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Thread: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

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    Apr 2006
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    Hey everyone. I thought I'd start a thread on something that I consider to be a pretty cool LiveCD. A while ago I was looking for a basic liveCD that booted up straight to console, looking for something slim that would boot up quickly and let me make any configuration changes that I needed. I ended up finding Slax Frodo Edition.

    I think it is very nice for when you need to do some quick emergency configuration changes and such.

    I'm just curious if others have tried it and what you think of it.

    Also one thing that I found very cool about this liveCD is that it automatically mounts your partitions for you and puts them all in the /mnt directory. I personally think it would be great if Ubuntu did the same or similar. Having to edit fstab is one thing that I don't think newbies should have to deal with to gain access to all the files on their computer.
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    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    I keep a USB stick with Slax Popcorn on it, plus a few extra modules. I gotta say, Slax is at the top of the heap in my book when it comes to live Linux distros. I love that you can just drop modules into a folder and they're automatically installed at boot. And it's cute, too.

    My next stop will be to build up from Frodo so I can make a personalized GUI. Now if only I had about eight more hours of free time every day. ...
    Ubuntu user #7247 :: Linux user #409907

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    Oct 2005
    Portland, Oregon USA

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    one of my favorite distros is based on SLAX:

    Wolvix Hunter
    Welcome to Wolvix GNU/Linux.
    Wolvix is a LiveDistro build from SLAX . It's a desktop and multimedia oriented Linux distribution designed to suite the needs of regular to advanced desktop users. Wolvix comes with the Xfce desktop environment and the Fluxbox window manager and includes a carefully selected group of development, graphics, multimedia, network and office applications.
    • Modular: Customize Wolvix by adding additional software modules.
    • Portable: Bring Wolvix along wherever you go on CD or USB media.
    • Unintrusive: Clean and uncluttered desktop design.
    • Lightweight: Resource friendly desktop environment.
    Wolvix Hunter is simply a joy to use. Fast, reliable and beautiful with little time needed to customize.
    Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5

    Wolvix | Hunter:

    screenshots | download mirrors | torrent | md5sum | packagelist | changelog

    Hunter is the large 'standard' version of Wolvix, it's designed to fit on 512MB USB Flash Drives and use Wolvix Cub as it's base. It includes more applications, a lot of games and larger packages like Samba, Java and libraries for printer support which it's younger brother Cub doesn't have. Wolvix Hunter is desktop and multimedia oriented operating system for everyday computing tasks , fun and entertainment. It comes with both the Xfce desktop environment and the Fluxbox window manager.
    New in the Wolvix 1.0.5 series is the Wolvix Control Panel (WCP) which is a suite of admin utillites. It's in early development, but still features a handfull of applications like the 'Wolvix Installer' which enables you to install Wolvix to your hard drive. (Both 'Normal' and 'Frugal' install.) And install Wolvix to a USB Flash Drive. WCP also has tools for X-window configuration and lets you start/stop and configure CUPS easily. (Wolvix Control Panel is developed by: Oithona.)


    Wolvix Hunter features these applications, a bunch of games and more:
    • Medit, a useful programming and around-programming text editor.
    • SciTE, a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs.
    • KompoZer, a complete Web Authoring System to rival programs like FrontPage & Dreamweaver.
    • Bluefish, a powerful editor for experienced web designers and programmers.
    • Comix, a image viewer specifically designed to handle comic books.
    • Gtkam, a frontend to gphoto2 digital camera access library.
    • Xara Xtreme, a powerful, general purpose graphics program.
    • Gimp, a tool for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
    • GQview, an image viewer featuring single click file viewing, external editor support, thumbnail preview, and zoom features.
    • mtPaint, a simple painting program designed for creating icons and pixel based artwork.
    • gnormalize, an audio converter, encoder, ripper, meta data (tag) editor and audio cd player.
    • Grip, a CD player and CD ripper/encoder.
    • GnomeBaker, a CD/DVD burning application.
    • OGMRip, an application and a set of libraries for ripping and encoding DVD into AVI/OGM files using a wide variety of codecs.
    • dvd::rip, a full featured DVD copy program.
    • gtkpod, a GUI for Apple's iPod. It allows you to import your existing iTunes database, to add songs, podcasts, video and cover art and to edit ID3 tags.
    • Neutrino, a GUI for managing your Creative Nomad / DAP Jukeboxes.
    • MPlayer, a movie player which supports a wide range of video file formats.
    • VLC, a multimedia player for various audio and video formats, DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
    • Xine, a free multimedia player. It plays back CDs, DVDs, and VCDs.
    • Audacious, a multimedia player based on the look of WinAmp. It plays MPEG layer 1/2/3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, all formats supported by libmikmod, and CD audio.
    • gmusicbrowser, a jukebox for large collections of mp3/ogg/flac audio files.
    • Audacity, a tool for recording and editing sounds.
    • streamtuner, a stream directory browser. It offers an intuitive interface to Internet radio directories.
    • EasyTAG, a utility for viewing and editing tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MusePack and Monkey's Audio files.
    • Kino, a non-linear DV editor. It features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture, VTR control, and recording back to the camera.
    • Tunderbird, a full-featured email application.
    • BitTorrent, a tool for copying files from one machine to another.
    • gFTP, a multithreaded file transfer client.
    • GProFTPd, a fast and easy to use administration tool for the Proftpd standalone server.
    • Gaim, a multi-protocol instant messenger client.
    • XChat, a graphical IRC client.
    • Drivel, a client for working with online journals, also known as weblogs or simply blogs.
    • Wireshark, a network protocol analyzer, or "packet sniffer".
    • Pan, a Usenet newsreader useful for both text-based and binaries newsgroups.
    • Chestnut Dialer, a PPP dialing program.
    • Gnome PPX, a Broadband Connectivity Suite.
    • Grsync, a GUI for rsync, the command line directory synchronization tool.
    • GSAMBAD, an easy to use frontend for the SAMBA file and print server.
    • LinNeighbourhood, a GUI frontend running over Samba and Smbmount.
    • gSTM, a frontend for SSH tunneling.
    • tsclient, a frontend for rdesktop and other remote desktop tools.
    • Dillo, a very fast, extremely small Web browser.
    • Firefox, the award winning Mozilla's next generation browser.
    • WiFi Radar, a utility for managing, scanning, and auto-connecting to WiFi profiles.
    • xCHM, a viewer for Compiled HTML Help (CHM) files.
    • Evince, a document viewer for multiple document formats like pdf, postscript, dvi and many others.
    • gLabels, a label and business card creation program.
    • NoteCase, a hierarchical text notes organizer (aka. outliner).
    • Leafpad, a simple text editor.
    • Gnumeric, a spreadsheet.
    • Xpad, a sticky note application that strives to be simple, fault-tolerant, and customizable.
    • AbiWord, a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.
    • Xarchiver, a lightweight frontend to arj,7z,rar,zip,tar,bzip, gzip and RPM.
    • emelFM2, a two-pane Northon Commander like file manager.
    • Xfe, a lightweight and fast MS-Explorer like file manager.
    • Firestarter, a visual firewall program.
    • Gnome Nettool, a set of front-ends to various networking command-line tools, like ping, netstat, ifconfig, whois, traceroute, finger.
    • Gslapt, a frontend to slapt-get, an APT like system for Slackware package management.
    • Gparted, hard drive partition editor.
    Wolvix Hunter is my next favorite distro next to rpath.
    Last edited by RAV TUX; November 20th, 2006 at 02:46 AM.

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    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    Right on. I downloaded Wolvix after I saw where you mentioned it in another thread. It's very sharp. I have it as a backup boot disc at work, for when the XP machines have nervous breakdowns.

    My IT team hates me.
    Ubuntu user #7247 :: Linux user #409907

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    Oct 2005
    Portland, Oregon USA

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla View Post
    Right on. I downloaded Wolvix after I saw where you mentioned it in another thread. It's very sharp. I have it as a backup boot disc at work, for when the XP machines have nervous breakdowns.

    My IT team hates me.
    If I hadn't found rpath for my 64 bit computer, Wolvix Hunter would probably be my primary OS.

  6. #6
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    Sep 2006
    Los Angeles, CA USA

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    Thanks for the heads-up on Wolvix. Wonderful distro. It's very similar to Vector Linux, but, I definitely prefer Wolvix.

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    Oct 2005
    Portland, Oregon USA

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    Quote Originally Posted by dakini View Post
    Thanks for the heads-up on Wolvix. Wonderful distro. It's very similar to Vector Linux, but, I definitely prefer Wolvix.
    Thanks, Wolvix is a first class OS. Others could learn from their success.

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    Jul 2006
    Karuna OS User
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    slax was one of the first linux distros i ever tried back then i never knew what a live cd was, though lol. i soon learned, and i do still occasionally use popcorn, as i don't like kde much.
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    Jul 2006
    Aiken, South Carolina
    Ubuntu CE

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    I tried Slax in VMWare Player and liked it. The "Kill Bill" edition was quite interesting,,,

  10. #10
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    Mar 2006
    Bucharest, Romania
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Anyone use Slax (particularly Frodo edition)

    I always have a mini cd with slax around
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