Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Slackware 12.0 Released

After nine months of full development, finally Slackware 12.0 is finally released by Patrick Volkerding. For those who have used Slackware before, then you might notice big changes in this release, such as fully kernel 2.6(.21.5) support, updated toolchain, enabled HAL on XFCE and KDE which enables users to have auto mounting features out-of-the-box of Slackware installation. This will make Slackware as a easy to use Linux distro for desktop users. Another big changes is the use of new Xorg 7.2.0 (Modular), Usage of GNU C Library 2.5, support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, and GnuPG, Apache 2 support, udev usage instead of hotplug for 2.6 kernels, updated development packages, such as Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, SVN, CVS, Git, Mercurial, and many more. The list is more than what i wrote on this blog. For more detailed, please have a look on the official announcements. You might want to see what's in Slackware 12.0 by looking at the FILE LIST.

Upgrading for 11.0 is also very easily done by the use of updated pkgtool (and also looking at the CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT file), but it's strongly suggested that you do fresh installation, since huge changes there. Some people i knew tried to upgrade to -Current (now it's officially 12.0) and they had a disaster and end up with messed up system. Just do upgrades if you are used with Slackware before and willing to take the risk.

That's all for now, i'm downloading them......