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Slackware goes 64-bit

Aug 31, 2009, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Touted as focusing on ease of use and stability as top priorities, Slackware is also known as "the oldest surviving Linux distro," predating even the first desktop version of Red Hat Linux. Over the years, it has spawned a number of other distributions, including Minislack and GoblinX. The last major upgrade version 12, arrived in July, 2007.

"The new version jumps on the 64-bit bandwagon with native support for the 64-bit x86_64 architecture. It also adopts the 2.6.29.6 kernel, bringing journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (Logical Volume Manager), GRUB, Ext4, and encrypted filesystems support to the distro. The new kernel also supports X DRI (Direct Rendering Interface) for hardware-based 3D graphics acceleration, says the Slackware project."

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