Slackware 14 Almost Ready To Go

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 20, 2012

Slackware is bound to be about ready, Patrick's on his fifth release candidate for Pete's sake. Fortunately, his steganographical message in the latest changelog said, "Really, this time it is not a drill! Everything is in place and ready to release at this point."

He continued by saying if no showstoppers are found we can expect the official release "soon." It's my good fortune to subscribe to Willy Sudiarto Raharjo's Slackblogs because he parses those boring changelogs into a human readable format. He blogged earlier what was new this release:
* Linux Kernel 3.2.29
* GLIBC upgraded to tzdata 2012f
* Patch rebuilt to add upstream patch
* Git, Slacktrack, Samba, SVN, and VSFTPD upgraded to the latest bugfix releases
* More kernel configs in testing/ directory, including 3.4.11, 3.5.4, and 3.6-RC4

Raharjo also mentioned a few days ago that Slackware 14.0 has received some Alsa changes. "Pat decided to take new Alsa package to Slackware 14.0 and he has removed alsaconf which is no longer working with kmod." On September 8, Raharjo reported that Firefox 15.0.1 should be included in 14 although Seamonkey 2.12.1 is still listed in the changelog too. Glancing through it one can also find Gimp 2.8.2, GCC 4.7.1, KDE 4.8.5, and Xorg X Server 1.12.3.

 Since Patrick doesn't conjure up new images each developmental release, linked to unofficial DVDs by Eric Hameleer.