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Slackware 15 Beta released!

Hello friends. The mythical Slackware distribution had been preparing something for us for a long time and a few hours ago it has been concreted. Slackware 15 Beta has been released and thanks to it many rumors that the project was dead have been denied.

What is it Slackware?

Referencing the Slackware website:

The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table.

So Slackware is not oriented to all users like Ubuntu or Linux Mint but focuses on advanced users.

One of the reasons why it is still very much loved by the community is that it is very old. This has made it the basis of many projects that we can use today.

The Slackware Linux Project has aimed at producing the most “UNIX-like” Linux distribution out there. That is why stability is one of the main flagships of this distribution.

What’s new in Slackware 15 Beta?

As this is a new release, you will find many updated packages, but Slackware is all about stability.

First of all the core of the distribution has been updated with the arrival of GCC 10.3 and also the inclusion of the 5.10 kernel in the installation. But not only that, but you can also install the 5.11 kernel from the Testing repository.

But in the section of the desktops that in the end is what the user sees, we have GNOME 3.36 with some packages of 3.38. Also in the future Slackware will include GNOME 40. For Plasma users, you can enjoy version 5.21 and in the case of XFCE version 4.16.

Firefox 87 and Thunderbird 78.9.0 are included for smooth browsing and emailing. In addition to this, Python 3.9 guarantees support for this language for a long time to come.

So you can take a look at this beta version by downloading the 64bit version from this link. And the 32bit version from this link.

More info on the changelog

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