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Last Update: 2018-01-20 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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Slackware Summary
Distribution The Slackware Linux Project
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 • 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
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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 2018-01-20 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: 2018-01-20
Votes: 0


Slackware is a very stable and customizable distribution. It does not force anything, it does not brake for some obscure reason, it's conservative in the software and version selection so the user does not feel like a beta tester. It's well designed and useful.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-15
Votes: 5


I have a been Slackware user since version 8 and it's going stay that way as far as I can see. With Slackware the control over what happens or not is total. As with anything else there is a price to pay, the learning curve is steep. That's all I have to say, good luck.


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Version: 14.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-11
Votes: 6


Sir,

There is a good possibility that I am one of the few people that has never owned a microsoft OS. My first computer was an Amiga 1000. After a couple of years fighting Red Hat's RPM, "Ridiculous Package Management" their and stopping support of the regular user. Did some research and upgraded to Slackware 9.0 currently running 14.2 on five desktops and 2 laptops. One laptop is a Pentium M with only one Gb of RAM. After Red Hat I really appreciate Slackware's elegant simplicity. the BSD init simplifies the system. Prefer editing text files to the remote GUI configuration.

My initial stumbling block to Slackware was number of partitions of what size. Due to the differences between Slackware and Red Hat there is a learning curve.

The other problems that are chronic with Linux software is source code without any instructions to build or dependencies that are not available anywhere.

Nothing is perfect, but Slackware is as close as I have seen.


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