"Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distribution, founded
by Patrick Volkerding in July of 1993. From the onset, the
operating system has maintained a minimalist approach to
"It is renowned for its speed and stability, due in part to the
fundamental principle of keeping packages as vanilla as possible.
Aside from essential patching, each package in Slackware is exactly
as the developers intended.
"After all this time it is still a one man show, although
Patrick has a team of loyal volunteers around him. Perhaps this has
something to do with its continued success."