The new version of Slax changes Slackware for Debian

The new version of Slax with Debian

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?


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  1.   rodrigo said

    The project manager has no stamina. It's a cold chest for switching to debian. SLAX sos from B.

  2.   Carlos said

    what's its name now, because Slax is already dead, debianX? And if, as Rodrigo says, the project manager can't stand the rags!

  3.   pavlus said

    I did not start either the 64 or the 32 on different machines

  4.   Miguel said

    Well the change, Slax had permanent software update problems and dependencies

    The last time I tried it, it had versions of firefox 3 years out of date, with the debian repository this will be solved.

  5.   xavisan said

    I work with debian distribution, but I would like to be able to insert the slackware package into debian, to be able to work with the two distributions, debian & slax

  6.   Xavisan said

    I was fascinated when slackware marketing went into orbit, but when I saw that the distribution was ubuntuu, an image came to me very quickly in my thoughts.

    ubuntu = holes and bugs in droves

  7.   Santiago said

    It's not the same anymore; the essence of this distro was to be a portable Slackware. Big mistake to have left Slackware as the main system. In terms of "stability" Debian and Slackware have very similar policies: they prefer to run versions of software from 3 years ago but that the system is totally solid. Slackware also offers support, it is not a dead distro far from it. I will not understand the reason for the change and, for my part, I leave Slax (I have been using it for several years) and move to Porteus. Totally disappointed with the switch to Debian.

  8.   David G. said

    I have been looking for a Debian based distro that is lightweight, the new slax seems to be the alternative. Personally I am satisfied with the deb package, at some point I tried a light distro based on slackware, at first I tried to install a common program of daily use for me, from the terminal and its package manager (it was in the repositories). It didn't work, a dependency error; It is not that it does not happen in debian or other distros, but that disappoints and makes you go back to what you know. Not to mention that most programs that are not free software, such as skype, teamviewer, have their deb and rpm versions, which generally include the repository once installed. I don't really need a lightweight distro, because the Debian standard with XFCE does not exceed the requirements of my laptop (the RAM consumption with the desktop at rest is 12%) but if a modest laptop needs me to install something light, it is very likely to take slax into account. Although yes, it is regrettable that the slackware base is lost, for those who prefer it. Perhaps the developer can provide you with a script that installs the window manager and other components, to mount it on top of another slackware-based distro. Or just find another similar slackware-based distro.