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Linux.com: A Look at Slackware's Package Utilities

Feb 22, 2007, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

"Slackware Linux is the oldest surviving Linux distribution. Late last year the project marked 13 years of non-stop development with the release of Slackware 11.0. The distribution is best known for its no-frills, minimum customizations approach to applications like KDE. It's also notorious for its reluctance to switch to new version of several popular applications like Apache or GCC. No surprise then, that its package management system has seen little change over the years and is still available in just one flavor--vanilla.

"A Slackware package is a simple gzipped tarball of the form name-version-architecture-revision.tgz, for example, php-5.1.6-i486-2.tgz..."

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