Linux News Today: Absolute Linux 14.12 Is One of the Few Slackware Distros Still Maintained
Absolute Linux distribution is an operating system based on Slackaware and the developers have decided to upgrade it to version 14.12.
There aren’t too many Linux distributions out there that still use Slackaware as the base and that’s a real shame. It used to be a lot higher in the user preferences, but it sort of faded away in the past few years. Absolute Linux is probably the only one that still managed to get some exposure in the news, but only because it’s upgraded quite often, although not as often as we’d like.
For example, the previous Absolute Linux version, 14.10, was made available all the way back in September 2014, which is a little more than a year ago. This is not exactly encouraging, but it’s nice that Absolute Linux is still here.
Absolute Linux 14.12 is not a big update
The most interesting feature of Absolute Linux is probably the support only for the X86 platform, which means that it’s an OS that is aimed at older hardware. This is something that very few people still do. The only problem is that this is based on Slackware and it’s not exactly easy to install, unless you have at least a little bit of experience.
“Absolute is a x86 Linux distribution based upon Slackware. It concentrates on “desktop” use so that it is ready for internet, multimedia, document and general home use out of the box. Absolute is lightweight — meaning 2 things: that it can run on on older hardware and that the OS interface stays out of your way,” is noted on the official website.
The developer has explained that Absolute Linux is now based on the latest version of Slackware, a large number of package have been recompiled, Python3 and GTK3 transitions have started, and some extra package will be added soon.
Check out the official changelog for a complete list of updates. You can download Absolute Linux 14.12 right now from Softpedia. Be careful though, this is not a Live edition and you will have to install it in order to test it.