slackware-14.2 world's oldestShort Bytes: World’s oldest Linux distribution Slackware 14.2 is finally available for download. This release brings along multiple changes on the fronts of stability and security. The update also brings the latest development tools, window managers, updated programs and desktop environments.

Slackware, world’s oldest surviving Linux distribution, is here with major enhancements and updates. The latest stable release, Slackware 14.1, was released about two and a half years ago. The latest Slackware version 14.2 comes about two months after the last Release Candidate of the 14.2 version.

This new release is based on the Linux 4.4.14 LTS Kernel and offers up-to-date components with cutting edge Linux technologies. The OS also comes with the support for Linux kernel 4.6 testing.

Talking about the updated components, the vintage operating system comes with GGC 5.3.0 as the default compiler, GNU Library 2.23, Apache 2.4.20, PHP 5.6.23, Perl 5.22.2, Python 2.7.11, Ruby 2.2.5, Git 2.9.0, Subversion 1.9.4, LLVM/Clang support, and more.slackware-14.2

The updated software stack includes Chrome, BitTorrent, Java, Firefox ESR 45.2.0, SysVinit 2.88, and GIMP 2.8.6.

Slackware 14.2 comes with the two of the most advanced desktop environments KDE 4.14.21 and Xfce 4.12.1. These environments make use of the freedesktop.org specifications like udisks, eudev, and udisks2 which allow the sysadmins to gain a better control over the hardware components of a system.

The release notes of the operating system also indicate that Slackware 14.2 is systemd-free.

Slackware 14.2 comes with the latest NetworkManager to bring network connection features like VPN, iPv6, wired and wireless internet, mobile broadband, and more. Full support for Slackware’s traditional networking scripts has been retained in the version 14.2.

On the 64-bit version of Slackware 14.2, UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) support is also available.

If you want to download Slackware 14.2 and try out this operating system, use these mirrors.
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