Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.announce
Subject: COMMERCIAL: Slackware 3.0 released
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From: "Patrick J. Volkerding" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 95 16:36:36 GMT
Organization: ?
Approved: (Lars Wirzenius)

Announcing the release of Slackware Linux 3.0 ELF!

Slackware is a complete personal workstation operating system
based on the Linux kernel and an extensive collection of free
software and shareware from the net. 

Here are just a few of the new features in Slackware 3.0:

ELF binary format!    

   This version uses the ELF binary format and shared libraries
   for all major software included.  There are a few binaries we
   don't have the source code for (DOOM(tm), for example) that
   still use the a.out binary format -- for those we provide a
   a complete set of a.out libraries that assure complete 
   compatibility with any existing Linux application.

Updated development tools:

   A professional-quality development system is provided for all 
   your programming needs.  You can develop binaries in either the 
   ELF or a.out format.  In the past it was extremely difficult 
   for most people to build shared libraries under Linux, especially
   if they planned to share them with other Linux users.  Using ELF,
   you can build shared libraries as easily as static ones -- with
   just a single load command!
Complete language support!

   Almost any programming language you'd want to use is included, 
   ready to use.  Here are some of the compilers and interpreters
   you'll get:

      GNU GCC 2.7.0  (C, C++, and Objective-C)
      GNU G77-0.5.16 (Fortran-77)
      f2c  (Fortran-77 to C translator)
      p2c  (Pascal to C translator)
      Perl 4, and Perl 5.001m (with ELF dynamic loading)
      Berkeley Yacc and GNU bison parser generators
      flex 2.5.2 lexical analyzer generator
      GNU Common LISP 2.1

Latest version of XFree86:

    Slackware uses the X window system from XFree86 3.1.2, based on
    X11R6.   This adds support for several new high-performance video
    chipsets such as the S3 968/868. 

Intel Binary Compatibility Specification module:

    The iBCS module allows many binaries from other OS's to run on Linux!
    i386 BSD (386BSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, BSDI/386) - very experimental.
    SVR4 (Interactive, Unixware, USL, Dell etc.)
    SVR3 generic
    SCO (SVR3 with extensions for symlinks and long filenames)
    Wyse V/386 (SVR3 with extensions for symlinks)
    Xenix V/386 (386 small model binaries only), Xenix 286

Updated Linux kernels:

    In addition to the 1.2.13 bootdisks and kernels, 1.3.18 kernels are
    also provided.  This offers installation support for some new SCSI
    cards (including the Adaptec 2940) and several new CDROM drives.
... and a whole lot more!

    The latest version of Emacs, SLIP/PPP networking, Tcl/Tk script
    languages, updated ncurses library (1.9.4), new video games (such
    as Crack Dot Com's ABUSE for Linux), XView, UUCP, mailx, dip, PPP,
    deliver, elm, pine, BSD sendmail, PCMCIA support, cnews, nn, tin,
    trn, inn...

Slackware 3.0 is available from the central FTP site:

As well as many mirror sites throughout the world.  If possible, try to
use a site near you.  Use care with the mirror sites for the next several
days, as they might not have completely caught up with the new release.
I'm sure they'll catch up soon, though.

Other well-known mirror sites include:

A list of international sites can be obtained at:

Slackware on CDROM from Walnut Creek CDROM:

For the ultimate in convenience, you can order the official Slackware
CDROM -- a 2 disc set with the complete Slackware FTP archive, a full
live filesystem, and the best of Linux archives from around the internet.
We can probably ship it to you faster than you can download it. :^)

You can install directly from the CDROM with most CDROM drives:

    Any SCSI CDROM drive on a supported controller
    Any IDE/ATAPI cdrom drive
    Aztech CD-ROM CDA268-01A, ORCHID CD-3110
    Sony CDU-31A or Sony CDU-33A
    Sony CDU-535 or Sony CDU-531
    Phillips cm206 CDROM drive with a cm260 interface
    GoldStar R420 CDROM drive
    Mitsumi CRMC LU005S, FX001S, FX001D
    Optics Storage 8000 AT CDROM drive
    Matsushita, Kotobuki, Panasonic, CreativeLabs:
        CR-521, CR-522, CR-523, CR-562, CR-563
    Longshine LCS-7260 CDROM drive
    IBM External ISA CDROM Drive
    TEAC CD-55A CDROM drive
    Sanyo CDR-H94A CDROM drive

This two disc CDROM set contains a huge collection of utilities and 
documentation for Linux.   The first disc contains the Slackware Linux
distribution ready to install from CDROM, all related source code, and
a complete live filesystem.  You can elect to run almost entirely from
the CDROM if you wish, using only about 10 megabytes of your hard drive.
It's even possible to install to an existing uncompressed MS-DOS
partition in a C:\LINUX directory.  The second CDROM contains a carefully
selected collection of files from the sunsite and tsx-11 ftp sites --
almost everything ported to linux that exists!  

If you want the best version of Linux, Slackware Linux, this is the product
for you.  This disc set was made in September 1995.  The price is $39.95.

Subscription Information:

The Slackware Linux disc is available by subscription.  We update the
Slackware Linux disc about every three months.  When we have a new version
we ship them to our subscribers.  We bill your credit card when we ship.  The
cost is only $24.95 for Slackware Linux.  The standard shipping charge

Shipping is $5 in the USA, Canada, and Mexico for First Class.  Overseas is
$9 PER ORDER.  There is an additional $3 COD charge (USA Only).  UPS Blue
Label (2nd day) [USA Only] is $10 PER ORDER, UPS Red Label (next day) [USA
Only] is $15 PER ORDER.  Federal Express (next day) [USA Only] is $20 PER
ORDER.  For overseas courier rates, please email us.

Ordering Information:

You can order by sending a check or money order to

    Walnut Creek CDROM
    Suite D-899
    4041 Pike Lane
    Concord  CA  94520

     1 800 786-9907 (24 hour toll free Sales)
    +1 510 674-0783 (24 hour sales)
    +1 510 603-1234 (9-5 M-F tech support)
    +1 510 674-0821 (FAX)  (For placing an order)    (For requesting more information or
                      for customer service questions) (For technical questions and technical support)

We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Diner's Club, Carte Blanche,
and American Express.  ALL credit card orders must include a phone or
fax number.  If you do not trust email with your credit card number,
please give us a call or fax us your order.

The most current version of the Walnut Creek CDROM catalog is available 
via anonymous ftp from, or by fingering

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From: "Patrick J. Volkerding" <>
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.announce
Subject: COMMERCIAL: Slackware 3.6 released
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 15:28:42 GMT
Organization: none
Approved: (Mikko Rauhala)
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Xref: comp.os.linux.announce:11478

Announcing Slackware Linux 3.6!

Slackware Linux 3.6, the latest release of the longest-running distribution
of the Linux operating system, is now available.  Slackware offers a stable
and secure version of Linux that is perfect for home, office, or educational
use.  Slackware is easy for beginners to install, but contains all the 
advanced features required by the experienced UNIX power-user.  Slackware
installs and configures software in the manner recommended in the 
documentation by the original authors.  This simplifies system maintenance,
ensures accurate documentation, minimizes "fighting the machine", and 
provides the maximum system configuration flexibility.  We feel this is the
best release of Slackware yet.

Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 3.6:

- - Runs the most recent official release of the Linux kernel from (version 2.0.35).
- - Generic IDE (bare.i) and SCSI (scsi.s) boot images work work with nearly
     all Intel-based (and compatible) computer systems.  Additional
     precompiled kernels (57 varieties in all) and boot images provide
     specialized support for hardware such as new Adaptec aic7xxx 7890 SCSI
     controllers, parallel-port IDE devices, IBM PS/2 machines with the
     Microchannel bus, and more.

- - Includes 2.1.125 test kernels, and Linux 2.1/2.2-ready utilities.

- - System binaries linked with the stable libc5 C libraries, version 5.4.46.

- - Includes glibc-2.0.7pre6 shared libraries for glibc binary runtime support.

- - XFree86 3.3.2 patch 3, plus X servers for Neomagic and Intel i740 chipsets.

- - Enhanced ghostscript support for the following Hewlett-Packard printers:
     HP670, HP690, HP850, HP855, HP870, HP890, HP1100 and HP1600.

- - Installs both egcs-1.0.3 and gcc- compilers to provide a more
     flexible development environment.  By default, C code compiles with gcc,
     C++ code compiles with egcs (or specify your own site-wide defaults by
     setting the 'gcc' and 'g++' links in /usr/bin).  There's also an 
     optional gcc-2.8.1.tgz binary package.

- - Apache 1.3.3 web server pre-configured to run right out of the box.

- - PCMCIA, CardBus, and APM support for laptops. (pcmcia-cs-3.0.5)

- - GIMP 1.0.2 image manipulation program. (with gtk+-1.0.6 libraries)

- - Includes Netscape Communicator version 4.07.

- - Many more improved and upgraded packages, including:
     apmd_3.0beta3-2, bzip2-0.9.0b, cdrecord-1.6.1, cvs-1.10, e2fsprogs-1.12,
     emacs-20.3, fetchmail-4.6.3, gpm-1.14, gv-3.5.8, ibcs-2.0-980822,
     ipchains-1.3.5, jdk_1.1.6, libgr-2.0.13, loadlin-1.6a, makewhatis-1.0h,
     man-pages-1.21, minicom-1.81.1, modutils-2.1.121, net-tools-1.45,
     netkit-routed-0.12, nfs-server-2.2beta37, perl-5.005_02, pidentd-2.8.3,
     pine 4.05, procmail-3.11pre7, procps-1.2.9, python-1.5.1, Qt-1.41,
     rpm2tgz, samba-1.9.18p10, sendmail-8.9.1, shadow-980724, svgalib-1.3.0.

- - Installs to a native Linux (ext2fs) partition for maximum performance, or
     into a \LINUX directory on an existing Windows FAT/FAT32 partition using
     the Linux UMSDOS filesystem.  With UMSDOS, you can install a complete 
     Linux system without repartitioning your hard drive!

- - Another Slackware exclusive:  Slackware's ZipSlack installation option is
     the fastest, _easiest_ Linux installation ever.  ZipSlack provides a 
     full-featured text-based Linux system as a 35 megabyte ZIP archive.  
     Simply unzip on any FAT or FAT32 partition, edit your boot partition in
     the LINUX.BAT batch file, and you can be running Linux in less than five
     minutes.  Even boots on machines with only 4MB of RAM.  The ZipSlack
     installation includes everything you need to network with Linux 
     (including Ethernet, token ring, SLIP and PPP), develop Linux 
     applications with C, C++, and Perl, and extend the system with additional
     software packages such as X.  A ZipSlack system will even fit on a Zip
     disk, so you can carry a personal Linux system with you to run on any
     PC with a Zip drive.


The full version of Slackware Linux 3.6 is available for free download from
the central Slackware site at Walnut Creek CDROM:

The ZipSlack version of Slackware is also available from Walnut Creek CDROM:

A list of alternate download sites (which may take a few days to catch up)
can be found here:


Or, purchase the Slackware Linux 3.6 four CDROM set from Walnut Creek CDROM.
This is the official release of Slackware on CDROM, and has many enhanced
features, including:

 -  Easy bootable CDROM installation.  If your machine can boot a CDROM,
       just boot the first disc to begin the installation process.
 -  Fully installed bootable live CDROM -- just boot the second disc and
       run a full Linux system right off the disc, including networking, 
       development, and X with no installation necessary.  Makes the
       ultimate Linux rescue disc!
 -  The latest GNU archives from
 -  Two full CDROMs of Linux archives, including binaries and source code
       for hundreds of additional applications and utilities.
 -  Technical support via telephone or email.

The price for the Slackware Linux CDROM set is $39.95 plus shipping.
Slackware is also available by subscription -- we produce an updated Slackware
Linux set about every five months.  When we have a new version we ship it to
you and bill your credit card $24.95 plus shipping.  Shipping is $5 in the USA,
Canada, and Mexico for First Class.  Overseas is $9 PER ORDER.  There is an
additional $3 COD charge (USA Only).  UPS Blue Label (2nd day) [USA Only] is
$10 PER ORDER, UPS Red Label (next day) [USA Only] is $15 PER ORDER.  Federal
Express (next day) [USA Only] is $20 PER ORDER.

Ordering Information:

   From our web site:

   Telephone orders:
      1 800 786-9907 (24 hour toll free Sales)
     +1 925 674-0783 (24 hour sales)
     +1 925 603-1234 (9-5 M-F tech support)
     +1 925 674-0821 (FAX)

   Email orders:  (For placing an order)    (For requesting more information or
                        for customer service questions) (For technical questions and support)
   Or, send a check or money order to:

     Walnut Creek CDROM
     4041 Pike Lane, Suite F
     Concord, CA 94520

Have fun! :^)

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