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Slackware 13.0 Released 252

willy everlearn and several other readers let us know that Slackware 13.0 is out. "Wed Aug 26 10:00:38 CDT 2009: Slackware 13.0 x86_64 is released as stable! Thanks to everyone who helped make this release possible — see the RELEASE_NOTES for the credits. The ISOs are off to the replicator. This time it will be a 6 CD-ROM 32-bit set and a dual-sided 32-bit/64-bit x86/x86_64 DVD. We're taking pre-orders now at Please consider picking up a copy to help support the project. Once again, thanks to the entire Slackware community for all the help testing and fixing things and offering suggestions during this development cycle. As always, have fun and enjoy!"
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Slackware 13.0 Released

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  • Re:Purpose (Score:3, Funny)

    by donaggie03 (769758) <> on Friday August 28, 2009 @08:16AM (#29229729)

    Yes, one can never have too much Slack.

    I can think of a few bungee jumpers who would beg to differ.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 28, 2009 @08:20AM (#29229779)

    This time it will be a 6 CD-ROM 32-bit set and a dual-sided 32-bit/64-bit x86/x86_64 DVD.

    Slack is great but overweight. I'd rather have a more minimal distribution, preferably something that fits on a a single CD. That said, it lives up to expectations -- everything plus the kitchen sink.

    In other words: Too large; didn't download. ;)

  • Games (Score:5, Funny)

    by Das Auge (597142) on Friday August 28, 2009 @08:33AM (#29229933)
    It comes with lots of cool games.

    When I first gave Linux a try back 1998, I tried slackware. It came with a game called "X Server". If you won, you got to see pretty colors and stuff. If you lost, that's to say, if you set the refresh rate above what you monitor could take, you got a smoking monitor.

    It was almost as scary as FEAR.
  • Slashware (Score:2, Funny)

    by ArhcAngel (247594) on Friday August 28, 2009 @08:57AM (#29230237)

    I read the headline and thought it said slashcode 13 released. For a split second there was much rejoicing. Then I wondered if it would include images of Jason. Then I realized it said Slackware and I went back to staring at the wall.

  • Re:Purpose (Score:1, Funny)

    by BiggerIsBetter (682164) on Friday August 28, 2009 @09:13AM (#29230435)

    Anyone who uses Slackware regularly understands much more about Linux than your average debian / ubuntu user, and is certainly not going to be burned by the "complexity" of a package management system. This is because much of the configuration is manual.

    It's often quoted... if you use Ubuntu, you'll learn Ubuntu. If you use Slackware, you'll learn Linux.

    I've been using Slackware since '96, and I continue to use it in various capacities today. Installing Slackware and playing with it, writing programs for it, was seriously the best thing I ever did for my knowledge of computers and for Unix environments. I have skills that far surpass any of my co-workers or friends, and have often been the only one that could sort out issues with any sort of Unix environment.

    The true purpose of Slackware? Smugness.

  • by Gothmolly (148874) on Friday August 28, 2009 @09:44AM (#29230847)

    You know that "Ubuntu" is Swahili for "too lazy to install Slackware" right ?

  • Re:Games (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 28, 2009 @10:17AM (#29231321)

    Some friends of mine smoked a monitor once, but I didn't inhale.

  • Re:Purpose (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 28, 2009 @10:56AM (#29231903)
    Debian package management is divine.

    You're a sick man.

  • Re:Purpose (Score:1, Funny)

    by Haxzaw (1502841) on Friday August 28, 2009 @11:29AM (#29232341)

    Slackware is (for us) the easiest to do these things with, and "Just Works".

    Hi, Steve Jobs here, please don't use my slogan, everyone knows that only MAC OS X "Just Works". By the way, please get Snow Leopard, it was just released today. You'll love it, I promise.

  • Re:Purpose (Score:2, Funny)

    by Haxzaw (1502841) on Friday August 28, 2009 @11:32AM (#29232391)
    How about that Windows Distro, it doesn't seem to work like that. Also, is Windows Debian Based? I've heard that Debian is always way behind in updates and usability.
  • Re:Purpose (Score:3, Funny)

    by Joe Jay Bee (1151309) <> on Friday August 28, 2009 @12:03PM (#29232809)

    Talking of Mach, that joke just flew over your head at at least twice the speed of sound.

  • Re:Games (Score:3, Funny)

    by BlackSnake112 (912158) on Friday August 28, 2009 @03:53PM (#29235995)

    At an old job we were told the only way to get a new monitor was if the old one broke. The new monitors were 17 or 19 inches while the old ones were 15 inches. I had just bought a number 9 imagine 8 MB video card (it was good back in 1996 even though it is nothing today). Install the video card, load up correct drivers. And look at all the options we now have. It was strange how every 15 inch monitor broke one after the other. A few even set of the smoke alarm.

One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.