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About SLAX - Live CD

SLAX is a small distro which fits on a small (3.14") CD-ROM disc. It runs directly from the CD (or USB) without installing to the hard disk. It is based on the Slackware Linux distribution and uses the Unification File System, allowing read-only filesystem to behave as a writable one, saving all changes to memory.

Slax has support for 28 different languages.

SLAX 6.0.3 Key Facts

Tomas Matejicek
Free to download
18 March 2008
Installation Media:
CD (1)
Architectures supported:
Package Management:
Official Website:

KDE 3.5.9
Xfce -
OpenOffice -
Evolution -
Firefox -
Gimp -
Python -
Apache -
PostgreSQL -
GNU Compiler Collection 4.2.3

You need at least 32 MB of RAM to boot slax. More detailed description follows:


either IDE connected CDROM (to boot from the CD)
or USB FlashDisk (to boot from the mass storage device)
or maybe some harddisk (to boot SLAX from the disk)


either non-emulation booting enabled (to boot from the CD)
or USB FlashDrive booting enabled (to boot from the mass storage device)


36 MB to boot slax.
96 MB to run Xwindow with fluxbox
144 MB to run Xwindow with KDE
328 MB to be able to use copy2ram cheatcode


i486 or better, Pentium or AMD are both OK.

Peripheral devices

some keyboard
PS/2 or USB connected mouse (required for Xwindow only)
serial (COM) mouse is not automatically recognized, but can be used


No harddisk is required


6.x (current release)
tuxmachines,, zZine, tuxmachines, TOD-OS (Spanish)

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites

Slax Newsletter
Slax Forums, MySlax Creator, Slax Guide

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