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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 forΒ  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 πŸ™‚

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



Comment from Marcelo
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 23:09


Comment from matteo
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 23:18

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

Comment from Bradley D. Thornton
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 23:21

Well then πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

Kindest regards,



Comment from Ellendhel
Posted: September 28, 2012 at 23:23


Thanks a lot to the Slack Team and all testers!

Comment from escaflown
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 00:31

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

Comment from alienbob
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 00:35

Hi escaflown

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


Comment from escaflown
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 01:18

Nice. I’m definitely getting one!

Comment from p431i7o
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 03:31

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) πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

I’m so happy!! πŸ™‚

Comment from arvent
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 04:17

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

Comment from crond
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 04:52


Comment from crond
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 05:04

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

Comment from jaycee
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 05:30

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! πŸ™‚

Comment from Arslan Farooq
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 07:26


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

Comment from Thomas LΓΈcke
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 07:45


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.

Comment from Aleksandar
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 08:40

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

Congratulations to Pat and team!

Comment from Schmatzler
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 10:22

That’s some really nice artwork! *-*

Thanks to everyone who participates in this great OS.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 11:00

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.


Comment from Lysender
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 14:18

Want that tee. Might order one πŸ˜€

Comment from Joelle
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 14:37

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 πŸ™‚ In the end I think I’ve paid more for Slackware than windows, and why not?

Comment from Gugun
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 19:14


Comment from Richard Cranium
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 20:17

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

Comment from alienbob
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 21:55

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”.


Comment from alienbob
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 22:41

Hi Joelle

I like the ever-growing stack of shrink-wrapped Slackware CD and DVD sets next to my desk πŸ™‚ 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

Comment from Geovanni
Posted: October 1, 2012 at 11:27

Great release!! Slackware rocks!!!

Comment from Antonio Spinelli
Posted: October 2, 2012 at 19:37

…good!!! πŸ™‚

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