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Slackware Linux 8.0 released

by platon on July 1st, 2001 Patrick Volkerding and crew release the latest and greatest version of Slackware Linux: "The first major release for 2001, Slackware Linux 8.0 continues the Slackware tradition of simplicity, stability, and security. It is the essential Linux distribution from the team that knows Linux inside and out. Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find the two most advanced desktop environments available today: KDE 2.1.1 (with Qt 2.3.1 providing support for anti-aliased fonts) and GNOME 1.4 (with one of the largest collections of pre-compiled GNOME applications available)."

"We include the stable Linux 2.2.19 kernel as well as the latest 2.4.5 Linux kernel, bringing you advanced performance features such as the ReiserFS journaling filesystem and kernel support for XFree86's DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) that brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux."

From the beginning, Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux
distribution for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for
beginners. Slackware includes everything you'll need to run a powerful
server or workstation. Each Slackware package follows the setup and
installation instructions from its author(s), offering you the most stable
and easily expandable setup.

Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 8.0:

- Runs the 2.2.19 version of the Linux kernel from
- Special kernels were prepared to support hardware such as
ATA/66 and ATA/100 IDE controllers, SCSI cards, and even speech
synthesizers providing access to Linux for the visually impaired
community. The proven stability of the 2.2.x kernel series along
with Slackware's track record of careful attention to system
security make it the perfect choice for running your production

- Also included is the 2.4.5 Linux kernel. The latest in the modern
kernel branch, the 2.4.5 provides advanced features and hardware
support not available in 2.2.19 such as hardware accelerated 3D
graphics under XFree86 4.1.0, journaling filesystem support
(providing fast and reliable recovery in the event of a power
failure), and iptables packet filtering support.

- Generic IDE (bare.i) and SCSI (scsi.s) boot images work with nearly
all Intel-based (and compatible) computer systems. Additional
precompiled kernels (69 varieties in all) and boot images provide
specialized support for hardware such as Adaptec SCSI controllers,
parallel-port IDE devices, IBM PS/2 machines with the Microchannel bus,
Symmetrical Multiprocessing machines, ATA/100 controllers and disk
support, and much much more.

- System binaries linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.2.3 (glibc-2.2.3)

- XFree86 4.1.0
This version of XFree86 represents a major re-design, and brings with it
many greatly anticipated new features, most notably support for hardware
accelerated graphics using the Direct Rendering Interface supported by
the 2.4.5 Linux kernel. The 3D performance rockets past anything you've
ever seen before. Gamers, get ready. :)

- GhostScript and APS-filter are included to support many common PC printers.
Among these are:
HP670, HP690, HP850, HP855, HP870, HP890, HP1100 and HP1600

- Installs gcc-2.95.3 as the default C, C++, Objective-C and Fortran-77
compiler. egcs-1.1.2 is also included (this can be useful for compiling
older kernels). Also included is the recently released gcc-3.0.

- Support for fully encrypted network connections with OpenSSL and OpenSSH.

- Apache 1.3.20 web server with Dynamic Shared Object (DSO) support, SSL, and PHP (pre-configured to run right out of the box)

- PCMCIA, CardBus, and APM support for laptops. (pcmcia-cs-3.1.26)

- New development tools, including Perl 5.6.1, Python 2.0.1, and graphical tools like Qt designer, KDevelop, and Glade.

- Updated versions of the Slackware package management tools make it easy to add, remove, upgrade, and make your own Slackware packages.

- Web browsers galore! Includes Netscape Communicator version 4.77,
Konqueror 2.1.1, Mozilla 0.9.1, and galeon 0.11.0.

- The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 2.1.1, including the KOffice productivity suite, networking tools, GUI development with
KDevelop, multimedia tools, the Konqueror web browser and file manager, dozens of games and utilities, international language support, and more.

- The GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME) 1.4. Includes a full range
of GNOME packages such as: abi-0.7.14-2, control-center-,
gdm-, glade-0.6.2, glib-1.2.10, gnome-audio-1.4.0,
gnome-games-, gnome-applets-, gnome-core-,
gnome-media-1.2.3, gnome-pim-1.4.0, gnome-libs-1.2.13, gnome-print-0.29,
gnome-utils-, gnome-python-1.4.1, gtk+-1.2.10, sawfish-0.38,
gnome-user-docs-1.4.1, gimp-1.2.1, gnumeric-0.65, gedit-0.9.6, gftp-2.0.8,
pan-0.9.7, xchat-1.6.4, xmms-1.2.5, xscreensaver-3.32, galeon-0.11.0,
gtm-0.4.9, mozilla-0.9.1, nautilus-1.0.3, gnomeicu-0.96.1, and many more.
This is the most up-to-date GNOME collection available from any source.

- Large repository of contributed software compiled and ready to run. This
includes various window managers, support for 3Dfx gaming cards, XFree86
3.3.6 servers to support older hardware, OpenMotif-2.1.30, XEmacs,
gcc-3.0, ISDN support, and much more (see the /contrib directory).

- Many more improved and upgraded packages, including:
devfsd-v1.3.11, e2fsprogs-1.22, kbd-1.06, lilo-21.7.5, modutils-2.4.6,
reiserfsprogs-3.x.0j, tcsh-6.10, util-linux-2.11f, apsfilter-6.1.1,
cdparanoia-III-alpha9.8, cdrdao-1.1.5, cdrtools-1.10, ispell-3.2.03,
joe-2.9.5, the K shell (ksh), mysql-3.23.39, Ogg Vorbis utilities,
raidtools-19990824-0.90, rpm-4.0.2, screen-3.9.9, sudo-1.6.3p7,
vim-5.8, zsh-4.0.1, autoconf-2.50, automake-1.4-p4, bin86-0.15.5,
binutils-, cvs-1.11.1p1, gcc-2.95.3, gcl-2.4.0,
gettext-0.10.38, glibc-2.2.3, libpng-1.0.11, libtool-1.4, perl-5.6.1,
Python-2.0.1, slang-1.4.3, svgalib-1.4.3, autofs-3.1.7, bind-9.1.2,
epic4-1.0.1, fetchmail-5.8.6, inn-2.3.2, iptables-1.2.2, php-4.0.5,
mod_ssl-2.8.4-1.3.20, mutt-1.2.5i, ntp-4.0.99k23, openssl-0.9.6a,
openssh-2.9p1, pine4.33, ppp-2.4.1, proftpd-1.2.2rc3, rsync-2.4.6,
samba-2.2.0a, sendmail.8.11.4, procmail-3.15.1, tcpdump-3.6.1,
pidentd-3.0.12, tin-1.5.8, wget-1.7, yp-tools-2.5, ypserv-1.3.12,
expect-5.32.1, tcl8.3.3, tclx8.3, tk8.3.3, lesstif-0.92.32,
fvwm-2.2.5, xlockmore-5.00, and many more.

- Installs to a native Linux partition for maximum performance, or into a
LINUX directory on an existing Windows FAT/FAT32 partition using
the Linux UMSDOS filesystem. With UMSDOS, you can install a complete
Linux system without repartitioning your hard drive!

- Another Slackware exclusive: Slackware's ZipSlack installation option is
the fastest, _easiest_ Linux installation ever. ZipSlack provides a
basic text-based Linux system as a 36 megabyte ZIP archive. Simply
unzip on any FAT or FAT32 partition, edit your boot partition in the
LINUX.BAT batch file, and you can be running Linux in less than five
minutes. The ZipSlack installation includes everything you need to
network with Linux (including Ethernet, token ring, SLIP and PPP),
develop Linux applications with C and C++, and extend the system
with additional software packages such as X. A ZipSlack system will
even fit on a Zip(TM) disk, so you can carry a personal Linux system
with you to run on any PC with a Zip(TM) drive.


The full version of Slackware Linux 8.0 is available for free download from the central Slackware site hosted by SourceForge:

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