Welcome to Slackware 12!
Slackware 12.0 is a complete distribution of the Linux operating system.
Here are some versions of major components of Slackware 12.0:
- Linux kernel 18.104.22.168
- C compiler gcc-4.1.2
- Binutils 22.214.171.124.17
- GNU C Library glibc-2.5
- X Window System X11R7.2.0 from X.Org.
- KDE 3.5.7
- Xfce 4.4.1
For installation instructions, see the file 'Slackware-HOWTO'.
For details of important changes from Slackware 11.0 to 12.0, see the file
'CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT'. Thanks to Robby Workman for help with this.
Also see this file for information about how to upgrade from Slackware 11.0
to 12.0, as it contains step by step instructions. You would still be well
advised to backup your machine first if it contains any important data.
These are some of the important files and directories found on the Slackware
There is also a newer (and faster) primary FTP site for Slackware here:
Thanks to cwo.com for continuing to help us with hosting for our web site
and ftp.slackware.com, and to the OSU Open Source Lab for hosting our
archives at slackware.osuosl.org.
If you're reading this on a CD-ROM, these directories will probably be
split across several discs.
|-- BOOTING.TXT Tips for troubleshooting boot problems.
|-- CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT A summary of all changes from Slackware 11.0
| to 12.0, and instructions for upgrading your
|-- CHECKSUMS.md5 MD5 format file checksums.
|-- COPYING The GNU Public License.
|-- COPYRIGHT.TXT Slackware copyright and trademark information.
|-- CRYPTO_NOTICE.TXT Legal information about encryption in Slackware.
|-- ChangeLog.txt Log of system changes from Slackware 11.0 to 12.0.
|-- FAQ.TXT Frequently asked questions and answers.
|-- FILELIST.TXT List of files on the Slackware FTP site.
|-- GPG-KEY The GnuPG key used to verify Slackware packages.
|-- PACKAGES.TXT A detailed list of the core Slackware packages.
|-- README_CRYPT.TXT Information about installing Slackware with
| encrypted LVM.
|-- README_LVM.TXT Information about how to install Slackware onto LVM
| (including the /, if you want)
|-- SPEAKUP_DOCS.TXT Documentation for the Speakup speech synth software.
|-- SPEAK_INSTALL.TXT How to install with Speakup speech synthesis.
|-- Slackware-HOWTO Instructions for installing Slackware from CD.
| If you're new to Slackware, start with this.
|-- UPGRADE.TXT This is just a symlink to CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT.
| See that file for upgrade instructions.
|-- extra/ Extra packages for Slackware like:
| | aspell-word-lists, bittorrent, emacspeak,
| | grub, ham (this is somewhat outdated as we can't
| | find a ham to maintain it fully -- sorry),
| | sources for the Intel ipw3945 wireless driver,
| | a kit to convert the default SMP kernel sources
| | to non-SMP ones (this might be needed to compile
| | kernel modules), ktorrent, the Java(TM) JDK,
| | the GNU parted partitioning tool, and a few other
| | extras.
| `-- source/ Source code for the extra packages.
|-- isolinux/ The ISOLINUX loader and initrd.img used to install
| | Slackware from a CD-ROM. You'll also find the
| | PCMCIA and network images (these can be loaded
| | from the installation CD-ROM), and a README.TXT
| | describing how to create a Slackware installation
| | ISO image and burn it to CD-R or DVD-(+)R.
| |-- README.TXT How to burn a Bootable Slackware disc.
| |-- initrd.img Installation initrd (can also be loaded with Loadlin)
| |-- network.dsk Image containing network modules for Linux 126.96.36.199.
| `-- pcmcia.dsk Image containing PCMCIA modules for Linux 188.8.131.52.
|-- kernels/ Precompiled Linux 184.108.40.206 kernel images.
| |-- gensmp.s A generic 220.127.116.11 Linux kernel. You'll need an
| | initrd to switch from hugesmp.s to this kernel, but
| | you'll save a bit of RAM, may get a slight
| | performance increase, and won't get ugly (but
| | harmless) -EEXIST warnings at boot as udev tries
| | to load modules for things that are built into the
| | kernel.
| |-- generic.s The generic version of huge.s. This should work
| | on 486 or better equipment. Like gensmp.s, this
| | kernel will require an initrd to boot. See the
| | README file in /boot after installing if you're
| | interested in switching to the generic kernel.
| |-- hugesmp.s The default standard install kernel for Slackware.
| | This supports pretty much everything in the
| | 18.104.22.168 kernel. This kernel requires at least
| | a Pentium-Pro processor.
| |-- huge.s A single-processor version of huge.s that will
| | function with older hardware such as a 486 with
| | 48 or more MB of RAM.
| `-- speakup.s A huge.s kernel patched to support speakup
| speech output through various hardware speech
|-- pasture/ These are packages that have been removed
| from Slackware, but are useful enough to
| keep around. Might not be secure.
| Packages currently found here include
| apsfilter-7.2.5 (not usually used with CUPS),
| LPRng-3.8.28, ifhp-3.5.18, db1-1.85, db2-2.4.14,
| db3-3.3.11, db31-3.1.17, db4-4.1.25,
| fvwm95-2.0.43ba, links-0.98, the old
| raidtools-1.00.3, and wu-ftpd-2.6.2.
|-- slackware/ This directory contains the core software packages
| | for Slackware 12.0.
| |-- a/ The A (base) package series.
| |-- ap/ The AP (applications) package series.
| |-- d/ The D (development) package series.
| |-- e/ The E (GNU Emacs) package series.
| |-- f/ The F (FAQ/Documentation) package series.
| |-- k/ The K (kernel source) package series.
| |-- kde/ The KDE package series.
| |-- kdei/ The KDE internationalization package series.
| |-- l/ The L (libraries) package series.
| |-- n/ The N (networking) package series.
| |-- t/ The T (TeX) package series.
| |-- tcl/ The TCL (Tcl/Tk and related) package series.
| |-- x/ The X (X Window System) package series.
| |-- xap/ The XAP (X applications) package series.
| `-- y/ The Y (BSD games) package series.
|-- source/ This directory contains source code for the core
| | software packages in Slackware.
| |-- a/ Source for the A (base) series.
| |-- ap/ Source for the AP (applications) series.
| |-- d/ Source for the D (development) series.
| |-- e/ Source for the E (GNU Emacs) series.
| |-- f/ slack-desc files for the F (FAQ) series.
| |-- k/ Source for the K (kernel source) series.
| |-- kde/ Source for the KDE series.
| |-- kdei/ Source for the KDEI series.
| |-- l/ Source for the L (libraries) series.
| |-- n/ Source for the N (networking) series.
| |-- rootdisks/ Source for utilities on the rootdisks.
| |-- t/ Source for the T (TeX) series.
| |-- tcl/ Source for the TCL (Tcl/Tk and related) series.
| |-- x/ Source for the X (X Window System) series.
| |-- xap/ Source for the XAP (X applications) series.
| `-- y/ Source for the Y (BSD games) series.
`-- usb-and-pxe-installers These are alternate installers useful
| for large-scale Linux deployment or if
| your machine can boot PXE and/or USB but
| not an optical disc.
`-- etherboot This is a system that starts a PXE install
| from a system that does not need to support
| PXE. All that is needed to start it is a
| network card and a floppy disk. For more
| information about PXE installs, see the
| README_PXE.TXT file in the above directory.
|-- RAWRITE13.EXE -> RAWRITE.EXE
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