The first release of Slackware Linux was in April 1993 and it is probably the oldest Linux distibution still being maintained. Simplicity and stability have always been the primary considerations of Slackware; simplicity in Slackware's case is simplicity of system design rather than ease of use, so it is not necessarily the most user friendly Linux distribution. The current versions of Slackware run on i486 and higher processors.
Slackware's package management system simply extracts the binary files into the appropriate locations and does not bother to check for dependencies, but there are a number of tools to analyze packages and determine what libraries are required. These tools include swaret, slapt-get, slackupdate, emerde and slackpkg.
Slackware 10.2 features:
•Kernel 2.4.31 (Kernel 2.6.13 with udev support is also included as an alternate choice)
•GCC-3.3.6, Glibc 2.3.5, Perl 5.8.7, Python 2.4.1, Subversion 1.2.3, and graphical tools like Qt designer and KDevelop.
•Apache 1.3.33, PHP 4.4.0, OpenSSH 4.2p1, OpenSSL 0.9.7g
•PCMCIA, CardBus, and APM support for laptops. Slackware also now includes hotplug support, and loads the kernel modules required by sound cards and other hardware at boot time.
•Web browsers galore! Includes KDE's Konqueror 3.4.2, Mozilla 1.7.11, and Firefox 1.0.6 (as well as Thunderbird 1.0.6 email and news client with advanced junk mail filtering).
•Xfce 4.2.2, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment.
•The complete K Desktop Environment (KDE) version 3.4.2, including the KOffice productivity suite, networking tools, GUI development with KDevelop, multimedia tools, the Konqueror web browser and file manager, dozens of games and utilities, international language support, and more.
•A collection of GTK+ based applications, including abiword-2.2.9, gaim-1.5.0, gimp-2.2.8, gkrellm-2.2.7, gxine-0.4.8, and pan-0.14.2.91.
•A large repository of extra software is also included and is ready to use. This includes various window managers, support for 3Dfx gaming cards, OpenMotif-2.2.2, the K3b CD burning application for KDE, the Java(TM) 2 Software Development Kit Standard Edition, libsafe (advanced buffer overflow protection for additional security), ISDN support, additional 802.11 drivers, and much more.