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OSNews: Getting Ready for Slackware Linux 9.0

Mar 19, 2003, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])

"Let's start with the standard stuff (note that this is based on Slackware 9.0RC3, only Patrick Volkerding knows what will be in the final 9.0 version). The newest XFree86, version 4.3.0, is included. Besides better hardware support, XFree86 now has alpha blended and animated cursors. On the GUI side Slackware 9.0 also has KDE 3.1 and Gnome 2.2.

"Developers might already have noticed that Slackware has finally switched to gcc 3.2 (Slackware 9.0 has gcc 3.2.2). Gcc 3.2 has been introduced in Slackware-Current in august 2002 and has been tested thoroughly afterwards. Gcc 3.2 generates much more efficient code compared to older gcc versions, this is especially the case for C++ applications. The gcc 3.2.2-compiled KDE 3.1 in Slackware 9.0 is really fast on my Athlon XP. Slackware 9 with KDE 3.1 seems to be somewhat faster then Slackware 8.1 with KDE 3.0. This may be caused by the transition to gcc 3.2 as well as improvements in the KDE code base. There is one catch, though: browser plug-ins compiled with older gcc versions often do not work with gcc 3.2-compiled browsers..."

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