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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Absolute, a lightweight Linux operating system based on the respected Slackware Linux distribution, just released version 12.0. It features kernel version 184.108.40.206, IceWM and Fluxbox window managers, and many graphical and ncurses-based configuration tools. Its goal is to provide a lighter, easier-to-use Slackware appropriate for newcomers and experienced Linux users alike. It is built for speed and performance but doesn't neglect stability or security.
For Linux newcomers, Slackware installation and configuration can be intimidating. Absolute attempts to alleviate some of the complexity by providing documentation and easy configuration tools. The Absolute download is a zipped package of the ISO, a How-to text file, and an installing directory containing a walkthrough with instructions and screenshots on how to install Absolute (and Slackware) to your hard drive. Some of the instructions are a bit sketchy (such as the cfdisk step) and they haven't yet been updated to reflect the new version, but the process is the same -- just ignore references to version numbers. This wonderful documentation could go a long way toward relieving some of the anxiety a newcomer might experience.