After a long development cycle including many betas and release candidates to get everything just exactly perfect we're pleased to announce the availability of the new stable release.
You'll find updates throughout the system, with the latest development tools and recent versions of applications, window managers, desktop environments, and utilities. The Linux kernel is updated to version 4.
We've brought together the best of these and other modern components and worked our magic on them. If you've used Slackware before, you'll find the system feels like home.
For additional information, see the official announcement and the release notes. For a complete list of included packages, see the package list. Build scripts for all kinds of additional software for Slackware Want to give Slackware Then check out Slackware Live Edition!
Thanks to Eric Hameleers for the great work on this! Check out our documentation site, docs.
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Thanks to our subscribers and supporters for keeping Slackware going all these years. Thanks to the Slackware team for all the hard work getting And of course, thanks to all the open source developers upstream, and to the Slackware community on linuxquestions. We couldn't have done it without you.
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Why A New Slackware Book?
Slackware switching to the MariaDB database. This shouldn't really be a surprise on any level.
The poll on LQ showed a large majority of our users were in favor of the change. It's my belief that the MariaDB Foundation will do a better job with the code, be more responsive to security concerns, and be more willing to work with the open source community.
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And while I don't think there is currently any issue with MySQL's licensing of the community edition for commercial uses, several threads on LQ showed that there is confusion about this, whereas with MariaDB the freedom to use the software is quite clear. Thanks are due to Heinz Wiesinger for his work on transitioning the build script, testing, and getting us all behind this move.
He's been working with MariaDB and their developers for several years now. Vincent Batts also had a hand in the early discussions here -- he met Daniel Bartholomew of MariaDB on a train last year and got a copy of the source to play with to pass the time on the journey ah, the miracle of thumbdrives : , and was impressed with not only MariaDB itself, but also with the welcome that Slackware was getting.
We expect they'll be responsive to any concerns we have. In the vast majority of situations, MariaDB is entirely compatible with existing MySQL databases and will drop right in with no changes required. We look forward to working with you. All logos and graphics are copyrighted.