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I see Distrowatch has an announcement about Slackware 12.0 RC1! Maybe someone already mentioned it, but I didn't see a thread yet.
12.0 will have a 2.6 kernel as the default. It is 18.104.22.168 in RC1. That and Xorg 7.2, Apache 2.2, PHP 5, all sound quite nice.
I'm not one to try release candidates, though. I am not sure I can extricate myself from a mess if I happen to create one. But I'm really looking forward to reading all the reactions and comments from people who try it.
Maybe time to sign up for that Slackware subscription...
Amazing, this is rather soon, compared to the last major release, roughly 4 months sooner, so just 4 months shy of a year.
Sun Oct 1 23:50:53 CDT 2006
Slackware 11.0 is released. Thanks to everyone who helped out and made this
release possible. If I forgot you in the ChangeLog, mea culpa, but you know
who you are, and thanks. :-)
The only reason for a jump to 12, rather than 11.1 is most likely due to three things: 2.6 default kernel now, hal, and dbus. Or is there something else too?
I'd say, personally, that updating gcc and to a lesser extent glibc to newer versions is pretty significant, too. :P
It's too bad we couldn't get this with Xorg 7.3 like was supposedly wanted, but I think having 7.2 is plenty.
Also, anyone know what the usual wait between RC# releases and the full, official release is? I kinda started on the whole Linux thing back RIGHT when Slackware 11.0 came out, so I've no idea what sort of wait there will be.
The next RC# release could be as little as the next few days, to as long as a week or so. Who knows, and usually it is up to RC3 at the most before it is declared an offical new release. There is rarely if ever a RC4 or RC5
The first Slackware 11 RC was 14 August 2006 and the final release was 1 October. There were five release candidates for Slackware 11. There were no release candidates announcements for 10.2 but according to the ChangeLog it was frozen (mostly) on 2 August 2005 and released on 13 September. For 10.1 it was "beta 1" on 22 January 2005 and released on 2 February but it was kind of special (because Pat had been sick).
There's no use in second-guessing someone else's versioning, but FWIW Slackware-10.2 might have been better named 11.0 and 11.0 named 11.1. These are the two versions which have all the dual-kernel mess and there was no MAJOR version upgrade of glibc.
I have always considered ".1" to be a 'magic' number for Slackware...
8.1, 9.1 and 10.1 were really all great stuff. Remember that Pat V. was sick after 10.1 and the dual-kernel stuff for 10.2(11.0) got kind rushed in the end. the real 11.0(11.1) has sorted that all out well enough. Now 12.0 will go back to a single-kernel setup which frees Pat up to work on other things -like 12.1 which should have that special ".1-ness" about it...
I would still like to see the new Emacs in Slackware 12.0 but all in all this seems a release worth waiting for.
I'm not sure I'm ready to upgrade.I'll have to look closely and see if there's anything compelling in the new version that's applicable to my old Pentium III -- which runs great on the default Slackware 11 2.4 kernel.
On the other hand, I'm just about to remove Open SUSE 10.2 from my laptop to put Slackware on. I may wait until Slackware 12 is released and just install that.
I agree with a previous poster: now is probably the time to sign up for the Slackware subscription.