If you are on SliTaz you are using the ash shell and not bash. Here‘s the information from the official SliTaz docs on how to set aliases or make bash your default shell in SliTaz. If you prefer to stick to the ash shell here‘s all you need to know about it.
To add some glamour to the bash terminal and add ASCII art check in ArchWiki. It guides you on how to use cowsay/cowthink and fortune-mod.
Not sure what the shell is? Learn shell basics.
More useful websites related to Linux here.
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:
Direct ISO link
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:
menu label slitaz
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.
I am using SliTaz for a while now. It is a tiny Linux distro which you can run from the USB. It is possible to save the changes, downloaded files as well as to preserve the rootfs (root filesystem) once you are done with installing your regular apps. The modified rootfs is a snapshot to go back to if something goes wrong. It supports all the regular apps like firefox, pidgin, smplayer, flash, gcc etc. Has its own package manager. The distro is extremely fast as it runs off the RAM and has a very small footprint. Can be run on low-end systems without a glitch. Easy to use for end-users (who are advised to used the released version) and a hacker’s delight (who are bound to use the cooking version). Various releases and flavours are available here.