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Slackware Linux
Slackware logo
Website: slackware.com
Company/
developer:
Patrick Volkerding
OS family: Linux
Source model: Free Software
Latest stable release: 11.0 / October 2, 2006
Kernel type: Monolithic kernel, Linux
License: GPL
Working state: Current

Slackware was one of the earliest Linux distributions, and is the oldest, and most UNIX-like, distribution still being maintained[1]. It was created by Patrick Volkerding of Slackware Linux, Inc. It has a policy of incorporating only stable releases of applications[1], standing mainly for design stability and simplicity. For a good while, other Linux distributions that came after it were in fact evaluated for their "Slackware compatibility".[citation needed] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... The term software company could be applied to; a) a company that produces software or b) a company that distributes software from a third party or c) a company that provides services for software. ... A software developer is a programmer who is concerned with one or more facets of the software development process, a somewhat broader scope of computer programming. ... Patrick Volkerding (born 1967) is the founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution. ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system family. ... This article is about free software as defined by the sociopolitical free software movement; for information on software distributed without charge, see freeware. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ... Graphical overview of a monolithic kernel A monolithic kernel defines a high-level virtual interface over the hardware, with a set of primitives or system calls to implement operating system services such as process management, concurrency, and memory management in several modules that run in supervisor mode. ... The Linux kernel is a Unix-like operating system kernel. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... The GNU logo The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL) is a widely-used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... Patrick Volkerding (born 1967) is the founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution. ... Slackware was one of the earliest Linux distributions, and is the oldest, and most UNIX-like, distribution still being maintained[1]. It was created by Patrick Volkerding of Slackware Linux, Inc. ...

Contents

History and name

Slackware mascot -- Tux with pipe
Slackware mascot -- Tux with pipe

The first Slackware release, 1.00, was on July 16, 1993[1][2] by Patrick Volkerding, founder and lead developer. It was based on the SLS Linux distribution and supplied as 3½" floppy disk images that were available by anonymous FTP. Image File history File links Slackware-mascot. ... The concepts behind Tux, the Linux mascot, were developed in email exchanges on a public mailing list. ... July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Patrick Volkerding (born 1967) is the founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution. ... Softlanding Linux System (SLS) was an early Linux distribution, founded by Peter MacDonald in mid-1992. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ... FTP or File Transfer Protocol is used to transfer data from one computer to another over the Internet, or through a network. ...


The name "Slackware" stems from the term "Slack", as defined by the Church of the SubGenius. J. R. Bob Dobbs The Church of the SubGenius is a satirical postmodern religion, originally based in Dallas, Texas, which gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s subculture, with a large presence on the Internet. ...


In 1999, Slackware's release numbers saw a large increment from 4 to 7. This was explained by Patrick Volkerding [3] as a marketing effort to show that Slackware was as up-to-date as other Linux distributions, many of which had release numbers of 6 at the time (such as Red Hat releasing each revision of its distribution with an incremement of 4.1 to 5.0 instead of 3.1 to 3.2 as Slackware did). Red Hat, Inc. ...


In 2005, the GNOME desktop environment was removed from the pending future release[4], and turned over to community support and distribution. The removal of GNOME was seen by some in the Linux community as significant because the desktop environment is found in many Linux distributions. In lieu of this, several community-based projects have filled the GNOME void in Slackware, by offering complete GNOME distributions for Slackware. A gnome (or Nisse) hiding behind a toadstool. ...


Throughout Slackware's history, there have been distributions and LiveCDs based upon Slackware. Some popular distributions derived from Slackware include College Linux, GoblinX, SLAX, VectorLinux, JoLinux, Zenwalk and Kate OS. Gnoppix 0. ... College Linux is a Slackware-based distribution of Linux, made by Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland. ... GoblinX is a Linux distribution based on Slackware and is a Live CD. GoblinX is a Live-CD that is based on the excellent Slackware distribution. ... SLAX is a Linux Live CD based on the Slackware distro. ... Vector Linux is a lightweight, fast, user-friendly Linux operating system for Intel, AMD and x86 compatible systems, based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware. ... Zenwalk Linux (formerly Minislack) is Slackware Linux based Linux distribution that aims to be focused on Internet application, multimedia and programming tools. ... Kate OS logo Kate OS II running XFCE Kate OS is a Linux distribution with multitasking features, made specifically for multimedia use. ...


Releases

x86 release history
version date
1.0 July 16, 1993
2.0 July 2, 1994
2.1 October 1994
2.2 March 1995
2.3 May 1995
3.0 November 30, 1995
3.1 June 3, 1996
3.2 February 17, 1997
3.3 June 11, 1997
3.4 October 14, 1997
3.5 June 9, 1998
3.6 October 28, 1998
3.9/4.0 May 17, 1999
7.0 October 25, 1999
7.1 June 22, 2000
8.0 July 1, 2001
8.1 June 18, 2002
9.0 March 19, 2003
9.1 September 26, 2003
10.0 June 23, 2004
10.1 February 2, 2005
10.2 September 14, 2005
11.0 October 2, 2006

Slackware is primarily developed for the x86 PC hardware architecture[1]. However there have previously been official ports to the DEC Alpha and SPARC architectures. As of 2005, there is an official port to the System/390 architecture. There are also unofficial ports to the ARM [1], Alpha [2], SPARC [3], PowerPC [4] [5] and x86-64 (slamd64 [6] and Bluewhite64 [7]) architectures. July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... x86 or 80x86 is the generic name of a microprocessor architecture first developed and manufactured by Intel. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... DEC Alpha AXP 21064 Microprocessor The DEC Alpha, also known as the Alpha AXP, is a 64-bit RISC microprocessor originally developed and fabricated by Digital Equipment Corp (DEC). ... Sun UltraSPARC II Microprocessor Sun UltraSPARC T1 (Niagara 8 Core) SPARC (Scalable Processor ARChitecture) is a pure big-endian RISC microprocessor instruction set architecture originally designed in 1985 by Sun Microsystems. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Since December, 2001, IBM designates all its mainframes with the name eServer zSeries, with the e depicted in IBMs well-known red trademarked symbol. ... The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ... IBM PowerPC 601 Microprocessor PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM. Originally intended for personal computers, PowerPC CPUs have since become popular embedded and high-performance processors as well. ... The AMD64 or x86-64 is a 64-bit processor architecture invented by AMD. It is a superset of the x86 architecture, which it natively supports. ... Slamd64 is the first unofficial port of Slackware to the x86 64 architecture that is compiled to work on both AMD64 and EM64T. The port started in January 2005 with public releases starting a few months later. ...


Slackware's latest stable x86 release is 11.0[5] (as of October 3, 2006), which includes support for ALSA, GCC 3.4.6, Linux kernel 2.4.33.3 and 2.6.17.13 (with Linux 2.6.18 as an alternate choice in /testing), KDE 3.5.4, Xfce 4.2.3.2, and all the usual utilities[5]. October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A screenshot of alsamixer ALSA (an acronym for Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is a Linux kernel component intended to replace the original Open Sound System for providing drivers for sound cards. ... The GNU Compiler Collection (usually shortened to GCC) is a set of programming language compilers produced by the GNU Project. ... In computer science, the kernel is the fundamental part of an operating system. ... KDE (K Desktop Environment) (IPA: ) is a free software project which aims to be a powerful ecosystem for an easy-to-use desktop environment. ... Xfce ([1]) is a free software desktop environment for Unix and other Unix-like platforms, such as Linux, Solaris and BSD. Its configuration is entirely mouse-driven and the configuration files are hidden from the casual user. ...


There is also a testing / developmental version of Slackware called '-current'[6] that can be used for a more bleeding edge configuration. In computer science, bleeding edge is a term that refers to technology that is so new (and thus, presumably, not perfected) that the user is required to risk reductions in stability and productivity in order to use it. ...


ZipSlack

ZipSlack is a boiled-down edition of the Slackware Linux distribution originally designed to fit on a 100 MB Zip disk[7]. It is currently distributed as a zip-compressed archive containing a ready-to-use, minimal Slackware Linux system. It lacks X Window functionality (which can be added if sufficient disk space is available) while making available basic networking and most of the compilers typically included in the main Slackware distribution. ZipSlack is a special edition of the Slackware Linux distribution which is designed to fit on a small FAT-formatted file system, such as a Zip disk or a small Windows 9x/MS-DOS partition. ... A megabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to exactly one million bytes. ... Later (USB, left) and earlier (parallel, right) Zip drives (media in foreground). ... The ZIP file format is a popular data compression and archival format. ... KDE 3. ...


It has traditionally been using the FAT/FAT32 file system[8] via UMSDOS giving it the advantage of an easy installation on a DOS or Windows 3.x/9x machine without having to repartition the hard drive. This is particularly useful for a quick and low-risk Slackware Linux tryout, or as a rescue Linux system when debugging an unbootable Linux partition. ZipSlack boots only from a genuine DOS mode and is therefore incompatible with typical Windows NT/2k/XP configurations. File Allocation Table (FAT) is a partially patented file system developed by Microsoft for MS-DOS and is the primary file system for consumer versions of Microsoft Windows up to and including Windows Me. ... UMSDOS is a filesystem driver for Linux that simulates the more advanced features of a UNIX filesystem while using an MS-DOS style FAT partition. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... The Windows 3. ... Windows 9x is a term used to describe the DOS-based operating systems Windows 95 and Windows 98, similar versions of Microsoft Windows which were produced in the 1990s. ... Windows NT is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptible, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers. ... Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


Design philosophies

KISS

KISS ("Keep it Simple, Stupid") is a concept that explains a lot of design choices in Slackware[9][1]. In this context, 'simple' refers to the viewpoint of system design, rather than ease of use. This is the reason there are so few GUI tools to configure the system. GUI tools are (as the theory goes) more complex, and are therefore more prone to have problems than simple command line tools. The overall result of this principle is that Slackware is fast and stable, at the cost of user-friendliness. Critics generally say that this makes things too time-consuming and difficult to learn[citation needed]. Advocates say that the flexibility and transparency as well as the experience gained from the process more than make up for it[10][11]. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... GUI can refer to the following: GUI is short for graphical user interface, a term used to describe a type of interface in computing. ...


Startup scripts

Slackware uses BSD style init scripts[12], while most other Linux distros use System V style init scripts. Basically, with System V style each runlevel is given a subdirectory for init scripts, whereas BSD style gives a single init script to each runlevel. BSD style advocates say that it is better because with this system it is much easier to find, read, edit, and maintain the scripts. System V advocates say that the System V structure for the scripts makes them more powerful and flexible. Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD, sometimes called Berkeley Unix) is the Unix derivative distributed by the University of California, Berkeley, starting in the 1970s. ... init (short for initialization) is the program on Unix and Unix-like systems which spawns all other processes. ... AT&T UNIX System V was one of the versions of the UNIX operating system. ...


System V init compatibility has been incorporated into Slackware, starting with version 7.0 [13].


Package management

Slackware employs a minimalist approach to package management[14]. Its package management system can install, upgrade, and remove packages as easily as other distributions. However, it makes no attempt to track or manage dependencies, relying on the user to ensure that the system has all the supporting system libraries and programs required by the new package. If any of these are missing, there may be no indication until one attempts to use the newly installed software. A software package is a bundle of one or several files that either are necessary for the distribution and installation of a computer program, or which will upgrade and install additional features for an existing program already installed on a computer. ... Illustration of a package management system being used to download new software. ...


Slackware packages are gzipped tarballs with filenames ending with .tgz[14]. The package contains the files that form part of the software being installed, as well as additional files for the benefit of the Slackware package manager[15]. The files that form part of the software being installed are organized such that, when extracted into the root directory, their files are placed in their installed locations. The other files are those placed under the install/ directory inside the package. gzip is short for GNU zip, a GNU free software replacement for the Unix compress program. ... In computing, the tar (file) format (derived from tape archive) is a type of archive bitstream or file format. ... In computer file systems, the root directory is the first or top-most directory in a hierarchy. ...


Two files are commonly found in the install/ directory, which are the slack-desc and doinst.sh files[15]. These are not placed directly into the filesystem in the same manner as the other files in the package. The slack-desc file is a simple text file which contains a description of the package being installed[15]. This is used when viewing packages using the package manager. Each file is placed in a directory on the system, in a file matching the name of their respective packages. The doinst.sh file is a shell script which is usually intended to run commands or make changes which could not be best made by changing the contents of the package[15]. This script is run at the end of the installation of a package. A shell script is a script written for the shell, or command line interpreter, of an operating system. ...


In contrast to Slackware's software packages, Red Hat's RPMs are CPIO archives, and Debian's .debs are ar archives. In addition they contain detailed dependency information, which their package management utilities can use to find and install the prerequisites. Red Hat Linux was a popular Linux distribution assembled by Red Hat until the early 2000s, when it was discontinued. ... RPM Package Manager (or RPM, originally called Red Hat Package Manager) is a package management system primarily intended for Linux. ... CPIO is both the name of a binary utility, and a form of digital archive. ... Debian is a project based around the development of a free, complete operating system based on the work of the GNU Project through the collaboration of volunteers from around the world. ... deb is the extension of the Debian software package format and the most often used name for such binary packages. ... The archiver (also known simply as ar) is a UNIX utility that maintains groups of files as a single archive file. ...


Slackware's approach to package management seems to be well-accepted by its often technically-adept user base[citation needed].


Automated dependency resolution

While Slackware itself does not incorporate tools to resolve dependencies for the user by automatically downloading and installing them[16], some 3rd-party software tools exist that can provide this function similar to the way APT does for Debian GNU/Linux. Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, is a package management system used by Debian and its derivatives. ... Debian is a project based around the development of a free, complete operating system based on the work of the GNU Project through the collaboration of volunteers from around the world. ...


Some of these tools determine dependencies by analyzing installed packages, determining what libraries are needed, and then discovering what packages are available that provide them. This automatic process is time-consuming, and more primitive than APT's hand-tuned method. However, it generally produces satisfactory results.

Slackware 9.1 included Swaret and slackpkg as extra packages on its second CD[17], but did not install either by default. Swaret was removed from the distribution as of Slackware 10.0 but is still available as a 3rd party package. Swaret is a program for the Slackware distribution of Linux that resolves dependencies. ... Automated tool for management of Slackware Linux Packages Slackpkg is a tool for installing or upgrading packages through network. ... Swaret is a program for the Slackware distribution of Linux that resolves dependencies. ...


slapt-get does not provide dependency resolution for packages included within the Slackware distribution. It does, however, provide a framework for dependency resolution in Slackware compatible packages similar in fashion to the hand-tuned method APT utilizes. Several package sources and Slackware based distributions take advantage of this functionality. slapt-get is an APT-like system for Slackware package management. ...


Alternatively, NetBSD's pkgsrc provides support for Slackware, among other UNIX-like operating systems. pkgsrc provides dependency resolution for both binary and source packages. NetBSD is a freely redistributable, open source version of the Unix-like BSD computer operating system. ... The NetBSD package system, pkgsrc (package source), is a framework for building third-party software on NetBSD and other UNIX-like operating systems, based on a system of makefiles. ... Diagram of the relationships between several Unix-like systems A Unix-like operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system, while not necessarily conforming to or being certified to any version of the Single UNIX Specification. ... In computing, an operating system (OS) is the system software responsible for the direct control and management of hardware and basic system operations. ...


Internet communities

Forums

Slackware is the topic of discussion on many dedicated web forums, as well as the Usenet newsgroup alt.os.linux.slackware and the IRC channels #slackware@irc.oftc.net , ##slackware@chat.freenode.net and #slackman@chat.freenode.net. A typical Internet forum discussion, with common elements such as emoticons, avatars, and quotes. ... Usenet (USEr NETwork) is a global, distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ... Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing. ...


Third-party packages

Repositories of user maintained, third-party Slackware packages are provided by linuxpackages.net and slacky.it , which include more recent versions of some software, and some software that are not released in any form by the Slackware maintainers. It is also possible to obtain these packages using third-party package-management software, including Swaret and Slapt-get. Swaret is a program for the Slackware distribution of Linux that resolves dependencies. ... slapt-get is an APT-like system for Slackware package management. ...


Dropline GNOME, Freerock GNOME, and GWARE are projects intended to offer Slackware packages for GNOME. These projects exist because Slackware does not officially include GNOME, but a large number of users would prefer to have GNOME installed without having to go through the lengthy process of compiling it from source code. The desktop where the word processor and the spreadsheets are running. ... A gnome (or Nisse) hiding behind a toadstool. ... A gnome (or Nisse) hiding behind a toadstool. ...


In addition to the unofficial package repositories listed above, there is a relatively new project called SlackBuilds.org whose goal is to provide build scripts for compiling add-on software and creating Slackware packages of it. The project includes instructions for using the build scripts in their repository.


Distributions based on Slackware

Active:

  • 4Bak - Canadian Live CD for backups developed by Sylvie Migneault; it's former DDbackup.
  • AliXe - Canadian Live CD developed by a Montréal lady who just identifies harself as "Alisou" ([8]), but who on her 4Bak website reveals herself to be the very Sylvie Migneault; o LiveCD aims to promote Slackware and SlaX among French speaking users.
  • Arudius - American Live CD with its weight on safety, based on Slackware and Zenwalk.
  • Austrumi - Letuvin Linux distribution developed by Andreijs Meinerts and others.
  • BackTrack - Swiss Live CD based on Slackware and SlaX; merging Auditor Security Linux with WHAX, its weight is on safety.
  • Blin (also here) - Ukrainian Linux distribution.
  • Burapha Gnu/Linux - Thai Linux distribution developed by a crew of Burapha University.
  • CEMF - Brazilian Linux distribution which runs directly from within a Windows partition or install.
  • College - Swiss Linux distribution which allegues to base itself on Debian, but it's package managed in .tgz; it has turned a Live CD.
  • Cytrun - Brazilian Linux distribution projected to increase security levels in servers.
  • Darkstar - Romanian Linux distribution.
  • DNA - Argentine Live CD based on SlaX.
  • eMoviX - Italian Live CD with its weight on multimedia execution.
  • Frugalware - Hungarian Linux distribution developed by Miklos Vajna.
  • GoblinX - Brazilian Live CD which installed converts .tgz packages into .mo modules.
  • HostGIS - American Linux distribution, a carthographic server specially developed for GIS information handling.
  • iWhaX - American Linux distribution turned to networks safety; it's former WhaX.
  • JoLinux (also here)- Brazilian Linux distribution with kernel 2.6 already by default.
  • KateOS - Polish Linux distribution developed by Damian Rakowski and others.
  • Kinux - Brazilian Linux distribution.
  • KlaX - German KDE showcase Live CD.
  • LiveCD Router - Argentine Live CD projected to operate networks and internet connections.
  • MoviX - Italian Live CD with its weight on multimedia creation.
  • MoviX² - Italian Live CD with its weight on multimedia execution.
  • MutageniX - American Live CD.
  • NimbleX - Romanian Linux distribution developed by Bogdan Radulescu.
  • OpenLAB - South African Linux distribution projected for computer study at schools and colleges; outside South Africa, it's been adopted in Namíbia and Germany; it's the distro for which the softwares EduKar, OpenBook and ZybaCafe have been developed; the Live CD can be downloaded free of charge, the 4 CDs / 1 DVD and the external softwares are billed.
  • P!tux - French Linux distribution for install in already existing systems; it's former Drinou Linux.
  • PC Master - Brazilian Linux distribution.
  • Plamo (aqui também) - Japanese Linux distribution with its weight on Japanese language in order to ease "slacking" for Japanese users.
  • pQui - Brazilian desktop Linux distribution.
  • Privare - Canadian Live CD, it's former eLearnix, before FreeLoader Linux; practically a Linux course in form of an Operating System based on Slackware.
  • Revanche - Brazilian Linux distribution simultaneously based on Slackware and Fedora.
  • RFS - Brazilian Linux distribution.
  • RIP (Recovery Is Possible) - American Linux distribution turned to file system recovery.
  • Root - Swedish Linux distribution developed by John Eriksson.
  • RUNT (ResNet USB Network Tester) - American Linux Operating System developed by University of North Carolina to be simultaneously installed on a pendrive and a floppy which will run together; distro turned to network and USB port testing.
  • SauverOS - Indian Linux distribution developed by Maulik Gordhandas.
  • SlAmp - Dutch Live CD based on SlaX with Slackware packages.
  • SlaX - Czech Live CD developed by Tomas Matejicek; installed on a HDD or pendrive, it converts .tgz packages into .mo modules.
  • STuX - Italian Live CD.
  • Tereré - Brazilian Live CD projected for authentication systems at providors and lan houses.
  • Tukaani - Finnish Linux distribution which advantage is in its package management through pkgtools (sic!) installer and LZMA (dis)compactor: they compatibilze packagess formatted in .tgz, .tbz, .tlz and .tar.
  • Vector - Canadian Linux distribution developed by Robert S. Lange and others; it suggests itself as an excellent option to give new use to old equipments.
  • Volta - Italian Linux distribution 100% compatibilized with a double package management: Slackware's pkgtool for the system and NetBSD's pkgsrc for the applications; in other words, with Volta Linux one practically has Slackware and NetBSD running in one same operating system.
  • WolviX - Norwegian Live CD based on SlaX.
  • ZenLive - French Live CD based on Zenwalk.
  • Zenserver - American Linux distribution for servers, based on Zenwalk.
  • Zenwalk - French Linux distribution developed by Jean-Philippe Guillemin; it's former MiniSlack.

Slackware for AMD64: Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Zenwalk Linux (formerly Minislack) is Slackware Linux based Linux distribution that aims to be focused on Internet application, multimedia and programming tools. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Standard Edition SLAX SLAX is a Linux Live CD. It does not need to be installed as it boots and runs from a CD drive. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... .mo is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Macau. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for managing data that has a spatial specialized form of an information system. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... KDE (K Desktop Environment) (IPA: ) is a free software project which aims to be a powerful ecosystem for an easy-to-use desktop environment. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... NimbleX is a small Linux distribution which is able to run from a CD or USB flash drive. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Look up desktop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system family. ... An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Fedora Core is an RPM-based Linux distribution, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system family. ... An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... .mo is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Macau. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... A package management system is a collection of tools to automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing software packages from a computer. ... LZMA, short for Lempel-Ziv-Markov chain-Algorithm, is a data compression algorithm in development since 2001 and used in the 7z format of the 7-Zip archiver. ... VL 5 SOHO Lilo boot screen Vector Linux aims to be a user-friendly Linux distribution for Intel, AMD and x86 platforms based on the earlier Slackware distribution. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... NetBSD is a freely redistributable, open source version of the Unix-like BSD computer operating system. ... The NetBSD package system, pkgsrc (package source), is a framework for building third-party software on NetBSD and other UNIX-like operating systems, based on a system of makefiles. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Gnoppix 0. ... Zenwalk Linux (formerly Minislack) is Slackware Linux based Linux distribution that aims to be focused on Internet application, multimedia and programming tools. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Overview Minislack Linux is Slackware Linux based OS that aims to be focused on Internet application, multimedia and coding tools. ...

Slackware for ARM: It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... AMD64 Logo AMD64 (also x86-64 or x64) is a 64-bit microprocessor architecture and corresponding instruction set designed by Advanced Micro Devices. ... x86-64 is a 64-bit microprocessor architecture and corresponding instruction set; it is a superset of the Intel x86 architecture, which it natively supports. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... AMD64 Logo AMD64 (also x86-64 or x64) is a 64-bit microprocessor architecture and corresponding instruction set designed by Advanced Micro Devices. ... x86-64 is a 64-bit microprocessor architecture and corresponding instruction set; it is a superset of the Intel x86 architecture, which it natively supports. ... Gnoppix 0. ...

Slackware for IBM S/390: It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ...

Slackware for PowerPC (Macintosh): It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... International Business Machines Corporation (known as IBM or Big Blue; NYSE: IBM) is a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...

Slackware for SPARC: It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... PPC can be: prospective parliamentary candidate 4-phenyl-4-(1-piperidinyl)cyclohexanol PowerPC, a microcomputer implementation and architecture Pocket PC, Microsofts specification for handheld devices production possibilities curve (in economics) Pay per click, a method of charging for advertising on the Internet Peripheral pin controller, a feature present in... IBM PowerPC 601 Microprocessor PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM. Originally intended for personal computers, PowerPC CPUs have since become popular embedded and high-performance processors as well. ...

Non-Discontinued At first sight these ones like discontinued, but they actually have just changed their names and are found above with their new names. It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Sun UltraSPARC II Microprocessor Sun UltraSPARC T1 (Niagara 8 Core) SPARC (Scalable Processor ARChitecture) is a pure big-endian RISC microprocessor instruction set architecture originally designed in 1985 by Sun Microsystems. ...

  • DDbackup - turned 4Bak.
  • Drinou - turned P!tux
  • eLearnix - turned Privare.
  • FreeLoader Linux - turned Privare.
  • MiniSlack - turned Zenwalk.
  • WhaX - turned iWhaX

Semi-Discontinued: Overview Minislack Linux is Slackware Linux based OS that aims to be focused on Internet application, multimedia and coding tools. ...

  • Litrix Linux - Brazilian Linux distribution which continues active but which since its version 3.0 has changed Slackware for Gentoo as its base; it's developed by Vagner Rodrigues.

Discontinued: It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see: Gentoo (disambiguation) Gentoo Linux is a Linux distribution. ...

  • BearOps Desktop - Canadian Linux distribution, abandoned in 2001.
  • Buffalo - American Linux distribution, abandoned in 2005.
  • Definity - Brazilian Linux distribution developed by a company in Curitiba, PR, abandoned in 2003.
  • Evil Entity - American Linux distribution which strong point used to be multimedia editing; abandoned in 2004, it's not for sure if its announced successor, Arcano Linux, has ever been activated.
  • gNox - British Live CD which package module management would allow to add modules directly to the .iso image; distro abandoned in 2005.
  • NetwosiX - Italian Linux distribution turned to network security; abandoned in 2006.
  • SentiniX - Swedish Linux distribution turned to network monitoring; abandoned in 2003.
  • Ultima - American Linux distribution which was developed by Martin Ultima; abandoned in 2005.

Others, but which follow similar philosophies: It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Definity is a digital film recorder for motion picture applications, produced by CCG near Frankfurt, Germany, and distributed through Digital Film Systems. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Mongbat (Ultima) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ...

It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Arch Linux is a Linux distribution founded by Judd Vinet that emphasizes simplicity. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ... Categories: Stub | Commercial item transport and distribution | Transportation ... Desktop Light Linux (short DeLi Linux) is a Desktop Linux distribution for old PCs. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ... Categories: Stub | Commercial item transport and distribution | Transportation ... CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. ... Categories: Stub | Commercial item transport and distribution | Transportation ... GoboLinux is an alternative Linux distribution. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ... Gnoppix 0. ... It has been suggested that Linux be merged into this article or section. ...

See also

Wikibooks
Wikibooks has more about this subject:
Slackersbible

Image File history File links Wikibooks-logo-en. ... This page provides general information about each of the notable Linux distributions in the form of a categorized list. ... The many Linux distributions differ for various reasons including technical, organizational, and philosophical. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d e http://slackware.com/info/
  2. ^ http://www.slackware.com/announce/1.0.php
  3. ^ http://www.slackware.com/faq/do_faq.php?faq=general#0
  4. ^ ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-10.2/ChangeLog.txt
  5. ^ a b http://slackware.com/announce/11.0.php
  6. ^ http://slackware.com/changelog/
  7. ^ http://slackware.com/zipslack/
  8. ^ http://slackware.com/zipslack/sysreq.php
  9. ^ http://www.slackbasics.org/html/introduction.html#whatis-slackware
  10. ^ http://www.building-tux.com/software/linux_distros.html
  11. ^ http://www.manicgeeks.com/viewstory.php?id=3
  12. ^ http://slackware.com/config/init.php
  13. ^ http://www.bilbos-stekkie.com/slack_init/en/index.html
  14. ^ a b http://slackware.com/config/packages.php
  15. ^ a b c d http://www.linuxpackages.net/howto.php?page=package&title=Package+Howto
  16. ^ http://www.slackbook.org/html/package-management.html
  17. ^ http://slackware.com/announce/9.1.php

External links

Free software Portal

Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Image File history File links Portal. ...

Slackware distribution

  • Slackware (official website)
    • ZipSlack
    • Slackware 1.0 announcement
  • The Revised Slackware Book Project
  • Slackware ChangeLog for Intel Architecture
  • Slackware Blog
  • Slackware Community Screenshots
  • List of additional mirrors
  • List of servers which update slackware-current often
  • Slackware at DistroWatch

SlackBuild scripts for additional package creation

  • Slackbuilds.org
  • Selkfoster build's

GNOME distributions for Slackware

  • Dropline GNOME - Complete GNOME distribution and build system for Slackware (latest release 2.16.2)
  • Freerock GNOME/GNOME.SlackBuild - Complete GNOME distribution for Slackware (also includes GNOME.SlackBuild scripts) (latest release 2.14.3)
  • GWARE - Complete GNOME distribution for Slackware (latest release 2.12.3)
  • Slackware changelog - changelog contains note about Slackware's removal of GNOME, dated Sat Mar 26 23:04:41 PST 2005.

Other Slackware add-ons

  • Linuxpackages - Collection of community contributed Slackware packages.
  • Italian Slackware Community - Another collection of community contributed Slackware packages.

Slackware discussions and software assistance

  • The Revised Slackware Book Project - updated users' guide for Slackware
  • Slackware Linux Basics - a book that aims to provide an in-depth introduction to Slackware
  • Slackware forum
  • Slackware forum - older but still active
  • Slackware Tips & Tricks by Jack S. Lai
  • SlackWiki - unofficial Slackware Wiki
  • slackersbible - a project to keep Slackware documentation as up-to-date as possible
  • alt.os.linux.slackware FAQ - Official FAQ for the alt.os.linux.slackware Usenet newsgroup
  • Creating Slackware Packages

Usenet (USEr NETwork) is a global, distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ...

Other

  • The Slack World (Magazine)
  • System V init information
  • Unofficial History of Slackware releases
  • Interview with Slackware founder Patrick Volkerding

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