As its name might suggest, SlaXBMC is a Slackware-based operating system build around the XBMC Media Center application, designed to help you transform a regular computer into a powerful and reliable media center system.
The OS can only be installed on 32-bit or 64-bit PCs
The distribution is available for download as two installable-only ISO images of approximately 700MB in size each. One comes with software packages optimized for 32-bit architectures and the other one for 64-bit hardware platforms.
Therefore, if you own a modern computer, we strongly suggest you to download and install the 64-bit edition of SlaXBMC, otherwise grab the 32-bit flavor as it flies on older machines.
Old-school boot prompt with support for extra parameters
From the boot prompt of the ISO image you will be able to pass extra kernel parameters in case you want to boot an existing operating system or perform a system memory diagnostic test. The default kernel will boot automatically in two seconds.
The entire installation process is text based
Being based on Slackware Linux, SlaXBMC comes with a text-mode installer, which will first require you to choose a keyboard map, login as root (system administrator), as well as to type the “setup” command (without quotes).
To install the OS on your computer, you’ll have to remap your keyboard if you’re not using an US one, set up your swap partition, set up your target partition, choose an installation source, select software packages to install, and select an installation type.
During the the second part of the installation, which takes place after all packages have been installed, you must install the bootloader, configure the network interfaces, system clock and timezone, as well as to set up users and passwords.
It’s also available for Raspberry Pi
Besides 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms, SlaXBMC is also available for the ARM architecture, running very well on the popular Raspberry Pi computer board.