Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table. Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX-like Linux operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users and developers around the world. Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server.
Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments. A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software.
Updates (via Distrowatch).
The Slackware Linux development tree is moving rapidly towards the next stable release - it has now reached release candidate 2 status: "Slackware 13.1 RC2. Expect a stable release when it's ready." Among several recent updates there are a security update to Pidgin and a bug-fix update to CUPS: "Upgraded to Pidgin 2.7.0 and Pidgin Encryption 3.1. The msn_emoticon_msg function in slp.c in the MSN protocol plugin in libpurple in Pidgin before 2.7.0 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) via a custom emoticon in a malformed SLP message. ... Merged Till Kamppeter's patch to restore the ability to use usblp with the USB backend (in addition to the libusb method). This package will remove any cups.blacklist.usblp.conf from a previous installation." See the full release announcement for a full list of changes since RC1. Unofficial installation DVD images of the Slackware "Current" tree, built on 18 May, are available from here: slackware-current-18_May_2010-DVD.iso (1,905MB, MD5), slackware64-current-18_May_2010-DVD.iso (1,852MB, MD5).
• 2010-05-19: Development Release: Slackware Linux 13.1 RC2
• 2010-05-15: Development Release: Slackware Linux 13.1 RC1
• 2010-05-06: Development Release: Slackware Linux 13.1 Beta 1
• 2009-08-28: Distribution Release: Slackware Linux 13.0
• 2009-08-06: Development Release: Slackware Linux 13.0 RC2
• 2009-07-02: Development Release: Slackware Linux 13.0 RC1
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