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Episode 2:19: Cut Us Some Slack

0:00 Cold Open
1:44 Framing It Up
8:52 Slackware Preamble
12:59 History of Slackware's History
17:21 Slackware's History
1:13:25 Thoughts on Slackware
1:39:37 App Focus: lsd
1:45:46 Next Time
1:49:58 Stinger

Coming up in this episode

  1. Leo picked up a frame
  2. Slackware. All the Slackware
  3. How we blew up our Slackware
  4. And we spruce up the terminal
  • The Framwork Laptop
Slackware Linux
  • Leadership: Patrick J. Volkerding
  • Site:
  • Base System: Slackware
  • Desktop Environment: XFCE, Plasma, etc., etc.
  • File Manager: DE defaults
  • Package Manager: slackpkg, pkgtool
  • Kernel: 5.15.19
  • Display Manager: *lightdm, sddm, +, + *
  • Display Protocol: X11 and Wayland
  • Init System: rc init (BSD style) with SysVinit compatibility
Fast Links
  • SlackDocs
  • SlackBuilds
  • LinuxQuestions - Slackware Forum Section
  • The Packages
  • Live Slackware thanks to Alien BOB
  • Slackware for ARM
  • About Page
  • WikiPedia Page
  • Release History
  • Various ChangeLog, README, CHANGES_AND_HINTS and ANNOUNCE files on the mirrors
  • July 16th, 1993, Slackware was available via Anonymous FTP.
  • Softlanding Linux System
  • Slackware 2.0 Released
  • Slackware 3.0
  • Here is a picture of a CD sleeve (in Italian) signed by Patrick for Slackware 96 aka Slackware 3.1
  • The weird version jump to 7.0
  • Slashdot interview with Patrick
  • interview with The Age in Australia
  • Slackware 9.0
  • Slackware 10.0
  • Eric Hameleers' (Alien BOB) Slackbuilds begins
  • Slackware 11.0
  • Slackware 12.0
  • Slackware 13.0
  • Eric Hameleers interview with Linux Magazine
  • Alien BOB's presentation at T-Dose
  • The video to go with it
  • Slackware 14.0
  • Slackware 14.1
  • Slackware 14.2
  • Slackware for ARM
  • Slackware 15.0 is released
  • Good nuggets in the changelog
Some other links
  • Eric Hameleers - Alien BOB's page
  • Patrick Volkerding's page
  • Slackware Documentary made in 2019
  • Slackware Patreon page
  • Configuring SBo for current
  • A helpful blog post for SBo
  • Slackware ARM Podcast
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  • Linux User Space Discord Server
  • Our Matrix room
  • Support us at Patreon
  • Join us on Telegram
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  • Our latest social platform reddit
  • Check out our website
App Focus

This episode's app:

  • lsd
  • Note Nerd Fonts are helpful
Next Time

With us trying out Slackware Linux for this past month, that means our next show will be topic based. We have a few topics planned for you and all of them will affect you in the Linux User Space.

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