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Slackware Linux Essentials


Intended Audience

Slackware is a powerful, Intel-based distribution that can be configured to be a stable workstation, an efficient server, and anything you really want it to be. It is stable, secure, and functional.

This is to get you started with Slackware. It will not cover every little thing about the system, but it will introduce you to what is included and how to get yourself off the ground. You may even find later that it can be a good reference. But in all cases, it is a handy guide for most every part of the system.

Why A New Slackware Book?

Slackware Linux may be one of the oldest surviving Linux distributions but it's still regularly updated and includes the latest releases of many of the most popular free software programs. While Slackware does aim to maintain its traditional UNIX roots and values, there is no escaping “progress”. Subsystems change, window managers come and go and new ways are devised to manage the complexities of a modern operating system. While we do resist change for change's sake, it's inevitable that as things evolve documentation becomes stale — books are no exception.

Conventions Used in this Book




Book Chapters

  1. Introduction to Slackware
  2. Filesystem Permissions
  3. Working with Filesystems
  4. Basic Networking Utilities
  5. Package Management
  6. Keeping Track of Updates
  7. The Linux Kernel


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