Launched on July 16, 1993 by project lead Patrick Volkerding, Slackware has come a long way. Its latest version, Slackware 15, entered beta in 2021 with an official release last year.
Slackware’s hallmark is its commitment to simplicity and efficiency. Unlike modern distributions with flashy graphical interfaces, Slackware opens with a login prompt that requires the user to manually launch the installer using DOS-style text menus to select components to install.
Despite its nostalgic appeal, Slackware offers modern features: online repositories, automatic dependency resolution, and more. It also supports graphical desktop environments such as Xfce.
Whether you’re a Linux enthusiast or new to the field, Slackware’s resilience and loyalty to its roots is commendable.
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