The Slackware Linux Project: Slackware Release Announcement

Yes, it is that time again (finally)!  Following a long period of
planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud
to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution
of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.2!

    We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements.  We've done our best
to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the
stability and security that you have come to expect.  Slackware is well
known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to
you in the condition that the authors intended.

    Slackware 14.2 brings many updates and enhancements, among which
you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available
today: Xfce 4.12.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and
easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with
kdelibs-4.14.21) a stable release of the 4.14.x series of the award-
winning KDE desktop environment.  These desktops utilize eudev, udisks,
and udisks2, and many of the specifications from freedesktop.org which
allow the system administrator to grant use of various hardware devices
according to users' group membership so that they will be able to use
items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage,
portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all
without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command.  Just plug and play.
Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.

    Slackware uses the 4.4.14 kernel bringing you advanced performance
features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume
support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager),
and encrypted filesystems.  Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct
Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics
to Linux.

    There are two kinds of kernels in Slackware.  First there are the
huge kernels, which contain support for just about every driver in the
Linux kernel. These are primarily intended to be used for installation,
but there's no real reason that you couldn't continue to run them after
you have installed.  The other type of kernel is the generic kernel, in
which nearly every driver is built as a module.  To use a generic kernel
you'll need to build an initrd to load your filesystem module and
possibly your drive controller or other drivers needed at boot time,
configure LILO to load the initrd at boot, and reinstall LILO.  See the
docs in /boot after installing for more information.  Slackware's Linux
kernels come in both SMP and non-SMP types now.  The SMP kernel supports
multiple processors, multi-core CPUs, HyperThreading, and about every
other optimization available.  In our own testing this kernel has proven
to be fast, stable, and reliable.  We recommend using the SMP kernel
even on single processor machines if it will run on them.  Note that on
x86_64 (64-bit), all the kernels are SMP capable....