What is Slackware Linux?
The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an
advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of
use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software
while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use
alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all
worlds to the table.
Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX®-like Linux
operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users
and developers around the world. Slackware Linux provides new and
experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in
any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server. Web, ftp,
and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection
of popular desktop environments. A full range of development tools,
editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or
compile additional software.
The Slackware Philosophy
Since its first beta release in April of 1993, the Slackware Linux Project has aimed at producing
the most "UNIX-like"
Linux distribution out there. Slackware complies with the published Linux
standards, such as the Linux File System Standard. We have always
considered simplicity and stability paramount, and as a result Slackware
has become one of the most popular, stable, and friendly distributions
Slackware Linux is a complete 32-bit multitasking "UNIX-like" system.
It's currently based around the 2.6 Linux kernel series and the GNU C Library
version 2.7 (libc6). It contains an easy to use installation program,
extensive online documentation, and a menu-driven package system. A full
installation gives you the X Window System, C/C++ development
environments, Perl, networking utilities, a mail server, a news server, a
web server, an ftp server, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, Mozilla
Firefox, plus many more programs. Slackware Linux can run on 486
systems all the way up to the latest x86 machines (but uses -mcpu=i686
optimization for best performance on i686-class machines like the P3,
P4, Duron/Athlon, and the latest multi-core x86 CPUs).