Slackware 15.0 release candidate one (RC1) is a true ‘Rootin Tootin’ Fulltime Linux Root User’s Distro! Yeah, I give lots of points to most any Linux Distro that doesn’t force that pesky nasty smelly ‘Linux Nanny’ on humble me. 🤢
Slackware is a Linux distribution created by Patrick Volkerding in 1993. Originally based on Softlanding Linux System, Slackware has been the basis for many other Linux distributions, most notably the first versions of SUSE Linux distributions, and is the oldest distribution that is still maintained.
The name “Slackware” stems from the fact that the distribution started as a private side project with no intended commitment. To prevent it from being taken too seriously at first, Volkerding gave it a humorous name, which stuck even after Slackware became a serious project.
Slackware refers to the “pursuit of Slack”, a tenet of the Church of the SubGenius, a parody religion. Certain aspects of Slackware graphics reflect this—the pipe that Tux is smoking, as influenced by the image of J. R. “Bob” Dobbs‘ head.
February 17, 2021
Slackware Linux – ‘World’s Oldest Surviving Linux Distribution‘ was my first real post on Slackware, and I’ll probably use two of those pics from it – wid a ‘Note’ noting that. 😉
It’s still a difficult Distro for me, but actually went much better this time…
August 17/18, 2021
My main problem wid it is KDE ‘n Xfce (“Cholesterol Free DE”) as the two main DE choices (also Blackbox, Fluxbox, FVWM, & WMaker). For me, those two DE’s are like trying to move around in quicksand whilst wearing a 150lb backpack. KDE is one of the TOP TWO most popular DE’s, but it can be a nightmare for me, wid a couple exceptions Redcore Linux is one ‘n I can’t recall the other. How KDE is ‘tweaked ‘n presented’ by the Distro’s developer/s has made a difference for me.
I rarely even try the Xfce DE, but did on this one because the KDE seemed buggy wid USB’s. Couldn’t get them to open the last time either, so tried using Xfce instead, but got the same result.
Probably a setting that I couldn’t find…DE’s can take time to learn each one. I like Gnome or Cinnamon .. possibly Mate if desperate. Some Distros make it easy to switch DE’s Graphically, but trying to get a Cinnamon DE under the Slackware Xfce didn’t work for me.
Slackware can be an excellent Distro for anyone who likes KDE, and willing to put in a little effort to ‘Tweak’ it. It gets *MAJOR* points from me by offering Fulltime Root User access. As it boots up, you need to add a root user password, and then type in “startx” to boot onto the desktop.
- Downloaded the 3.18 GB slackware64-current-install-dvd iso file, then used Rufus to create a bootable USB.
- Prepped the test SSD wid GParted:
Easier graphically prepping the target disk before installation attempt, for me. Try to get 200MiB or a tad more for the Fat32 boot/efi partition, and set flags to boot & esp. I wing it for the other two partitions’ sizes. During installation, Installer will select those in a swap – ext4 / – boot/efi order, doublecheck wid you if that is what you want, and then reformat each as it goes…that is OK. Other choice is non-graphical during installation. 😝
- GRUB boot choices (Note):
I went wid top selection.
- This was pretty much the login window I got during installation ‘n after installation (Note):
Was never forced by the installer to create a ‘Password Dependent’ OS user. It only asked if I wanted to create a password for “root” during the installation.
Pretty quick installation…I went mostly wid “Default” choices, but paid attention. Not for Windows 10 or Windows 11 users looking to try Linux as a secondary OS, IMHO.
I liked it enough to look forward to the final release…perhaps even ‘Dive’ into some future tweaking tests, to see if I can switch that DE to Cinnamon. A great Distro for those already experienced wid KDE or Xfce.
Will update the ‘Minor Issues’ section of the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup/s page.
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!