Announcing Slackware Linux 11!
The first Slackware release more than a year in the making, this edition of Slackware combines Slackware's legendary simplicity, stability, and security with some of the latest advances in Linux
technology. Expect no less than the best Slackware yet.
Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 184.108.40.206, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 3.5.4, the latest version of the
award-winning K Desktop Environment.
Slackware uses the 220.127.116.11 kernel bringing you advanced performance features such as the ReiserFS journaling filesystem, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, and kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) that brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux. Additional kernels allow installing Slackware using any of the journaling filesystems available for Linux, including ext3, ReiserFS, IBM's JFS, and SGI's XFS. Slackware 11.0 also fully supports the 2.6 kernel series, with your choice of the well-tested 18.104.22.168 kernel in /extra (including a version of this kernel that supports multiple processors, multi-core CPUs, HyperThreading, and about every other optimization available), or the recently released
2.6.18 kernel in /testing. This kernel also spent a long time in development and in our own testing has proven to be fast, stable, and reliable.
All of these kernels may be used with Slackware's CD/DVD based installation system, and NFS network installs may be done using the 22.214.171.124 (huge26.s) kernel.
From the beginning, Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux distribution for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for beginners. Slackware includes everything you'll need to run a powerful server or workstation. Each Slackware package follows the setup and installation instructions from its author(s) as closely as possible, offering you the most stable and easily expandable setup.
Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 11.0:
- Runs the 126.96.36.199 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org. Special kernels were prepared to support hardware such as SCSI controllers, SATA controllers, USB keyboards and mice, parallel-port IDE devices, IBM PS/2 machines with the Microchannel bus, and even speech synthesizers providing access to Linux for the visually impaired community. The performance of the 2.4.x kernel series along with Slackware's track record of careful attention to system security make it the perfect choice for running your production servers.
- As an alternate choice, Slackware 11.0 includes Linux 188.8.131.52 and 2.6.18 kernel source, kernel modules, and binary packages, along with the mkinitrd tool and instructions on using it to install the new kernel (see /boot/README.initrd). When running a 2.6 kernel, Slackware supports udev. This is a system for creating devices in /dev dynamically, greatly reducing device clutter and making it easy to see what devices are actually present in the system. Udev probes for and enables hardware on the system, much like the hotplug system does for a 2.4 kernel.
- System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.3.6. This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with existing binaries.
- X11R6.9.0 (same codebase as Modular X.Org 7.0.0) This is the X.Org Foundation's X Window System. The 6.9.0 version includes additional hardware support, functional enhancements, and bug fixes compared with the 6.8.2 release that shipped in Slackware 10.2, and we're added additional support for some recent popular Intel graphics chipsets.
- Installs gcc-3.4.6 as the default C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran-77, and Ada 95 compiler.
- Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL, OpenSSH, and GnuPG.
- Apache 1.3.37 web server with Dynamic Shared Object (DSO) support, SSL, and PHP.
- PCMCIA, CardBus, and APM support for laptops. (pcmcia-cs-3.2.8 and pcmciautils-014). Slackware also now includes hotplug and udev support. This locates and configures most hardware automatically as it is added (or removed) from the system. It also loads the kernel modules required by sound cards and other hardware at boot time.
- New development tools, including Perl 5.8.8, Python 2.4.3, Ruby 1.8.4, Subversion 1.4.0, and graphical tools like Qt designer and KDevelop.
- Updated versions of the Slackware package management tools make it easy to add, remove, upgrade, and make your own Slackware packages. Package tracking makes it easy to upgrade from Slackware 10.2 to Slackware 11.0 (see UPGRADE.TXT). The slackpkg tool in /extra can also help update from an older version of Slackware to a newer one, and keep your Slackware system up to date. In addition, the slacktrack utility (in extra/) will help you build and maintain your own packages.
- Web browsers galore! Includes KDE's Konqueror 3.5.4, SeaMonkey 1.0.5 (this is the new replacement for the Mozilla Suite), and the immensely popular Firefox 184.108.40.206, as well as the Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 email and news client with advanced junk mail filtering.
- The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 3.5.4, including the KOffice productivity suite, networking tools, GUI development with KDevelop, multimedia tools (including the amazing Amarok music player), the Konqueror web browser and file manager, dozens of games and utilities, international language support, and more.
- A collection of GTK+ based applications including gaim-1.5.0, gimp-2.2.13, gkrellm-2.2.9, gxine-0.5.7, xchat-2.6.6, xsane-0.991, and pan-0.14.2.91.
- Large repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to run. This includes various window managers, the K3b CD burning application for KDE, the Java(TM) 2 Software Development Kit Standard Edition, libsafe (advanced buffer overflow protection for additional security), ISDN support, additional 802.11 drivers, and much more (see the /extra directory).
- Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here. For a complete list of core packages in Slackware 11.0, see this file:
- Another Slackware exclusive: Slackware's ZipSlack installation option is the fastest, _easiest_ Linux installation ever. ZipSlack provides a basic text-based Linux system as a 70 megabyte ZIP archive. Simply unzip on any FAT or FAT32 partition, edit your boot partition in the LINUX.BAT batch file, and you can be running Linux in less than five minutes. The ZipSlack installation includes everything you need to network with Linux (including Ethernet, token ring, and PPP), and extend the system with additional software packages such as X. A ZipSlack system will even fit on a 250MB Zip(TM) disk, so you can carry a personal Linux system with you to run on any PC with a 250MB Zip(TM) drive.