SlackEX Current (14.2) 64 bit Live USB

Run latest Slackware 64 bit live with kernel 4.7.1!

About SlackEX 14.2 64 bit Build 160817

Slackware is the first widely-used Linux system, which is still developing. Slackware has existed since 1993. In comparison with for example Ubuntu and Linux Mint, many people believe that Slackware is "difficult". Any novice can quickly learn to use Ubuntu they say. My remaster of Slackware Current (upcoming 14.2), which I call SlackEX 14.2/Current 64 bit Linux Live USB, is however just as easy to use as Ubuntu and/or Linux Mint. Some tend to complain that the Program Management in Slackware is awkward. That was perhaps earlier the case, but not anymore. Now we have the Application Managers Slackpkg and GSlapt - a GTK version of slapt-get. They are a piece of cake to use! Users of Synaptic will feel at ease with GSlapt.

New features in version 160817 of SlackEX
I have replaced kernel 4.6.4-x86_64-exton with kernel 4.7.1-x86_64-exton with support for “everything”. Most important is that I have changed repositories from Slackware 14.1 to Current. I.e. Slackware 14.2. KDE is upgraded to version 4.14.21 (latest KDE version). All other component software is also upgraded to the latest Slackware Current version by now. I may also mention in particular GParted 0.24.0 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), VirtualBox 5.1.4 (latest, not in Slackware’s repositories), Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86 (not in Slackware’s repositories), Gimp 2.8.10 (installed from source), GSlapt 0.5.3h, Firefox 48.0.1, Thunderbird 45.2.0, Samba 4.4.5 and GCC 5.4.0. Furthermore I have installed Grub2, which can be used as boot loader (if you want) after a hard drive install. Study the full package LIST. Note: I have replaced Wicd with NetworkManager. It works better. Most important: This version of SlackEX has to be installed to a USB Pen Drive!

The password for root (superuser) is root. Note: You can only run SlackEX live (from a USB stick) as root.

Requirements to run SlackEX satisfactory quickly
SlackEX is a "big" Linux system. You need att least 1024 MB RAM in order to run the system satisfactory from DVD. It might help if you have a SWAP space on your computer.

Configuring X
X is auto-configured during the boot from the DVD or the USB pen drive.

Configure Nvidia
In version 160817 of SlackEX Nvidia's proprietary Graphic driver 367.35 (latest driver) is installed. Look here to see if your card is supported. To use the driver when running SlackEX live or from hard drive you shall run the command nvidia-xconfig (as root). Then leave X by pressing Ctrl Alt F1 simultaneously. Log in again as root and run the command startx to enter X and KDE again. If your card is supported you will notice a big difference!

Default language
The default language (locale) is set to English.

Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Mint and many other so-called beginner distributions (and other Linux systems) use sudo to do something that requires root (superuser) privileges. There really is no need for a root password. "Examples of Command": sudo mkdir /usr/MyFiles. You can also directly become root with sudo su. Read HERE about how Sudo works. I have installed the Sudo program in SlackEX. This means, among other things, that Linux users used to Ubuntu can identify with SlackEX.

Install SlackEX to hard drive
Use this INSTRUCTION. You can (if you want) use Grub2 (new GRUB) as boot loader. (Slackware original still uses LILO).

Install SlackEX to a USB stick
Please read my INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS. NOTE: All system changes are PERSISTENT.

Your Network - access to Windows PCs
If you want to use Samba to access Windows computers in your home Network just start up Konqueror and go, for example, to the address smb:// (Your Windows computer's IP address in the Network). Check it by opening a command prompt and run the ipconfig command on the current Windows computer. You can also just go to smb://workgroup (if your Network is named WORKGROUP).

Google Chrome in SlackEX
You can easily install Google Chrome if you want. Necessary for watching Netflix movies. Follow this instruction. For Google Chrome to run you also have to install GConf with slapt-get --install GConf. In version 160817 of SlackEX Google Chrome is pre-installed.

Why Slackware?
Slackware is grossly underestimated (in my opinion). This article give you ten (10) reasons to choose Slackware.

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