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Slackware Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution known for its age and stability. Slackware was created by Patrick Volkerding in 1993. It was the first working Linux distribution, and is the oldest distribution still being maintained. Volkerding is the sole maintainer of the project.

Slackware's main goal is simplicity. Although not as idiot-friendly as some distributions, Slackware is exceedingly easy for a more capable user to modify and tweak to suit their needs.


Slackware is built primarily from stable packages and has a goal of always providing a stable and usable system out of the box and keeping it that way through conservative updates. It uses a modified BSD init with SystemV compatibility. The GUI uses the X Window System.


Slackware features a ncurses text based installer. Initial formatting is done with the command line. Slackware has very flexible package-based installation options, allowing fine-tuning of the operating system. There are several options for choosing packages, full install, individual prompting (The X series takes one year), and menus.

Package Management

"Slackware doesn't have package management" --Some retarded NEET

Package management is provided by the slackpkg utility. Slackpkg, however, does not have dependency resolution. This is not considered a con by the Slackware community and is generally said to not be a problem. You will need to look at each package to read the readme before installing anyways - you are reading the readme, right? The third-party package manager slapt-get adds dependency resolution. Packages are provided as binaries, however there is an AUR-like system called Slackbuilds that allows you to compile and install third party packages easily either by hand or through sbopkg.

"We do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard" --President John F. Kennedy, installing Linux