SlackEX Current (15.0 BETA) 64 bit Live DVD

Run latest Slackware 64 bit live and create your own live installable Slackware system with Refracta Snapshot!

About SlackEX 15.0/14.2 64 bit Build 210501 (LXQt), Build 210422 (Xfce4) and 201112 (Enlightenment)

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 (15.0/14.2), which I call SlackEX 15.0/14.2/Current 64 bit Linux Live DVD, 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. (Only in the Enlightenment version though).

NEWS ABOUT SlackEX 15.0 BETA with LXQT
Because I like Slackware so much I've made a new extra version of SlackEX 15.0 BETA. This time with LXQt as Desktop environment. LXQt is a lightweight Qt desktop environment. It will not get in your way. It will not hang or slow down your system. It is focused on being a classic desktop with a modern look and feel. LXQt is not included in Slackware's repositories. I've built the LXQt packages following the instructions at Gitlab.com. If you already have Slackware/SlackEX installed to hard drive you can do the same. (If you want LXQt). It's very easy if you have KDE installed. Otherwise you'll have to install some KDE/LXQt dependencies. Not that difficult though. So SlackEX Build 210501 is a live remaster of Slackware 15.0 BETA. You can install SlackEX to hard drive and also use Refracta Snapshot for creating your very own live installable Slackware 15.0 system. Two kernels are included in Build 210501. While running SlackEX live (from a DVD or USB stick) kernel 5.9.6-exton will be used. After a hard drive installation kernel 5.10.32-exton will be used. Kernel 5.10.32 is a long term release (LTS). To be able to create your own Slackware 15.0 system you will have to use (boot up with) kernel 5.9.6-exton. Study all pre-installed packages in Build 210501…

NEWS ABOUT SlackEX 15.0 BETA with Xfce4
Slackware is not dead
even though not much has happen since Slackware 14.2 was released in July 2016. The main differences of Slackware 15 are booked to updating the versions of programs, including the transition to the Linux 5.10 kernel, a set of GCC compilers 10.3 and the system library glibc 2.33. SlackEX Build 210422 is a live remaster of Slackware 15.0 BETA. You can install SlackEX to hard drive and also use Refracta Snapshot for creating your very own live installable Slackware 15.0 system. Two kernels are included in Build 210422. While running SlackEX live (from a DVD or USB stick) kernel 5.9.1-exton will be used. After a hard drive installation kernel 5.11.14-exton will be used. To be able to create your own Slackware 15.0 system you will have to use (boot up with) kernel 5.9.1-exton. Study all pre-installed packages in Build 210422…

NEWS ABOUT SlackEX Build 201112 with the Enlightenment Desktop
A new extra version of SlackEX is ready. In this version I've replaced Xfce4 with Enlightenment 0.24.2 - latest version. I've also replaced kernel 5.9.1-exton with kernel is 5.9.6-exton. This version of SlackEX is unique. You can't find another Linux system with the latest Enlightenment version. When installing version 0.24.2 I followed the instructions here. The whole thing was very time consuming since a lot of dependencies had to be satisfied. The most important package installed is Refracta Snapshot. With that you can build your own Slackware distro with Enlightenment 0.24.2. Study the full package LIST.

Known problem in Build 210501
To be able to run MPlayer (Movie player) you'll have to install the missing package mpg123 with slackpkg install mpg123. Watch this screenshot.

Known problems in Build 201112
1. When logged in to Enlightenment you will see an error message about the .cache folder. It is fixed by running the command sudo chmod 777 .cache/efreet - screenshot.
2. When logged in as the live user you won't automatically enjoy the very nice icon theme Papirus. Change to Papirus (if you want to) as screenshot 1 and screenshot 2 show.

NEW features in version 210501 of SlackEX
Kernel 5.9.6-exton is kept so that Refracta Snapshot can be used. Using Refracta Snapshot you can change everything and create your very own Slackware 15.0 system. Read more about Refracta below. LXQt is used as Desktop environment. Furthermore I have installed Grub2, which can be used as boot loader (if you want) after a hard drive install using Refracta Installer. A lot of other Slackware packages are pre-installed. Study the full package LIST. Log in to LXQt as the ordinary user user with password live or as root with password root. While running SlackEX LXQt in VirtualBox you can do so in full screen since VirtualBox Guest Additions are pre-installed (as regards both kernels). Watch this screenshot.

NEW features in version 210422 of SlackEX
Kernel 5.9.1-exton is kept so that Refracta Snapshot can be used. Using Refracta Snapshot you can change everything and create your very own Slackware system. Read more about Refracta below. LXQt is used as Desktop environment. Furthermore I have installed Grub2, which can be used as boot loader (if you want) after a hard drive install using Refracta Installer. A lot of other Slackware packages are pre-installed. Study the full package LIST. Log in to LXQt as the ordinary user user with password live or as root with password root.

MORE NEWS in SlackEX Build 201112/210422/210501
1. The very nice icon theme Papirus is installed and used.
2. I've installed the Brave Browser so that you can enjoy Netflix while running SlackEX. Only in Build 201112 though. In Build 210422 and Build 210501 you can use Firefox for Netflix.
3. Samba finally works so that you can connect to your Windows computers in your Network. Watch this screenshot.
4. I've installed the SLiM Login Manager.

Passwords

The password for live/user (ordinary user) is live. The password for root (superuser) is root.

Login to Enlightenment/Xfce4/LXQt
When the boot process is ready you will end up at SLiM's Login Manager - screenshot. Login as root (superuser) with password root or as the ordinary user live/user with password live. You can of course install another display manager if your prefer that, but you won't be able to log in as root then. NOTE: You can only use the
Brave Browser when logged in as live in Build 201112. In Build 210501 and 210422 only Firefox is installed. Firefox can be used also when logged in 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 live (from a DVD or a USB stick). It might help if you have a SWAP space on your computer.

Running SlackEX from RAM
Another big improvement is that SlackEX Build 210501/210422/201112 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 2 (load to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You will need at least 2 GB RAM to run SlackEX that way. Running from RAM means that the system will run faster than from a DVD or a USB stick. Everything will be super fast I would say!

Configuring X

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

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

Other Desktop environments
You can of course install other Desktop environments (if you don't like LXQt, Xfce4 or Enlightenment). KDE is Slackware's standard Desktop. It can be installed with the command sudo slackpkg install kde. Watch a screenshot when I'm running SlackEX in VMware and using KDE. Note that SlackEX is running in full screen in VMware. That's because I've installed open-vm-tools. For some unknown reason you can't use open-vm-tools when using Enlightenment as Desktop environment in SlackEX. You can also not benefit from the VirtualBox Guest Additions when running SlackEX in VirtualBox and using Enlightenment. I.e. you cannot run SlackEX in full screen in VMware or VirtualBox when using the Enlightenment Desktop environment.

Sudo
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.

Important about Refracta

You can use the Refracta Snapshot (pre-installed in SlackEX Build 210501/210422/201112) to create your own installable Slackware 15.0 BETA/14.2 Live DVD once you have installed SlackEX to hard drive. I mean change everything and then create a whole new Slackware live system. Open up a terminal as root and start Refracta Snapshot with the command refractasnapshot. Watch this screenshot. You do not even have to install SlackEX to hard drive before you can use the Refracta Snapshot. If you have plenty of RAM you can create a new (your own!) Slackware system while running SlackEX from a DVD or a USB stick. Please note that the whole Refracta process (creating your new ISO) will only take 10 to 30 min! You will find the ISO in /home/snapshots. The whole thing is very simple.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can only use Refracta Snapshot with "my" special kernels 5.9.6/5.9.1-exton. I.e. it won't be possible if you use Slackware's latest original kernel 5.10. Once you have installed SlackEX to hard drive you can (of course) switch to Slackware's kernel if you like.

Install SlackEX to hard drive using Refracta Installer

Use this INSTRUCTION. You can (if you want) use Grub2 (new GRUB) as boot loader - screenshot of the boot screen. (Slackware original still uses LILO).

Install SlackEX to a USB stick
Use Rufus 3.13 in Windows or the dd-command in Linux. No persistence.

Slackpkg
Slackpkg is very easy to use. Basically only five commands:
slackpkg update
slackpkg upgrade-all
slackpkg clean-system (be careful!)
slackpkg install MyNecessaryProgram
slackpkg remove MyUnnecessaryProgram
More about how to use Slackpkg...

SCREENSHOTS
Screenshot 1 - root's Desktop when Refracta Installer has started - Xfce4
Screenshot 1B - root's Desktop when Refracta Snapshot has started - LXQt
Screenshot 2 - user's Desktop - Xfce4
Screenshot 2B - user's Desktop - LXQt
Screenshot 3 - Refracta Snapshot has started in VirtualBox - Xfce4
Screenshot 4 - SlackEX running in VirtualBox when Guest additions have been installed - Xfce4
Screenshot 5 - Showing a Samba connection - Xfce4
Screenshot 5B - Showing a Samba connection - LXQt
Screenshot 6 - Root's Desktop - Enlightenment
Screenshot 7 - Live's Desktop - Enlightenment
Screenshot 8 - Root's Desktop when running in full screen in VMware Player - KDE (not pre-installed)

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

The ISO files are of 2640 MB, 2660 MB respectively 2120 MB.

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Download SlackEX (all versions) from SourceForge.net (ISO) - Fast, secure and free downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory.

You can also download SlackEX 15.0 Build 210422 from the Swedish Linux Society.

md5sum for SlackEX 15.0 (LXQt) ISO file - Build 210501

md5sum for SlackEX 15.0 (Xfce4) ISO file - Build 210422


md5sum for SlackEX 14.2 (Enlightenment) ISO file - Build 201112

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