SlackEX Current (14.2) 64 bit Live DVD

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

About SlackEX 14.2 64 bit Build 201112 (Enlightenment) and 201105 (Xfce4)

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 (14.2), which I call SlackEX 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.

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. All other packages from SlackEX Build 201105 remain. Most important Refracta Snapshot so you can build your own Slackware distro with Enlightenment 0.24.2. Study the full package LIST.

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 201105 of SlackEX
I have replaced kernel 5.3.0-exton with kernel 5.9.1-exton 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. Xfce 4 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. Note: I have replaced Wicd with NetworkManager. It works better.

MORE NEWS in SlackEX Build 201112/201105
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.
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 (ordinary user) is live. The password for root (superuser) is root.

Login to Enlightenment/Xfce4
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 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.

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 201105 can run from RAM. Use Boot alternative 3 (load to RAM). When the system has booted up you can remove the disc (DVD) or USB stick. You’ll 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! Especially since the ISO file is of only 2120/1960 MB!

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 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 201112/201105) to create your own installable Slackware 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 don’t 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 – 30 min! You’ll find the ISO in /home/snapshots. The whole thing is very simple. Watch a slideshow showing how easy it is to use Refracta Snapshot in Slackware.



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 4.4.190. 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 3.12 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
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 2 - live's Desktop with Xine running - Xfce4
Screenshot 3 - Refracta Snapshot has started - Xfce4
Screenshot 4 - SlackEX running in VirtualBox when Guest additions have been installed - Xfce4
Screenshot 5 - Netflix running in Brave Browser - Xfce4
Screenshot 6 - Showing a Samba connection - Xfce4
Screenshot 7 - Root's Desktop - Enlightenment
Screenshot 8 - Live's Desktop - Enlightenment
Screenshot 9 - 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 file is of 2120 MB respectively 1960 MB.

DOWNLOAD

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

You can also download SlackEX Build 201105 from the Swedish Linux Society.

md5sum for SlackEX 14.2 ISO file - Build 201105

md5sum for SlackEX 14.2 ISO file - Build 201112

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