During this month, one of the oldest Gnu / Linux distributions has turned years, 24 years to be exact. Slackware, a distribution little known by the "young" users of the Gnu / Linux world, but known to the most veteran has had years being the oldest and most active distribution that exists.
Many of you will think that Debian is greater than Slackware, but the truth is that Debian reached the public during the month of September 1993 while Slackware arrived during the month of July 1993. A few months of difference that for many may be insignificant.
Slackware is a distribution that tried to offer the aspect of Unix environments but with the friendly environment of Gnu / Linux. Thus, it not only introduced the Gnu / Linux desktop environment but also introduced programs and applications that were necessary for users.
The first packages that were in this distribution did not focus on having the latest video codecs but on offering the possibility of having a home server, including FTP tools, Web, mail server, etc ... From that version until now more than 14 versions have taken place, the last one was launched a year ago, the well-known Slackware 14.2. And, like other distributions, Slackware has been adapting to changes and new platforms such as the 64-bit platform or ARM, which is already fully supported in the latest version of Slackware.
Slackware already has a version for ARM platforms
The Patrick Volkerding distribution has been updated according to the world of Gnu / Linux distributions, we can say that currently, although the latest version is more than a year old, the distribution receives updates continuously and adds the most current versions of its programs, many affirming that the distribution it has more packages and more stability than with version 14.2.
Slackware does not use deb packages or rpm packages, the installation of new packages or programs is done through compressed tar files, a system that has managed to prevail for years having other distributions adopt it. This allows us to install any program, whether or not we have its software managers, although we must recognize that Slackware also uses the repository system.
Slackware is available through its official website , however it must be remembered that it is not a distribution aimed at novice users, it requires certain knowledge to be able to install and use it on a computer. In any case, this is not an obstacle for the distribution to stay alive and be used by many. And I hope that at least the distribution stays alive when I turn 50. Congratulations Slackware !!