Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. From the Manufacturer. Slackware Linux is an advanced OS, designed with twin goals, ease of use, and stability as top priorities. Features: Runs the 2.4.26 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org. Special kernels were prepared to support hardware such as SCSI controllers, USB keyboards and mice, parallel-port IDE devices, IBM PS/2 machines with the Microchannel bus, and even speech.

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Overview

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Slackware -Current is the development branch of Slackware that eventually gets released as a stable version when considered ready (and then split again, as the development branch for the next version). It is similar in function to the testing branch of other distributions and the same caveats apply to -Current.

Tracking the Current Branch

To track the Current branch, it is recommended that you

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  1. cleanly install or upgrade your installation to the latest stable version first, following the instructions and information in the appropriate UPGRADE.TXT and CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT files found on the CD/DVD or the Slackware Linux online mirror.
  2. edit the /etc/slackpkg/mirrors file and comment out the mirror pointing to your stable version and uncomment one of the mirrors pointing to the current branch. For example, if you're using the Switzerland mirror and currently on the 13.37 stable release for Slackware 64-bit, then comment out the line

    and uncomment the line

    or any other mirror point to the -current branch.

  3. read the ChangeLog file present in /var/lib/slackpkg/ChangeLog.txt for what applications and libraries are upgraded and which new packages are included.
  4. upgrade to the current branch in the normal fashion. See full system upgrade for more information.
  5. keep the current branch up-to-date by following steps 3 to 5 above (you could also automate the update-checking with a cron job.)

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Do not track the Current branch on production systems as it is a test-bed for upcoming releases. It is recommended that you use the latest stable release with the security updates instead.

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