Slackware – Stable and Current

Just as Debian has it’s Stable branch and it’s Testing branch, Slackware has them too. Except in Slackware, the last official release is Stable,” and what you might call the “Testing” branch is called “Current.”

Wanna try the latest cool stuff on Slackware but you’re not very geeky? Try Slackel! It’s the sibling distro of Salix, only it’s based on Slackware “testing/unstable” instead of the stable branch like Salix is.

More good news! If you liked Crunchbang Linux and/or Bunsen Labs Linux, there’s a new Openbox Live version of Slackel now. Verrrrry geeky, yet a lot easier for us non-technically-inclined folk than straight Slackware Current. Here’s a screenshot:

Find Slackel Openbox here! It’s also available in both 32-bit and 64-bit isos.

6 thoughts on “Slackware – Stable and Current

  1. Very nice. I’m always a huge fan of “current” respectively “unstable” Linux releases. But how is Slackel/slackware better than other Linux branches? Faster and more up-to-date than even Arch? Ease of use? More easy to grasp than Mint? Bigger community than *buntu?
    With Openbox I don’t really think so.

    So why should I recomend Slackel for new users or anyone who just wants to get their work done?


    1. Slackware is by no means beginner friendly, so there’s Salix and Slacker to make them easier for us mere mortals. But neither one is beginner friendly, nor are they aiming to be. They simply offer graphical ways to set up, configure, and use Slackware. Kinda sorta like Ubuntu did for Debian and Manjaro does for Arch.

      I’m the opposite way from you, I want super-duper-rock-solid stable, not new and shiny and high-risk. That’s why Salix is my distro. Another reason – and this sets Slackware apart from most every other Linux out there – is that it’s systemd-free. That probably doesn’t matter for most people, and newbies in particular. But for me it matters, since systemd is more than just an init (as in “initialize”) mechanism. It tries to control the whole damn OS, it’s bigger than even the kernel itself, and “supervises” every friggin’ process. It’s a bloated, spreading malignancy try’na take over the galaxy and make us all passive and dependent on our future Robotic Overlords. But who cares about that anyway… we use Google and Farcebook and Alexa anyway, so why not systemd, right?

      Well, not me, not willingly or knowingly. Even dead fish can swim downstream, and most people are lazy and just let the current carry them along. Not this boy. Systemd matters to me.

      Slackware also has no Gnome, although geeky Slackers can compile it themselves for their own use. But I’m fine without Gnome. I think they ignore their end-users’ wishes and just go with their own smartphone-like vision, which is okay, but not for me. You can use any desktop in Slackware, but few Slackers miss Gnome since it went rogue, and especially since it won’t run without that bloody, cursed systemd.

      Not for beginners, not for those who just wanna point-and-click their way along without reading, research, or thought. So definitely not for you.


      1. There is Allegiance OS, which is based on Slackware and offers, besides other desktops, older versions of Gnome (Gnome2 and Gnome3 Classic).


  2. Funky, flankel, I just downloaded the image myself to try it. My last attemps with slackw… was a disappointment, mostly due to the pkg manager not being anywhere as good as pacman, or xbps.
    Since it is openbox and there is no systemd in it, I am willing to give it an openminded try again. If I like it I’ll post a review up on

    See ya Robin

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    1. Salix (and probably Slackel as well) have a cool graphical app that looks a lot like Debian’s Synaptic Package Manager, and it does all the same stuff, with good dependency resolution. Salix also has Sourcery, another very cool graphical app that can make Slackbuilds and install them!


  3. I do not like graphical apps at all, except simple mouseless ones. Unfortunately, the ratpoison flavour of Salix is discontinued, and there are no isos for minimal install.

    I’m not exactly a fan of the heavy bash as /bin/sh, which is mandatory in the Slackware family. Debian-based dists like AntiX work nicely with dash as /bin/sh, which is somewhat faster when starting many scripts such as at boot time.

    Still two thumbs up for avoiding systemd init.


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