suffer for this subject. Slax is the best!!!! I love it

Jek 2022-08-16 22:03

No internet connection !!!

francis 2022-08-18 09:01

@Jek : see the lasts posts :

To solve modifie the file /etc/resolv.conf with nano with an other dns and it's ok
for example : or

francis 2022-08-18 09:06

@juju: problem resolv.conf

sb2dir 01-core.sb
modify the resolv.conf file
dir2sb 01-core...
it's take a time ...

that's all. reboot to check if the internet connection is ok without any change.

Jek 2022-08-18 21:29

@francis thank you, all working !

I love this distributions. Everyone tries to make universal package management systems, a lot of complexity, but in slax everything is simple. It's a great toy. I have to try it as a system for everyday use.

Tomas F 2022-08-20 10:35

Slax 15.0.0 freezes at 8core AMD. It stops at "Triggering udev:"

Aleksandr13 2022-08-29 10:59

How to add driver Realtek 8111H into initrfs.img for PXE BOOT

maschi 2022-09-06 11:37

Hi. Thanks for creating Slax :)

But I have three issues with Slax 15 (and I post them here since I didn't found a bugtracker):

1) firefox doesn't start after installation with "slackpkg install firefox".
Error said something like lbdxxxxx.xx is missing.
I accepted to install all 3 corresponding packages which have been shown as mandatory.

2) Installation of Chrome is not persistent.
After installation via context menu (first time use of "Webbrowser") I configured Chrome and use savechanges and copied the sb-file to the target folder mentioned in the documentation.
However after restart (copy to ram) I needed to install and reconfigure Chrome again, though my bookmarks persisted.

3) Change of screen resolution is not persistent.
It's basically 4k and I changed it 2560x1660.

Is it possible to fix these issues?

Thank you very much :)


goneslax 2022-09-12 04:23

Just tried the Slax - v11.4.0 on my old laptop and it work well unless the network can't connected to the internet. Ping to my local network are fine but ping to internet ip or domain doesn't work.
Does anyone know how to fix this issue ?
I can't install VLC and Chrome because of this issue

parrothead 2022-09-12 12:41

@goneslax See this thread on the Slax google group:


Basically the contents of /etc/resolv.conf are wrong. Edit the file, delete the lines there and put a single nameserver line with the IP of your router and see if that fixes it. If so, consider removing /etc/resolv.conf and replacing with a link pointing to /run/connman/resolv.conf, the file maintained by connmand. This would work in the more general case if you used Slax in different environments (which might have different router IPs). If you always use it on the same home network, just editing /etc/resolv.conf should be enough.


Obi Wan 2022-09-12 13:52

Hi Tomas,
pls keep 32bit version of slax for future, i need it for my thinkpad t60 and for running 32bit games who has 32bit installers. thanks

shevy 2022-09-18 01:29

I think it is great that people can choose distributions. Perhaps you could even make it so
modular that they could have it possible for each different distribution.

And being able to customize it if possible. I remember having used slax many years ago
and it worked very well, but I totally forgot how to remaster it. Age is kicking in here ...

paul 2022-09-20 10:11

in slax version 11.4 don't work command apt-get update

Err:1 http: deb.debian.org debian bullseye InRelease
Temporary failure resolving 'deb.debian.org'
Err:2 http: security.debian.org debian-security bullseye-security InRealease
Temporary failure resolving 'deb.debian.org'

paul 2022-09-20 11:07

in slax version 11.4 problem with dns. Don't ping to host name
ping debian.org or ping deb.debian.org don't work

paul 2022-09-20 12:31

i found in file resolv.conf need change name server to other example google

Svear 2022-09-24 13:12

First of all, sorry for my poor English, I don't speak it very well (i'm french)

I'm sorry but slax11.4 doesn't work, the name resolution is not done (it was perfectly done with slax11.3).
The problem comes from "/etc/resolv.conf" which contains "nameserver" and "nameserver" under slax11.3 and while it contains "nameserver" under slax11.4.

So i ve made a script which contains this code
cat <<_EOT_ >/etc/resolv.conf


Lukve 2022-10-20 15:49

Hi Tomas,

will be posible/ok add to slax this script from finnix linux


its command line wifi_connect systemd compatible script for easy setup wlan

RutRow 2022-10-24 18:12

After installing GIMP (apt install gimp), most of the icons in the menus, tabs and tools seem to be missing. I must be missing a dependent package.

Aleb 2022-11-01 14:13

Greetings to all!
I am interested in how I can install chrome browser instead of chromium in debian.
Thank you in advance for your answers.

kalle123 2022-11-08 15:45

Hi all!

There seems to be a big problem with SLAX 11.4 with ext4, EFI and Nvidia graphic cards.

Ext4 stick does not show up, when CSM mode is deactivated. FAT32 stick shows up, but boot crashes. Swapping my Nvidia GT1030 with an ATI X1550 finally worked. But that issue only refers to EFI mode, legacy mode is not the problem.

Discussing about that in German Debian forum >> debianforum.de/forum/viewtopic.php?t=185491

br KH

kalle123 2022-11-08 17:17

Just received a report from another Debian forum member KP97 who also tried to get SLAX 11.4 working on an Intel NUC i3 with onboard graphic ....

Can also be found here >> debianforum.de/forum/viewtopic.php?t=185491

Hope these message reaches Tomas. Would be a pity, if there is no solution for that flaw ...

br KH

SP 2022-11-15 12:59

Thank you for the hard work, Tomas!

KittyBua 2022-11-22 23:28

what is the best way to update to the new version without reinstalling it! where is everything stored with xterm which file? then you could add things there! Unfortunately, copy and paste does not work in xterm! I saw the file somewhere but couldn't find it! thanks ! you can already make a user name and then start without a password

KittyBua 2022-11-23 10:02

Please No Debian ! Please slax Ubuntu the best way ! Debian is Horror and No good ! I hate Debian ever! I love Ubuntu and slackware ! Debian have many Bugs and No stable ! Debian original is Not stable ! Debain is No good for Image build tuxbox Neutrino etc ! Why debain slax ?? Many people loves Ubuntu and hate Debian !

KittyBua 2022-11-23 12:45

at slackware comes at bootinst.sh ! Line 125 no permission even with sudo sh bootinst.sh

KittyBua 2022-11-23 15:25

In Windows is OK Boot bat

KittyBua 2022-11-23 17:23

Slackware is top thanks

Can add a New User and Passwort adduser Work but No Login ready ? Cant find the xterm.txt File Copy in the .txt ? Xterm No Copy and Paste ? Please Help

KittyBua 2022-11-23 18:16

so found it again at hdd so / then root in .bash_history ! you can insert everything and press the arrow up at xterm then it comes alone! because copy and paste everything then look forward to xterm! useradd works too, but I'm still testing it because he doesn't go into the menu alone! or possibly change in hdd in / then etc in cgconfig.conf ! so that you can see bash and so please switch on hidden folders

Thanks for the best slax slackware! The best is slax slackware, Puppy and Bodhi Ubuntu! All Debian is fail !

KittyBua 2022-11-23 21:52

New Users for slackware

Go Terminal slackpkg install gpg or slackpkg update gpg

and slackpkg install-new wait for ready ! slackpkg update and slackpkg upgrade and so on ! Slackware is very cool

And Here

https: //www.linux-community.de/ausgaben/linuxuser/2021/07/die-neue-version-15-0-von-slackware-linux/2/

KittyBua 2022-11-23 23:25

For gparted Install this all and ready

slackpkg Install cairomm , pangomm , atkmm , glibmm , gtk3 , gtkmm3, libsigc++

KittyBua 2022-11-24 10:33

with slackware when you open gparted or update makes hdd reload 20 windows always open! if you shut down the system then it starts again on its own! unfortunately too many errors too bad because I don't like debain back to bodhi Ubuntu 64bit! It's a shame because slackware is also very good! but as long as errors and slax with debain it's unfortunately nothing for me! debian is the worst ever

KittyBua 2022-11-24 13:55

I Go to original slackware 15 with 64bit this No Problem! Best slackware 64bit and Bodhi Ubuntu 64bit ! All Debian fail and sorry the slax slackware is bugi and fail

KittyBua 2022-11-26 19:45

Hey Thomas Look to salix this is good Image for slax ?

KittyBua 2022-11-27 11:03

In Debian 11.4 is Update fail in Debian Security! No Update No install ready

KittyBua 2022-11-27 13:19

In Debian with Show Hidden Files and in the Folder root and .bash_history have the Terminal History Copy and Paste here and in Terminal ready all History

Peter 2022-12-01 12:57

Thanks! But I love to stay on SLAX based on debian.
PROBLEM on debian 11 slax:
I can not change wlan security options to WPA.
Any help? Needs a fix...?

And my wish for next SLAX: changing themes in FB Menu, i always have to do it for myself...

Greetings from Germany, Favorite Linux ever!

jfk 2023-02-08 02:32

I used the slax-server edition for quit a long time. Look forward seeing how slax has evolved.

Tony 2023-04-05 21:18


I'm using Slax for several years now. But with this version I get this error when trying to generate iso:

"genisoimage: No such file or directory. Invalid node - 'slax/boot/syslinux'."

What is causing this issue and how to fix this?