Slackware 15.0 release: Oldest maintained Linux distribution

2022-07-10 0 By

Slackware 14.0 was released in 2012, and after years of waiting, the Slackware 15.0 release is officially released today.Slackware was released in 1993 and is the oldest and still being maintained Linux distribution.Slackware 15.0 entered beta last year, and after several release candidates is finally out today in a stable release.Given such a long time between Slackware 14.0 and Slackware 14.0, Slackware 15.0 introduced a number of changes.Development of Slackware 15.0 continued to be led by project founder Patrick Volkerding, who summed up v15.0 as: we needed to abandon support for pure shadow ciphers, and after much consideration chose PAM.We migrated from ConsoleKit2 to Elogind to make it easier to support software targeted at other starter systems and to keep us in sync with the XDG standard.We added support for PipeWire to replace PulseAudio, and added support for Wayland sessions outside of X11.The new version abandons Qt4 and moves entirely to Qt5.Rust and Python 3.A number of new libraries have been added to the system to help support all the different new features.We’ve upgraded to two of the best desktop environments available today.Xfce 4.16, a fast, lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE Plasma 5 Graphics Workspace environment, version 5.23.5 (Plasma 25th anniversary edition).This also supports running under Wayland or X11.”Slackware’s PKGTools (package management tool) has also been greatly improved.We implemented file locking to prevent conflicts between parallel installations or upgrades and to minimize the amount of data written to storage to avoid additional writes to SSD devices.For the first time ever, we included a “” script that allowed the entire operating system to be rebuilt automatically from source code.We pushed this forward as a priority throughout the development cycle to ensure there were no breakdowns in the build process.All the source code was tested and found to work.Special thanks to Nobodino for spearheading this effort.Download: the Slackware64 (64-bit) version is recommended for the best possible performance. a x86 version can be found here. if you are looking for a bootable installer, ISO image is available, can be written to a DVD or use (dd) to U disk. If these sites are not accessible, see the list of official mirror sites here.