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Slackware 15.0 Release Emerges After 6 Years in Development

The maintainers of Slackware Linux have recently published Slackware 15.0 Release of the oldest Linux distribution that is still being actively maintained.

Slackware Linux founded by Patrick Volderding, was first seen in 1993. The last version to be released was 14.2 back in 2016.

Development had been slow. Volderding stated that his focus for this release was to modernize Slackware without alienating fans at a time when Linux development is moving away from its Unix-like structure. That way it could be kept familiar and modern.

The Linux kernel version for this release is version 5.15.19, which has long-term support until at least October 2023.

Slackware 15.0 release includes KDE Plasma 5, version 5.23.5, and Xfce 4.16 with KDE having the ability to run under Wayland or X11. Zenwalk has also released a new version of its desktop environment built on top of Slackware 15 and based on Xfce 4.16.

Another highlight of this release is that it comes with programming languages Rust and Python 3. Qt4 has been dropped in favor of Qt5.

On the email side of things, the default mail handler is Postfix while Dovecot IMAP and POP3 server are the defaults handlers for those respective protocols.

The x86_64 edition has support for systems running UEFI firmware if needed.

As always you can find out more details about this release from the official Slackware website here.

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