Slackware, the oldest active Linux distribution, has finally released its 15th version

Slackware 15.0 has arrived with the latest improvements to the Linux kernel 5.15 LTS and KDE Plasma 5.23.Cheers!!!!Linux fans will be pleased to know that a new version of the legendary distribution Slackware has been released after a long time.In case you didn’t know, the last version of Slackware was released back in 2016.When developers announced plans for Slackware 15.0 last February (2021), the entire Linux community was excited.Over the past year, developers have made rapid progress in Slackware Linux 15.0, starting with the Alpha release earlier this year.After a while, they released their last release candidate, but now it’s out!Let’s take a look at what’s new in Slackware 15.0.As mentioned earlier, Slackware 15.0 has a number of changes.Remember, there was a beta and two release candidates (RC) before the final release.If you’ve been following our coverage, you probably saw our beta back in April of last year.In beta/RC, there are still a few things that are not disclosed.So, here, we’ll cover all the important things about it.Linux kernel 5.15 LTSSlackware 15’s main highlight is the addition of the latest Linux kernel 5.15 LTS.This is a big jump from the Linux kernel 5.10 LTS that we noticed in the beta.It’s worth noting that the Slackware team tested hundreds of Linux kernel versions before settling on Linux kernel 5.15.19.As mentioned in the release notes: In the process of finally announcing Slackware 15.0 stable, we actually built over 400 different Versions of the Linux kernel over the past year (by comparison, we tested 34 kernel versions while developing Slackware 14.2).We chose it after Greg Kroah-Hartman confirmed that the 5.15.19 kernel would have long-term support until at least October 2023 (and probably much longer).In case you’re wondering, Linux kernel 5.15 brings some updates, such as enhanced NTFS driver support and improvements to Intel/AMD processors and Apple M1 chips.It also added initial support for Intel’s 12th generation processors.Overall, with Linux kernel 5.15 LTS, you should get good hardware compatibility for this oldest active Linux distribution.The Linux kernel comes in two versions, one with a driver that does not require an initrd.The other is to rely on the initrd to load kernel modules.The release notes say more about it: as usual, kernels come in two types: general-purpose kernels and jumbo kernels.The jumbo kernel contains enough built-in drivers that you don’t need an initrd to start the system in most cases.The general-purpose kernel needs to use the initrd to load the kernel modules needed to mount the root file system.Using a common kernel saves some memory and may avoid some boot-time warnings.I strongly recommend using a generic kernel for best kernel module compatibility.When it comes to KDE, you should see the KDE Plasma package updated to 5.23 and the KDE framework updated to 5.88.KDE Plasma 5.23 is the 25th anniversary edition of KDE and includes UI improvements, as well as a series of subtle changes to improve the user experience.In addition, Slackware 15 comes with Xfce 4.16 as one of the desktop environment options.Support for PipeWire and Wayland As an alternative to PulseAudio, Slackware 15 added support for PipeWire.And, for those who want to get rid of X11, support for Wayland is also present in this release.32-bit support Because Slackware is one of the Linux distributions suitable for 32-bit systems, the latest version provides specific kernel versions to support it.Technically, there are SMP and non-SMP cores for single-core and multi-core processors, respectively.An SMP kernel is recommended for better performance and memory management, but if your processor is older than a Pentium 3, a non-SMP kernel should come in handy.Other improvements Some technical upgrades include the GCC compiler upgrade to version 11.2.0.Quite a few security and errors were also addressed.The announcement also says that developers are focusing on updating Python to version 3.3.4 to fix the Samba build.Other basic software packages and applications, such as Network Manager, OpenSSH, Krita, Falkon browser, and Ocular, have also been upgraded.Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird have also been updated to their latest available packages.If you want to get all the technical details of this release, you can check out the official update log.Other important features include improved Slackware PKgTools to make the software installation experience frictionless and eliminate parallel conflicts.For the first time, Slackware 15 includes a script to help rebuild the entire operating system from source code.More scripts have been added to facilitate the rebuilding of setup and kernel packages.Qt4 was abandoned in favor of Qt5.Added support for Privileged Access Management (PAM) for newer projects that do not support shadow shadow passwords.It’s worth noting that you can’t simply upgrade from Slackware 14.2.Therefore, it is best to perform a fresh installation.15 x86_32 Slackware 15 x86_64: in either case, you should keep a backup of the data, if you are not interested in using the new ISO installation, can try to follow the official upgrade instructions.Summary Slackware is the oldest still active Linux distribution, and I’m glad to see a new version of Slackware.While it’s still recommended for experienced users or craft enthusiasts, the latest Slackware 15.0 also supports UEFI and older systems.If you’re looking for adventure and want to install a unique Linux distribution for your desktop, you can try Slackware 15.Have you ever used Slaceware?Can you test Slackware 15.0?What do you see as the future of Slackware?Via: author: Rishabh Moharir topics: lujun9972 translator: wxy proofreading: wxy original compilation, this paper by LCTT Linux honor launch in China

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