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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. It uses a modified SystemV with some BSD components for init. 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.

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