Thursday, September 17, 2009

Slackware Linux

Slackware is a free and open source operating system. It is one of the earliest and currently maintained distribution of GNU/Linux. Slackware was released in 1993 and the creator is Patrick Volkerding. Slackware is one of the most "Unix" like Linux distributions. The focus is on design stability and simplicity. The latest release version of Slackware is 13.0. The Slackware distribution is definitely not the most user friendly for beginners but it is a very good distro. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of GNU/Linux than try out Slackware. It has a long history and a very strong following. Slackware is reliable, stable and has good performance. The latest release 13.0 has support for 64 bit architecture. The installation is text based and Slackware uses the KDE 4.0 graphical desktop enviornment. To download Slackware go to their website. Just don't forget that it is not the most user friendly distribution to start off with for new people to GNU/Linux.


  1. This is a great distribution, I did have my really start with it, and I'm still using it, is very stable, just have little problems with some librarys but nothing unattainable. I'm using it now with the GSB (gnome slackbuild) and it provides all that graphics effects that other distribution have, but with solid base that Slackware provides.

    If you install redhat, you know redhat, if you install slackware you will know GNU/Linux :D

  2. "If you install redhat, you know redhat, if you install slackware you will know GNU/Linux"

    Couldn't agree more. I've been running Slackware as my primary OS for almost 5 years now, and ran it as part of a dual-boot for 3-4 years prior to that. I remember thinking that 'slack' = easy, but it's the furthest thing from. But after sticking with it for so many years, I feel I not only have a firm understanding of the OS itself, but also how it interacts and uses my system hardware as well.

  3. I started on Slackware and it was possibly one of the best places to start, however I've got to confess that I'm just too fond of the binary repository system that Debian/Ubuntu/RedHat/Mandriva/Gentoo/Arch et al have. It's great to be able to install new software and all it's prerequisites fast without compiling from source each time. In 90% of the cases binaries will work fine.

    That said Slackware is a great way to really learn the infrastructure of GNU/Linux, second only to doing a full stage 1 install of Gentoo (which is so much of a PITA I couldn't seriously recommend it)

  4. Yes definitely Slackware for me, it's the Best Linux Distro Ever!! it is really stable and usable. I couldn't change it since I dared to install it. Yes I had some troubles trying to get Slackware working. But now I'm much more into.

    Sure if you install Slackware you will know GNU/Linux!! =)