Features at a glance
It is a fully-featured distribution of Linux, equipped to serve in any capacity from machine-room server to desktop workstation. Slackware provides users with its own software repositories, from where users can install numerous applications.
The system includes out-of-the-box support for running a stable and reliable web, FTP or email server, as well as a wide collection of popular and open source desktop environments and applications.
Distributed as 32-bit and 64-bit installable-only ISO images
It is distributed as installable-only CD or DVD ISO images. Supported architectures include 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (x86). There’s also a single DVD ISO image that contains the complete source code tree for both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.
The CD edition of the operating system comprises six discs. While the first one is used to install the base distribution, the second one includes the Xfce desktop environment. In addition, the third one can be used to install the KDE desktop environment.
The fourth disc includes extra applications, and the fifth and sixth ISO image contain only the source code. In general, it’s recommended to download the DVD edition and install Slackware, a desired desktop environment, and various applications from it.
Slackware’s boot prompt is usually used for entering specific parameters, in case you have a very old computer. Otherwise, you should just hit Enter at the boot prompt to start the text mode installer.
Overall, Slackware is a very fast, stable and reliable Linux distribution that can be transformed in anything you want. It can be a high-performance server solution or a modern desktop workstation. We recommend it for experienced Linux users who are tired of those OSes created for human beings.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 29th, 2014
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- Runs the 3.10.17 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org. The 3.10.x series is well-tested, offers good performance, and will be getting long term support from kernel.org. For people interested in running the previous long term support kernel series, we've provided sample configuration files for Linux 3.4.66 under the /testing directory. And, to make it easier for people who want to compile the latest Linux kernel, we've also put configuration files for Linux 3.12 in /testing.
- System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.17. This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with existing binaries.
- X11 based on the X.Org Foundation's modular X Window System. This is X11R7.7, a new release, with many improvements in terms of performance and hardware support.
- Installs gcc-4.8.2 as the default C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran-77/95/2003/2008, and Ada 95/2005/2012 compiler.
Application descriptionSlackware is an open source and advanced Linux distribution a.k.a. operating system created by Patrick Volkerding.The ...