My laptop is regularly updated to the slackware current branch and I’m happy that a stable release has arrived last May 24, 2010. Me, as a daily user, there are many noticeable improvements which I did not experience years ago.
New, Updated and Improved
Slackware has been rock solid ever since – especially on the server setup. Me as a developer, I’m using Slackware Linux as a server and a desktop as well. Here are the summary of the most noticeable improvements from 13.0 to 13.1:
- Kernel 22.214.171.124
- KDE upgraded from the previous 4.2.x to KDE 4.4.3
- KDE too has a lot of improvements (not Slackware related)
- BlueZ – Bluetooth applications finally
- USB modeswitch for USB devices such as 3g modem which can act as storage for drivers first (on Windows)
- LAMP stack updated – my favorite of course
- Latest version of Firefox
- Can’t name the others since I don’t actually care about them but they are many
However, I have on big problem. The kernel shipped with Slackware 13.1 which is 126.96.36.199 does not work on my laptop – maybe because of incompatibility issues. I still have to figure it out or I may have to compile my own kernel. I’m still using the 188.8.131.52 kernel so far so good.
But still, it was a great experience as always. Get Slackware now and try it.