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"I'd like to announce an update of Slax live Linux, version 7.0.6. The main changes are the new Linux kernel 3.8.2 and updated KDE 4.10.1. It was a bit harder than I expected, mostly due to some really odd changes made by KDE developers, which I had to work around to get the same functionality as we are used to. Raw changelog: fixed missing notification when module is activated or deactivated; upgraded all packages to reflect changes in Slackware 'Current'; Updated Firefox to 19.0.2; show date on taskbar under current time; the device notifier in KDE is now hidden since it was showing on mad positions. The Slax size has increased by about 3 MB due to new stuff provided by KDE."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
A portable Linux that doesnít have to be installed
Not a lot of software
Slax, like Knoppix and Puppy, is designed to be run from a USB stick or CD. In fact, thereís no installer: if you want it on a hard disk, itís up to you to get it there. There are different images for each supported language, each coming as an iso file for a CD or a zip file for USB. The latter includes software to make it bootable. If you use a USB stick, configuration and extra software can be stored on it. They recommend a minimum of 256MB of RAM. It can be loaded to RAM when booting, in which case 768MB would be desirable. This review is actually of 7.0.8, but it didít seem worthwhile to make a new entry for a minor version.
The desktop is a skilfully de-bloated KDE, which runs well on older computers. The software supplied included Firefox, Pidgin, Smplayer, Juk, Kolourpaint, dial-up internet support, and a few games. Media codecs and the Flash plug-in were also included. All ran from the CLI without serious warnings. Extra software is installed in a rather unusual way. You download a module from the website, click on that in your file manager, and the program is installed. The repository is small but adequate, including things like LibreOffice, VLC, and Homebank. I had one strange problem. Everything worked when I copied to RAM, but the wrong video driver was selected if I tried to run from the disk!
Knoppix and Puppy offer more software; Knoppix needs more RAM than Slax and Puppy less; Slax is multilingual, Puppy largely English-language; Slax uses KDE, Puppy has JWM and Knoppix defaults to LXDE. If you want a portable Linux, all three are worth trying.