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Refreshed ISO’s for Slackware Live Edition, and more

blueSW-64pxWhen I released new Live ISO images almost two weeks ago, a bug in the init script which became apparent with the latest Slackware initrd broke the encrypted /home feature. Therefore I am releasing an updated set of ‘liveslak‘ scripts with version .

The latest set of Slackware Live Edition ISOs are based on liveslak and Slackware-current dated “Fri Sep 29 22:58:54 UTC 2017“). That means, the new Live ISOs contain the updates to TexLive and Python3 (well, no texlive in the XFCE image due to its size limit of course).

If you already use a Slackware Live 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. If you want to modify other parameters of your USB stick, use the script ““. It’s main feature is that it can update the kernel on the USB stick, but it also can replace the Live init script. As with most (if not all) of my scripts, use the “-h” parameter to get help on its functionality.

And more:

I built new versions for the palemoon packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current to the latest 27.5.0 version. Someone stated he had issues compiling on slackware-current so I made sure the palemoon.SlackBuild works. The new palemoon package is included in the refreshed PLASMA5 Live ISO image. Note that to compile this on slackware-current you will need my gcc5 package; this software cannot be built with gcc6. Before starting the compile, source the gcc5 profile script:
“. /etc/profile.d/” – note the dot.

I updated the Chromium package as well.
Chromium had a recent bugfix upgrade to 61.0.3163.100 which I missed initially.


And even more:

The recent flurry of activity in the Slackware-current development tree (boost, poppler, python3), caused repeated broken-ness of my own packages. The collection of multilibcompat32” packages was renewed several times. I recompiled LibreOffice 5.4.1 for slackware-current and in my ‘ktown‘ repository for Plasma5 there were multiple updates. I did manage to ‘sneak in’ new versions for Krita and KDEConnect at the same time. This too is all part of the refreshed PLASMA5 Live ISO image.


  1. DKK didnt work. so I change 2 lines, first:
    if ! tune2fs -O ‘^64bit’ ${TARGET}3 1>/dev/null 2>/dev/null ; then
    if ! tune2fs -O ^64bit ${TARGET}3 1>/dev/null 2>/dev/null ; then
    FEAT_64BIT=”-O ‘^64bit'”
    FEAT_64BIT=-O “^64bit”
    and script start to work…

  2. DKK

    correction swcond line to:
    FEAT_64BIT=”-O ^64bit”

  3. alienbob

    Hi DDK…. that’s what happens when someone on 32bit Ubuntu complains to me about that “-O ^64bit” parameter. I forgot to actually check the code I modified to help him out.
    Thanks for reporting the fix here!

  4. joji

    Just to say : Dank!

    Downloading the slackware64-live-plasma5-current iso.

  5. Nate Bargmann


    I am trying to get an HP Probook 6465B working with Liveslak and whenever the startup sequence enables the frame buffer, the screen blanks and then the backlight shuts off. I see nothing after that and it doesn’t matter if I edit inittab to start run level 3 instead of 4. Where can I disable the frame buffer so that the console remains in 80×25 so I can log in and troubleshoot further?

    I will be traveling for work next week and only want to deal with carrying one laptop. I have not tried any other live distribution yet.


    – Nate

  6. alienbob

    Nate, first try disabling kermel mode setting (KMS). Your laptop should have an AMD Radeon HD 6520G inside and the linux “radeon” driver supports that one.
    On the (syslinux or grub) boot commandline try adding either “radeon.modeset=0” or just “nomodeset”. If neither of those fix the issue I would suggest opening a support thread on the Slackware forum of as this is a generic Linux issue and has nothing to do with liveslak.
    My knowledge of this old laptop is zero, perhaps people on LQ can add their voice.

  7. Nate Bargmann

    Thanks, Eric.

    Using “nomodeset” worked to get to a console prompt. In the scrollby I saw something to the effect of ‘radeon module: no UMS support’. Then ‘startx’ brought up a scrambled screen that cleared and KDE started, which is seriously over taxing this poor old machine (supposed to get a new one sometime in the future).

    Thanks for the tip.

    – Nate

  8. Nate Bargmann

    On a final note, the issue is not present with the Slackware64 Liveslak. Also, the computer is actually running at its full potential now and KDE is flowing right along. With the 32 bit version only one CPU core was enabled (per htop) and only about half the memory was visible with a load average of around 2.00! Now it has a load average of 0.00 and all four cores visible along with the full amount of RAM.

    Thanks again!

    – Nate

  9. Carlos

    Hi Eric, and rest of Slackware people. I know this thread (post) is a bit old, but for the moment I cannot find a better place to ask my question. I am working with the current MATE version of Slackware Live. For a number of reasons I need to upgrade to latest avail kernel. I have tried to so this with upslack. I have tried inside a booted OS Live Slack, and from other slackware installation (having the USB stick connected as a media). In all the cases, after upgrading kernel and modules to 4.19.10, the live Slackware hangs in the login screen. I managed to arrive to the point where username and password are required, but the screen freezes at this point and the system becomes completely unresponsive. I have tried in different manners, but with not luck so far. Any advice guys? Any help will be hugely appreciated!

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