Linuxman's Ratings Guide
Required User Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Installation: Very basic looking, but gets the job done. Will require some input.
Support: Excellent - forums, mailing lists & detailed online documentation
No. of CD's or DVD's: 1
Advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities.
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.
From the beginning, Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux
distribution for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for
beginners. Slackware includes everything you'll need to run a
powerful server or workstation. Each Slackware package follows the
setup and installation instructions from its author(s) as closely as
possible, offering you the most stable and easily expandable setup.
Slackware 13.x has many improvements over the last release and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.
Slackware 13.37 brings many updates and enhancements, among which
you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available
today: Xfce 4.6.2, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and
easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.5.5, a recent stable release
of the 4.5.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment.
Slackware uses HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and udev,
which allow the system administrator to grant use of various hardware
devices according to users' group membership so that they will be able
to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB
storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more,
all without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and
Slackware uses the 22.214.171.124 kernel bringing you advanced performance
features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume
support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager),
and encrypted filesystems. Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct
Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics
- Linux Kernel 126.96.36.199
- KDE 4.5.5
- Xfce 4.6.2
- Complete KOffice productivity suite
- SeaMonkey 2.1b3
- Firefox 4.0
- Thunderbird 3.1.9
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