Slackware 14.0 is Finally Here
Slackware 14.0 is has been released. A post on slackware.com said, "the long wait is finally over and a new stable release of Slackware has arrived!" The official announcement said, "We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements."
Slackware 14.0 features a vanilla Linux 3.2.29, GCC 4.7.1, and Xorg X Server 1.12.3. User can choose from two desktops: Xfce 4.10 and KDE 4.8.5. Besides all the KDE apps, you'll get Firefox and Thunderbird 15.0.1, Pidgin 2.10, and GIMP 2.8.2, among others. There are more in the /extra directory.
The official release announcement includes lots more detail:
These desktops utilize udev, udisks, and udisks2, and many of the
specifications from freedesktop.org which allow 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. Slackware's desktop
should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.
Slackware uses the 3.2.29 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
In addition, the package management tools have been updated to "make it easy to add, remove, upgrade, and make your own Slackware packages." See the full announcement for more.