Among OSNews readers, Slackware is a surprisingly popular choice when it comes to Linux distributions. A new release came out today, Slackware 13, which comes packed with improvements, and even a whole new port.
Yes, the biggest addition to Slackware 13.0 is probably the official 64bit port of Slackware. “While the 32-bit (x86) version continues to be developed, this release brings to you a complete port to 64-bit (x86_64),” Patrick Volkerding writes, “We know that many of you have been waiting eagerly for this, and once you try it you’ll see it was well worth the wait.”
Furthermore, it comes with Xfce 4.6.1, KDE 4.2.4, Linux kernel 188.8.131.52, and continues to use HAL. On the developers’ side, it comes with gcc-4.3.3, Perl 5.10.0, Python 2.6.2, Ruby 1.8.7-p174, Subversion 1.6.4, git-1.6.4, mercurial-1.2.1, graphical tools like Qt designer and KDevelop, and more.
Download information can be found in the release announcement.