Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Aug 2006 01:08 UTC
Slackware, Slax The long development process of Slackware Linux 11.0 is about to conclude - that's according to Patrick Volkerding who has declared the "current" tree as RC1: "There are still a few changes yet to happen, but let's call this Slackware 11.0 release candidate 1." Other recent changes include upgrade to stable kernel 2.4.33; upgrade to udev 097, and rebuild of glibc 2.3.6 for both 2.4.33 and kernels. Update: Screenshots.
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Great work with Slackware Patrick
by ormandj on Tue 15th Aug 2006 01:23 UTC
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Good job. ;) Keep it up!

As a side note - whatever happened to that ultra rare strange disease/condition that no doctors could diagnose? Sorry if I missed any news on that.

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I believe he was suffering from cancer. But he was back fine as of 2005.

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by jackson on Tue 15th Aug 2006 03:11 UTC
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In the past, some folks griped about 2.4.x kernels as the default in 10.2, so I thought I'd pass along an fyi. This release will support both 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels out of the box. One will be able to select either kernel (among other kernels, too) during the installation process. Pat V. announced this in the -current changelog a few weeks back.

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RE: Kernels
by Morgan on Tue 15th Aug 2006 05:12 UTC in reply to "Kernels"
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That's excellent news, jackson. I've tried 2.6-based Slackware derivatives in the past and none of them seemed to get it right. Zenwalk was the best, but even it had too many bugs for my taste. It will be a wonderful feeling to select a 2.6 kernel image from the Slackware installation without the word "test" attached to it.

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RE[2]: Kernels
by fredb1974 on Tue 15th Aug 2006 07:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Kernels"
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It will be great, indeed. Slacky was my first distro, I mean the distro which with I discovered linux, back in 1996 ;)

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RE: Kernels
by Flatline on Tue 15th Aug 2006 13:58 UTC in reply to "Kernels"
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That is fantastic. I've never had any (major) problems dropping in a 2.6.x kernel, but having it available as a simple choice in the installer will definitely get rid of a couple headaches.

I'm still kind of amazed that 2.4.x is the default, given how long the 2.6.x kernel has been out. I know Pat says stability is the reason, but does anyone here who follows Slackware more closely than I know of the specific issues keeping it from becoming the default?

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RE: Kernels
by situation on Tue 15th Aug 2006 15:29 UTC in reply to "Kernels"
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As a note, Slackware 10.2 actually had 2.6 supported in the extra/ series of packages. Plus it was installable from the CD menus (it just required the second CD).

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RE[2]: Kernels
by jackson on Tue 15th Aug 2006 16:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Kernels"
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True, but it was not truly a "supported" kernel. That's why it was called "test26". You had to install the modules manually, for example.

This new "huge26" kernel is a supported one just like all the others.

From the 7/14 -current changelog:

"The name of the big kernel with many built-in options has been changed from test26.s to huge26.s to reflect that Slackware 11.0 will consider the 2.6.16.x kernel series to be a supported kernel series."

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kernel 2.6 on slack
by RafaelRR on Tue 15th Aug 2006 05:39 UTC
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Im using slackware 10.2 with kernel and i cant remember the last bug i got...
Anyway, really good news for a slack lover. Its time to prepare my USB stick to test it ;P

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by lagitus on Tue 15th Aug 2006 06:55 UTC
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It's good to see that some distros still strive for stability, reliability and simplicity instead of competing for having the highest version numbers or the fanciest auto-configuration wizards that seldom actually work.

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by twenex on Tue 15th Aug 2006 08:05 UTC
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Have to try this

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by mkools on Tue 15th Aug 2006 09:04 UTC
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Slack is and always will be my favorite Linux distro!
I hope the final release comes together with the final release of Gnome 2.16.

Can't wait to have a desktop running Slack 11 with Dropline Gnome 2.16!

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RE: Great! - No GNOME
by Nephelim on Wed 16th Aug 2006 07:05 UTC in reply to "Great!"
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IIRC, there will be no Gnome at all ... well, at least directly from Slackware, you can compile it or may be get non official packages.

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RE[2]: Great! - No GNOME
by bytecoder on Wed 16th Aug 2006 13:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Great! - No GNOME"
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Yes, that's why he said 'dropline gnome.' Google is your friend.

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RE[3]: Great! - No GNOME
by Nephelim on Wed 16th Aug 2006 14:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Great! - No GNOME"
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Thanks for the clarification, it was my fault not reading it more carefully.

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Slackware 1.1.2
by greblus on Tue 15th Aug 2006 13:04 UTC
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I've a working qemu image and you know what? It feels exactly the same as the recent versions. 0.99.15 kernel simply rocks, and it is true what Greg KH says: I can run a binary (statically) compiled on Slack-1.1.2 (gcc-2.5.8) on my Ubuntu box and it simply works.

Edited 2006-08-15 13:08

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10.2 came out almost a year ago!!
by bonjour on Tue 15th Aug 2006 13:20 UTC
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wow, that's great, i love slackware, have been using it since slackware 4. i have tried many other distributions since: gentoo, debian, ubuntu, red hat, suse, knoppix, etc but i still think slackware gives me the most flexibility and stability. i love how they don't modify the kernel sources so the kernel you get is virgin from, it's just as easy to drop in the 2.6 virgin sources from, just unzip it into the /usr/src/ directory and softlink that to /usr/src/linux. the packaging/installation is the easiest for me to use. i have learned so much about linux by using slackware, it's the closest thing to linux from scratch to me except it has safe boundaries so that you don't do anything crazy. yeah, you'll probably say that gentoo is closer to lfs because you can compile everything, but i'm just talking about the layout of the entire distro, its amazingly simple. maybe i can say this because i've been using it for several years now, i remember in the beginning it was very difficult, but now that i've learned everything, the thing just works. i feel lost when i install suse, you follow the wizard, and then if you want to make any changes or whatever, it's hard finding things. i think that's probably more my being used to slackware more than anything else.

the best thing is that everything i need fits on one cd. maybe that's not such a big deal with dvds, but i only need just a miminalist set of packages, windowmaker is fine for me.

if anyone needs help learning slackware, post here, i'll see if i can help out. you'd think that linux was stable, but i can't tell you how slow/bulky some of the other distros can get.

slackware packaging is a little bit sparse, for example, there's no mplayer pre-compiled package unless you go to a third party site, and i don't really trust those, not that they're bad, but i'd rather just compile the sources myself. my greatest success has been stock slackware distro + compiling my own sources. you seem to get eaten up by rpm's and overly bloated package managers. why not control everything? maybe that's the winning formula.

at the end of the day, it's all linux, so it's all great, freedom to choose and tune your system with exactly what you need, mostly for free.

i want to see how well this version of slackware runs on my mac pro, triple boot: mac os x, windows xp, slackware. 64 bit slackware running on xeon 5160s.

actually is this slackware going to have a 64 bit native pre-compile? maybe i'll have to go to that slamd64 distro...

maybe it's time to move onto LFS.

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I am impressed that...
by Tuishimi on Tue 15th Aug 2006 14:42 UTC
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...he is right up to the latest and greatest with KDE. I expected Slackware to hold back a version or something (I don't know why). Slack is a great distro... it was my first (well, if you don't count me briefly flirting with YellowDog on a mac) linux distribution.

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Great to here
by situation on Tue 15th Aug 2006 15:30 UTC
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Can't wait for my preorder CD set to arrive. I used to bother trying other distros, but now it's 100% Slack 100% of the time. Nice to see another release coming, and it makes me wonder what neato things the future holds.

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by diegoviola on Tue 15th Aug 2006 15:45 UTC
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It's nice to see Slackware is still going on, it was my teach distro, and I still like it a lot, but I think in terms of features and maintenance Arch Linux is the successor of Slackware.

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Java on Slackware?
by JeffS on Tue 15th Aug 2006 16:53 UTC
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How hard/easy is it to install the full Java 5 Jdk (and Tomcat5) on Slackware?

I tried Slackware once, and really liked it. But I tended to always fall back on the convenience of Debian based Kanotix.

But I really really like the philosophy of Slackware - stability over the latest goodies, cleanliness, simplicity, etc.

Frankly, most other distros will be really convenient and beautiful at first, but then quite often you run into annoying problems of some sort. Debian (and derivatives), for instance, is awesome with apt-get. But at some point I always end up with something borked when installing/updating/upgrading via apt. RPM distros are usually quite nice (I like PCLinuxOS in particular), but those can be too limiting, and too inefficient.

Thus, I want to go Slack, but I have other needs, like Java programming. And I don't want it to be a big hassle, and have to use open source crippleware versions of Java. I want the fully functioning real-deal.

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RE: Java on Slackware?
by ter_ on Tue 15th Aug 2006 18:10 UTC in reply to "Java on Slackware?"
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The latest Sun Java 1.5 update 8 package is in the /extra folder, so simply remove the jre and install the jdk.

Tomcat 5 is not included in Slackeware. If you use it for development I recommend get it from, extract it to your home folder and run the startup script.
The new Eclipse 3.2 release with WTP ( btw works well with tomcat in development.

To run Tomcat 5 with Apache in front you need to compile mod_jk available from tomcat site.

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RE[2]: Java on Slackware?
by JeffS on Tue 15th Aug 2006 19:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Java on Slackware?"
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"The new Eclipse 3.2 release with WTP ( btw works well with tomcat in development."

That's nice to hear. Every time I've attempted to use previous versions of the Eclipse WTP, it failed in miserable, time wasting, mind-numbing, head banging on wall, fingernail peeling, power drill in ear, frustration and futility. ;-)

Based on my past experiences with Eclipse WTP, I considered it a misirable heap of dung that was dead on arrival. But it is good to hear that it's improved.

That said, I usually do Tomcat stuff with a simple programmers editor, Ant, and the Tomcat manager utility - it's easy and fast.

Anyway, enabling the standard jdk on Slackware sounds like a no-brainer. After that, installing anything Java (Tomcat, Eclipse, NetBeans, jEdit, JBoss, etc) is a snap.

I'll give Slack another shot when 11 is released. Hopefully, the installer will run on my Thinkpad this time (I could also give it the noapic nolapic acpi=off kernel arguments).

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