Yes, it is that time again (finally)! Following a long period of
planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud
to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution
of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.2!
We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements. We've done our best
to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the
stability and security that you have come to expect. Slackware is well
known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to
you in the condition that the authors intended.
Slackware 14.2 brings many updates and enhancements, among which
you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available
today: Xfce 4.12.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and
easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with
kdelibs-4.14.21) a stable release of the 4.14.x series of the award-
winning KDE desktop environment. These desktops utilize eudev, udisks,
and udisks2, and many of the specifications from freedesktop.org which
allow the system administrator to grant use of various hardware devices
according to users' group membership so that they will be able to use
items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage,
portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all
without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and play.
Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.
Slackware uses the 4.4.14 kernel bringing you advanced performance
features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume
support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager),
and encrypted filesystems. Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct
Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics
There are two kinds of kernels in Slackware. First there are the
huge kernels, which contain support for just about every driver in the
Linux kernel. These are primarily intended to be used for installation,
but there's no real reason that you couldn't continue to run them after
you have installed. The other type of kernel is the generic kernel, in
which nearly every driver is built as a module. To use a generic kernel
you'll need to build an initrd to load your filesystem module and
possibly your drive controller or other drivers needed at boot time,
configure LILO to load the initrd at boot, and reinstall LILO. See the
docs in /boot after installing for more information. Slackware's Linux
kernels come in both SMP and non-SMP types now. The SMP kernel supports
multiple processors, multi-core CPUs, HyperThreading, and about every
other optimization available. In our own testing this kernel has proven
to be fast, stable, and reliable. We recommend using the SMP kernel
even on single processor machines if it will run on them. Note that on
x86_64 (64-bit), all the kernels are SMP capable.
Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 14.2:
- Runs the 4.4.14 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org.
The 4.4.x series is well-tested, offers good performance, and will be
getting long term support from kernel.org. For people interested in
running the latest Linux kernel, we've also put configuration files for
Linux 4.6 in /testing.
- System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.23.
This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with
- X11 based on the X.Org Foundation's modular X Window System.
This is X11R7.7 with many improvements in terms of performance and
- Installs gcc-5.3.0 as the default C, C++, Objective-C,
Fortran-77/95/2003/2008, and Ada 95/2005/2012 compiler.
- Also includes LLVM and Clang, an alternate compiler for C, C++,
Objective-C and Objective-C++.
- The x86_64 version of Slackware 14.2 supports installation and booting
on machines using UEFI firmware.
- Support for NetworkManager for simple configuration of wired and
wireless network connections, including mobile broadband, IPv6, VPN,
and more. Roam seamlessly between known networks, and quickly set
up new connections. We've retained full support for the traditional
Slackware networking scripts and for the wicd network manager,
offering choice and flexibility to all levels of users.
- Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL,
OpenSSH, OpenVPN, and GnuPG.
- Apache (httpd) 2.4.20 web server with Dynamic Shared Object
support, SSL, and PHP 5.6.23.
- USB2, USB3, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), and ACPI support, as well as legacy
PCMCIA and Cardbus support. This makes Slackware a great operating
system for your laptop.
- The udev (eudev) dynamic device management system for Linux 4.x.
This locates and configures most hardware automatically as it is added
(or removed) from the system, loading kernel modules as needed. It
works along with the kernel's tmpfs filesystem to create access nodes
in the /dev directory.
- New development tools, including Perl 5.22.2, Python 2.7.11,
Ruby 2.2.5, Subversion 1.9.4, git-2.9.0, mercurial-3.8.2,
graphical tools like Qt designer and KDevelop, and much more.
- Updated versions of the Slackware package management tools make it
easy to add, remove, upgrade, and make your own Slackware packages.
Package tracking makes it easy to upgrade from Slackware 14.1 to
Slackware 14.2 (see UPGRADE.TXT and CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT).
The slackpkg tool can also help update from an older version of
Slackware to a newer one, and keep your Slackware system up to date.
In addition, the slacktrack utility will help you build and maintain
your own packages.
- Web browsers galore! Includes KDE's Konqueror 4.14.13, SeaMonkey 2.40
(this is the replacement for the Mozilla Suite), Mozilla Firefox ESR 45.2.0,
as well as the Thunderbird 45.1.1 email and news client with advanced
junk mail filtering. A script is also available in /extra to repackage
Google Chrome as a native Slackware package (Chrome is only available for
- The KDE Software Compilation 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with kdelibs-4.14.21),
a complete desktop environment. This includes the Calligra productivity
suite (previously known as KOffice), networking tools, GUI development
with KDevelop, multimedia tools (including the Amarok music player and
K3B disc burning software), the Konqueror web browser and file manager,
dozens of games and utilities, international language support, and more.
- A collection of GTK+ based applications including pidgin-2.10.12,
gimp-2.8.16, gkrellm-2.3.7, hexchat-2.12.1, xsane-0.999, and pan-0.139.
- A repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to run
in the /extra directory.
- Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here. For
a complete list of core packages in Slackware 14.2, see this file:
Downloading Slackware 14.2:
The full version of Slackware Linux 14.2 is available for download
from the central Slackware FTP site hosted by our friends at osuosl.org:
If the sites are busy, see the list of official mirror sites here:
We will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO
images. Stay tuned to http://slackware.com for the latest updates.
Instructions for burning the Slackware tree onto install discs may
be found in the isolinux directory.
Purchasing Slackware on CD-ROM or DVD:
Or, please consider purchasing the Slackware Linux 14.2 six CD-ROM
set or deluxe dual-sided DVD release directly from Slackware Linux, and
you'll be helping to support the continued development of Slackware
The DVD release has the 32-bit x86 Slackware 14.2 release on one
side, and the 64-bit x86_64 Slackware 14.2 release on the other. Both
sides are bootable for easy installation, and includes everything from
both releases of Slackware 14.2, including the complete source code
The 6 CD-ROM release of Slackware 14.2 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 14.2 x86 6 CD-ROM set is $49.95 plus shipping, or
choose the Slackware 14.2 x86/x86_64 dual-sided DVD (also $49.95 plus
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.
For shipping options, see the Slackware store website. Before
ordering express shipping, you may wish to check that we have the
product in stock. We make releases to the net at the same time as disc
production begins, so there is a lag between the online release and the
shipping of media. But, even if you download now you can still buy the
official media later. You'll feel good, be helping the project, and have
a great decorative item perfect for any computer room shelf. :-)
You can order online at the Slackware Linux store:
Other Slackware items like t-shirts, caps, pins, and stickers can
also be found here. These will help you find and identify yourself to
your fellow Slackware users.
Order inquiries (including questions about becoming a Slackware
reseller) may be directed to this address: email@example.com
Have fun! :^) I hope you find Slackware to be useful, and thanks
very much for your support of this project over the years.
Patrick J. Volkerding <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Visit us on the web at: http://slackware.com