Live Linux

For those who don’t know, Linux comes in many different flavors, as well as Live CD’s and full operating systems.  Live CD’s are really neat, and they allow you to get a full feel of Linux before installing it on your hard drive.  As I recently learned, they also make a nice recovery tool for any system.

Recently, my parents computer started to act up.  It is an HP Pavilion laptop running Windows XP, and it’s about 4 years old.  I have been extremely satisfied with the computer, and it has served us well throughout the last years.  However, it is on the verge of a crash.

Needless to say, I wanted to back up all of our music, videos, photos, and documents before it passes.  However, when Windows boots up (after about 10 minutes), and you click on ANYTHING, it freezes up.  This is where Slax comes in.

I remembered I had a Live CD version of Slackware Linux, Slax, on a disc somewhere in my room.  I hadn’t booted it in several months – first because I saw no purpose to it, and second because I wasn’t very familiar with Linux.  However, Slax is amazing.  It is a fully independant bootable operating system, complete with web browser, music jukebox, games, file manager, etc – all contained in 189MB.

Now, at first, it may seem very cool, yet useless.  However, it makes an incredibly effective and smooth recovery tool.  I simply popped it in, logged in with “root” and “toor”, and plugged in my portable hard drive.  From there, I could back up all the files on my XP hard drive without ever entering Windows!

Another neat thing is that Slax doesn’t necessarily require any type of Linux skill!  Sure, if you know Linux commands, you can do a lot more with it, but version 6.0.7 is SO easy to use, even at boot up.

So, if you’re looking for a simple, fast, clean recovery tool or just something to play around with, check out Slax Live Linux.  It has saved my families precious documents, pictures, and videos, and it has appealed to the geek in me to experiment with linux.  Check it out!

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