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A short page about Slackware Linux 15.0

Slackware 15.0 was released recently. I've been using Slackware since around 2015 so I thought it was time I put a page up. This page is very short as things just work and there is plenty of documentation around already.

Slackware is notorious for having a large default install, being somewhat conservative in its approach to system administration, and in not supporting automatic dependency resolution. Some of us see these as advantages rather than draw backs. Slackware will not surprise you. Any changes happen because you made them happen. Things you learned previously will still (mostly) work on the new version.

The links below will be enough to get you started if you have installed a Linux distribution before and are OK about using the command line.

This old Thinkpad has a 2T mechanical hard drive, with two 60Gb partitions, one with Slackware 14.2 and one with Slackware 15.0. Each has its own home directory within the root. The large data directories (Music, Photos, Videos, Documents and so on) are symlinked to a separate data partition. I set things up that way so each operating system can have its own 'dotfiles' for its users. Data is available under either operating system.

I do a full install (all 16Gb) which gives me a choice of the KDE or xfce4 desktop environments. I prefer to use xfce4 but I make use of the KDE applications (the Kdenlive video editor and the Krita painting program among others). I add half a dozen slackbuilds (OpenOffice, R/RStudio, GNU Octave, wxMaxima, Audacity...) and I'm happy.

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