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Go go! New stable release of Slackware is available: 13.37

It took way too long to my liking, but I should not complain, it was a lot of fun helping to create it. Eleven months after the previous stable release here we have the next installment of Slackware Linux. The additional polishing in the past three months certainly paid off with regard to stability and features.

From the ChangeLog.txt:

Mon Apr 25 13:37:00 UTC 2011
Slackware 13.37 stable is released!

Read all about it in the official announcement or check out the ANNOUNCE.TXT directly.

Slackware is forever free to download with no strings attached, but if you like the product and want to see it survive then I recommended that you consider buying a copy of the DVD or CD-set. It really helps funding the development of the distro (and I am not getting any money out of that). It is not mandatory of course. The ISOs are available for free, and Bittorrent is the fastest way to get them: http://www.slackware.com/getslack/torrents.php. Slackware comes with two Bittorrent clients such as the graphical ktorrent (part of KDE) and the console-based bittorrent (not installed by default but available in the /extra directory). You can find further rsync/http/ftp download links for the ISO images on this page (mind you that not every mirror carries ISO images): http://alphageek.dyndns.org/linux/slackware-mirrors/

I have my own fast mirror too (also available through rsync):

Alphageek’s “sligdo files” are a very fast way of creating byte-exact copies of the official ISOs in case you already have a local mirror-copy of the full Slackware 13.37 tree. The ISOs you create with sligdo (http://alphageek.dyndns.org/linux/sligdo/) will pass the GPG verification test. He should have those sligdo files ready for download in time. If not, I have copies here: http://alien.slackbook.org/sligdo/ .

If you want to know more about how to create a Slackware USB installer if your computer does not have a CD or DVD drive, read this older article of mine: http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/installing-slackware-using-usb-thumb-drive/ – or for the Windows users: http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/welcome-windows-user/

If you install or upgrade to the 64-bit version of Slackware 13.37 and want to have a system which is capable of running 32-bit software too (Slackware64 itself is a pure 64-bit distro), then you can make your Slackware64 multilib capable. Read all about the multilib process (which is painless, fairly easy and straight-forward): http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=slackware:multilib

In the spirit of an Easter release (which is right behind us now) I also managed to sneak in an Easter Egg (with Pat’s approval). Tell me if you managed to find what I added to Slackware 13.37 in secret. Drat! Pat spilled it in the announcement on the website…

Have fun! Eric

Comments

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 02:26

Thanks for creating another nice and well release :)

Comment from Grissiom
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 03:47

Ha, I think the Easter Egg is “an easy to set up PXE install server that runs right off the DVD!”

Comment from escaflown
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 04:53

Thanks to Slackware maintainers and community!

Comment from toto
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 06:22

Is it possible to buy Slackware CDs or DVD in Europe ?

Comment from Ellendhel
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 06:59

A very big “thanks” to you, Pat and the crew for this new version!

> Is it possible to buy Slackware CDs or DVD in Europe ?

It is, from the Slackware Store. You just need an international credit card and some patience for the shipping.

Comment from David
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 07:49

Great!
Thanks a lot to all Slackware people.

Comment from spc
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 09:28

Thanks for great release!
BTW Currently Slackware.com is down. :D

Comment from toto
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 10:42

I would like to signal a little problem with multilib slackware.
When I use “convertpkg-compat32″ as a non-root user to transform a i486 package into a x86-64 one, and then install the x86-64 package (as root), it seems that the installed file belong to the non-root user.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 11:44

@toto -

Just as with all the other Slackware package tools, convertpkg32 is not meant to be used as a non-root user. Always run this as root!

Eric

Comment from Greg
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 13:04

Thanks Eric. Slackware 13.37 is quality as always.

Comment from Mankeke
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 19:58

wow nice !
Thanks a lot to all who made it possible :D

Comment from Nille
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 22:35

Congrats on the release :)
I like that slackware gif loggo, can i use it?

Comment from Nille
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 22:38

found it http://slackware.com/grfx/shared/slackware1337.gif

Comment from V. T. Eric Layton
Posted: April 28, 2011 at 23:40

Thank you, Pat and EVERYONE! Wonderful! Simply wonderful! :)

~Eric

Comment from Eugene
Posted: May 3, 2011 at 18:05

Is it possible then that I can take the souce tree, throw a couple other things in /extra such as Libreoffice then use sligdo to make an install iso?

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