A new version of the Slax lightweight distribution has recently been released, a version called Slax 9.2.1. A version that comes out after two years of silence from its developers.
Slax 9.2.1 continues to focus on the world of low-resource teams, being once again one of the most powerful light distributions on the market, but it also brings news, important news that will make us abandon the distribution or not.
The new version of Slax will not use Slackware as the base distribution but will be Debian. The project manager affirms that the change is due to the fact that Debian is a more appropriate distribution for his day-to-day life and he imagines that it is also for other users.
Unleashing once again the controversy about which distribution is easier for the user / developer. In any case, Debian 9 will be the basis of this new version, a light base as the installation image only occupies 200 Mb.
Slax 9.2.1 has no desktop but will use Thunar, Fluxbox as a window manager and xLunch as a panel program. This software will be accompanied by Chromium, Leafpad as a text editor and a terminal emulator. It is curious that Tomas Matejicek has decided to skimp on many functions of the distribution but he has not done so with the web browser.
Possibly because your daily work, like the work of many other users, is based on the WWW and not on local applications. The kernel of this distribution is a long support kernel, specifically Kernel 4.9, the same kernel that currently has the Debian distribution. Slax is a very popular lightweight distribution, the installation image can be obtained from the official website of the project.
I have personally tested this lightweight distribution and it is one of the best distributions that exist for teams with few resources, but it is true that its appeal was in its Slackware base, something that it has currently lost and its users may or may not. What do you think? Do you think Slax will stop being more interesting because of this change? Have you ever tried Slax?