Slackware Virtual Machine

Slackware Virtual Machine

About Slackware

The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table.

The Slackware Linux Project has remained one of the most “UNIX-like” Linux distribution out there. Slackware complies with the published Linux standards, such as the Linux File System Standard. Slackware Linux Project has always considered simplicity and stability paramount, and as a result Slackware has become one of the most popular, stable, and friendly distributions available.

Slackware Linux is a complete 32-bit multitasking “UNIX-like” system.i It’s currently based around the 2.4 Linux kernel series and the GNU C Library version 2.3.4 (libc6). It contains an easy to use installation program, extensive online documentation, and a menu-driven package system. A full installation gives you the X Window System, C/C++ development environments, Perl, networking utilities, a mail server, a news server, a web server, an ftp server, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, Netscape Communicator, plus many more programs.

Slackware has a cult like following because of its compliance to standards and ease of use and an amazing package management. Like Gentoo mentioned earlier in this blog working with Slackware is a great learning experience and one is rewarded with much knowledge and insight into how various parts of Linux come together to work in a way it is supposed to and a wealth of information on minute details of each and every configuration option in the packages.

As always its my hope that this VM would to enable the community use Slackware and decide for themselves what the aura of the Slackware Linux really is.

Now about the VM itself.

Slackware Linux Configuration
Distribution: 10.2
Linux Kernel: 2.4.31
Installation Type: Full
Desktop Environment: XFCE
Networking: DHCP
Root Password: ?vmware?

Virtual Machine Configuration
RAM: 256 MB (configurable by editing the slack.vmx file)
Disk: 4.0 GB
Networking: Bridged
VMware Tools: Loaded
Monitor Resolution: 1024768

Download Information
Available in the Downloads page.

File Size: 768.42MB
Compression: RAR
MD5SUM c1a4b75e6ab47461790bf269defcbec9 *Slackware.rar

Hope ya have fun with this version.


  1. hey, what you are doing is awesome, but i ran into a problem with the slackware image. When I try to run it in VMware version 5.5.1, i get a message saying i need to update the vmimage. if i dont update i get a message saying ‘bad value for scsi0:0 virtualDev’ and nothing happens. When I do upgrade the image, I get missing VMFS:slack error messaage and nothing happens. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with this problem.

  2. Andy, the fastest solution is to actually delete (or rename) the current vmx file and then create a new one (custom) with workstation and then point it to the existing disk (slack.vmdk).

    The reason why this happens is that the hardware version of the VM’s created in ESX Server is lower than the ones created on WKS or GSX and VMware Server. One of the reason why I released a VM installed on ESX Server is this, its just easier to move from lower to higher than downwards.

    I will also try and post the VMWare Workstation/Server vmx file as soon as I reach home. for folks who only use/have VMplayer.

    Hope this helps.


  3. I’ve tried to install Slackware 11.0 in a virtual machine created using Workstation 5.5.1. The installation process runs completelly normal, but the S.O. doesn’t start.

    Any hints?


  4. Hi, I have the same problem.. I deleted the slackware-10.2.vmx file, created a new VM, modified the new slackware-10.2.vmx file suitably and nothing better.
    It still says:

    Failed to retrieve disk information for “D:\…\VMW_slackware-10.2\Slack-s001.vmdk”:
    The file specified is not a virtual disk

    I also tried to modify the vmx file from Ubuntu VM i have that works.. same error.
    I tried scsi0:0.fileName = “Slack-s001.vmdk” , ide0:0.fileName = “Slack-s001.vmdk” .

  5. Just wanted to say that I had the same problem with the scsi0 entry so I downloaded Slack10.2.vmx, updated the scsi0:0.fileName value and the whole thing works perfectly fine now. It’s probably worth mentioning the virtual machine runs on a Mac with VMware Fusion (beta) installed.

    Thanks for the Slack VM!

  6. I used the new Slack10.2vmx, and added the path to my slack11.vmdk to it. It starts not but just sits at a black screen. Any hints?

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