From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from SliTaz GNU/Linux)
Jump to: navigation, search
SliTaz GNU/Linux
Developer The SliTaz GNU/Linux Association
Christophe Lincoln
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 22 March 2008[1]
Latest release (Rolling Release) / February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)[2]
Package manager Tazpkg
Platforms x86 x64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
Default user interface Openbox, LXDE[citation needed]
License GNU GPL and various others
Official website

SliTaz GNU/Linux is a lightweight GNU/Linux distribution, community-based, suitable for use on older hardware and as a Live CD or Live USB.[3][4][5][6] The name SliTaz stands for "Simple Light Incredible Temporary Autonomous Zone"[citation needed].


SliTaz uses the Openbox window manager.

Additional packages are added using a program called "TazPanel". This is due to the specific package format that SliTaz uses (tazpkg). It can still use packages from the more popular distribution though, as Debian, by means of first carrying out a conversion of these different packages.[7]

By default, SliTaz offers no persistence, however it can still be added if the user wishes. The choice of the filesystem/bootloader used with slitaz is then of importance however; persistence being only available with ext2 and ext3 filesystems and the syslinux or extlinux boot loader.[8][9]

Another useful tool is TazLiTo, with which users can create their own LiveCD based on selected packages or even based upon the current system state.

System requirements[edit]

SliTaz GNU/Linux is supported on all machines based on the i486 or x86 Intel compatible processors.[10] The Live CD has four variants of SliTaz, requiring from 192 MB of RAM for the Core system to 48 MB for a text mode and X Window System.[10]

SliTaz can even run in 16 MB of RAM and a little swap memory.[11] SliTaz can be booted from a Live CD, Live USB, floppy disk, or a local area network (PXE[12]),[13] or can be installed, requiring approximately 80 MB of hard disk space.[14]

Release history[edit]

Version Release date Stability
1.0 23 March 2008 Stable version
2.0 16 April 2009 Stable version
3.0 28 March 2010 Stable version
4.0 10 April 2012 Current stable version
5.0 RC1 2 May 2014 Preview version
5.0 RC2 19 May 2014 Preview version
5.0 RC3 20 May 2015 Preview version
5.0 12 March 2017 Rolling release

As with any Linux distribution, the route of development of SliTaz is mainly determined by the coders themselves. For SliTaz 5, some major changes seem to be the swapping of systemd by BusyBox's init and udev, hence avoiding safety risks, and more implementation of Qt.[15] An implementation of x64 and ARM architectures are currently under development.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SliTaz 1.0 Release Notes". SliTaz. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "SliTaz". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ " :: SliTaz, a mighty micro Linux distro". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  5. ^ Nick Veitch . "8 of the best tiny Linux distros: Slitaz and Tiny Core Linux | News". TechRadar. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  6. ^ "Spotlight on Linux: SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  7. ^ Converting debian packages to tazpkg using convert command
  8. ^ Filesystem warning
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ a b "SliTaz 4.0 Release Notes". SliTaz. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Loram-CDrom". Slitaz. 
  12. ^ PXE with SliTaz
  13. ^ "From BIOS to /etc/init.d/rcS". SliTaz Doc. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Introduction to the project". SliTaz. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Buildroot Slitaz post by coder

External links[edit]