Linked by David Adams on Thu 11th Dec 2008 00:15 UTC, submitted by Brian
Slackware, Slax Slackware, the grand daddy of Linux distributions, has released a new version: Slackware 12.2. This new version runs the 2.6.27.7 version of the Linux kernel. The other updates include Xfce 4.4.3, KDE 3.5.10, HAL support etc. You can get Slackware 12.2 from one of their mirrors.
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eee PC?
by justinc on Thu 11th Dec 2008 04:13 UTC
justinc
Member since:
2006-07-24

Congrats Pat and Co.!

Anyone try Slackware on an Asus eee PC 1000?

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RE: eee PC?
by parentaladvisory on Thu 11th Dec 2008 07:14 in reply to "eee PC?"
parentaladvisory Member since:
2006-12-18

Love this distro, not my first encounter with Linux, but my foundest, really speaked to the geeky side of me ;)

For the 3e-pc I have know idea really, traditioanally Slackware has been somewhat conservative in regards of new ideas like power-saving function, WLAN etc(a little bit irony). But really shouldnt be to much work, using standard tools.
I don't think tho that Slackware has any flashy GUIs for controlling ACPI and/or WLAN(or any other function for that matter), other than those in your DE of choise(KDE/GNOME the other dont have those kind of programs right? xfce/flux/blackbox/e16/17?)

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RE[2]: eee PC?
by darknexus on Thu 11th Dec 2008 12:09 in reply to "RE: eee PC?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Slackware doesn't come with a lot of GUI control utilities, or pre-configured powersaving features. It is very much a do it yourself distro in that respect, and that's exactly what it's supposed to be. That's not to say you can't configure those features yourself and install whatever you want as far as GUI controls go, you can. And since you did it yourself, it will stay working as long as you want it to--no package updates breaking your hard configuration work, etc.
I hope I don't get flamed for saying this, it's just how I see things. Slackware is the most BSD-ish (is that a word?) of the Linux distributions around and always has been--from its tgz-based package system to its BSD-style init scripts. Probably one of the reasons, maybe even the big reason, I love it. It takes a bit to configure but afterward it just stays completely out of your way, just like *BSD does--it most closely resembles OpenBSD in its configuration files and init scripts.
For EEE PC Users, see the topic on the eee-user forums about Slackware. It describes the additional drivers and daemons you might want to install to smooth out the experience.

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RE: eee PC?
by centos_user on Fri 12th Dec 2008 00:12 in reply to "eee PC?"
centos_user Member since:
2008-11-16

Are you talking about one of the mini-laptops?


How can you load Linux on it or do you have to use a specific distro based for the tiny laptop?

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RE[2]: eee PC?
by darknexus on Sat 13th Dec 2008 17:56 in reply to "RE: eee PC?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Well, they're no different than any other laptop except for the lack of an optical drive, and the possible use of an SSD disk. So, how do you put Linux on them? Why, you install it, of course. You can make a USB install drive, or get a USB optical drive, if that's what you mean.
I'm actually surprised to see you, a staunch Linux advocate, ask this question to be honest, especially given that most of the mini notebooks already come in a Linux flavor as well as a Windows one. Granted, I don't care much for any of the Linux flavors installed, but hey that's why I can just wipe it and install whatever I want.
There's no real challenge to it, at least not apart from installing Linux on any other laptop.

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