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Slackware version 15.0 Beta is available with interesting features and changes. Here's what you need to know about publishing:

Slackware Linux, one of the oldest Linux distributions still in widespread use, has released a beta version of the upcoming version 15.0, according to Network World.

What is Slackware Linux?

Slackware Linux is a distribution that was founded in 1993 by Patrick Volkerding. That year he received his degree in computer science from Minnesota State University Moorhead. The distribution got its name from a concept of the parody religious church of SubGenius, to which Volkerding belongs.

Slackware is known for its attempts to create a true Unix-like Linux distribution. The system is configured using the command line and plain text configuration files. Slackware's approach to package management exemplifies the ethos of technical simplicity. The packages are just compressed tar files and the system leaves it to the users to manage all dependencies.

The distribution is popular for the glacier pace. The current stable version 14.2 was released in 2016, an eternity in the fast-moving Linux world. But that doesn't mean that the pace of development has slowed behind the scenes. The changelog for the "current" development version, which becomes 15.0, shows a variety of activity.

What's new in Slackware 15.0?

Even if the website and the installer of the distribution feel like they are in a leap in time from the 1990s, the new version contains some more modern components. The system uses kernel version 5.10, with 5.11 available as an experimental option. The system contains modern components such as the Xfce and KDE desktops.

As more and more distributions for desktop graphics switch from X to Wayland, Slackware also supports Wayland in beta, although X still seems to be in the foreground as the distribution prefers proven, stable software.

Should you loosen up?

You may be wondering if Slackware is right for you. If you're into tinkering and aren't afraid of the command line, it might be worth looking at at least a virtual machine.

If you think the components are too old and manually managing dependencies is too complicated, you can use Arch Linux, another distribution aimed at tech-savvy users with newer software and automatic dependency resolution.

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