View Full Version : Looking to try slackware

August 22nd, 2008, 03:06 AM
I was wondering if any one has an iso of the newest version of slackware. I was looking at it and I want to try it out. If someone has a download of an iso file I would like that a lot . Thanks.

August 22nd, 2008, 03:14 AM
I've been considering it, someone I know told me that Slackware is better than Ubuntu because it uses the vanilla Kernel.org Linux kernel, not Ubuntu or Debian or Fedora, which use all kinds of weird patches that may or may not be good enough for the mainline kernel.

August 22nd, 2008, 03:15 AM
Download the lastest iso from the slackware site:


August 22nd, 2008, 03:16 AM
Here is all the mirrors for the newest Slackware 12.1 iso's

This is a good one:

Unless you wan't a dvd version, then just look in the mirrors list.

August 22nd, 2008, 03:17 AM
Slackware is better if you know how to use it ;-) Its harder to learn then Ubuntu. If you just starting to learn linux, I would suggest you try Ubuntu first.

August 22nd, 2008, 09:58 PM
Slackware is a great way to LEARN to use Linux, but have patience and Google handy!

August 22nd, 2008, 10:06 PM
In case you miss apt-get, before running back to Ubuntu, take a look at Arch. It's what I use (not that it means anything) but I feel it's very similar to Slackware in terms of "vanilla-ness" and pacman is god's gift to package management (totally unbiased)

Dixon Bainbridge
August 22nd, 2008, 10:07 PM
Slackware is, basically, the best linux distro ever. :)

August 22nd, 2008, 10:44 PM
In case you miss apt-get, before running back to Ubuntu, take a look at Arch. It's what I use (not that it means anything) but I feel it's very similar to Slackware in terms of "vanilla-ness" and pacman is god's gift to package management (totally unbiased)

does anybody else hear stewey griffin's voice when they read this?

August 22nd, 2008, 10:51 PM
can u burn slackware to a cd and test it or just install it?

August 22nd, 2008, 10:55 PM
Great choice, but it might be a bit daunting in the beginning. If you're going to try slackware and need some guidance, Chess Griffin has some excellent tips in his Linuxreality Podcast (http://www.linuxreality.com/). There's two episodes on slackware, use the search function on his site/google to find them.

After trying slackware 10 and miserably failing (it was my first linux install), I kind of forgot about slackware until Chess brought it up again in his shows. Since then I stuck to it and it is one of my main systems now (as is Arch, Ubuntu and Debian).

Slackware as such doesn't have any live cd, but there's the excellent Slax (http://www.slax.org) distribution that is based of Slackware and gives a good impression of what Slackware will deliver. And the speed at which it boots just never ceases to amaze... (Just like Slackware).

August 22nd, 2008, 11:04 PM
the build your own slax page wont work

August 22nd, 2008, 11:17 PM
You can download the iso here:

If you want to customise or add features, download some modules:
You can easily load those after boot e.g. by using the KDE menu. But it's also possible to add these before burning the cd.

August 22nd, 2008, 11:20 PM
how do u put it on a USB stick?

August 22nd, 2008, 11:35 PM
Slackware is awesome I use it as my main OS. About it being too advanced for beginners it really depends on what DE you start off with. If you install KDE with Slack the default tools already along with KDE really can make life a lot easier. As for installing packages check out slackbuild.org it will make your life even more easier. With that being said you will definitely confront some challenges and will spend time in the terminal. Have google handy and after your install before you startx read this over http://www.howtoforge.com/the_perfect_desktop_slackware12 . It's written for 12.0 but will still definitely help in 12.1 as I used it selectively using only what pertained(like skipping the part on configuring it for sound). Slackware will be a lot harder challenge than Ubuntu but in the end it pays off :guitar:

August 23rd, 2008, 12:39 AM
A post I wrote yesterday on installing Slackware using the SLAX live CD: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=5640271&postcount=17

August 23rd, 2008, 02:29 AM
be sure to install slapt-get, and gslapt it makes installing packages much easier.


that has a lot of precompiled packages.