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!
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):
- http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/slackware/slackware64-13.37-iso/ (64-bit DVD ISO)
- http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/slackware/slackware-13.37-iso/ (ISO’s for 32-bit DVD and CD’s )
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