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The origins of Slackware can be traced back to the SLS Linux distribution.  Unhappy with the direction being taken by SLS, Patrick Volkerding decided to release a modified distribution, named Slackware.  The first release was made in July 1993 with the full distribution requiring 24 floppies.

Slackware is generally targeted at the intermediate or advanced Linux user.   Slackware Linux can run on 486 systems all the way up to the latest x86 machines (but uses -mcpu=i686 optimization for best performance on i686-class machines like the P3, P4, and Duron/Athlon).

Slackware 12.0 Key Facts

Slackware Linux Inc
Entire distribution is available for download free of charge
2 July 2007
Installation Media:
CD (6), DVD (1), BitTorrent
Architectures supported:
Intel, ported to S/390
Package Management:
slackpkg (Slackware package management)
Official Website:

Kernel (supporting ReiserFS journaling filesystem, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, and kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface).  Also included is a kernel patched with Speakup to support speech synthesizers providing access to Linux for the visually impaired community.
KDE 3.5.7
Xfce 4.4.1
OpenOffice -
Evolution -
Gimp 2.2.15
Python 2.5.1
Apache 2.2.4
PostgreSQL -
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.2


12.0 (current release) tuxmachines, Shift+Backspace,, FRLinux (French), blogspotLinMagazine (Hebrew)
11.0 (current release)
TechieMoe, Open Addict, blogspot, Penguin Pete's Blog, theWeeklyRant, ReviewLinux
10.2, Linux Weekly News,, NewsForge

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
Slackware Book Project, Slackware Store,
Slackintosh (Macintosh), Splack (Sparc -- suspended), S/390
Slackware Help Forum, Slackware + Chinese Linux Extension, Dropline GNOME, Slacklife (Brazil), Slackware Brasil (Brazil), (German), Slackware Italia (Italian), Slackware.PL (Polish), eSlack (Spanish), (Swedish)

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