Use the core ISO which has only one rootfs to bypass all the pain.
I posted about this tiny USB-bootable Linux-based OS in this post earlier. The latest version SliTaz 4.0 is released just a few hours back! Available for download from the following locations:
Will be trying it out tonight! 😉
If you are installing it on USB using Unetbootin and FAT32 as filesystem:
- I installed SliTaz 4.0 using Unetbootin and I was not able to boot due to kernel faults initially. SliTaz 4.0 has split rootfs into 4 parts. To get past the kernel fault add the following entry as the first one in syslinux.cfg file in the USB:
label ubnentry0 menu label slitaz kernel /boot/bzImage append initrd=/boot/rootfs.gz rw root=/dev/null vga=normal laptop slitaz home=sdb1
After “append” add any other laptop specific kernel option you may need. In boot menu select the newly created menu – slitaz.
- Append all the rootfsx.gz files under /boot into one using the following command:
# cat $(ls -r rootfs*.gz) > rootfs.gz
- I was not able to boot into tux but I didn’t waste any time on that as I prefer root login. The default password for root is root.
Thats it! Enjoy the speed! Don’t forget to install Pidgin for chat and SMPlayer for multimedia.
If you are a purist like me 😉 and love to save every byte possible then you may remove tazweb. If you get alarmed to find that clicking on “Package Manager” does nothing:
# tazpanel start //will start tazpanel or will tell you if it's running Starting TazPanel web server on port 82... [ OK ]
- Open this local link in your browser:
Change the DNS server IP in SliTaz
Edit /usr/share/udhcpc/default.script and add the following line just below the first line:
Restart the network using /etc/init.d/network.sh.
Save downloads to USB directly
It’s a pain to remember to save downloaded files every time. Here’s a simple tip. Create a directory in SliTaz USB and name it Downloads. Now create symlink to the directory in your home directory –
# ln -s /home/Downloads/ ./Downloads
Change settings of your browser, transmission etc. to save the files in /root/Downloads. Access your downloads at ease and no need to save them twice.
My fonts in Firefox looked horrible so I switched to Opera on SliTaz. Looks cool! To enable wireless on SliTaz try this post.
Another screenshot of my SliTaz Desktop
I will be logged out of Ubuntu for a while.
Looking for more linux mini distros? Check the tag LINUX MINI DISTRO.