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Slackware 12.2

And out of the clear sky, a message appeared:

Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware
release again.
So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.2! 

This release cycle was a relatively short one, and is intended as the final version which ships with KDE3. Still, the changes are numerous, as you can find out on the official announcement page. All major applications have been updated to their latest stable versions, and with X.Org we have gone as far as we could without compromising system stability. No PAM, folks :-) and don’t count on that appearing any time soon.

The ISO images for 12.2 can be obtained through bittorrent and some of the Slackware mirrors will by now also have these ISO images for download. Still, I ask everyone who can spare the money and wishes Slackware a long life, to buy a DVD or CD set at the Store, or make a donation there. They have cool t-shirts too!

Our community site slackbuilds.org was expanded with a quality-tested repository of SlackBuild scripts that work flawlessly on Slackware 12.2. Again, we were able to open the expanded respository at the same time Slackware 12.2 was released :-) Many thanks to all the contributors who helped us verifying their scripts… our collection has grown tremendously.

A heartfelt touch to the release event: Pat pulled the trigger that made Slackware 12.2 go live at exactly midnight, december 11th (local dutch time). This moment marked the birthday of my father, who passed away earlier this year.

I hope you all enjoy the new Slackware. If you find any weirdness or think you ran into a bug, please visit the Slackware forum at LinuxQuestions.org and post your problems or findings there. Several members of the Slackware team frequent that place.

Cheers, Eric

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