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[News] Slackware Gets Better Package Management and Mandriva Gets Net Monitor Back

  • Subject: [News] Slackware Gets Better Package Management and Mandriva Gets Net Monitor Back
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 23:18:10 +0100
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Slackware Package Management

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| Slackware is a good, solid, reliable distro.  These new 
| package management utilities make it even better.


net_monitor lives again

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| Working on Mandriva network tools, I looked on one of the 
| most essential ones the network monitor (net_monitor). It 
| was introduced a couple of releases before, and was mostly 
| doing its job. However, it has a number of flaws and lack 
| of features that motivated us to look closer at it.



Slackware Linux 13.0 Released (and Installed)

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| Experienced Linux administrators are likely to feel "right at home" with the
| installation process - I certainly did. Just about everything is there,
| presented clearly for your selection. It took me about an hour to get it
| installed on MMS. The only significant stumble was that Slackware uses the
| LILO bootloader, which I choose not to use, but even that wasn't a major
| problem for me because I have to keep the openSolaris GRUB as the bootloader
| anyway, so I just told it to skip the LILO installation, and added Slackware
| to the openSolaris GRUB configuration file manually.


Slackware 13.0

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| Slackware has always been a distro that Iâm not terribly fond of. I donât
| like how difficult it is to set things up. This isnât because I particularly
| mind editing config files, its because I want to be doing it on my terms and
| not because I have to.


Slackware 13.0

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| Discounting the resolution problem, Slack 13 didn't give me any trouble to
| speak of. The absence of any sort of automated software handler on the level
| of Apt or Yum keeps me from using it as a daily desktop, but that might not
| be a problem for some.


Interview with Eric Hameleers: Why You Should Try Slackware

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| The popular distribution has just announced the availability of version 13.0,
| its latest release. There are many improvements in this release, including
| the major upgrade from KDE 3.x to 4.x, however perhaps the biggest is an
| official port to 64-bit. Thatâs right, Slackware, one of the very first Linux
| distributions, is one of the last to go 64-bit. What has taken so long to do
| so?


Slackware goes 64-bit

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| The new version jumps on the 64-bit bandwagon with native support for the
| 64-bit x86_64 architecture. It also adopts the kernel, bringing
| journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support,
| Software RAID, LVM (Logical Volume Manager), GRUB, Ext4, and encrypted
| filesystems support to the distro. The new kernel also supports X DRI (Direct
| Rendering Interface) for hardware-based 3D graphics acceleration, says the
| Slackware project.


Slackware 13.0 RC2 Brings Updated X Server and Video Drivers

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| A few hours ago Slackware's creator, Patrick Volkerding, announced that the
| second release candidate of the upcoming Slackware 13.0 Linux distribution
| was available for download. This update brings numerous new base packages,
| like the Linux kernel version, X.Org Server 1.6.3 and the K Desktop
| Environment 4.2.4. However, there are no official ISO builds for this
| release, but those interested in testing Slackware 13.0 RC2 can get it by
| using the link at the end of the article.


Slackware Linux going 64 bit

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| This might be old news to some of you but for the longest time Slackware
| Linux was x86 only with really no indication that the distro author, Patrick
| Volkerding, would create a port.


Five Reasons I Prefer Slackware Over Ubuntu

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| Really, when I thought about doing this I wondered if I could come up with
| five reasons but now Iâm sure I could go on much longer. Slackware is the
| oldest existing Linux distribution and it didnât get to being around this
| long by being sub par. Thereâs a general consensus that the post install
| configuration of Slackware may be a bit too challenging for beginners, but I
| think anyone who can read a copy of the Slackbook and use a Slackware forum
| if need be would be able to do it. Believe me, itâs worth the initial effort
| and like Trent of the Linux Critic says-once you go slack, you never go back.


[Slackware 13.0 Released]

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| Slackware 13.0 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find
| two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.6.1, a
| fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop
| environment, and KDE 4.2.4, a recent stable release of the new 4.2.x series
| of the award-winning K Desktop Environment.  We continue to make use of HAL
| (Hardware Abstraction Layer) which allows the system administrator to grant
| use of various hardware devices according to users' group membership so that
| they will be able to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that
| appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players,
| and more, all without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command.  Just plug
| and play.  Properly set up, Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any
| level of Linux experience.

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