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Review: Slackware goes to 11

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Slackware Linux 11 was released at the beginning of this month, which marks 13 years of continued development. Slackware Linux, while not the first Linux distribution, is the oldest surviving one, and is starting to show signs of aging.

The first version of Slackware Linux was released on July 16, 1993, by Patrick Volkerding. Slack was based on the Softlanding Linux System distro, and was designed to be installed from 3.5-inch diskettes in software "series."

The same old Slackware

It's somewhat comforting to realize that some things don't change, or at least don't change much. Slackware's software is still divvied up into software series, though the selection has expanded beyond the base system (A series) and X11 (X series), and requires a lot more than 24 diskettes' worth of space. Slack now requires 6 CDs for binaries and source, or one DVD.

I've been using Slackware on and off since 1996, and in all that time the installer has stayed largely the same dependable text-menu installer that greeted Linux users long before anyone had produced a GUI installer for Linux.
Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your level of experience.

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