JMC OS Page, views of GNU/Linux

JMC OS Page, views of GNU/Linux


These are notes related to Slackware I have written/collected over the years:


Slackware Version 14.2 came out in July 2016 and I quickly upgraded. This release had a lot of back end changes and again it has all the stability one expects when using Slackware. I would suggest you move to 14.2 if at all possible.

The Nvidia Driver I use is about to go out of support. In the past I would use the Install from Nvidia, for 14.2 I believe you should use the slackbuild since it will allow the driver to install without any issues. Nvidia's install had an issue with my system.

Out of the many backend changes, Slackware 14.2 now comes with OpenMotif, this means you should be able to compile just about any Motif applications without any issues. You can view the Changelog to see all the changes in 14.2, it is quite impressive.

Anyway, if you like Slackware as much as I do, please try and support the project by going here!


Slackware Version 14.1 came out in Nov 2013, I was going to try and wait for the dvd to arrive, but ended up installing it from a torrent download, which I kept up for a while to seed. The dvd arrived 2 weeks later.

As expected no issues going to 14.1 and it is very solid and stable release. Nouveau did have some issues with my hardware, see for details, but this issue is beyond the control of slackware itself.

Now the fun stuff! Release 14.1 again proves slackware is the best system for general UN*X development, opencobol was added as a standard package. With that you get all the major development languages as without extra work, it even includes clang, so no need to load extract packages.

So you get a lite and concise development system without fluff and because it now has both cobol and fortran, you can party like it is 1979 :)


Slackware Version 14.0 came out in Sept 2012, I originally was planning on skipping this release and stick with 13.37, for no other reason than the fact I liked the version number :) and was lazy.

Turned out I could not resist, so in December I installed 14.0, I am quite glad I did. A lot of utilities were upgraded and seems networking is much faster than under 13.37. Network speed increases alone seems to have been worth the upgrade. It also comes with clang in addition to gcc. To me this keeps up it's reputation as a great development system.

The following relates to a change beyond the control of slackware, slackware has no choice but to implement it:


Slackware Version 13.37 came out around the end of April 2011, so I recently upgraded from v13.1 64 bit to slackware 13.37 64 bit.

So, in my opinion, slackware 13.37 is one of the best (if not the best) slackware release so far and a worthwhile system/release to use. Remember to upgrade fvwm2 using fvwm 2.6.1 from the extra on the DVD :)

I do not use kde, for some reason kde has always caused my eyes to strain, but seems the issue is much better starting with version 4.6x, I upgraded to 4.6 from AlienBob's site just to see how 4.6.x is. kde seems a bit complex for me, so I stick with my favorites vtwm and fvwm2 and rarely twm. From what I have seen, kde seems to be very nice, also I really like kde's applications and games :)


Slackware Version 13.1 came out around the end of May 2010, so I upgraded from v12.2 to slackware v13.1. For some reason I expected a slight performance 'hit' on my 1GHz PIII, turned out it seems slightly zipper and works a bit faster.


This page hit the WEB on Dec 16, 2008. It was created under slackware version 12.2 using vim.

I have been using slackware since about April 1995 (v2.2), First Question March 7, 1995 :)


Slackware Version 12.2 Version 12.2 came out around Dec 9, 2008, so the following weekend I upgraded. Of course it is working quite well and quickly on my 1GHz PIII. That is one thing you will always hear about slackware and Linux/GNU in general, it always works.

I found 12.2 to be a very nice release, I ended up skipping 13.0 because I did not want to do the upgrade.


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