If you're reading the news lately, you probably know by now that Linux kernel 4.4 has been officially released and that it's the new long-term support (LTS) branch of the Linux kernel, and also the latest stable and most advanced kernel.
Slackware Linux, a complete 32-bit and 64-bit multitasking "UNIX-like" system that is currently based around the 4.4 Linux kernel series, has been upgraded to version 14.2 Beta 1 and is now ready for download.
Slackware Linux is probably the oldest Linux distribution that’s still being maintained, and it managed to keep the same kind of development model for a very long time. There are no official repos and most of the changes, fixes, and new features are added by its creator, Patrick Volkerding.
Thanks for all the valuable feedback on the first public beta of my Slackware Live Edition. It allowed me to fix quite a few bugs in the Live scripts (thanks again!), add new functionality (requested by you or from my own TODO) and I took the opportunity to fix the packages in my Plasma 5 repository so that its Live Edition should actually work now.
There was still some work to do about my Plasma 5 package repository. The recent updates in slackware-current broke several packages that were still linking to older (and no longer present) libraries which were part of the icu4c and udev packages.
As you may know, ArchEX is an Arch Linux flavor that uses LXDE as the default desktop environment to provide a lightweight system, usable on old, low-power computers.
The latest version available is ArchEX Build 151117, which has been updated to use the latest Arch Linux version available and Kernel 4.2.5, among others. Also, a new text-based installer has been implemented, this one permitting the users to choose the default language during installation and GParted has been added, for an easier partition management.
Slackware: GCC 5.2.0 multilib
I thought it would be a cool idea to celebrate the “farewell to udev”. With the abandoned ConsoleKit replaced by ConsoleKit2 which is actively maintained by the Slackware-friendly XFCE crew, and Gentoo’s eudev taking the place of udev, we are well equipped to keep systemd out of our distro for a while. Basically eudev contains the udev code as found in the systemd sources, but then stripped from all standards-violating systemd crap and with a sane build system. Hooray, we’re back in business and eudev gained some more traction. Win-win.