Saturday, September 29, 2012

Slackware 14.0 Released

After spending more than one year of development, finally Slackware 14.0 is announced by Patrick Volkerding. It took some time to finish this masterpiece (there are five RC releases for this version) since Patrick wanted to make sure everything works from ground up. The result is a perfect, solid, stable, secure, but still maintained a simple philosophy of Slackware that has been used since early releases.

Slackware 14.0 contains big changes compared to Slackware 13.37, such as:
  • Linux Kernel 3.2.29, a long-term stable kernel that are now maintained by Ben Hutchings.
  • Glibc 2.15 which are solid and well-tested library that is compatible to all binaries included in Slackware 14.0
  • GCC 4.7.1 compiler that comes with all the flavors you all love, C/C++, Fortran, Ada, Obj C, Java, and Go.
  • Modular XOrg X11R7.7 which is recently released
  • Support for NetworkManager to ease user's job to configure wired/wireless configuration with wicd still available on extra/ directory for those who wanted to use the traditional Slackware networking scripts
  • Apache 2.4.3, PHP 5.4.7, and MySQL 5.5.27 for web development along with browser gallore, Firefox 15.0.1, Seamonkey 2.12.1, and Konqueror 4.8.5 with an option to build Google Chrome using the SlackBuild provided in extra/
  • Support most kinds of development languages which are updated such as Perl 5.16.1, Python 2.7.3, Ruby 1.9.3-p194, Subversion 1.7.6, git-, mercurial-2.2.2, and many more
  • HAL removal and replaced with newer udev which works well and ease users to plug any USB-based hardware and ready to go without hassling with mount or umount commands
  • KDE 4.8.5 and XFCE 4.10.0 as the big desktop environments along with many minimalist desktop environment still available
  • All GTK+ based applications has been updated to the latest one, such as Pidgin 2.10.6, GIMP 2.8.2, gkrellm-2.3.5, xchat-2.8.8, xsane-0.998, and pan-0.139
  • and many more. See CHANGES_AND_HINTS for more information
Slackware 14.0 now have Slackware Documentation Project, thanks to Eric Hameleers and Niki Kovacs for starting this project. Make sure to head there when you need some tutorial to do something. This is still a new project, but they already covered most of the basic questions you would ask when trying Slackware for the first time. They are also progressing well since the number of contributors are getting larger and larger. You have any ideas? Write them up and post it to the project. By doing so, you contributing to the project and help other Slackware users around the world.

Big credit also should be given to Robby Workman, Matteo Bernardini, David Somero, Heinz Wiesinger, Niels Horn, Michiel van Wessem, Erik Hanson, and other SlackBuilds admin who have done tremendous job of maintaining SlackBuilds project and keep the packages updated and compatible with Slackware 14.0. Without it, we would have spent so many hours just to figure it out how to build a package in Slackware.

Big thanks to all members in LQ which provides many feedbacks and suggestions that are used to improve Slackware's quality. Pat heard your voices and hopes and used that to fine tune Slackware without sacrificing the quality. Still there are some changes that are left behind and it will be used for next release of Slackware in the future.

Without further ado, please enjoy Slackware 14.0 and don't forget to help Slackware Project running by purchasing Slackware Linux 14.0 six CD-ROM set or deluxe dual-sided DVD release at Slackware Store.

The DVD release has the 32-bit x86 Slackware 14.0 release on one side, and the 64-bit x86_64 Slackware 14.0 release on the other. Both sides are bootable for easy installation, and includes everything from both releases of Slackware 14.0, including the complete source code trees.

The 6 CD-ROM release of Slackware 14.0 is the 32-bit x86 edition. It includes a bootable first CD-ROM for easy installation. The 6 CD-ROMs are labeled for easy reference. The Slackware 14.0 x86 6 CD-ROM set is $49.95 plus shipping, or choose the Slackware 14.0 x86/x86_64 dual-sided DVD (also $49.95 plus shipping).

Slackware Linux is also available by subscription. When we release a new version of Slackware (which is normally once or twice a year) we ship it to you and bill your credit card for a reduced subscription price ($32.99 for the CD-ROM set, or $39.95 for the DVD) plus shipping.

In the meantime, ARM users will be happy that Slackware ARM 14.0 is also arriving in the same time as Slackware 14.0 and it's synched with all the packages found on Slackware 14.0