Slackware 14.0 Released!

Published on 2012-10-01 at 01:32:06 by  Georgi Sotirov

After five release candidates the long wait is over and Slackware 14.0 is was finally released last Friday (28/09). Here is a list of the important novelties:

  • System:
    • Kernel 3.2.29 (from the long term support series)
    • GNU LibC 2.15
  • Services:
    • ISC BIND 9.9.1
    • vsftpd 3.0.2
    • Apache 2.4.3
    • MySQL 5.5.27
  • Development:
    • GCC 4.7.1
    • Perl 5.16.1
    • Python 2.7.3
    • Subversion 1.7.6
    • git
    • mercurial 2.2.2
    • KDevelop 4.3.1
  • X desktop and environments:
    • X11R7.3 (X.Org server 1.12.3)
    • KDE 4.8.5 (with Qt 4.8.2)
    • Xfce 4.10
  • Browsers:
    • Firefox 15.0.1
    • Konqueror 4.8.5
    • Seamonkey 2.12.1

Slackware now includes LLVM/clang compiler (that's becoming a popular alternative to GCC) and NetworkManager (for easy setup and management of wired and wireless networking).

The release also comes with an announcement of a new Wiki help site Slackware Docs for those that need help or can share their knowledge.

Slackware ARM project has released 14.0 together with the 32-bit and 64-bit PC versions.

You could read the official announcement and the release notes, but if upgrading do not forget to check the file CHANGES_AND_HINTS, which contains information about packages added, removed, renamed, and/or split during the development cycle from the previous stable release. The file also contains information about changes in the system important for packagers.

Keep it easy! And "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ;-)