De mensen achter Slackware hebben een nieuwe stabiele versie van een van de langst onderhouden Linux-distributies klaargezet. Slackware 12.1 volgt de vorig jaar uitgebrachte 12.0-release op en kan vanaf deze Nederlandse mirrorserver gedownload worden. Versie 12.1 wordt geleverd met onder meer Linux-kernel 126.96.36.199, X11 7.3.0+, Xfce 4.4.2, en KDE 3.5.9. Wat de ontwikkelaars nog meer hebben veranderd in de nieuwe Slackware kan in dit document worden gelezen. Hieronder staat een beknopt overzicht van deze veranderingen:
Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 12.1:
- 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 2.7. This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with existing binaries.
- X11 7.3.0+. This is the X.Org Foundation's modular X Window System. There's been much activity in the X development world, and the improvements here in terms of performance and hardware support are too numerous to mention them all here.
- Installs gcc-4.2.3 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) 2.2.8 web server with Dynamic Shared Object support, SSL, and PHP 5.2.5.
- 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 5.8.8, Python 2.5.2, Ruby 1.8.6-p114, Subversion 1.4.6, git-1.5.5, mercurial-1.0, 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 12.0 to Slackware 12.1 (see CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT). The slackpkg tool in /extra 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 3.5.9, SeaMonkey 1.1.9 (this is the replacement for the Mozilla Suite), and the immensely popular Firefox 184.108.40.206, as well as the Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 email and news client with advanced junk mail filtering.
- The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 3.5.9, 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-2.4.1, gimp-2.4.5, gkrellm-2.3.1, gxine-0.5.11, xchat-2.8.4, xsane-0.994, and pan-0.132.
- Large repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to run. This includes various window managers, the Java(TM) 2 Software Development Kit Standard Edition, libsafe (buffer overflow protection for additional security), and much more (see the /extra directory).