Patrick Volkerding has announced that the development branch of Slackware Linux has reached “release candidate 2” status. As a result, the highly anticipated release of version 15.0 of the world’s oldest surviving Linux distribution is just around the corner: “Clearly we’re going to have to trend more carefully for things to settle down, so consider this RC2 and a much harder freeze.
A test mass rebuild was done here and there are no more ‘fails to build from source’ remaining.” The most recent entry in the current changelog also includes a note on rebuilding Python Markdown to fix the Samba build: “The newer versions of Markdown require importlib_metadata and zipp, and adding these also fixes the build, but oddly the installed PKG-INFO shows version 0.0.0, which I suspect is more breakage going on with setuptools. I’ve tried rebuilding all other Python modules here to see if a more general breakage had crept in somehow, but those are the only two Python modules I’ve found that exhibit this issue, and I’ve found other similar reports (but no fixes). Markdown 3.3.4 seems to be the safe bet for now.” Interested testers can download a recent (unofficial) installation DVD and installation mini CD built from Slackware’s “Current” tree (MD5): slackware64-current-install-dvd.iso (3,351MB), slackware64-current-mini-install.iso (127MB).