Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Oct 2006 21:54 UTC
Slackware, Slax Slackware Linux 11 was released at the beginning of this month, which marks 13 years of continued development. Slackware Linux, while not the first Linux distribution, is the oldest surviving one, and is starting to show signs of aging. The first version of Slackware Linux was released on July 16, 1993, by Patrick Volkerding. More here.
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by biteydog on Thu 19th Oct 2006 10:33 UTC
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Although an Ubuntu (mostly Xubuntu) user I keep an old (P233/32M/4G) machine on my network as a direct webserver - running Slackware 10. It doesn't run all the time, I use it when I need to give a client a largish upload in a hurry (it cuts out the upload phase to my host's server followed by a download, and saves a little time)

Apart from the fact that no other Linux distro will do an "out-of-the-box" install on 32M (some say they will, but don't) the "BSDish" nature of Slackware is ideal for the task. (Some strange hardware on the machine borks the BSDs themselves.)

I also had an ancient laptop (c 1996) that would only run Slack or its derivative Vector, as it had a strange old-type TFT screen of non-standard type that only Slack still had drivers for, as they only ran under Xfree86 3.3.6 (I think that's the version). This was passed on to a friend's child a couple of years ago and is still running fine for her.

Considering Patrick Volkerding has had illness to contend with he is still doing a great job - thanks!

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