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December 3, 2016

How to Install Slackware Linux 14.2 and Review on VMware

Slackware Linux 14.2
Slackware Linux 14.2 Installation and Review on VMware

This tutorial shows how to install Slackware Linux 14.2 and review on VMware Workstation/Player step by step. We'll also install VMware Tools on Slackware 14.2 for better VM performance and usability. This tutorial also helps for installing Slackware Linux on physical computer or laptop.

Slackware Linux 14.2 Installation Steps:

  1. Download Slackware 14.2 ISO
  2. Create Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation/Player
  3. Start Slackware Installation
  4. Install VMware Tools
  5. Test VMware Tools Features (Fit Guest Now, Drag-Drop File and Clipboard Sharing)
  6. Slackware 14.2 Review

Installing Slackware Linux 14.2 and Review on VMware



What is Slackware Linux?

Slackware is a Linux distribution created by Patrick Volkerding in 1993. Slackware has been the basis for many other Linux distributions. Slackware Linux is a complete multitasking "UNIX-like" system available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It's currently based around the 4.4 Linux kernel series and the GNU C Library version 2.23. It contains an easy to use installation program, extensive online documentation, and a menu-driven package system. In contrast to most modern Linux distributions, Slackware provides no graphical installation procedure and no automatic dependency resolution of software packages. It uses plain text files and only a small set of shell scripts for configuration and administration. Without further modification it boots into a command-line interface environment.
Slackware Linux Website: http://www.slackware.com/


Slackware Linux 14.2 New Features and Improvements

Slackware Linux 14.2 comes with Linux kernel version 4.4, KDE 4.14, Xfce 4.12 and the 64-bit build of Slackware supports booting on UEFI-enabled hardware. Slackware 14.2 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.12.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with kdelibs 4.14.21) a stable release of the 4.14.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment. These desktops use eudev, udisks, and udisks2, and many of the specifications from freedesktop.org which allow the system administrator to grant use of various hardware devices according to users' group membership so that they will be able to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command.

Slackware Linux Minimum System Requirements

Slackware Linux doesn't require an extremely powerful system to run (though having one is quite nice :). It will run on systems as far back as the 486. Below is a list of minimum system requirements needed to install and run Slackware.

  1. 486 processor
  2. 64MB RAM (1GB+ recommended)
  3. About 5GB+ of hard disk space for a full install
  4. CD or DVD drive (if not bootable, then a bootable USB flash stick or PXE server/network card)
Additional hardware may be needed if you want to run the X Window System at a usable speed or if you want network capabilities.

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