Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Presentation: Customizing SLAX

This is the presentation I gave today at the Philippine Open Source Conference.

From the session description: SLAX is a small, fast, and flexible distribution that lets you run Linux completely from CD-ROM or USB pen drive without installation to hard drive. As such it is ideal for distributing small Linux software applications: companies could use SLAX to send out demo packages to customers; teachers could use it to give out educational software to students. This session introduces SLAX and gives the steps to customize the look of the distribution as well as to load it with customized applications.

The important points in this presentation were:

1) Putting together a customized SLAX CD is a four-step process: copy SLAX CD contents to hard disk; add modules (applications) to the /modules or /optional directory; write the ISO using; burn the ISO to CD.

2) Modules are simply compressed directories. You can create a module out of a directory using dir2mod.

3) For small changes, use the /rootcopy directory. /rootcopy will recreate whatever directory structure you have there into the root directory of the live SLAX file system.

4) Modify the SLAX bootup sequence by making changes to isolinux.cfg. Recommended behavior is to add "autoexec=xconf;startx" to boot directly to graphical mode.

5) The presentation highlights the locations of various files for customization.

Not one of my better performances, unfortunately, but now that I don't do this professionally, I can shrug it all off without feeling too bad.


  1. it's base in Slackware distro. my favorite. My PC runs slackware and when using to introduce linux to friends i used Live CD.. i use this SLAX. easy to install.. oh yeah!

    I'm a Slackware Fan and also SLAX.

    Slackare site:
    SLAX site:

  2. Thanks, Jun! Are you coming to Manila? Good luck on isulong-seoph!

  3. Yeah, I love SLAX too. It saves my Slackware install when I forget to mkinitrd or lilo -v :P


    To all Slackistas in the Philippines, please join the Slackware Linux Users Group Philippines:

  4. indi ako natuloy. dami work to do here as final exams are coming and also considering the expenses going there is way out of my budget.

  5. Hi, the link to the pdf is now broken... any chance to fix it? Thanks!