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-├ętienne 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?