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ConnochaetOS Makes Slackware Truly Free and a Bit Easier

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Of course, Linux is open source. Most people mistakenly equate open source with "free," as in pay nothing. Experienced Linux users know, however, that the open source concept separates the price of the software from the cost of obtaining enterprise-level modifications and support.

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ConnochaetOS 14.1 is released

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I'm happy to announce the release of ConnochaetOS 14.1. The installation ISO image comes with
Kernel GNU Linux Libre 3.10.77
IceWM 1.3.7
Iceweasel 31.6.0esr libre
Compared with RC2 Icecat was replaced by Iceweasel libre because Iceweasel needs lesser resources.
ConnochaetOS is a fully free/libre GNU/Linux distro for x86 computers with limited resources, based on Slackware and Salix OS. "Fully free" means, that ConnochaetOS does only contain free software and no proprietary, non-free software, blobs or firmware. Non-free parts of the upstream distros were removed and - where possible - replaced by free counterparts. ConnochaetOS retains full backwards compatibility with Slackware and Salix OS.
You can download the ConnochaetOS 14.1 ISO image from Sourceforge

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7 Reasons Zenwalk Should Now Be On Your Radar

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Seven years ago this operating system was among the top ten listed on DistroWatch; these days Zenwalk is relatively obscure at 113th place. So not many people noticed when, earlier this year, a new version came out – a prelude to the upcoming 8.0 release. The result is a lightweight Linux setup, compatible with SlackWare packages, that’s fast to set up and comes with a complete suite of software for everyday use.

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KDE 5 (Plasma 5.2.0) available for Slackware -current

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And yes – let me get this clear right from the start: this Plasma 5.2.0 desktop environment will replace the KDE 4 packages you have installed.

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Older: Waiting for KDE 5 (Plasma 5)?

Porteus Desktop Edition Is a Modular Bleeding Edge System Based on Slackware

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Porteus is a portable Linux distro that can run from a USB device, CD ROM, SD card, or hard drive, and is using Slackware as its base. The developers have released a new upgrade for it and they have updated a number of core packages.

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Porteus Is Slackware-Based Bleeding Edge Modular Distro That Loads Completely in RAM

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Porteus, a portable Linux distro that can run from a USB device, CD ROM, SD card, or hard drive, and that is based on Slackware, has just received a new testing version and is now available for download.

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Salix Live 14.1 Is a Light Slackware-Based OS with a Windows Vibe

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The Live version of Salix has been in the works for quite some time and the developers have made a lot of changes and improvements since the previous release in the series. In fact, the Live editions for the Salix flavors have been largely ignored in the past couple of years, but that is changing with this release.

Salix is one of the few Linux distributions still maintained that is using Slackware as the base. Many of the older, similar distros have gone away completely and others have changed their base. The Linux ecosystem is all about diversity, so it's a good thing that some developers are still trying to keep the Slackware dream alive.

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Porteus 3.1 RC1 Is a Bleeding Edge Slackaware-Based Distro with Linux Kernel 3.17

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Porteus is a special operating system that is designed to be very fast and feature all kind of bleeding edge features. It's also optimized to run from all sorts of mediums, not just hard disks. It's built on Slackware and it's extremely small, a characteristic that is determined by the fact that it's always loaded completely in the memory.

Another interesting aspect of the distro is the fact that it uses modules instead of a package manager. These modules can precompiled for the operating system and users can just activate and deactivate them. Also, installing modules in Porteus works very intuitively and it can be done by double clicking on the modules.

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The Linux Setup - Eric Hameleers, Slackware Linux

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When you’re interviewing a Slackware developer, you have certain expectations about what they’ll say in terms of controlling your own system and Eric delivers. In fact, he makes the case that Slackware, known as a more challenging system to setup and maintain, is valuable because it requires so much thought. Which is true—I’ve always seen Slackware as one part distro and one part teaching tool. The rest of Eric’s interview is great as he’s a very smart guy who’s spent a lot of time thinking about what makes a distro work, not just in terms of specific software, but also in terms of what’s ultimately best for the user in the long-term.

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Salix Live Xfce 14.1 Beta 1 Is a Simple and Easy to Use Stackware-Based OS

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The Live version of Salix, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on the Xfce desktop environment, has finally reached version 14.1 Beta 1.

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