Slackware, Slax Archive
"I hope that Part I of the Stealth Desktop series was a good start for our series about using Slackware as a desktop. In Part II we will focus on the hardest part: making sound and video work. Sound is not especially difficult; but video is. Fortunately, after this step, it is an easy ride." Read Eduardo's guide through these tasks at OfB.biz.
My first experience with Slackware Linux came with version 9.1, after 4 years of using various versions of Red Hat and SUSE Linux. I disliked the general direction these distributions were moving in and didn't see their increasing focus on the "big end of town" as auguring well for either myself or clients of my small one-person IT consultancy business. I quickly became a Slackware convert and have since used it exclusively for all my server deployments. Check in for more and 15 screenshots from Slackware 10.
The long-awaited Slackware 10 release has hit the streets, so to speak. Though Patrick Volkerding's Slackware wasn't the very first Linux distribution (it was originally based on the SLS distribution) it has outlived all of its predecessors. First released on July 16, 1993, Slackware has come a long way since its floppy-based origins -- though in some ways, it has also remained very much the same. More here...
The issue of GNU/Linux as a desktop operating system is hot these days. You can hear here and there about someone switching their proprietary desktops, or considering doing such a thing, to GNU/Linux. Most of these stories refer to some desktop-oriented or mainstream distribution, such as Mandrake, Red Hat/Fedora, or SUSE. However, there is one distribution you would seldom hear about and yet, it is uniquely qualified for heavy-duty desktop usage, Slackware.
DistroWatch includes a quick how-to on how to update your Slackware 10 to use a newer kernel.
Slackware 10 is released. Highlights of the 10.0 release include GCC 3.3.4 (with GCC 3.4.0 as an alternate in /testing), the Linux 2.4.26 kernel (with Linux 2.6.7 as an alternate choice in /testing), X11R6.7.0 from X.Org, Mozilla 1.7, GNOME 2.6.1+, and KDE 3.2.3. Read the announcement and the download information at Slackware's site.
Pat Volkerding has announced RC2 for Slackware 10 in the Slackware -current changelog. Updates include all the new Gnome releases (e.g. Nautilus 2.6.3) and a new testing kernel, 2.6.7.
Patrick Volkerding released Slackware 10-RC1 today. It includes the latest 2.4.26 kernel, Gnome 2.6.1+, KDE 3.2.3, GCC 3.4, XOrg 6.7 and more. A test kernel 2.6.6 option is offered via the "testing" tree. Slackware does not offer ISOs for the RCs (however there are some third party users that compile the RCs or the -Current tree regularly as ISOs), so if you are already running Slackware 9.1, you can use the excellent Swaret to upgrade to the latest packages (make sure you edit your /etc/swaret.conf prior of using swaret to allow for kernel upgrades and other options).
Among the major Linux distros, Slackware was the only one using XFree86 4.4.0 (in its -Current tree). On Sunday, Patrick Volkerding dropped XFree86 and moved to XOrg too after receiving input from his users. This change leaves XFree86 without any major distro using it.
Here are two articles introducing Slackware to new users: a Slackware installation guide and a "quick and dirty guide to packages". Update: One more article: "Slackware Linux with pkgsrc Packages".
This is an article about my experiences with Slackware 9.1, a distribution of Linux that I find enjoyable, along with programs that I find useful and enjoyable.
What's in store for Slackware's next version? Have a look with us as to what Slackware's -Current tree tells us so far of what to expect.
This article is meant to be a crash course in Slackware security. It will detail some basic steps that should be taken before you consider Slackware to be fully installed.
This is the third installment of LinuxBeginner's "A week with" series, this time testing Slackware. The author liked the stability and "just works as promised with no extra promises" Slackware mentality.
Two Slackware users (1, 2) share with us their tips and tricks they use to make Slackware an even better platform.
Slackware Linux is one of the oldest Linux distributions remaining. Over the years, it has stayed true to its roots and form. This article explains how to install Slackware Linux 9.1 and configure a few things after installation too.
"Slackware Linux is not your ordinary Linux distribution. For starters, it rarely figures in news headlines, preferring to keep a low profile instead. Its developers have stubbornly resisted any attempts to make their users' lives easier: the distribution provides no graphical configuration utilities, it's package management does not resolve dependencies and its simple, text-mode installer has undergone very few changes in years. Yet, Slackare Linux remains one of the top 5 Linux distributions in use today. What is the reason for its tight hold on many users?" Read the article at DistroWatch.
My husband hooked me up on Slackware almost three months ago (he used to run Slackware in the '90s). While I use a large range of OSes on a daily basis, when I am under Linux I now prefer to use Slackware. This is my mini-article with thoughts on Slackware 9.1 after using it for three months on and off. Ten screenshots are included.