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Slackware Linux manufacturer description
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. Slackware Linux 14.1 provides new and experienced users alike with a full-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. 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.
Since its first beta release in April of 1993, the Slackware Linux Operating system 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.
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 download 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).
A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries are also included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software. The Slackware philosophy demands ease of use, ease of administration, and open development; all are reflected in this carefully built and tested official 6-disc set.
The advanced Linux kernel on which Slackware is based performs superbly on high-end systems, with symmetric multi-processing support (up to 16 processors) and special optimizations for each Intel processor class.
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.
Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 13.0:
• Runs the 188.8.131.52 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org. Also included is a kernel patched with Speakup to support speech synthesizers providing access to Linux for the visually impaired community. The 2.6.x kernel series has matured into a stable kernel, and provides reliable performance for your desktop or your production server.
• System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.9. This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with existing binaries.
• X11 based on the X.Org Foundation`s modular X Window System. There`s been much activity in the X development world, and the improvements in terms of performance and hardware support are too numerous to mention them all here.
• Installs gcc-4.3.3 as the default C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran-77/95, and Ada 95 compiler.
• Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, and GnuPG.
• Apache (httpd) 2.2.13 web server with Dynamic Shared Object support, SSL, and PHP 5.2.10.
• PCMCIA, CardBus, USB, IEE1394 (FireWire) and ACPI support. This makes Slackware a great operating system for your laptop.
• The udev dynamic device management system for Linux 2.6.x. This locates and configures most hardware automatically as it is added (or removed) from the system, and creates the access nodes in /dev. It also loads the kernel modules required by sound cards and other hardware at boot time.
• New development tools, including Perl 5.10.0, Python 2.6.2, Ruby 1.8.7-p174, Subversion 1.6.4, git-1.6.4, mercurial-1.2.1, 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 12.2 to Slackware 13.0 (see 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 (in extra/) will help you build and maintain your own packages.
• Web browsers galore! Includes KDE`s Konqueror 4.2.4, SeaMonkey 1.1.17 (this is the replacement for the Mozilla Suite), and the immensely popular Firefox 3.5.2, as well as the Thunderbird 184.108.40.206 email and news client with advanced junk mail filtering.
• The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 4.2.4, including the KOffice productivity suite, networking tools, GUI development with KDevelop, multimedia tools (including the amazing 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-2.5.9, gimp-2.6.6, gkrellm-2.3.2, gxine-0.5.903, xchat-2.8.6, xsane-0.996, and pan-0.133.
• A repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to run. This includes the Java(TM) 2 Software Development Kit Standard Edition, an MPlayer browser plugin, alternate Intel video drivers for X, and more (see the /extra directory).
• Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here