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Slackware 14 released

Folks, it’s that time which you have all been anticipating!


Slackware 14 has been released today, wrapping up 17 long months of development. Read the announcement to learn all about this new release.The Slackware homepage has some more information for you, as well.

I think there has not been such a long series of release candidates, ever before. Thanks to the co-operation of our Slackware user base, there has been a tremendous amount of beta testing during the past few months. Pat could probably have gone on releasing updates and allow further testing for months to come, but essentially, we have a solid and stable Slackware release in our hands.

What’s new?

We have X11R7.7 (X.Org server 1.12.3), KDE 4.8.5, XFCE 4.10, the Linux 3.2.29 kernel as default, but with lots of sample kernel configs for newer 3.x kernels included as well. NetworkManager has been added for people who like to be mobile and configure their network connections using a GUI. We still include WICD, and we kept full support for the traditional style of network configuration. There is lots more! Of the nearly 1150 packages in Slackware core, more than 800 have been upgraded or recompiled since Slackware 13.37. “Why were not all of those packages recompiled or upgraded” I hear you say. Remember, the Slackware adagium is “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!“.

Those who have been running “-current” will not notice much – they are in fact running Slackware 14 already. But if you are upgrading from Slackware 13.37 you will certainly want to read the CHANGES_AND_HINTS file to get a good picture of the many package additions and what to expect from them. I wrote an article forย  our new Slackware Documentation Project, called “upgrading Slackware to a new release“.which will help you convert your Slackware 13.37 system to 14.0 painlessly. The Slackware Documentation Project gets a mention in the Slackware 14 announcement as well, yay ๐Ÿ™‚

Use the weekend to download the ISO images – our torrent tracker is ready and we have initial seeds on big pipes:

And consider buying a subscription at the Slackware Store – it will help keeping the lights on at Pat’s place. Mind you – Pat is the only one in the core team who is financially dependent on the sales of Slackware DVD’s and other merchandise. The rest of the team does this for fun, not for profit – we buy our own subscriptions from the Store, just like you do.

Have fun! Eric



  1. Marcelo


  2. matteo

    great! so many days before the end of the world!

  3. Bradley D. Thornton

    Well then ๐Ÿ™‚

    I expect I’ll be seeing a credit card charge shortly then, since I’m a longtime subscriber who not just supports Patrick’s efforts, but likes to collect the new releases in shrinkwrap – so to speak!

    Well, not a lot to say other than that, I’ve been happy running -current on most machines for many years now, but I encourage everyone to head to the store and pick up the latest release (They may be worth much more some day!).

    Kudos to you and the entire team, and there’s much more work to do now over at SBo ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Kindest regards,



  4. Ellendhel


    Thanks a lot to the Slack Team and all testers!

  5. escaflown

    Hi Eric. Where did you get the slackware 14 image in the post from? I like it.

  6. alienbob

    Hi escaflown

    It’s the front of the new Slackware 14 t-shirt which sells at the Slackware Store:


  7. escaflown

    Nice. I’m definitely getting one!

  8. p431i7o

    I was just asking some hours ago to Willy and Eric, and here we are… new Slackware release… is time to update my workstation (that has the old 13.1 release) ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just bought my new t-shirt from slackware, I wonder about the meaning of the image…. Is like a zodiac or something…

    and next week I’ll buy the dual dvd disc.

    Thanks to Pat, Eric and all slackers who contribute to make this amazing distro… Now is the time to update some slackbuilds and set the appropiate numbers… is not 13.37 anymore ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m so happy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. arvent

    Hi and Congrats! Great work As usual :D! Thank your excellent job on the new release.

  10. crond


  11. crond

    hey, ordered the Slakware-14 tee… its just mind blowing….
    But, what it really mean? Front and awesome back side?

  12. jaycee

    Congratulations to Pat, Eric, the rest of the Slackware team, and all the other contributors to this release! Huzzahs are in order! (Huzzah! \o/)
    Just a quick note Eric – I noticed that your slackpkg upgrade instructions didn’t instruct users to first install glibc-solibs, pkgtools etc. (the packages listed in UPGRADE.TXT). From what I remember, when I tried upgrading with slackpkg to -current a few months ago, this was an issue for me…
    Anyway, thanks again Eric, for all the work you put into this release, and the numerous other contributions you make to Slackware! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Arslan Farooq


    Thank you Patrick, Eric Hameleers, Robby Workman and everyone who contributed. God bless you all!

  14. Thomas Lรธcke


    I’m on -current, so I’ve been living the sweet Slackware 14 life for a while now, and it is great. Thanks to the entire Slackware team for making their magic. Now I’m just waiting for my Slackware 14 DVD.

  15. Aleksandar

    Nice work! Hope to see something as good as Slack 8.1 was.

    Congratulations to Pat and team!

  16. Schmatzler

    That’s some really nice artwork! *-*

    Thanks to everyone who participates in this great OS.

  17. alienbob

    Hi jaycee

    You are right, slackpkg should be upgraded first! I have updated the article.
    Slackpkg should be able to handle a glibc upgrade without issues.


  18. Lysender

    Want that tee. Might order one ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Joelle

    Time for a donation again – with shipping costs, a subscription makes no sense from abroad, so I donate once or twice a year as am able ๐Ÿ™‚ In the end I think I’ve paid more for Slackware than windows, and why not?

  20. Gugun


  21. Richard Cranium

    Shouldn’t you *also* upgrade pkgtools along with glibc-solibs and slackpkg?

  22. alienbob

    Hi Richard Cranium

    No, that is not needed.
    Actually, slackpkg upgrades several crucial packages itself before starting with the rest of the list:
    If findutils, glibc-solibs, readline, pkgtools or sed are present in the list of upgradeable packages, then those are upgraded _before_ continuing with the rest of the list .

    You see “glibc-solibs” mentioned there… but that package needs some special considerations – see the SlackDocs article at – which makes it mandatory to upgrade glibc-solibs before running “slackpkg install-new”.


  23. alienbob

    Hi Joelle

    I like the ever-growing stack of shrink-wrapped Slackware CD and DVD sets next to my desk ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a long time ago since I even used a DVD or CD to boot the Slackware installer. I use PXE boot at home and have a bootable USB Slackware installer in my pocket.

    As long as the dollar-to-euro conversion rate is in my favour (being european) I will continue my subscription. Although the donation option could appeal to a lot more people since it allows you to choose the amount of money you can afford.

    Cheers, Eric

  24. Geovanni

    Great release!! Slackware rocks!!!

  25. Antonio Spinelli

    …good!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Arles

    Greetings from Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas state, Venezuela
    Coming soon I will have my first credit card with dolarucos to order many products slackware store. I love the new shirt maya model highlights the Indian culture of latin america

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