A few hours ago Slackware's creator, Patrick Volkerding, announced that the second release candidate of the upcoming Slackware 13.0 Linux distribution was available for download. This update brings numerous new base packages, like the Linux kernel version 188.8.131.52, X.Org Server 1.6.3 and the K Desktop Environment 4.2.4. However, there are no official ISO builds for this release, but those interested in testing Slackware 13.0 RC2 can get it by using the link at the end of the article.
"Hi folks! We're going to call this set of updates RC2. There are still README files to be handled (that's the nature of documentation, I guess), as well as some other things remaining on the TODO list, but X seems pretty stable now, and it seems like a release soon would be in order so that we can march right back into development territory with -current again soon. Enjoy, and let us know about any problems you run into!" - Patrick Volkerding said in the official changelog.
The following packages have been updated in Slackware Linux 13.0 RC2:
· Upgraded the MySQL database to version 5.0.84;
· Rebuild of the kdebase-runtime 4.2.4 package - includes changes from patchset 969192 that fix improper clipping of text labels under icons (such as in KMail);
· FetchMail 6.3.11 - an update that includes a security fix for an SSL NUL prefix impersonation attack;
· Xfce 4.6.1 - some missing icons were added and Terminal was updated to version 0.4.0;
· Java 2 Platform Standard Edition Development Kit Version 6.0 update 15 - officially released yesterday by Sun Microsystems;
· Mozilla Firefox was upgraded to version 3.5.2;
· A new and improved Intel Graphics driver.
Slackware is a Linux distribution created, developed and maintained by Patrick Volkerding with ease of use and stability in mind. This distribution is considered one of the most secure and stable at this moment. Slackware will offer you some of the finest and most popular applications in a KDE environment that is all about simplicity and ease of use and, at the same time, power and flexibility. Slackware was created to combine the two worlds, of beginners and advanced users, into a single product that could satisfy everyone. Also, it is one of the oldest distributions, having been started in April 1993, with the aim of giving birth to a Linux distribution that was closer to its ancestor, UNIX. Slackware can work acceptably even on a 486 machine.
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