I believe this is my 3rd test ‘n review of the Slackware Linux OS – First ‘n Second. Both were before my recent KDE Plasma DE tests, so I was limited in my tests ‘n reviews of it, but KDE is now my go-to DE even if I’m still learning it. See the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page for my progress wid it.

Slackware Linux is the “oldest distribution that is still maintained.” I don’t know when most Linux Developers decided to bring the Linux ‘Nanny‘ and her annoying “Authenticate” popups & other Pesky Passwords onto the ‘Linux Home Desktop‘ scene, but it was a mistake if Android & Chrome OS are any indicators.

General Information

“Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991” … huh, learn something new everyday.

Slackware Linux 15.0 RC3

Wed Jan 12 22:04:33 UTC 2022

Good hello, and welcome to the third and final release candidate for Slackware 15.0. We’re 99% frozen at this point and are mostly looking for regression or other bug reports that might be able to be addressed before this goes stable. Of course, the management here reserves the right to make exceptions… that 5.15.15 kernel version has a nice ring to it. If your requests didn’t make it into this iteration, perhaps we will revisit them for the next -current cycle. Some were just a little too late but will more than likely be needed next time (I’m looking at Didier’s grubconfig), while others are just out of scope for the main tree where I like to abide by YAGNI as much as possible. Anyway, let’s get some testing done and we’ll be there soon. Enjoy! 🙂

Downloaded the Slackware Linux 15.0 RC3’s slackware64-current-install-dvd.iso @ 3.40 GB, and used Rufus (Ventoy didn’t work) to create a ‘Live‘ USB.

Everything worked great, including the sound, and there were no annoying “Authenticate” popups & other Pesky Passwordsslowing down workflow or tests.

Of Note

  • I couldn’t find KDE’s Discover software manager (maybe I missed it?!?), but am not sure why not. Lost the link, but had read somewhere that I shouldn’t update the “current” version (Slackware Linux 15.0 RC3)…I dunno. Am not sure, but Slackware may not have a GUI software manager…?? It came loaded tho.
  • When I ran Google searches on Slackware, it was amazing how many informative hits were returned, and I have only seen Ubuntu wid such search results returned.
  • Panel icons were not as Rearrangeable as they were in AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma.

Installation

It was the “third and final release candidate for Slackware 15.0” so I didn’t take a many pics (just one), but basically the same pics were taken in my tests ‘n reviews of the Slackware Linux OS – First ‘n Second posts. Couple examples from those:

Much easier to prep the target disk wid GParted in advance. More info in those other two posts, but I mostly ‘Winged‘ it. Yes, I am that good…for a ‘Newb‘ anyway. 😁

One of my favorite all time Linux pics is:

I took that from the World’s Oldest Surviving Linux Distribution post ‘n have now used it in all three reviews. Slackware Linux OS ‘provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server‘ – *AND* – allows the user to control the OS instead some Linux ‘Nanny‘ OS controlling the user. *NO* Girls or Girlie men allowed to use this OS! 😇

Final pic is the “About this System” after installation:

I will do most tests after the final Slackware 15.0 comes out, and especially want to see how to add Nvidia drivers. So I’ll probably have to check Proprietary Graphics Drivers info, and other sources…maybe (??). Installing Software, Sbopkg, SlackBuilds, etc. These posts are prep-research at this point, and I definitely use this blog to store all my gained knowledge on, for future personal references…so to speak.

Conclusion

Impressive performance for Slackware’s 15.0 RC3, and I can barely wait to test the final official Stable release!

Will add this post to the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page.

Will also be adding Slackware Linux 15.0 RC3 (or just Slackware Linux) to the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page in the #10 spot, and to the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ page at or near the end, for now.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!