Slackware Live Plasma5 edition ISO available (based on liveslak 1.3.3)

Yesterday I uploaded a new DVD-sized ISO for the Plasma5 variant of Slackware Live Edition based on the liveslak scripts version 1.3.3. The ISO contains Slackware-current “Tue Nov 12 23:08:45 UTC 2019” with my KDE-5_19.11 and boots a Linux 4.19.83 kernel.

Download this ISO file slackware64-live-plasma5-current.iso preferably via rsync://slackware.nl/mirrors/slackware-live/ because that allows easy resume if you cannot download the file in one go.

Liveslak sources are maintained in git. The 1.3.3 release has some fixes for PXE booting older hardware.
If you want to read about what the Slackware Live Edition can do for you, check out the official landing page for the project, https://alien.slackbook.org/blog/slackware-live-edition/ or any of the articles on this blog that were published later on.

Extensive documentation on how to use and develop Slackware Live Edition (you can achieve a significant level of customization without changing a single line of script code) can be found in the Slackware Documentation Project Wiki.

Have fun!

27 thoughts on “Slackware Live Plasma5 edition ISO available (based on liveslak 1.3.3)


  1. Hi Eric

    thnx a lot as usual for the great work!

    just an advise to whom is trying the iso2usb.sh from a fresh kubuntu 19.10 > if you recieve (like me) the missing requirements in /usr/bin /bin /usr/sbin /sbin is probably the lack of “extlinux” > in this case just > sudo apt-get install extlinux

    have a nice day and thnx again!


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  3. The other Live ISOs have been refreshed yesterday evening so that they now are all based on liveslak-1.3.3 and yesterday’s Slackware-current.
    Note that unfortunately I do not have the disk space available on my server to also host a Live ISO for Slackware-current 32bit. I was looking at replacing the current host with one that has twice the storage but that would nearly triple the monthly cost for rental.


  4. Hi,
    I know how to mount the iso for modifying it
    but I don’t know how to rebuild it !
    can you explain the way to do
    thanks


    1. This is Slackware so I expect you to consult the liveslak documentation and scripts first, and then ask about what you do not understand.
      The commands to create the ISO are somewhere in make_slackware_live.sh


  5. Still loving this live edition thing after these few years. Wanting to try the very latest though, but having trouble finding the latest iso2usb.sh script. Where does one download that from?



      1. I spent *at least* an hour looking all over your sites. Over and over many times at the same places thinking I missed it somehow, somewhere. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything to read that will help me understand how to use ‘git’, even though I went there too hoping maybe it would somehow jump out at me suddenly how to find and use it.

        Plus, reading this article yesterday, it seemed, to me, to lean toward there being some kind of script that was updated along with the new live edition, so I kept looking for newly dated iso2usb.sh scripts and only finding the last one being made in May of this year. What made that stick in my head was when I was at the git site, I noticed that the script *is* new(ish) by seeing it had some kind of thing ‘fixed’ in it. I simply didn’t know where to get the ‘fixed’ version.

        Anyway, sorry if it bothered you, that was the last thing I meant to do. I do the best I can, getting old and my sight getting worse doesn’t help, but I apologize for you going out of your way when I know you’re quite busy all the time. I am also very grateful that you did, though, so, thank you and thank you for all the work you put into our Slackware and especially liveslak.

        Take care, stay warm.


        1. If you look at the log of all modifications to ‘iso2usb.sh’ (see https://git.slackware.nl/liveslak/log/iso2usb.sh) then you notice that indeed the last modification was in may. The log page also shows the commit-message, i.e. the reason for the modification.
          The ‘upslak.sh’ script had more recent modifications though (see https://git.slackware.nl/liveslak/log/upslak.sh), perhaps you confused one with the other.

          I don’t think that you should be able to use git in order to use my cgit repository interface. The browser based access makes it easier to track the changes over time, and if you need to download individual files, you can always click the ‘plain’ link in a page to get the raw data displayed or downloaded.
          And there’s always the whole set of scripts and bitmaps to download from eg. http://www.slackware.com/~alien/liveslak/ or any mirror. No git needed.


  6. It’s nice to see Slackware is not fading into obscurity. Though to claw back the huge user base it once had; it needs to release a stable version every year to 18 months. Some of us actually need a stable fixed platform from which to work from and a lot of recompiling is a bit of a pain. However, please keep up the good work!


    1. I too, wish that the stable releases would come more frequently… but Pat Volkerding has his own demons to battle I guess. Some decisions on Slackware’s future are not easy to make.


  7. Hey Eric,

    You should make this better known to others – many think slackware is dead.

    You are not the only one working on slackware spin-offs by the way, there are at the least two more up-to-date slackware distributions. One I think is from a swedish developer; the other is … either slackel and/or absolute linux (I am sorry, I forgot which one). And there may be another one… also zenwalk falls a bit into this.

    IMO it would be great if you guys could all get together and perhaps work together on “one slackware future to rule them all”. Anyway, great work here by you!


    1. You are missing the point of liveslak obviously. This is not a spin-off.

      Other people who created actual Slackware spin-offs will surely have had their reasons. I see no point at all in folding the work of all of those individuals into “one Slackware”. A spin-off is not Slackware, period.



  8. Hi,

    Has anyone else experienced issues booting the latest Slackware Live Plasma image? I’ve transferred the image to an USB stick using iso2usb.sh but the booting would stop with an error in init saying the ‘blkid’ is not found. I’ve checked initrd.img and found that all executables from /sbin that should point to /bin/busybox are actually pointing to bin/busybox and that’s the reason why blkid is not found.
    I tried to rebuild the initrd.img after fixing the symbolic links but with the new initrd the kernel panics because it doesn’t find the rootfs.


    1. I assume you tried to create a Live USB stick on a Slackware-current computer? I can reproduce it there. The original ISO’s initrd is just fine but the re-packed file is broken.

      It looks like the latest cpio which entered -current this month not only strips “/” but now also “../” from any link while extracting.
      I’ll have to look for a fix.





  9. Hi alienbob,

    Since you removed “–no-absolute-filenames” from your scripts to make it work with cpio from current won’t that break things with Slackware 14.2?


    1. I tested extracting and re-packing the initrd on a Slackware 14.2 virtual machine before I pushed these changes.
      I also researched how other distros do this and found out that Red Hat (who applied the patch already to their cpio 2.12) also leave out the “–no-absolute-filenames”



  10. Hi,
    After install setup2hd all work propertly, but first update and reboot change screen resolution and totaly hang on sddm scren?
    need help!




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