Slackware is a Linux distribution created by Patrick Volkerding in 1993. Originally based on Softlanding Linux System, Slackware has been the basis for many other Linux distributions, most notably the first versions of SUSE Linux distributions, and is the oldest distribution that is still maintained.
We haven’t had any Slackware news since the release ofLinux 14.2 in July 2016. Today we are happy to report about an approaching release of version 15.0 of the world’s oldest surviving Linux distribution as its “Current” development branch has now been declared “alpha 1”: “Here we go again… upgraded to glibc 2.33 and one last mass rebuild for Slackware 15.0. The only packages upgraded in this batch are glibc and the kernels – everything else is just a rebuild against the new glibc. Not rebuilt in this batch: devs (best to just leave this alone), glibc-zoneinfo, kernel-firmware, rust, linux-faqs, linux-howtos, aspell-en, mozilla-firefox, mozilla-thunderbird, and seamonkey. There’s a new Rust compiler but Firefox and Thunderbird will need to be patched to use it, so we’ll hold off on those until they’re ready for the new Rust either with patches or new upstream releases. Until we have that and a few more scheduled upgrades I’m not quite ready to call this beta yet, but you can call it 15.0-alpha1.” Continue to the for a full list of recent changes. Slackware does not provide any official testing images, but one of its developer, Eric Hameleers, regularly builds unofficial installation DVDs from Slackware’s “Current” tree; here is a link to the most recent one:
(3,224MB, ). Happy testing!