Install on a Hard Drive
Download the Slax iso file. Get the latest version.
Write it to a CD.
You can check if your download has been corrupted by verifying the MD5 checksum. To find out what is should be, go to http://www.slax.org/get_slax.php. Click on "md5," and this will take you to the checksum page. The checksum must be exactly the same. If it is different, the download is corrupted, and it needs to be downloaded again.
Partition the Hard Drive
Use a live CD to partition the hard drive before installing Slax.
Make an Ext3 (or another Linux filesystem) partition and a swap partition for Slax.
You may also make other partitions for other operating systems. For more information see Partitioning.
Run Slax from Live CD
Run Slax from the Live CD. The following is done running Slax from the live CD. You will be automatically logged in as root.
Copy and Paste boot and slax to the Partition
Using the root file manager, copy and paste the two directories, "boot" and "slax," from the CD, to the partition on the hard drive.
Set Up the Bootloader
You may use either the Lilo or Grub bootloader.
If you are not familiar with them, Lilo may be easier if Slax is the only operating system on the computer, and Grub may be easier if there is more than one operating system on the computer.
Option 1: Set Up the Lilo Bootloader
Open the root terminal, and type:
Insert the appropriate partition where it says "(partition)." It will be something like "sda1."
Option 2: Set Up the Grub Bootloader
If you have another Linux distribution on the computer, it should have Grub, and you can add the Slax start commands.
Edit the Grub Menu
Open "/boot/grub/menu.lst," on the partition containing Grub, with a root text editor.
You will see the start commands for the other operating systems. Insert the start commands for Slax, which are as follows.
If you view this on a screen with a low resolution, the end of the line may return and be on the next line. If you enter it in Grub that way, it will not work. There are four lines, starting with "title," "root," "kernel" and "initrd."
Change "(hd0,0)" to whatever partition Slax is in. For more information, see Grub.
For Windows start commands, see Grub.
You can now restart the computer and select Slax from the menu.
Prompt for User Name and Password
When first installed, you will automatically be logged in as root each time Slax is started.
You may leave it like this, or change it so you will be prompted for your user name and password.
To change it, from the menu, click "Control Center."
You will see a new window. Click "System Adminstration," then "Login Manager."
Click the tab "Convenience."
Click to uncheck the squares preceeding "Enable Auto-Login," and "Enable Password-Less Logins."
After changing this, you will be prompted for your user name and password each time Slax is started.
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