SliTaz GNU/Linux 4.0 / 5.0 RC2

A free and minimalistic GNU/Linux distribution that uses BusyBox, Linux kernel and free software
SliTaz GNU/Linux
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SliTaz GNU/Linux is an open source Linux operating system that provides a minimalistic environment build around the handy Busybox command-line application. The main goal of the SliTaz project is to have a GNU/Linux distribution that works entirely in RAM (system memory), is installable to a disk drive, supports the French and English languages, and provides high performance and PC recycling.

Uses the JWM window manager

With an ISO image of less than 30MB, the SliTaz GNU/Linux operating system provides a minimalistic live environment powered by the JWM window manager. The boot menu features no more than five live modes, including core, base, GTK only and Just X. However, most users should use the “SliTaz Live” entry, which is also the default selection. But except for the “justX” one, all the other entries will provide a shell prompt.

Users are dropped to a shell prompt

In addition, users can also change the system language, check the media for errors, use the command-line, boot the system from the web (gPXE), and reboot the machine. Before using the live environment, user will be asked to select the preferred language for the system, as well as the keyboard layout. As mentioned above, you will be dropped to a shell prompt where you’ll need to login with the root/root username and password.

Quick access to over 3,300 pacakges

If you use the “justX” live session, a terminal emulator will be displayed, which provides instant access to hundreds of Linux commands, various rescue tools, and much more. An IRC client, an email client, an instant messaging client, a sound file editor, as well as over 3,300 other packages are easily installable from the default repositories with a single mouse click.

Bottom line

SliTaz GNU/Linux is a Linux operating system for hardcore UNIX/Linux users who want to use it as a system rescue CD, as well as other baisc system administration tasks.

Reviewed by , last updated on September 20th, 2014

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What's New in version 5.0 RC2
  • We have done a huge amount of work fixing bugs from RC1 with about 500 commits in our Mercurial repositories. All the 4300 packages have been rebuilt to found and fix bugs and to ensure everything can be rebuilt from source by advanced users.
  • We took a lot of time to improve users experience with our default and custom LXDE desktop. Polkit and udisks configuration have been fixed to handle correctly external devices and internal hard disk partitions.
  • The RC2 support a new installation method. SliTaz can be installed into a single directory without partitionning any hard disk. This method work with all file systems including NTFS and FAT32.
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