Welcome to Slackware 14.2! (64-bit x86_64 edition)

Slackware 14.2 is a complete distribution of the Linux operating system.

Here are some versions of major components of Slackware 14.2:

- Linux kernel 4.4.14
- C compiler gcc-5.3.0
- Binutils 2.26
- GNU C Library glibc-2.23
- X Window System X11R7.7
- KDE 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with kdelibs-4.14.21)
- Xfce 4.12.1

For installation instructions, see the file 'Slackware-HOWTO'.

For important hints about this release, see the file 'CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT'.

These are some of the important files and directories found on the Slackware
FTP site:

Thanks to for continuing to help us with hosting for our web site,
and to the OSU Open Source Lab for hosting our archives at

If you're reading this on a CD-ROM, these directories will probably be
split across several discs.

|-- ANNOUNCE.14.2 Announcement for Slackware 14.2.
|-- CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT A summary of major changes from Slackware 14.1
| to 14.2 and common pitfalls.
|-- CHECKSUMS.md5 MD5 format file checksums.
|-- COPYING The GNU Public License, version 2.
|-- COPYING3 The GNU Public License, version 3.
|-- COPYRIGHT.TXT Slackware copyright and trademark information.
|-- CRYPTO_NOTICE.TXT Legal information about encryption in Slackware.
|-- ChangeLog.txt Log of system changes.
|-- EFI/ Boot files for UEFI systems.
|-- 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.initrd Information about building an initrd for use with
| a generic Linux kernel.
|-- 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).
|-- README_RAID.TXT Information about installing Slackware using the
| kernel's Software RAID (md) levels.
|-- README_UEFI.TXT Instructions for installing on UEFI machines.
|-- 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 How to upgrade from Slackware 14.1 to Slackware 14.2.
|-- extra/ Extra packages for Slackware like:
| | aspell-word-lists, bash-completion, bittornado,
| | bittorrent, brltty, emacspeak, mplayerplug-in,
| | recordmydesktop, tigervnc, wicd, and xf86-video-fbdev.
| | Scripts are also included to repackage some
| | non-redistributable binaries into Slackware packages:
| | google-chrome, java, and flashplayer-plugin.
| |
| `-- source/ Source code for the extra packages.
|-- isolinux/ The ISOLINUX loader and initrd.img used to install
| | Slackware from installation media or the network.
| | Also found here is a README.TXT file 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)
|-- kernels/ Precompiled Linux 4.4.14 kernel images.
| |
| `-- huge.s The default standard install kernel for Slackware.
| This supports pretty much everything in the
| 4.4.14 kernel, including Speakup. This kernel
| requires an x86_64 (also known as AMD64, EM64T, or
| Intel 64) capable 64-bit CPU.
|-- slackware64/ This directory contains the core software packages
| | for Slackware 14.2.
| |
| |-- 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.
| |-- xfce/ The XFCE (Xfce desktop) 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.
| |-- installer/ Source for utilities used in the installer.
| |-- 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.
| |-- 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.
| |-- xfce/ Source for the XFCE (Xfce desktop) series.
| `-- y/ Source for the Y (BSD games) series.
|-- testing/ This directory contains packages being tested
| | for possible use in future versions of Slackware.
| | For this release, it contains efibootmgr-0.6.0,
| | tmux-2.2, and sample kernel configuration files
| | for Linux 4.6.
| |
| `--- source/ This directory contains source code for the
| packages in testing.
`-- 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. For PXE, the initrd.img
| file in isolinux/ is also required.
|-- pxelinux.cfg_default
`-- usbboot.img The Slackware installer for bootable USB flash.
`-- Script to make a partitioned USB flash installer
from usbboot.img.

If you like Slackware, please consider supporting the project by becoming
a Slackware subscriber. The announcement (ANNOUNCE_14.2) in this directory
has information about ordering or subscribing to the Slackware CD-ROM or
DVD releases. Note that the x86_64 release is only available as part of the
DVD. You can find out about ordering Slackware on media, or read more about
it (and check out other Slackware-related items for sale) by visiting the
Slackware store. We also gratefully accept financial contributions under
the "All" section of the store site menu.

Thanks for your consideration and help!


Patrick Volkerding