Linux Distributions

SliTaz – Live CD operating system

SliTaz is a free, lightweight Linux distribution working completely in memory from removable media such as a CD-ROM or USB key. It is light, speedy and fully installable on a hard drive. SliTaz stands for “Simple, Light, Incredible, Temporary Autonomous Zone”.

The default ISO image provides 4 flavors: base, just-x, gtk-only and the full desktop. SliTaz can also be booted from the web, customized to match any needs and installed on a wide range of devices from old computers, to powerful servers and small ARM devices such as the Raspberry Pi.

  • Root filesystem taking up about 100 MB and ISO image of less than 40 MB.
  • Ready to use Web/FTP server powered by Busybox with CGI support.
  • Browse the Web with Midori, Firefox or Lynx in text mode.
  • Sound support provided by Alsa mixer, audio player and CD ripper/encoder.
  • Chat, mail and FTP clients.
  • SSH client and server powered by Dropbear.
  • Database engine with SQLite.
  • Generate a LiveUSB device.
  • Tools to create, edit or burn CD or DVD images.
  • Elegant desktop with Openbox running on the top of Xorg/Xvesa (X server).
  • Homemade graphical boxes to command line utilities.
  • 4967 packages easily installable from the mirror.
  • Active and friendly community.
SliTaz in action
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Working state:Active
Init Software:Custom
Package Management:TazPKG
Release Model:Fixed
Developer:Christophe Lincoln
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

What's a Linux distribution ("distro")?

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Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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Yudhvir Singh Sidhu
Yudhvir Singh Sidhu
23 days ago

I have loved this distro because it is simple. Simple to create you own iso. Simple utilities. However it does not recognize my wifi card. It is an intel pro card.