Every now and again, someone will loudly proclaim that Slackware is dead. Wrong. While its not as popular as young whipper-snapper Ubuntu, its longtime competitor the Debians, or the solid SUSE family, Slackware is still alive and well with a healthy user community.
Slackware is also still improving and evolving. Its supporters hope, with some reason, that the forthcoming latest edition, Slackware 11, will gain this oldest of still-going Linux distributions new fans.
According to Patrick Volkerding, the distributions founder and lead developer, the third release candidate of Slackware Linux 11.0 is now out.
Volkerding wrote, "Most of the irresistible upgrades are in here now, and the bug reports have been mostly handled. There may still be a few changes, and possibly another release candidate, but this is pretty close to final with the exception of updating documentation and building ZipSlack [a stripped down version of the operating system thats compressed into a ZIP archive]. Thanks very much to everyone who is helping to test these release candidates—I think this is going to be a very up to date and stable release."
This release features a 2.4.33 Linux kernel, X.Org 6.9.0, a KDE 3.5.4 desktop, and the KOffice 1.5.2 application suite.