About SlackEX 14.2 64 bit Build 201112 (Enlightenment) and
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
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
will feel at ease with GSlapt.
NEWS ABOUT SlackEX Build 201112 with the Enlightenment
A new extra version of SlackEX is ready. In this version I've
replaced Xfce4 with Enlightenment0.24.2 - 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
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
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
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
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.
finally works so that you can connect to your Windows
computers in your Network. Watch this screenshot.
4. I've installed the SLiM
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.
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!
X is auto-configured during the boot from the DVD or the USB
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
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
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
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
More about how
to use Slackpkg...
Other considerations Disclaimer: This is
experimental software. Use at your own risk. Under no
circumstances may C A Exton or exton.se be held liable for
damage to hardware or software, lost data or other damage
either direct or indirect caused by using this software.