Hurray !! New Slackware version is on the way

Slackware team has released the new development snapshot Release Candidate 2 of Slackware 14.2 on 23rd April 2016. And it seems like it will be the last RC version before the final release of the OS. It includes a number of kernel fixes as well as an update to the latest version of the Thunderbird e-mail client.

According to the team ~ “Finally got some fixes we were waiting for in this new kernel. It’s been almost a month since 14.2-rc1 so we’ll call this Slackware 14.2 Release Candidate 2. Almost there. Get in any last-minute bug reports quickly.

The full list of changes can be found in the changelog.

Why Amarok doesn’t play MP3 files in Slackware 14 and how to solve the problem ?

gstreamer logo

Amarok one of the best music players for the Gnu\Linux world and I have been a loyal fan of it ever since I started using it.

Back to the point now !! đŸ™‚ . After installing Slackware 14 I was hugely disappointed, I wasn’t able to play MP3 files using Amarok. I tried changing the backend by going to

-> Settings 
  -> Configure Amarok 
    -> Playback 
      -> Sound System Configuration
        -> Backend tab

and that didn’t help me. But after a google search I was able to spot the problem. Amarok uses phonon in the backend and which in-turn depends on GStreamer to work. The problem revealed to be the missing of some GStreamer plugins which were used to play the mp3 files. GStreamer plugins are grouped into several packages: base, good, bad and ugly. Slackware 14 was not giving ugly group ( This package contains plug-ins from the “ugly” set, a set of good-quality plug-ins that might pose distribution problems.) of plugins out of the box, probably because of its license. I installed ugly plugins, i.e, gst-plugins-ugly, but I didn’t know if it was enough so Installed gst-plugins-bad and gst-plugins-ffmpeg also. It was a blind shot but it worked. And I am happily hearing to some music now,  Amaroking by the way ;).

waiting for your comments, cheers đŸ™‚

20 years of slackware ( as of 18/07/2013 ;) )

Slackware mascot

Yeah I know it is a bit late, it was 20th birthday of Slackware on this 18th. Got to know about this while reading through

Slackware was the first Linux distribution that I installed in my old desktop and since then I am in deeply love with it. I learned a lot by using it, which was always thrilling.

This was Patrick Volkerding’s post about first release of Slackware :

From: bf703@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Patrick J. Volkerding)
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux
Subject: Want an SLS like .99pl11A system?
Date: 11 Jul 1993 17:53:15 GMT
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)
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Message-ID: <21pk2b$h45@usenet.INS.CWRU.Edu>
Reply-To: bf703@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Patrick J. Volkerding)

Well, that's good, because I put one together. It does not yet have
XFree-86 1.3, but give me about 2 days and it will. This is not like
the MCC release, rather, it is a big system, even more bloated than
SLS :^)

Currently it has all of the same features as SLS 1.02, with these

1. The newest FAQ
2. Simplified installation procedure.
3. Kernel level .99 pl 11 Alpha.
4. libs and includes at 4.4.1, (without the limits.h problem)
5. GCC at 2.4.3 (may be 2.4.5 soon)
6. Net-2 TCP/IP preconfigured for loopback.
7. Public domain ksh and tcsh 6.04.
8. command line JPEG utilities.

On the X side, XV 3.00 has been added.

Now here's the deal: there are 13 disks in the 'A' series (same as SLS
A, B, and C) and 10 in the X series. I don't have any way to offer this
system publicly. If I tried to put it up on our 3b2 it would kill it.

This system has been used among my associates here since we put the
first one together back at pl8. Our original goal was just to debug the
SLS releases, but those have been slowing down and we happened to get a
jump on things.

I'd like to hear from you if this package sounds appealing. If demand is
not too strong, I may test releasing it on the 3b2 here.

If you have an archive site for it, LET ME KNOW! I'll set you up with a
copy of it to put up for FTP.Take care,--
Patrick Volkerding

Thank you Patrick for the wonderful Slackware.


Slackware Demystified : A presentation by Vincent Batts

2011 SouthEast LinuxFest – Vincent Batts – Slackware Demystified

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