Apr 112012

The SliTaz contributors are pleased to announce the release of the new stable distribution SliTaz GNU/Linux 4.0. Two years of community work have created a reliable system capable of even shorter boot times with more than 1,000 new installable packages.

SliTaz provides a complete graphical desktop in 35 MB based on LXDE and Openbox that works entirely in 192MB of RAM. Its new 4-in-1 CD image can be installed on a hard drive with only 48MB by automatically selecting a configuration most fully suited to your hardware.

The home-made tools have grown. Tazpkg brings a new notification system and is much faster despite the increase in the number of packages and Tazpanel enables a new centralized management system. You can read the full Release Notes and download SliTaz 4.0 from our mirror: slitaz-4.0.iso

Mar 042012

The Slitaz team is pleased to announce the new SliTaz 4.0-RC2 release candidate. We have done a huge amount of work fixing bugs from RC1 and on end-user home made tools such as TazPKG, TazPanel and TazUSB. Wifi connection is made easier via TazPanel or the new wifibox. TazPKG has better desktop integration and a new notification system.

This new version comes with a full Xorg package and DRI support as well as the nv, intel, geode and vesa drivers working out-of-the-box. We have also rebuilt all packages once again and saved ~2Mb in the core LiveCD, so we now include Lxrandr, Parcellite and the transmission BiTorrent client.

We want to thank everyone who tested the first release candidate; this RC2 is close to the upcoming SliTaz 4.0 version planned in 2 weeks. Download the RC2 ISO image from our mirror (35,1 Mb): SliTaz 4.0-RC2

Feb 242012

The SliTaz contributor team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate for SliTaz 4.0. SliTaz can boot in 10-12 seconds on fairly new hardware and with the new 4in1 ISO you can install a full SliTaz desktop with only 48MB of RAM. The 4in1 ISO is able to auto detect the memory and can boot SliTaz in text mode, to a minimal X environment or a full graphical desktop.

SliTaz 4.0 will have more than 3000 well tested packages in its repository and the RC series lets us track the latest bugs. From our last Cooking release the packages have all been rebuilt twice to ensure build quality.

This RC1 ISO will prompt you with a new graphical menu and a graphical language and keyboard set up. The ISO features a new desktop layout and artwork as well as a new command line installer with a CGI/web interface accessible via TazPanel. You can download this new ISO from the mirror: SliTaz 4.0-RC1.

Nov 142011

OpenConnect is an excellent replacement for Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN client. After a lot of frustration trying to get AnyConnect to work on SliTaz, I finally jumped ship and got OpenConnect working with SliTaz Cooking in no time.

First, open a terminal, switch to root, download OpenConnect from the Debian repository and install it:

wget http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/o/openconnect/openconnect_3.02-2_i386.deb
tazpkg convert ./openconnect_3.02-2_i386.deb
tazpkg install ./openconnect-3.02-2.tazpkg

OpenConnect requires VPNC which is found in the SliTaz repository:

tazpkg get-install vpnc

This VPNC script works right out of the box:

wget http://git.infradead.org/users/dwmw2/vpnc-scripts.git/blob_plain/HEAD:/vpnc-script
mv ./vpnc-script /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script

Now that OpenConnect and VPNC is installed, you can create a script to connect to your VPN. I named it vpnconnect. My script resembles the following. You may find that you need to add or remove some of the options I’ve shown here. Read the documentation for OpenConnect’s option list. Change the stuff in caps to fit your needs.

openconnect REMOTE.HOST.COM \
--no-dtls \
--auth-group=GROUP_NAME \
--no-cert-check \
-s /etc/vpnc/vpnc-script \

Now run the script, still as root:


At this point, you’ll be prompted for your password on the remote system. Once the VPN connection is established it will background itself (the -b option in the script above).

All done!

One note: I originally tried doing all of this on SliTaz 3.0. OpenConnect complained that libssl.so.1.0.0 and libcrypto.so.1.0.0 were not found. I created symlinks to libssl.so.0.9.8 and lib.so.0.9.8 and OpenConnect carried on happily but this isn’t a recommended solution.