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Kernel 5.13 went into Slackware-current; new Live ISOs to celebrate

This week, the Linux 5.13 kernel finally landed in the core distro of Slackware-current after having lived in ‘./testing‘ for a while. Actually it’s the 5.13.2 kernel which had some 800 patches applied compared to 5.13.1.

And with that new 5.13.x kernel series, it looks like a Slackware 15 release is again closer on the horizon.

To celebrate the occasion, I have generated a new batch of ISOs for the Slackware Live Edition. At you will find ISO images for the variants based on the latest release of the liveslak scripts (in this case, version of liveslak).
These Live ISOs boot Slackware -current “Thu Jul 15 22:37:59 UTC 2021” with the new 5.13.2 mainline kernel: SLACKWARE (32bit & 64bit), XFCE (32bit & 64bit), CINNAMON, MATE, DAW and LEAN.

The ‘bonus‘ section contains a batch of squashfs modules you can use with your liveslak (copy them into the ‘addons’ directory of your persistent USB drive) if you want to expand the functionality of the Live OS.
Among these you’ll find the binary nvidia driver (already contained in the CINNAMON, DAW and MATE ISOs by the way); the Broadcom STA wireless driver, Wine 6.12, multilib, the DAW package collection, and a set from my own repository (chromium, libreoffice, veracrypt, vlc etc).

Have fun! Eric


  1. George Nielsen

    Wonderful news, Eric! Thanks for the update. It is exciting to think that we’re a step closer to the release of Slackware 15.0.

  2. Matt D.

    Thanks Eric. Also thanks for updating Wine. I like to throw a few bucks your way every now and again but I can’t find your donate link anymore. Are you still accepting donations?

    • alienbob

      Indeed, it looks that the donate link disappeared (along with some other custom HTML) when I migrated the storage backend from a SQLite PDO plugin to a full-fledged MariaDB database.
      I’ll have to retrieve a backup of the old site to have a look at what else went missing.
      Re-adding the Paypal donation link was easy though and it’s there again.

  3. nycace36

    Awesome work getting these Slackware -current Live ISO’s with kernel 5.13.2 out! 🙂
    If the 701M slackware64-live-xfce-current.iso can fit onto a burnable 700M CD-R and then bootup directly on hardware, that’s great.
    If not, then at least that ISO and your larger Slackware64 ISO’s listed here can certainly be booted as virtual machines to test out, e.g., in virtualbox 🙂

    BTW, it’s absolutely awful about all that historically heavy flooding and destruction that happened along the Maas River basin less than 50km from your own location! 🙁

    • alienbob

      The ~700MB XFCE ISOs are indeed meant to be burnt to a CDROM media directly. You will be able to boot that CDROM on physical hardware.

  4. KG Hammarlund

    Much obliged! My laptop has shown a few signs of old age (hardwarewise) and right now I’m waiting for a replacement (to be kept upgraded and standby till needed), so a fresh iso was “just in time”.
    As MattD wrote, throwing a few bucks in your direction makes sense so I’ll hit the PayPal button after posting.

  5. gegechris99

    Thanks Eric for providing all those goodies. I don’t personally need a live edition for now but it may come in handy if I have to quickly showcase Slackware to a friend.

  6. Donald R laster Jr

    Thanks Eric.

  7. Andrei

    I don’t know about you, but we here in Brazil are awesome. Lots of friends in groups, rumors, speculation, we’re really excited to put it into production.
    Thank you so much for keeping this project alive, I’ve been using Slackware for over twenty years. We are really looking forward to it.

  8. James Bittner

    Just a note of appreciation and gratitude for all your work. I started messing with Slackware 25 years ago, and I am now enjoying messing with your latest liveslack installer. Let it be known that you spread joy, even in Central Wisconsin.

  9. guillermo gorostizu

    I have problems with the tp-link archer t4u module, in 14.2 I have it working with the official ones but in your live-current they do not work, I thought that in the kernel 5.13 they would work, module 88x2bu,
    I’m on slackware patreon and asked patrick for a solution to the problem, but it seems to be the kernel guys’ problem

    thanx for your work Eric

    • alienbob

      I would advise to open a new thread on with your question. I can’t support this kind of hardware issues and your description is too vague in any case. The LinuxQuestions community is big and someone may have an answer for you.

  10. D.L.C. Burggraaff

    One of my uses for your live CD is as a reference.
    Since day 1 (in the nineties) I run Slackware KDE and now XFCE as root, so I had no use for e.g. sudo and polkit authentication (I even had not installed them). When running the balenaEtcher appimage I noticed that doing this as a non-root user resulted in a failure. So I installed mate-polkit and for a good measure sudo as well. Both asked for the root password, which was not my intention — the same result can be attained by a “su -c”. Googling for them asking the invoker’s password gave some hints but none of these worked.
    So I had a look at your live CD and found that enabling the wheel group in the /etc/sudoers file and copying your /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/10-wheel-admin.rules file do the trick.
    As I regard myself as reasonably apt in finding resolutions in the documentation and/or by googling my question is where you got your settings from.
    Kind regards, Dick

    • alienbob

      I read a *lot* of documentation, and that particular rule came from parts of the polkit documentation which I consulted to understand how I should configure my live system. I have bene using the ‘wheel’ group for admin users since the stone age of computing but with polkit and pam that needed new learning.

      The nice thing about my git repository is that you can easily find when that snippet got added to liveslak:

  11. Tonus

    Again thanks a lot. Your very valuable work made me learn a lot.
    And still, reading your blog and trying to understand your great tools and pieces of magic are very inspiring.

  12. J_W (Shinichi Abe)

    I’m one of a Japanese slackware user.
    I’m not a core linux user and have no enough skill about linux.
    However, since I started using slackware-8.0, I learned a lot of things with slackware related information on your site.
    Thank you for all of your contributions to slackware.
    I will continue to refer to the information about slackware on your site.

    Thanks so much again.

    Sorry for my poor English.

    • alienbob

      Hi Shinichi Abe,

      Thanks for posting and good luck with your Slackware adventures. Remember, learning new things is also fun.

  13. J_W (Shinichi Abe)

    Hi, Eric
    Thanks for your comment to my post.
    My be you might have already forgotten that I have experienced exchange e-mail several times between you/Pat and me about Japanese fonts and scim IM method for slackware on 2008/2009.
    At that time, you and Pat kindly committed scim IM and sazanami Japanese fonts in slackware packages.
    That was a great news for slackeware users in Japan.
    I appreciate your and Pat’s support.

    BTW, I like your photostream, especially nature pics on Netherlands(?). I’ve never been to Netherlands, but someday I want to visit there and look around beautiful nature.


    • alienbob

      Actually my Photostream contains photo’s I took during my travels in and outside of the Netherlands. There’s pictures from France, Germany, Italy, India and the US as well. I probably should tag them better.

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