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
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
the latest x86 machines (but uses -mcpu=i686 optimization for best
performance on i686-class machines like the P3, P4, and Duron/Athlon).
is available for download free of charge
(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.