It’s been a year since the last “stable” release of Slitaz, and whether or not the yearlong break is part of the development plan, I have been chomping at the bit, waiting for this new version.
Slitaz is very impressive, no matter how you slice it. Distributions like Ubuntu or OpenSuse or Fedora shudder to their foundations when someone points out that it’s possible to run an entire desktop on a measly 30Mb disk image. And the fact that it will install and boot and run a graphical desktop on machines as old as this one only underscores the kind of bloat that everyone talks about, but nobody challenges.
And 30Mb is packing an enormous amount of stuff. Openbox, composite effects, Midori, PCManFM, mtpaint, games, an entire X-driven desktop, Leafpad, PDF viewers, Osmo, HardInfo, a slew of customizing packages and scripts, plus … plus … plus. …
If I could build an entire system — and I have tried — I would want it to turn out just like Slitaz. Even my lightest, fastest efforts with outdated software in custom-built configurations can’t stand up to what Slitaz gives you for nothing. It’s fantastic stuff.
Slitaz isn’t the only ultra-lightweight distribution out there — Tiny Core Linux is excellent, someone will no doubt mention DSL, and Kolibri was mind-blowing — but it’s definitely one of the best. I heartily recommend keeping this on hand, even if you don’t use it on a daily basis. A gold smilie for the Slitaz crew: 😀
P.S.: LinuxTracker has a torrent here.