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DistroWatch.com: Slackware Linux

Slackware Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-18 16:20 UTC


The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table. Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX-like Linux operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users and developers around the world. Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server. Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments. A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software.

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Average visitor rating: 9.73/10 from 71 review(s).


Slackware Summary
Distribution The Slackware Linux Project
Home Page http://www.slackware.com/
Mailing Lists http://www.slackware.com/lists/
http://mailman.lug.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/slackware (unofficial)
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Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://docs.slackware.com/
The Revised Slackware Book Project
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.slackware.com/getslack/http://mirrors.slackware.com/mirrorlist/LinuxTracker.org
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-07-01: Distribution Release: Slackware Linux 14.2
 • 2016-04-16: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.2 RC2
 • 2016-03-18: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.2 RC1
 • 2016-02-04: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.2 Beta 2
 • 2016-01-13: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.2 Beta 1
 • 2013-11-07: Distribution Release: Slackware Linux 14.1
 • 2013-10-15: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.1 RC1
 • 2013-09-18: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.1 Beta
 • 2012-09-28: Distribution Release: Slackware Linux 14.0
 • 2012-09-20: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.0 RC5
 • 2012-09-01: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.0 RC4
 • 2012-08-25: Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.0 RC3
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Feature current 14.2 14.1 14.0 13.37 13.1 13.0 12.2 12.1 12.0 11.0 10.2 10.1 10.0 9.1 9.0 8.1 8.0 7.1 7.0 4.0 3.9 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.3 2.2.0 2.0.1 Feature
Release Date 2017-08-18 2016-07-01 2013-11-07 2012-09-28 2011-04-28 2010-05-24 2009-08-28 2008-12-11 2008-05-02 2007-07-02 2006-10-02 2005-09-14 2005-02-07 2004-06-23 2003-09-26 2003-03-18 2002-06-18 2001-07-01 2000-06-22 1999-10-25 1999-05-17 1999-05-10 1998-10-28 1998-06-09 1997-10-14 1997-07-11 1997-04-20 1996-07-24 1995-08-24 1995-05-24 1995-03-30 1994-09-24 Release Date
End Of Life                                                                 End Of Life
Price (US$) -- 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40                           Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   36-2326                                                             Image Size (MB)
Free Download TGZ ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE                             Default Desktop
Package Management TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TXZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ TGZ Package Management
Release Model Rolling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice GNOME Office, KOffice GNOME Office, KOffice GNOME Office, KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture arm, i486, x86_64 arm, i486, x86_64 arm, i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486, s390 i486 i386 alpha, i386, sparc alpha, i386, SPARC                             Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS                               Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List current 14.2 14.1 14.0 13.37 13.1 13.0 12.2 12.1 12.0 11.0 10.2 10.1 10.0 9.1 9.0 8.1 8.0 7.1 7.0 4.0 3.9 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.1   2.3 2.2.0 2.0.1 Full Package List

Full Package List:   Slackware Linux 3.2
  Number of packages: 297 (download as TXT)
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  •  apache_1.0_psdocs.tar.gz
  •  apache_1.1.3.tar.gz
  •  apmd-2.4.tar.gz
  •  apple2-v002.tar.gz
  •  aps-49.tar.gz
  •  arena-beta-2b-src.tar.gz
  •  arpd-1.0.2.tar.gz
  •  ash-linux-0.2.tar.gz
  •  at-2.9b.tar.gz
  •  autoconf-2.10.tar.gz
  •  banners.tar.gz
  •  bash-2.0.tar.gz
  •  bash-doc-2.0.tar.gz
  •  bc-1.03.tar.gz
  •  bin86-0.4.tar.gz
  •  bind-4.9.5-P1.tar.gz
  •  binutils-2.7.0.9.bin.tar.gz
  •  binutils-2.7.0.9.tar.gz
  •  bison-1.25.tar.gz
  •  bootp-DD2.4.3.tar.gz
  •  bpe.tar.gz
  •  bsd-games.src-1.3.tar.gz
  •  BusLogic-2.0.7-beta.tar.gz
  •  bwnfsd.tar.gz
  •  byacc.tar.gz
  •  c-news.tar.gz
  •  color-xterm-x11r6.tar.gz
  •  compress.tar.gz
  •  cpio-2.3.tar.gz
  •  cpm-0.2.tar.gz
  •  cpm.tar.gz
  •  curses-1.0.0.tar.gz
  •  db-1.85.4-bin-ELF.tar.gz
  •  db-1.85.4-src.tar.gz
  •  dcron22.tar.gz
  •  deliver4slackware.tar.gz
  •  dialog-0.6c.tar.gz
  •  dialog-0.6z.tar.gz
  •  diffutils-2.7.tar.gz
  •  dip337o-uri.tar.gz
  •  dosemu-0.63.1.36.tar.gz
  •  dosfsck.1.tar.gz
  •  e2fsprogs-1.06.tar.gz
  •  ed-0.2.tar.gz
  •  elm2.4.tar.gz
  •  elvis-1.8pl3.tar.gz
  •  emacs-19.34b.tar.gz
  •  f2c.tar.gz
  •  fax-3.2.1.tar.gz
  •  fdutils-4.3.src.tar.gz
  •  fetchmail-3.3.tar.gz
  •  file-3.22.tar.gz
  •  fileutils-3.12.tar.gz
  •  findutils-4.1.tar.gz
  •  flex-2.5.4.tar.gz
  •  fvwm-1.23b-core.tar.gz
  •  fvwm-1.23b-icons.tar.gz
  •  fvwm-1.23b-modules.tar.gz
  •  fvwm-2.0.42.tar.gz
  •  fvwm95-2.0.41f.tar.gz
  •  fwhois-1.00.tar.gz
  •  g77-0.5.19.1.tar.gz
  •  gawk-3.0.2-doc.tar.gz
  •  gawk-3.0.2.tar.gz
  •  gcc-2.7.2.1.tar.gz
  •  gcc-2.7.man.tar.gz
  •  gcl-2.2.1-beta1.tar.gz
  •  gdb-4.16-testsuite.tar.gz
  •  gdb-4.16.tar.gz
  •  gdbm-1.7.3-ELF.tar.gz
  •  gdbm-1.7.3.tar.gz
  •  gencat.tar.gz
  •  getty_ps-2.0.7i.tar.gz
  •  ghostscript-2.6.2.tar.gz
  •  ghostscript-fonts-2.6.2.tar.gz
  •  ghostview-1.5.tar.gz
  •  gnat-3.09-src.tar.gz
  •  gnuchess-4.0.pl69.tar.gz
  •  gnuchess-4.0.pl74.patches.tar.gz
  •  gnuchess-4.0.pl74.tar.gz
  •  gnuchess.book-1.0.tar.gz
  •  gnuchess.test-1.0.tar.gz
  •  gnuplot-3.5.tar.gz
  •  gpm-1.10.tar.gz
  •  grep-2.0.tar.gz
  •  groff-1.10.tar.gz
  •  gzip-1.2.4.tar.gz
  •  hdparm-3.1.tar.gz
  •  ibcs-2.0-960610.tar.gz
  •  icmpinfo-1.10.tar.gz
  •  indent-1.9.1.tar.gz
  •  inn1.4.tar.gz
  •  ipfwadm-2.0.tar.gz
  •  ipfwadm-2.3.0.tar.gz
  •  ircII2.3.17+tv1.1.tar.gz
  •  ispell-3.1.20.tar.gz
  •  jaztool-1.0.tar.gz
  •  jed097-14.tar.gz
  •  joe2.8.tar.gz
  •  jove4.14.10.tar.gz
  •  jpegsrc.v6a.tar.gz
  •  kbd-0.92.tar.gz
  •  koules1.3-src.tar.gz
  •  ld.so-1.8.10.tar.gz
  •  less-321.tar.gz
  •  lha-1.00.tar.gz
  •  libc-4.7.6.tar.gz
  •  libc-5.4.23.bin.tar.gz
  •  libc-5.4.23.tar.gz
  •  libc_s-951222.tar.gz
  •  libf2c-0.11.tar.gz
  •  libg++-2.7.2.tar.gz
  •  libgr-1.3-src.tar.gz
  •  libgr-2.0.11.tar.gz
  •  libgr-diff.tar.gz
  •  libnsl-960201.tar.gz
  •  libXpm-3.4c.tar.gz
  •  lilo.19.tar.gz
  •  linux-0.01.tar.gz
  •  linux-1.2.0.tar.gz
  •  linux-2.0.29.tar.gz
  •  linux-2.1.29.tar.gz
  •  linux-lizards-1.4.tar.gz
  •  linux_pcnfsd2.tar.gz
  •  LPRng-3.1.3.tar.gz
  •  lrzsz-0.12a.tar.gz
  •  Lsox-linux.tar.gz
  •  lynx2-6.tar.gz
  •  m4-1.4.tar.gz
  •  mailx-5.5.tar.gz
  •  make-3.74.tar.gz
  •  MAKEDEV-2.2.tar.gz
  •  MAKEDEV-C-1.5.tar.gz
  •  makewhatis.tar.gz
  •  man-1.4h.tar.gz
  •  man-pages-1.15.tar.gz
  •  maze.tar.gz
  •  mbase50.tar.gz
  •  mbase51.tar.gz
  •  mc-3.2.11.tar.gz
  •  meminfo.tar.gz
  •  mini-inews.tar.gz
  •  minicom-1.75.tar.gz
  •  mirror-2.8.f3.tar.gz
  •  mkdosfs-0.2.tar.gz
  •  modutils-2.1.23.tar.gz
  •  mount-2.6d.tar.gz
  •  mpeg-linux.bin.tar.gz
  •  mpeg-play.tar.gz
  •  mt-st-0.4.tar.gz
  •  mtools-2.5.4.src.tar.gz
  •  mtools-3.0.src.tar.gz
  •  mun-ruptime-0.8.tar.gz
  •  ncftp-2.4.2.tar.gz
  •  ncurses-1.9.9e.tar.gz
  •  net-tools-1.32-alpha.tar.gz
  •  netdate.tar.gz
  •  NetKit-0.09.tar.gz
  •  netpipes.3.1.tar.gz
  •  nfs-server-2.2beta26.tar.gz
  •  nls.tar.gz
  •  nn-6.4.18.tar.gz
  •  nntp-1.5.12.1.tar.gz
  •  nvi.1.34.tar.gz
  •  olvwm4-truecolor.tar.gz
  •  p2c-1.20.tar.gz
  •  patch-2.1.tar.gz
  •  pcmcia-cs-2.8.23.tar.gz
  •  pcmcia-cs-2.9.1.tar.gz
  •  pdksh-5.2.3.tar.gz
  •  perl5.003.tar.gz
  •  pidentd-2.7b3.tar.gz
  •  pine3.96.tar.gz
  •  pmake.v1.0.tar.gz
  •  PnP4kernel.tar.gz
  •  pop3d-1.005c.tar.gz
  •  portmap_5beta.tar.gz
  •  ppp-2.1.2b.tar.gz
  •  ppp-2.2.0f.tar.gz
  •  procmail-3.10-2.tar.gz
  •  procps-1.01.tar.gz
  •  protlib-960201.tar.gz
  •  quota-1.51.tar.gz
  •  rcs-5.7.tar.gz
  •  rdist-6.1.0-linuxpl2.tar.gz
  •  readline-2.0.tar.gz
  •  rpcgen.new.tar.gz
  •  ruptime-570.tar.gz
  •  rwhod-519.tar.gz
  •  rxvt-2.03.tar.gz
  •  rxvt-2.08.tar.gz
  •  samba-1.9.16p10.tar.gz
  •  sast1.5-snd+gfx.tar.gz
  •  sast1.5-src.tar.gz
  •  sc621.linux.tar.gz
  •  sco-libs-940731.tar.gz
  •  screen-3.7.1.tar.gz
  •  sed-2.05.tar.gz
  •  seejpeg-1.4.3.tar.gz
  •  sendmail.8.8.5.tar.gz
  •  Seyon-2.14c.tar.gz
  •  sh-utils-1.12.tar.gz
  •  sh-utils-1.16.tar.gz
  •  shadow-961025.tar.gz
  •  sharutils-4.1.tar.gz
  •  slang0.99-31.tar.gz
  •  slattach.tar.gz
  •  SlingShot2.1.tar.gz
  •  sliplogin-2.1.0.tar.gz
  •  smail-3.1.28.tar.gz
  •  snd-util-3.5.tar.gz
  •  spider.tar.gz
  •  splitvt-1.6.3.tar.gz
  •  strace-3.0.tar.gz
  •  sudo-1.2.tar.gz
  •  svgalib-1.2.10.tar.gz
  •  svr4-shlib-961222.tar.gz
  •  sysklogd_1.3-11.tar.gz
  •  sysvinit-2.69.tar.gz
  •  tar-1.11.8.tar.gz
  •  tcl7.5-linux.tar.gz
  •  tclX7.5.0-linux.tar.gz
  •  tcp_wrappers_7.4.tar.gz
  •  tcsh-6.07.tar.gz
  •  tcx-linux.tar.gz
  •  telnetsnoopd-fixed.tar.gz
  •  termcap-2.0.8.tar.gz
  •  teTeX-src-0.4pl2.tar.gz
  •  tetris-src.tar.gz
  •  texinfo-3.9.tar.gz
  •  textutils-1.22.tar.gz
  •  time-1.7.tar.gz
  •  tin-1.22.tar.gz
  •  tk4.1-linux.tar.gz
  •  tkdesk-1.0a2.tar.gz
  •  todos.tar.gz
  •  tools-2.17.tar.gz
  •  tput-1.0.tar.gz
  •  traceroute-4.4BSD.tar.gz
  •  transfig.3.1.2.tar.gz
  •  trn-3.6.tar.gz
  •  ttysnoop-0.12c.tar.gz
  •  tzcode95g.tar.gz
  •  tzdata95k.tar.gz
  •  umsdos_progs-0.8.src.tar.gz
  •  unarj230.tar.gz
  •  updated-1.2.tar.gz
  •  util-linux-2.6.tar.gz
  •  uucp-1.06.1.tar.gz
  •  uucp-doc-1.06.tar.gz
  •  vim-3.0.tar.gz
  •  which.tar.gz
  •  WorkBone-2.3.tar.gz
  •  WorkMan-1.3.tar.gz
  •  wu-ftpd-2.4.tar.gz
  •  x3270-3.1.0.5.tar.gz
  •  xboard-3.0.pl9.tar.gz
  •  xboard-3.2.pl2.tar.gz
  •  xcolormap.tar.gz
  •  xcuckoo-1.1.tar.gz
  •  xfig.3.1.4.tar.gz
  •  xfileman.tar.gz
  •  xfm-1.3.2.tar.gz
  •  xfm-1.3.tar.gz
  •  xfractint-3.00.tar.gz
  •  xgrabsc.2_3.tar.gz
  •  xgrabsc.2_41.tar.gz
  •  xiafspgm-0.8.1.tar.gz
  •  xinfo-1.01.01.tar.gz
  •  xlander.tar.gz
  •  xlockmore-3.11.tar.gz
  •  xlockmore-4.01.tar.gz
  •  xmahjongg.tar.gz
  •  xmandiff.tar.gz
  •  xmenu.tar.gz
  •  xminesweep2.1.tar.gz
  •  xneko.tar.gz
  •  xpaint-2.1.1.tar.gz
  •  xpaint-2.4.7.tar.gz
  •  xroach.tar.gz
  •  xspread2.1.tar.gz
  •  xterm.tar.gz
  •  xtetris-2.6.tar.gz
  •  xv-3.10.tar.gz
  •  xvier.tar.gz
  •  xview3.2p1-X11R6-LinuxELF.2.bin.tar.gz
  •  xview3.2p1-X11R6-LinuxELF.2.src.tar.gz
  •  xxgdb-1.12.tar.gz
  •  yp-clients-2.2.tar.gz
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Version: 14.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-06
Votes: 7


KISS and it just works. Everything you need out of the box.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-06
Votes: 6


It just works and lets me do all that I need and want. I've been using Slackware since version 4.0 (+18 years!) and I have 0 regrets. Over the years I've used other distros at work like suse, fedora, centos, ubuntu and linux mint and nothing is even close to the level of freedom that slackware gives me.


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Version: 14.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-03
Votes: 3


Running 14.0. It seems to be very Unix like. I really enjoy using it. I especially like using the Elvis editor. I found it easy to set it up, to work the way I want it to. I have found that I now use Calligra Office. For what I am doing it does a good job. I have a computer with a dual core processor and an HP 1320n printer. I have often received comments from people saying they can't believe how good my documents look. The only con is that I am still using the older versions of Firefox and Thunderbird. I like these programs the way they are in Slackware 14.0. However, this means that some websites won't work for me. They tell me to upgrade to a newer version of Firefox or switch to Chrome. I have tried newer versions of Slackware and I have tried a couple of other Distributions of Linux. I don't like the newer versions of Firefox, and I don't like how the other distributions work. It's Patrick's fault. He should not have made Slackware 14.0 so good to begin with. It would then be easier to want to upgrade to a newer version. I have purchased a copy of Slackware 14.1 and I will purchase a copy of Slackware 14.2 to support the work that is being done. However, I will keep on using Slackware 14.0 for as long as possible! Thank You!


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