"Once upon a time Slax and KNOPPIX were the de facto Linux live
CD distributions. Dating back to 2003 Slax was certainly one of the
first, and its creator, widely known as Tomas M, gave the community
the Linux-live scripts and pioneered modules instead of packages
for an easy install of additional programs. The main edition CD
image was around 200 MB and featured only the necessary base and a
light KDE 3 desktop to allow customizing from there. Slax is, as
the name might suggest, based off Slackware Linux, or perhaps
better, a repackaging of the Slackware base and certain
applications into Slax's module format LZM.
"The module section hosted is vast and many are user-contributed
which makes this way of operating a security concern. However, a
system of approval is in place which warns you when downloading one
that has not been approved and, of course, you can always make your
own modules from pre-existing packages should you not trust what's
available for download. For example, Firefox from the last official
release is now severely outdated, but with the help of the provided
utilities it is as easy as downloading the latest tar.bz2 from
mozilla.org and converting it to LZM. It may even have given PC-BSD
the idea for their PBIs, although these go further, including the
dependencies in a static package as well."
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