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    Slackware 12.2

    Hey all,

    Good news! Slackware 12.2 has been released.... and by released I mean of course a few weeks ago. I missed it because I've been rarely near my machines for a while other than to check messages and on here once in a while, but this week I've had some time to mess around again so I took that time to look at new stuff going on and saw Slackware 12.2 was out.

    I installed it on one of my older machines to do some testing because no admin or fan boy on Earth is going to throw something brand new just released still shiny on any machine that's production and "just Hope it works".

    I generally test things MY way, which I'm sure would be voiding warrenties if they were still good on any of my stuff lol.

    Anyway, the machine I installed it on today to start testing has these specs:

    Old Gateway and Gateway Essentials monitor

    433MHz Celeron Processor (Slackware 12.2 runs faster on this than XP does on my 2.13 GHz Athlon but you know ).

    192 MBs RAM

    80 GB HD

    8 MB video card

    So far I'm pleased. I'm not easy to please. Especially with OSs. Probably because I know what I like. What I like is SUSE 8.1 Professional, 8.2 Professional, and so on. I also like Windows XP but hey, we all play our game of choice right? Besides, I've yet to have a crash so I guess that's good after... over 5 years.

    I also like Solaris and FreeBSD. And I like Slackware 8 - 12 so far. Maybe I'll give a review once I'm done with my bashing (Read; "Testing") and have it installed on something that can at least stand up to my Cell Phone.

    Anyway, it seems snappy on responce, and it comes with some new tools apparently. I haven't had a chance to screw with it yet but I just finished booting up the machine and making some new user accounts for myself to mess with.

    I would have earlier but between the ....7 power outtages from the wind today give or take a few, and the shopping that had to be done, I couldn't.

    Anyway, you can read more here:

    http://www.slackware.com/

    Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release
    again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.2!
    Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and
    fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware
    12.2 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.1) and is
    a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.

    This Slackware edition combines Slackware's legendary simplicity (and
    close tracking of original sources), stability, and security with some
    of the latest advances in Linux technology. Expect no less than the best
    Slackware yet.

    Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find
    two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.4.3,
    a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop
    environment, and KDE 3.5.10, the final 3.x version of the award-winning K
    Desktop Environment. Properly set up, Slackware's desktop is suitable for
    any level of Linux experience.

    Slackware uses the 2.6.27.7 kernel bringing you advanced performance
    features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support,
    SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager), and
    encrypted filesystems. Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering
    Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux.

    There are two kinds of kernels in Slackware -- the huge kernels, which
    contain support for just about every driver in the Linux kernel. These are
    primarily intended to be used for installation, but there's no real reason
    that you couldn't continue to run them after you have installed. The
    other type of kernel is the generic kernel, in which nearly every driver
    is built as a module. To use a generic kernel you'll need to build an
    initrd to load your filesystem module and possibly your drive controller
    or other drivers needed at boot time, configure LILO to load the initrd at
    boot, and reinstall LILO. See the docs in /boot after installing for more
    information. Slackware's Linux kernels come in both SMP and non-SMP types
    now. The SMP kernel supports multiple processors, multi-core CPUs,
    HyperThreading, and about every other optimization available. In our own
    testing this kernel has proven to be fast, stable, and reliable. We
    recommend using the SMP kernel even on single processor machines if it
    will run on them.

    From the beginning, Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux
    distribution for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for
    beginners. Slackware includes everything you'll need to run a powerful
    server or workstation. Each Slackware package follows the setup and
    installation instructions from its author(s) as closely as possible,
    offering you the most stable and easily expandable setup.

    Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 12.2:

    - Runs the 2.6.27.7 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org.
    Also included is a kernel patched with Speakup to support speech
    synthesizers providing access to Linux for the visually impaired
    community. The 2.6.x kernel series has matured into a stable
    kernel, and provides reliable performance for your desktop or
    your production server.

    - System binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.7.
    This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with
    existing binaries.

    - X11 based on the X.Org Foundation's modular X Window System.
    There's been much activity in the X development world, and the
    improvements in terms of performance and hardware support are
    too numerous to mention them all here.

    - Installs gcc-4.2.4 as the default C, C++, Objective-C,
    Fortran-77/95, and Ada 95 compiler.

    - Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL,
    OpenSSH, OpenVPN, and GnuPG.

    - Apache (httpd) 2.2.10 web server with Dynamic Shared Object
    support, SSL, and PHP 5.2.8.

    - PCMCIA, CardBus, USB, IEE1394 (FireWire) and ACPI support. This
    makes Slackware a great operating system for your laptop.

    - The udev dynamic device management system for Linux 2.6.x.
    This locates and configures most hardware automatically as it
    is added (or removed) from the system, and creates the access
    nodes in /dev. It also loads the kernel modules required by
    sound cards and other hardware at boot time.

    - New development tools, including Perl 5.10.0, Python 2.5.2,
    Ruby 1.8.7-p72, Subversion 1.5.4, git-1.6.0.3, mercurial-1.0.2,
    graphical tools like Qt designer and KDevelop, and much more.

    - Updated versions of the Slackware package management tools make it
    easy to add, remove, upgrade, and make your own Slackware packages.
    Package tracking makes it easy to upgrade from Slackware 12.1 to
    Slackware 12.2 (see CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT). The slackpkg tool can
    also help update from an older version of Slackware to a newer one,
    and keep your Slackware system up to date. In addition, the
    slacktrack utility (in extra/) will help you build and maintain
    your own packages.

    - Web browsers galore! Includes KDE's Konqueror 3.5.10,
    SeaMonkey 1.1.13 (this is the replacement for the Mozilla
    Suite), and the immensely popular Firefox 3.0.4, as well as
    the Thunderbird 2.0.0.18 email and news client with advanced
    junk mail filtering.

    - The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 3.5.10, including
    the KOffice productivity suite, networking tools, GUI development
    with KDevelop, multimedia tools (including the amazing Amarok
    music player and K3B disc burning software), the Konqueror web
    browser and file manager, dozens of games and utilities,
    international language support, and more.

    - A collection of GTK+ based applications including pidgin-2.5.2,
    gimp-2.4.7, gkrellm-2.3.2, gxine-0.5.903, xchat-2.8.6, xsane-0.996,
    and pan-0.133.

    - Large repository of extra software packages compiled and ready to
    run. This includes various window managers, the Java(TM) 2 Software
    Development Kit Standard Edition, libsafe (buffer overflow protection
    for additional security), and much more (see the /extra directory).

    - Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here. For
    a complete list of core packages in Slackware 12.2, see this file:

    ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...2/PACKAGES.TXT
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    and the immensely popular Firefox 3.0.4
    Shouldn't that be 3.0.5?

    There was a security update a little while ago................at least for Windows

    http://antionline.com/showthread.php?t=277788
    Last edited by nihil; December 30th, 2008 at 12:18 PM.
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    Question

    Nihil...

    This new V of Slackware was released prior to the updated FF that you posted about in your link..

    new V of slackware released: 2008-12-10.

    just a FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by gore View Post
    Hey all,

    Good news! Slackware 12.2 has been released.... and by released I mean of course a few weeks ago. I missed it because I've been rarely near my machines for a while other than to check messages and on here once in a while, but this week I've had some time to mess around again so I took that time to look at new stuff going on and saw Slackware 12.2 was out.
    Last edited by t34b4g5; December 30th, 2008 at 01:44 PM.

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    Hi t34b4g5

    Happy New Sydney Funnelweb, or is that New Year?

    Yeah, I realised that Gore was a bit behind the chase on this one and just posted a reminder heads up to upgrade FF if you Linux fans use it at all?

    Cheers and a happy New Year.................. and don't grog it too much!!!!!

    Johnno
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    I may have to find a spare HD, throw it in an old computer and give it a try. I've been a fan of Debian based distros for awhile, but I still like Slackware too. I'm sure I can find something around here to give it a go. My old machine I used for testing purposes finally bit the dust once and for all, but I've got an old P2 I can use.
    KP

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPryor View Post
    I may have to find a spare HD, throw it in an old computer and give it a try. I've been a fan of Debian based distros for awhile, but I still like Slackware too. I'm sure I can find something around here to give it a go. My old machine I used for testing purposes finally bit the dust once and for all, but I've got an old P2 I can use.
    KP
    Another Debian lover and abuser.

    You should do a write up on the slackware install, and post it up. Would be a interesting read to see how it goes on ye' ol' PII.

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    What are the specs for the PII?

    I have just got a new one to play with
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    Haven't had time to do this yet. I had an HD on my main desktop lose two ntfs partitions for no obvious reason and I've been recovering my data from that little mess. No malware found, just a really odd deal. Still haven't figured out if I screwed up something fierce or the computer did... Well, the vote is in... the computer screwed it up!

    I'll do the Slackware install and write it up as soon as I have some time. If my wife would just let me retire, I could stay home and do fun stuff like this all the time.
    KP

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPryor View Post
    If my wife would just let me retire, I could stay home and do fun stuff like this all the time.
    KP
    Solution, Divorce the wife.

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    Divorce is not the answer. Do that, and she gets half of everything. That guarantees you will NOT be able to retire. A large insurance policy and a trip to Aruba with Joran Van De Sloot should do the trick.
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