Slackware 15.0 has already been released and these are its news

Recently the Slackware Linux Project announced the release of the new version of "Slackware 15.0" which comes after six years of development, giving users a more modern operating system with some of the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies.

Known as one of the oldest distributions that still exist, Slackware is a GNU/Linux distribution that, unlike other popular distributions, has been maintained for a long time by a single person "Patrick J. Volkerding".

The distribution is characterized by following the «Unix philosophy» as much as possible and looking for the stability of the applications, in addition to trying to position itself as a light, fast and simple distribution.

Top new features in Slackware 15

This new release of Slackware 15.0 finally released adopts "Pluggable Authentication Modules" (PAM) for purely fictitious passwords, plus it has also been changed to elogind as default login and seating manager instead of ConsoleKit2, which adopts the PipeWire low-level multimedia framework, adds support for Wayland, and adds support for Rust and Python 3 languages.

Other changes that stand out in this new version of Slackware 15.0 is that sand includes a number of updates of the system components, among which we can find the new versions of the Xfce 4.16 and KDE Plasma 5.23 desktop environments, adds Dovecot IMAP and POP3 server to replace the old imapd and ipop3d, drops support for Qt4 as Qt5 is now standard, and introduces new scripts to help users easily rebuild the installer and build kernel packages as needed .

Other essential packages and applications such as Network Manager, OpenSSH, Krita, the Falkon browser, and Ocular also received updates. Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird have also been updated to their latest available packages.

An interesting change in this version is a new script make_world.sh .which allows automatic rebuilding of the entire operating system from the source.

Also, package management utilities pkgtools from Slackware have received many improvements and new features, such as file locking to prevent conflicts between parallel installs or upgrades, and the ability to limit the amount of data written to storage to prevent additional writes to SSD devices.

"There have been too many changes to cover here, but for our dedicated user base, suffice it to say you'll find things modern, but also familiar," the team said. “The challenge this time was to adopt as many good things as possible without changing the character of the operating system. Keep it familiar, but make it modern.

On the other hand, at the heart of the Slackware 15.0 system we can find that this is powered by Linux Kernel 5.15″. The new version of the Linux kernel brings a new read-write implementation of NTFS, as well as support for putting all processes into a cgroup in the SCHED_IDLE scheduler class, Btrfs support for fs-verity and id mapping, DAMON support that allows to monitor memory access patterns of specific processes and a new kernel-level SMB3 server.

Also featured is a new process_mrelease system call to allow service managers to release process resources more quickly; support for migrating pages from memory to persistent memory instead of discarding them; Device Mapper support for IMA-based remote attestation.

“Anyone who has followed the development of Linux in recent years has seen a slow but steady drift away from a structure closer to that of UNIX. The challenge this time was to make it modern without changing the familiar character of the system," said Patrick Volkerding, founder and maintainer of the GNU/Linux Slackware distribution since 1993.

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it About this new version, you can check the details in the following link

Get Slackware 15.0

For those who are interested in being able to obtain the installation image of this new version of Slackware 15.0, they can do so from the following link.


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