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New ISO for Slackware Live PLASMA5, with Stack Clash proof kernel and Plasma 5.10.2

blueSW-64pxAfter I released KDE 5_17.06 (June edition of my Plasma 5 package set) for Slackware 14.2 and -current a few days ago, I have now also uploaded an ISO image for the Slackware Live PLASMA5 Edition based on liveslak and Slackware-current dated “Mon Jun 26 20:36:18 UTC 2017“. It will be the only Live variant this time,

If you already use a Slackware Live PLASMA5 USB stick that you do not want to re-format, you should use the “-r” parameter to the “” script. The “-r” or refresh parameter allows you to refresh the liveslak files on your USB stick without touching your custom content. I used the script just now on my own PLASMA5 USB stick and updated that from liveslak 1.1.8 to in no time at all.

New in the ISO

The new ISO is based on the latest slackware64-current with Linux kernel 4.9.34, gcc 7.1.0 and glibc 2.25. This is a kernel which has been patched against the Stack Clash vulnerability.

And of course it contains the latest Plasma 5 release “KDE-5_17.06” as found in my ktown repository. You will find Plasma 5.10.2 based on Qt 5.9.0, accompanied by the latest versions of Digikam, Calligra and Krita. Additionally you will find several packages from my regular repository: chromium (with flash and widevine plugins), calibre, vlc, ffmpeg, libreoffice, palemoon, qbittorrent, openjdk and more. There’s also support for Cisco AnyConnect VPN and OpenVPN connections.
The PLASMA5 ISO does not only contain the Plasma 5 Desktop Environments. As usual, it contains the LXQT and Lumina Desktop Environments as well. Both have been recompiled against Qt 5.9.

The ISO is big (4.3 GB) but there’s not much you can not do with it.

Download the ISO image

The ISO image (with MD5 checksum and GPG signature) has been uploaded to the master server (bear) and should be available on the mirror servers within the next 24 hours.

Read more about liveslak

This blog has quite some posts about the Slackware Live Edition. Check them out: – they contain lots of insight and helpful tips.
And this was the original post (which has been edited later on so it could become a proper landing page for curious visitors):

Download liveslak sources

The liveslak project can be found in my git repository: . That’s all you need to create a Slackware Live ISO from scratch. Documentation for end users and for Live OS developers is available in the Slack Docs Wiki.

Have fun! Eric


  1. DraGiuS

    why you add lxqt and lumina DE ? so sick.

  2. alienbob

    DraGiuS you little shit, who are you that you think you can tell me what to do? Go fuck yourself.

  3. DraGiuS

    Thank you.

  4. D.L.C. Burggraaff

    First and before all a BIG THKS!

    The slackware-live-{xfce-,}current.iso’s do not boot on my i7/7600 box. I assume the cause to be the somewhat older firmware. Do you already have a plan to refresh these ISO’s?

  5. D.L.C. Burggraaff

    Thick fingers … I meant “on my i7/6700” box.

  6. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

    Did you forget to push or tagged in cgit?

  7. alienbob

    Hi Willy, yes i forgot. I have done it now.

  8. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

    It seems libbluray, lame, and vulkan-sdk are missing in the pkglists

  9. alienbob

    Willy in what pkglists? The ISO for Slackware itself does not need pkglists because everything gets installed.
    The XFCE ISO uses hand-picked package in pkglists and those package lists can not grow beyond a 700 MB ISO. SO, if one of the mentioned libbluray, lame, and vulkan-sdk is required for the Live OS to function, then I will have to remove an already included package.

  10. Armin Herzer

    mkvtoolnix-gui is not working due to a wrong libboost_regexp call. Version 1.61 of libboost_regexp is expected but version 1.63 is installed (hope I remembered the version numbers right).

  11. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

    Yeah, i saw some pkglist, but then i realize you have several variant and some of them might require different packages to be included.

    It’s all good now 🙂

  12. joji

    Very nice piece of work! Thank you.

    Have forgotten how you make a ‘sxz’-module. Wasn’t there a ‘dir2sxz’ -file?

    Thank you.

  13. D.L.C. Burggraaff

    See my Jun 30 question above.

    As I assume no answer to mean no plan *) I genned a refresh myself — see

    *) Note this NOT meant as a complaint.

  14. casualfred

    Thanks a lot Eric for all your work on this project! I was able to introduce one of my coworkers to Linux using one of your live images (slackware-current 64bit).

    After looking at my desktop screen (running xmonad with conky on Slackware 14.2), he asked me if that was what Linux looks like. So, you know how it goes, I showed him the tree of Linux distributions and the different kinds of desktops one can put on Linux. I suggested some distributions like Linux Mint and Elementary OS, but if he wanted to learn a lot about Linux, he could choose Slackware. So, he opted for it and we made a live USB image for him! He was pleased with the Persian support on KDE. Thanks again!

  15. alienbob

    I was on holiday Dick, and rused home because of an imminent death in the family.
    I need to check the status of slackware-current and then will create some new ISO images somewhere next week.

  16. alienbob

    joji there’s a script called “makemod” in the liveslak sources, and it is copied into the $PATH of the Live ISO images as well. Run “./makemod -h” as root to see the syntax it requires.

  17. alienbob

    casualfred great story. I hope the two of you have a lot of fun using Slackware and its live variant.

  18. joji

    AlienBob, dank! I was sure I had been using this ‘makemod’ script in the past. Just forgot the name. Thank you for kind attention. And even more for great iso.

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