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Slackware ARM usually releases shortly after Slackware x86 has been released unless there is a specific reason to hold back a release.

The table below lists the releases of Slackware ARM and the supported ("out of the box") architectures for each release.

Release maintenance - security and patches

Slackware ARM releases will be supported for a single release previous to the current release. For example: Slackware ARM 15.0 is released, and Slackware ARM 14.2 (the previous stable release) will remain supported. Slackware ARM 14.1 will be phased out within two to three months after the release of 15.0. There will always be a two to three month period where three releases are maintained in order to help transition between versions.

Communication regarding EOL (End of Life) arrangements will be given in the ChangeLog for the affected release(s).

"Support" means that the release receives the updates (where appropriate) that appear in Slackware x86.

Downloading releases

The installation section explains how to obtain and install releases.

Security patches - time scales

Stable and supported release: the goal is to delivery updated security patches in to the Slackware ARM tree as soon as the packages are available in x86 tree. Realistically, packages may lag behind by a few days due to the time taken to build some of the larger packages, the availability of build servers and the availability of developer time.

Slackware ARM 'current': The security updates may lag behind for days, weeks or months, depending upon the state of the tree. At some stages the tree may be in a state of flux (often due to the kernels, toolchains or a build of a large package such as 'KDE') and as such will not be in a state suitable for public consumption. Users are therefore advised that if the punctuality of security updates is of importance, they should choose a stable release rather than following the '-current' branch.

Slackware ARM release history

Version Floating Point Support Minimum CPU Release Date Supported Officially Supported Hardware
Development branch ("current") Hardware ARMv7-a Work in Progress Yes Versatile Express (QEMU), Trimslice Pro, Banana Pi
14.2 Software ARMv5te 01/07/2016 Yes Versatile Express (QEMU), Trimslice Pro, Banana Pi, SheevaPlug, GuruPlug, OpenRD
14.1 Software ARMv5te 07/11/2013 Ended 01/09/2016 Versatile (QEMU), Trimslice Pro, SheevaPlug, GuruPlug, OpenRD
14.0 Software ARMv5te 28/10/2012 Ended 05/05/2015 Versatile (QEMU), Trimslice Pro, SheevaPlug, GuruPlug, OpenRD
13.37 Software ARMv4t 01/05/2011 Ended 01/01/2014 Versatile (QEMU), SheevaPlug, GuruPlug, OpenRD
13.1 Software ARMv4t 14/06/2010 Ended 10/07/2012) Versatile (QEMU), SheevaPlug, GuruPlug, OpenRD
12.2 Software (old ABI) ARMv4 29/06/2009 Ended 31/07/2010) Versatile (QEMU), SheevaPlug
11.0 Software (old ABI) ARMv3 18/01/2007 Ended 29/08/2008 Acorn StrongARM RiscPC, Castle Iyonix