Slackware 14.0 release announcement
Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning,
We are sure you’ll enjoy the many improvements. We’ve done our best to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the stability and security that you have come to expect. Slackware is well known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to you in the condition that the authors intended.
Slackware 14.0 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you’ll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.10.0, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.8.5, a recent stable release of the 4.8.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment. These desktops utilize udev, udisks, and udisks2, and many of the
Slackware uses the 3.2.29 kernel bringing you advanced performance features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager), and encrypted filesystems. Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux.
There are two kinds of kernels in Slackware. First there are the huge kernels, which contain support for just about every driver in the Linux kernel. These are primarily intended to be used for installation, but there’s no real reason that you couldn’t continue to run them after you have installed. The other type of kernel is the generic kernel, in which nearly every driver is built as a module. To use a generic kernel you’ll need to build an initrd to load your filesystem module and possibly your drive controller or other drivers needed at boot time, configure LILO to load the initrd at boot, and reinstall LILO. See the docs in /boot after installing for more information. Slackware’s Linux kernels come in both SMP and non-SMP types now. The SMP kernel supports multiple processors, multi-core CPUs, HyperThreading, and about every other optimization available. In our own testing this kernel has proven to be fast, stable, and reliable. We recommend using the SMP kernel even on single processor machines if it will run on them. Note that on
Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 14.0:
- – Runs the 3.2.29 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org.
- – System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.15.
- – X11 based on the X.Org Foundation’s modular X Window System.
- – Installs gcc-4.7.1 as the default C, C++, Objective-C,
- – Support for NetworkManager for simple configuration of wired and
- – Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL,
- – Apache (httpd) 2.4.3 web server with Dynamic Shared Object
- – USB, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), and ACPI support, as well as legacy PCMCIA
- – The udev dynamic device management system for Linux 3.x.
- – New development tools, including Perl 5.16.1, Python 2.7.3,
- – Updated versions of the Slackware package management tools make it
- – Web browsers galore! Includes KDE’s Konqueror 4.8.5, SeaMonkey 2.12.1
- – The KDE Software Compilation 4.8.5, a complete desktop environment.
- – A collection of GTK+ based applications including pidgin-2.10.6,
- – A repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to run
- – Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here. For
Downloading Slackware 14.0:
The full version of Slackware Linux 14.0 is available for download from the central Slackware FTP site hosted by our friends at osuosl.org:
If the sites are busy, see the list of official mirror sites here:
We will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO images. Stay tuned to http://slackware.com for the latest updates.
Instructions for burning the Slackware tree onto install discs may be found in the isolinux directory.
Purchasing Slackware on CD-ROM or DVD:
Or, please consider purchasing the Slackware Linux 14.0 six CD-ROM set or deluxe dual-sided DVD release directly from Slackware Linux, and you’ll be helping to support the continued development of Slackware Linux!
The DVD release has the 32-bit x86 Slackware 14.0 release on one side, and the 64-bit x86_64 Slackware 14.0 release on the other. Both sides are bootable for easy installation, and includes everything from both releases of Slackware 14.0, including the complete source code trees.
The 6 CD-ROM release of Slackware 14.0 is the 32-bit x86 edition. It includes a bootable first CD-ROM for easy installation. The 6 CD-ROMs are labeled for easy reference.
The Slackware 14.0 x86 6 CD-ROM set is $49.95 plus shipping, or choose the Slackware 14.0 x86/x86_64 dual-sided DVD (also $49.95 plus shipping).
Slackware Linux is also available by subscription. When we release a new version of Slackware (which is normally once or twice a year) we ship it to you and bill your credit card for a reduced subscription price ($32.99 for the CD-ROM set, or $39.95 for the DVD) plus shipping.
For shipping options, see the Slackware store website. Before ordering express shipping, you may wish to check that we have the product in stock. We make releases to the net at the same time as disc production begins, so there is a lag between the online release and the shipping of media. But, even if you download now you can still buy the official media later. You’ll feel good, be helping the project, and have a great decorative item perfect for any computer room shelf.
You can order online at the Slackware Linux store:
Other Slackware items like t-shirts, caps, pins, and stickers can also be found here. These will help you find and identify yourself to your fellow Slackware users. There are still some 1337 T-shirts left,
Order inquiries (including questions about becoming a Slackware reseller) may be directed to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun! :^) I hope you find Slackware to be useful, and thanks
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