The Official Release of Slackware® Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux Operating System, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a full-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity, from desktop workstation to machine-room server. Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments.
Slackware Linux is a complete 32-bit multitasking "UNIX-like" system.i It's currently based around the 2.6 Linux kernel series and the GNU C Library version 2.3.4 (libc6). It contains an easy to use installation program, extensive online documentation, and a menu-driven package system. A full installation gives you the X Window System, C/C++ development environments, Perl, networking utilities, a mail server, a news server, a web server, an ftp server, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, Netscape Communicator, plus many more programs. Slackware Linux can run on 486 systems all the way up to the latest x86 machines (but uses -mcpu=i686 optimization for best performance on i686-class machines like the P3, P4, and Duron/Athlon).
A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries are also included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software. The Slackware philosophy demands ease of use, ease of administration, and open development; all are reflected in this carefully built and tested official 6-disc set.
The advanced Linux kernel on which Slackware is based performs superbly on high-end systems, with symmetric multi-processing support (up to 16 processors) and special optimizations for each Intel processor class.
Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX®-like Linux operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users and developers around the world. Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server. Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments. A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software.
Following are basic system requirements:
CPU requirements: One or more 32 or 64 bit x86 CPUs (with one or more cores), which can be AMD, Intel, or any other fully PC-compatible x86 CPUs.
RAM: 48MB is required to install, and 1GB or more is recommended for best performance (especially if using a graphical desktop on the X Window System).
Disk space: almost 5GB (4.5GB) is required for a complete install, and more is always better.
Supported hard drives: Drivers are built into the kernel for all IDE, SATA, hardware RAID, and SCSI controllers supported by the included Linux kernel.
Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 12.1:
Homepage - http://www.slackware.com
Size: 660 MB