Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 3rd Oct 2006 06:14 UTC, submitted by Witold Wasilewski
Slackware, Slax Slackware 11.0 contains the 2.4.33.3 Linux kernel (default), 2.6.17.13 in /extra and 2.6.18 in the /testing directory. This Slackware version is by far the most cutting edge ever released, it includes KDE version 3.5.4 (including the Amarok media player), XFCE 4.2.3.2, the latest versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, plus SeaMonkey 1.0.5 (replacing the Mozilla suite). It also includes glibc-2.3.6, gcc-3.4.6, X11R6.9.0 from X.Org, and more.
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anonymous_coward
Member since:
2005-11-15

From the beginning, Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux distribution for UNIX veterans

I dare to differ. PHP is still not fixed [1], no features like Stack Smashing Protection, ASLR, PIE enabled network servers, etc. What is more, security updates are released really late [2]. If you want secure system, there are better choices...

Anyway, have a nice day ;)


[1] http://osnews.com/permalink.php?news_id=14361&comment_id=115883
[2] http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid14...

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wazoox Member since:
2005-07-14

PHP is broken by design, so why bother? ;) More seriously, if text relocations are that bad, why are they used in PHP default builds?

About the release of security updates, the article you link to states that "Trustix Secure Linux" scores very low too. The way the scores are computed isn't explained, what does a score of "76" or "32" means? This looks like bad journalism, not security auditing.

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shapeshifter Member since:
2006-09-19

In a perfect world the OS would not need any security patches and would be maintenance free and etc etc
But in this real world Slackware's features and functionality make it is a good choice and a very reasonable compromise that fullfills 99% of functionality and security features for both servers and workstations.
That last %1 I'll gladly leave for the bortherline psychotic geeks that use their keyboard as a pillow.

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