How to create a Portable SLAX USB Flash Drive. This guide will show you how to easily install SLAX to a portable USB device via Windows. SLAX is a small Live Linux CD distribution created by Tomas Matejicek. SLAX is basically a stripped down version of Slackware Linux. It uses the unification file system or (unionfs) allowing a read only filesystem to behave as a writable filesystem which allows the user to save system wide changes without a secondary persistent partition.
Newer versions of Slax (6.0.3+) appear to include install scripts and persistence is automatic.
SLAX 6.0.3 Screenshot:
Distribution Home Page: Slax.org
Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 256MB
Persistent Feature: Yes
USB SLAX creation Basic essentials:
- A 256MB or larger USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
- 7-Zip or other archive extraction tool
- Windows Host to perform the USB install
SLAX USB installation tutorial:
This tutorial is obsolete! This tutorial or version of Linux is old. Please use the Universal USB Installer instead, as it can be used to install the latest version.
- Download the SLAX for USB .tar file
- Using 7-Zip extract the files from the slax-6.x.x.tar to the root of your USB stick
- Navigate to the boot folder on your “USB device” and click bootinst.bat (Click Continue if the following error appears)
- Follow the onscreen instructions to make the device bootable
- Once the USB install script has finished, reboot your computer and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device
- Save your BIOS settings. On the next reboot, you should have a successful launch of your USB SLAX Linux compilation