After days of trying my conclusion of slax is: disappointed.
The most interesting modules are kinky or unusable:
WiFi: I cannot get to start it automagically, like in Windows.
VLC: it will not start.
FireFox: not any version is able to start (and I need just this important browser).
Chrome: it makes slax crash.
After messing up slax I thought to start 'Fresh' from the menu...
Forget it, all the messed up stuff is still in the modules, you need to remove them and all their dependecies by hand (do not chose the wrong!).
After that everything works, but not in the 'virgin' ('fresh') state, as I understand.
Slax 6.1.2 for now: disapponted, lot of work to do to make it usual...
there is alot of knowledgeable people on this forum
if you have the timethey will help you.
I'm no expert but I have sure asked my fair share of questions.
WiFi - wicd-1.5.4 (see if that works)
VLC - I've tried this, it is hard to make work
(but if you try use older vlc then open konsole type vlc
it will show you what else you need as a dependency)
FireFox - I thought this came as default browser (but same thing
type in konsole firefox and it will show you what is missing)
Chrome - with chrome I stopped trying this also, also have to
type in on konsole google-chrome this one gave problems
so I stayed with firefox (it has better plugins)
maybe use as live disk with each one of these,once you get the program to work
save the modules the restart, when you have them all then load them as live to test
so you don't have previous changes messing you up
well I know this one was long winded but
after some fight to understand how things work on Linux, I managed to have wireless connection and internet surfing (simply by adding a module in the \slax\modules\ directory, FINDING and running the application to set the connection... (I really have difficulties to find the simplest things on Slax/Linux. :( )
That was almost everything I need for a Live USB Slax. However I also need to open pps/ppt files and thats the beggining of my Nightmare,,,
How hard its to install a program!!! goddamnit!!!! Look at the list of dependencies of OpenOffice 3.2.0!!!! it feels like the Slax is lacking everything to run any new program you could need.
Why cant I simply go to Konqueror and double click a single installation file??
IMO, its very confusing for a "nongeek" to use Slax/linux system...
even with the help of people here, most of the time I just cant follow their instruction...
I really have a bad time navigating through the tree directories... I cant find nothing I want; I cant run programs/files double-clicking it... (konqueror always asking me which program should be used to open it... I know which one, but dont have a single clue wheres it located :X)
I would like to never have to use the Konsole cause all that command lines are so nonsense...
Last but not least, the thing CRASH often!!
I always heard that Linux was a non crash system... but my Slax keep freezing and making me boot with the PC button cause neither mouse or keyboard works.
Is that because Im using it on a PenDrive?? or even installed on HD it will crash?
"How hard its to install a program!!! goddamnit!!!! Look at the list of dependencies of OpenOffice 3.2.0!!!! it feels like the Slax is lacking everything to run any new program you could need. "
Slax's 6.12 is almost 3 years old, so it's librraries /dependecies files is really oudated . There are times you need to stick to older version of softwares / programmes:-
Notwithstanding what is shown as dependencies for openoffice , my previous experience of openoffice is there is no other dependencies other than JRE (even this is actually optional). But I can't be certain with newer /current version of openoffice (3.30 / 3.40) as I had switch to newer slax remix.
now the OpenOffice is running but it wont open any pps/ppt file. :(
I cant understand what you mean by:
"Either use a linux filesystem or slaxsav.dat (file formatted internally as linux xfs filesystem."
Can you tell me one Linux that is not 3 year old like Slax, but still boot and run fast?? I´ll try the Slax Remix.
I tried Ubuntu 12.04 but the thing takes forever to boot and its slower than windows7!!!
The disadvantage will be that the linux filesystem will not be recognize by window,
If you look at slax's iso , there is a file named slaxsav,zip. If you extract it , there will be a bunch of slaxsav.dat of various sizes , of which you can select one. There is a readme file for it's usage.
Basically you placed the slaxsav.dat on your thumbdrive and chage slax's cheat code to changes=slaxsav.dat , so that slax will save it's setting to the slaxsav.dta file. The file is formatted internally as xfs filesystem.