I know there are many slackware'ish distro's out there
but I had to make what I think will be a great distro
Its only a beta for now and too big for CD at 760MB
However it's awesome for USB as it is made with LinuxLiveScripts and so
runs similar to Slax-6.1.2, as it uses the Slax 126.96.36.199 kernel/modules and firmware.
So, I'm not trying to really re-invent the wheel,etc
But, I wanted to instead showcase what a great distro 13 is as a persistent USB.
I know many members here go thru alot to get their 13 setup working off
USB on various PC's
With this setup it will autofind itself on almost any PC, and it runs persistent
The persistent feature is same as Slax's, using either XFS "slaxsave.dat"
of various sizes, 128MB-2GB, or using a folder on hdd/usb
The great thing is it has many features not found in most distros
I did alot of hacking to get the Desktop made from Scratch
Using JWM-2.0.1, some scripts, a couple home-made apps like systray-volume-control and the customizable and updateable JWM menu system.
I think it is awesome and I think you will too
It retains all the Dev and Libs for making stuff from source
and is expandable using Slax modules
So, whats it got?
Lets see some pics
The boot menu, yes the pic is backwards on purpose
The JWM desktop
Heres some of the custom menu entries I made in /usr/share/applications
Note pkgtool, grubconfig, etc
Here note nano and MC as they all(term apps) open up in Terminal
which I stole from my xfce4 setup
and the net stuff
here grubconfig via Terminal from menu, Liloconfig works same
So, heres the details
size 760MB packaged as a .zip, its not a iso!
Build: Slackware current with some SlackBuilds, some source-into-pkg builds, and a couple apps from slacky.
Desktop: JWM-2.0.1 built from modified source
Display Manager: Slim-1.3.1 from SlackBuilds
As with Slax-6.1.2, you should have at least 256mB RAM
and 1GB+ for copy2ram mode
The X configuration is just like absolute's default post-install-first-boot xconfig
if unsure choose vesa or "no"
I also placed a copy of the script for xconfig on the root desktop, the script is vidconfig from /usr/local/sbin
by default it deletes the script after first run so if you are running persistent, dont delete it as you may need
it to rerun if you are on a PC with strange card,etc
Its BEST to always use the vesa option if booting on various PC's in persistent mode!
Here's the download
To install to fat32/ext2/3 USB:
either copy to USB manually(USB must have syslinux/grub installed and boot flag set active)
Or, use the "make_iso.sh" in /boot folder to make a iso
then use Unetbootin to install to USB
To use make_iso.sh open a terminal in /boot folder and enter
it will ask for iso name, make sure you end the name in .iso
like myslax.iso, not myslax
it will boot from a ext2/3 usb using grub.
I plan to have a pre-finished rc1 by next week
If anyone tries it please post comments,etc