SLAX is a small bootable CD containing the Linux operating system. It runs Linux directly from the CD (or USB) without installing. The Live CD described here is based on the Slackware Linux distribution and is downloadable from this website as an ISO image. All scripts and source code are available and can be used to build your own Live CD.
Imagine the ability to boot your favorite Linux distribution whether you are at home, at school, or at work. Imagine walking on the street and carrying the only thing you needed in life - the 8cm compact disk with your Live Linux CD. Wouldn't you want to experience such a feeling? :-)
When your computer boots from the LiveCD, the first step is loading the kernel image (vmlinuz). After this, a 4 MB ramdisk is created in the computer's RAM. The rootdisk image (initrd.gz) is then unpacked into it and mounted as a root filesystem. Large directories (like /usr) are mounted directly from the CDROM.
Slax Standard Edition 5.0.5 Features:
•Linux kernel 2.6 offering excellent hardware support.
•the newest ALSA sound drivers.
•ndiswrapper (hopefully working) for loading Windows drivers for WIFI cards.
•madwifi drivers for native support for WIFI cards (Multiband Atheros)
•linux-wlan-ng drivers to support wifi cards based on prism chipset.
•X11-6.8.2 and rewritten GUI script, supporting many gfx cards and wheel mice automatically.
•KDE 3.4, an excellent piece of desktop software.
•webconfig feature allowing you to save your session data to slax web.