So What is Slax?
Slax is a distribution of Linux that is designed from the ground up to be a portable operating system. It is meant to be run off of a USB drive, though you can run it from a LiveCD as well as manage to get it onto a hard drive with a little bit of tinkering. The reason why a hard drive installation requires tinkering is because the creator does not include an installation tool and I think that is to is credit. Before going an further, please check out Tomas-M’s blog (http://www.tomas-m.com/blog/). He is the creator of Slax and even offers the purchase of a USB drive that will contain the next release of Slax, Slax 7 (more on that later).
You admire the coding of Slax. It’s a full KDE Linux distribution with a base image size of less than 200 MB. That is simply impressive by any standard. Though you should support Tomas-M by purchasing a USB drive, it isn’t necessary. The download and installation of Slax to a USB drive, depending on your connection speed, should take somewhere on the average of about 10-15 minutes. It’s that easy.
Another brilliant part of the coding, is that it runs completely from system ram, which makes Slax one of the speediest Linux distros I’ve tried. No, it’s not on the level of lightweight distributions such as Puppy Dog Linux or the up and coming Slitax, but given the fact that it does contain a full KDE desktop install, this should be a negligible fact. The new Slax 7 is definitely something to keep an eye out. Though the final release has yet to be announced, Tomas-M has released three different release candidates on his blog. Please check these out. They have the new KDE 4 desktop and it simply looks great. The glass interface and simplicity starts to make Mac OS X and even the classic windows desktop feel dated and sluggish. If you download the current version, Slax 6, from the website and complete the installation you’ll end up with the standard Slax desktop which looks like this:
The default wallpaper just makes you feel at home, if your a Linux user. It comes pre-installed with a lot of great software and most if not all of the KDE application suite. The other notable mention about Slax is the modular design. It simplifies the process of installing new applications. Modules can be found on the Slax website which can simply be downloaded and dropped onto the USB drive or simply through the included installer. Once again, you can see the brilliant coding behind Slax. It’s a project worth supporting and operating system worth checking out. It’s especially ideal for those who switch computers frequently in everyday life. You’re desktop, your operating system never changes. It also has obvious security advantages. Everything is stored on the USB drive and you can always encrypt your data. With excellent design, coding, lightweight-size, and full KDE desktop, Slax is a must try.
I’m giving Slax a 4.5/5. Check it out.