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The original Slackware Linux distribution, a complete multitasking UNIX-like system

editor's review






Slackware is an open source independent Linux-based operating system with the main goals of being stable and easy-to-use by novice and experienced users alike. It is one of the oldest GNU/Linux distributions on the world.

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.

Boot options

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.

Bottom line

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.

Slackware was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 29th, 2014
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