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  Updates in Slackware 8.1 and -current
Updated Apache/mod_ssl/PHP packages are out for both Slackware 8.1 and -current (fixing some security issues), and KDE in slackware-current has been upgraded to KDE 3.0.5a. If you're interested in KDE 3.0.5a, now's the time to grab these packages as they will likely be replaced with KDE 3.1 packages soon. :-)

  Updates to slackware-current
The latest updates to slackware-current include glibc-2.3.1, e2fsprogs-1.29, util-linux-2.11w, bison-1.50, make-3.80, openssl-0.9.6g, fetchmail-6.1.0 (this fixes a fetchmail security issue), cups-1.1.16, and espgs-7.05.5.

  New Slackware-current is online!
The first release of the gcc-3.2 based slackware-current (which will eventually become Slackware 9.0) is online. Besides the new compiler, you'll also find the 2.4.19 kernel, Ogg Vorbis 1.0, FLAC (the Free Lossless Audio Codec), perl 5.8.0, KDE 3.0.3, support for hotplugging, and many other improvements. All the patches since Slackware 8.1 have been merged into this tree as well. Have fun! :-)
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  Slackware 8.1 is released!
That's right, Slackware 8.1 has been released and is available for download right now from:


An installation ISO image can be found here:


And, of course, we will be happy to accept your pre-orders for the Slackware 8.1 official 4 CD-ROM set here:


Highlights of this release include KDE 3.0.1, GNOME 1.4.1 (with new additions like Evolution), the long-awaited Mozilla 1.0 browser, support for many new filesystems like ext3, ReiserFS, JFS, and XFS, and support for several new SCSI and ATA RAID controllers.

Thanks to everyone who helped made this release possible. Enjoy! :-)


  Slackware 8.1 release candidate 1 now available
As recently reported on Slashdot, the first release candidate for Slackware 8.1 is now available on ftp.slackware.com (and hopefully some mirrors by now). Recent additions to -current include Mozilla-1.0rc3, KDE-3.0.1, and gcc-3.1. This is all leading up to what we're hoping will be the best Slackware release ever! Thanks to all the people contributing bug reports, patches, and suggestions. :-)

  Lots of updates in slackware-current
The testing version of Slackware has seen many upgrades recently, including improvements in nearly every package, the installer, and the package management system. Highlights include the 2.4.18 kernel, support for all four of the journaling filesystems for Linux (ext3, reiserfs, jfs, and xfs), and glibc-2.2.5. Looks like Slackware 8.1 is getting closer. :-) More to come soon...

  New glibc and XFree86 packages in slackware-current!
New Slackware packages for XFree86 4.2.0 and glibc 2.2.5 are now available in the slackware-current tree on ftp.slackware.com. The XFree86 build includes kernel modules for DRI support (these were built against and require a 2.4.17 kernel to work). Enjoy!

  Slackware has a new FTP home!
The primary Slackware FTP site ftp.slackware.com has moved to a new machine (533MHz/512MB), generously provided and hosted by our friends at Coastal Web Online -- Thanks! :^)

If you'd like to help ease the bandwidth crunch on the new server, we've begun the task of compiling an updated mirrors list. If you're running a Slackware mirror site, please write to us here at mirrors@slackware.com, and we'll make sure that you're on the new list.


  Slackware-current Updates Including KDE and OpenSSH
There are some new updates to the -current tree on the FTP site, including KDE-2.2.2 (and support packages like audiofile, libxml2, libxslt, and pcre), OpenSSH-3.0.1p1, and some enhancements to the Slackware package tools to make them friendlier with the long package name format. All of this stuff can be found at the usual location:


Note to anyone mirroring all of slackware-current with rsync -- the old openssh-2.9.9p2 and kde-2.2.1 directories were moved into a new "attic" directory. You can save a lot of needless redownloading by doing this yourself before rsyncing.


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