[2024-feb-29] Sad news: Eric Layton aka Nocturnal Slacker aka vtel57 passed away on Feb 26th, shortly after hospitalization. He was one of our Wiki's most prominent admins. He will be missed.

Welcome to the Slackware Documentation Project

Welcome to the Slackware Documentation Project

We aim to become your primary source for Slackware Linux documentation on the web.

Getting Started with Slackware

  • Getting Involved: describes various ways Slackers (both new and experienced users) can contribute to the Slackware community.
  • Slackware Live Edition: if you want to try a Live Edition of Slackware before committing it to your hard drive.

The Slackware Linux Distribution

  • FAQ: a list of common and frequently asked questions.
  • README's: description of the documentation which is available in the Slackware DVD root directory.

Read a HOWTO

Write a HOWTO

  • Translation Guidelines: how to handle the translations of existing articles as well as how to create new articles in your native language.
  • Style Guide a few basic rules should be kept in mind when editing pages in this Wiki.
  • You can play around in the Playground or your own user page to familiarize yourself with the Dokuwiki markup. The available syntax is listed in wiki:syntax where you will also find pointers to the plugins which have been installed, providing additional functionality.

More About the SlackDocs Project

If you just want to talk about the content of any of our Wiki pages, or if you want to propose improvements to a page, you can use the “discussion” tab which shows up at the top of every page, and leave your thoughts/comments/ideas there. Alternatively, SlackDocs also has an archive of the mailing list which has been used for initial content discussion and brainstorming.

If you are willing and able to contribute to the wiki, please see this list for ideas. Perhaps you already have an idea for a new article!
We understand that you may be uncertain about your writing skills or unsure about how to start contributing. If that is the case, we encourage you to visit the #slackdocs IRC channel on Libera Chat.

  • The Wiki News page is where you look for news from the Wiki admins.
  • We keep some statistics of the activities in our Wiki.
  • If you want to know who are part of the team that is keeping the site structured and focused, visit our contact page.


Search This Wiki

  • If looking for specific information, try using the search box to the left.
  • Alternatively, use Google's “site” search feature by appending “site:docs.slackware.com” to search terms.
  • An even easier way of searching for information in SlackDocs: the Wiki is OpenSearch 1) enabled. This is supported by all modern browsers.
    Here is how to add SlackDocs search to Firefox (other browsers probably handle it in a similar way):
    • open the wiki start page in the browser
    • click the little arrow on the left of your search field
    • choose “Add SlackDocs”

Edit This Wiki

You must create an account have an account to edit pages in this Wiki. In order to fight spam mainly from Russian criminal hackers, your new account will not be able to edit this Wiki immediately. One of the Wiki admins will have to enable it first, which usually does not take long, the registration form has been disabled. Please send me (Eric Hameleers) an email to my @slackware.com address with your request for a Wiki account. I need a valid email address from you, as well as your preference for a user-id. Also you must state what your intentions are for this account.

Internationalization / Localization

Are you more comfortable reading articles in your native language? Click here for a list of available language categories and other internationalization information. Or select your language directly from the drop-down in the left sidebar!

OpenSearch is a standard to make it easy to integrate a website's search into your browser.
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