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 13.37, which I call SlackEX 13.37 Xfce4/Razor-qt 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, Sbopkg and Gslapt – a GTK version of slapt-get. They are a piece of cake to use! Slackpkg and Gslapt are preinstalled in SlackEX 13.37. Users of Synaptic will feel at ease with Gslapt.
SlackEX 13.37 also has elements of Slax. Kernel 3.3.1-exton and Xfce 4.8 is used. I have installed Xfce 4.8 myself. KDE is otherwise the default Window Manager in Slackware 13.37. The system can easily be installed to hard disk (during a live session) using a setup program/script, which I call Slack-Installer. Best is to install SlackEX on a USB stick. Any changes you make to the system can be saved directly on the stick. If you choose to install SlackEX to hard disk from your USB stick all your changes are transferred to hard disk. Se below how to do that.
New features in version 120408 of SlackEX (compared with the previous version from 111023)
I have replaced kernel 3.0.4-exton with kernel 3.3.1-exton with support for “everything”. Kernel 3.3.1 is the latest available kernel on kernel.org. Almost all other component software is also upgraded to the latest version by now (2012-04-08 – LIST).
Screenshot of SlackEX´s Xfce 4.8 Desktop »