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Probably the oldest (by a couple of months) distro still in common use, Slackware still remains largely the work of Patrick J. Volkerding. There was a minor controversy when Gnome was dropped from the latest release, although support for GTK programs was never in doubt.

As a result 3rd party Gnome releases for Slackware have flourished:
The long-standing Dropline Gnome; and Freerock Gnome/GSB and GWare Gnome seem to be the most popular.


Current Version: 10.2
Editions: Stable, Current(testing)
Core: kernel version 2.4.31, gcc 3.3.6, glibc 2.3.5, Apache 1.3.33, XOrg X11 6.8.2, KDE 3.4.2 and much more .
Package management system: pkgtool (binary tar.gz)
Price: Free download or 4 CDs at $39.93 or 30.00 EUR.
Website: The Slackware Linux Project (


this could be a selection of links to reviews of the product.

User opinion:

Users might like to submit their own experiences of the distro. What they liked, hated and had problems with.

Mike Saunders I used Slackware for about three years, and only switched to Ubuntu for the gigantic package repositories (essential for finding libraries when writing HotPicks!). (Ubuntu is still great BTW.) Slackware gets out of your way and lets you build up an OS as you please -- not deliberately minimal like LFS, or power-user-focused like Gentoo, but just plain 'vanilla' Linux. Hardly any patches are applied to packages, so you know what you're getting, and the init scripts are refreshingly simple. Slackware is a fine choice if you don't want any distro-specific features and/or bugs getting in your way. Even as primarily the work of one guy, it's still very stable.

Andy Ferguson I'd agree with everything Mike said above, and also add that Slackware is a great distro to get to know if you want to understand how a distro actually works. It is fairly straightforward to rewrite the configuarion and installation scripts to tweak every aspect of the OS, and although the package selection can be somewhat conservative, it's possible to rebuild the ISO with (almost) anything you require (and the scripts to do so are even included on the installation disks). I think I probably learned more about Linux from working with Slackware for a month than Ubuntu for a year.