Friday, September 4, 2009

Slackware 13 is now Released!

After one of the most intensive periods of development in Slackware's history,
the long awaited stable release of Slackware 13.0 is ready. This release
brings with it many major changes since Slackware 12.2, including a completely
reworked collection of X packages (a configuration file for X is no longer
needed in most cases), major upgrades to the desktop environments (KDE version
4.2.4 and Xfce version 4.6.1), a new .txz package format with much better
compression, and other upgrades all around -- to the development system,
network services, libraries, and major applications like Firefox and
Thunderbird. We think you'll agree that this version of Slackware was worth
the wait. Also, this is the first release of Slackware with native support
for the 64-bit x86_64 architecture! Major kudos to Eric Hameleers for all of
his work, especially on the 64-bit port.

More details may by found in the official announcement and in the release notes.

Please consider supporting the Slackware project by picking up a copy of the Slackware 13.0 release from the Slackware Store. The discs are off to replication, but we're accepting pre-orders for the official 6 CD set and the DVD. The CD set is the 32-bit x86 release, while the DVD is a special edition dual-sided disc with the 32-bit x86 release on one side and the 64-bit x86_64 release on the other. And, we still have T-shirts and other Slackware stuff there, so have a look around. Thanks to our subscribers and supporters for keeping Slackware going all these years.

Thanks are again due to the Slackware crew, the developers of, the community on, Slackware IRC channels, and everyone else who helped out with this release.

Have fun, and enjoy the new stable release!

Pat and the Slackware crew

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