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"Slackware ARM on a Raspberry Pi"

This website is designed as an end-to-end guide to install and run Slackware ARM Linux on a Raspberry Pi. It takes for granted that those reading this guide are not complete novices to Linux, or the Raspberry Pi. Although, you may find it easy to follow even if you've not spent that much time in a Linux shell. Give Slackware a try and certainly aquire a Raspberry Pi (or three). You don't know what you're missing!

From this guide you are able to install Slackware ARM 14.1, or 14.0, on a Raspberry Pi. The best thing to do if you're using this website for the first time, is to start at the "First Steps" page and work your way down to "What's Next?" Use the links on the left to navigate around the website.

If you have experience with installing Slackware and have no need for this guide you can grab the latest installer and/or system packages from the Downloads page.

FatDog says ... At FatDog.eu we love and admire the Raspberry Pi almost as much as Slackware. So, we decided to create this website in order to further educate ourselves, and also to help and assist others who have a passion for Slackware Linux and want to run it on a Raspberry Pi. Our motivation is simple; to further spread the word about Slackware ARM and convince people that it really is the best operating system you will ever install/run on the Raspberry Pi. You won't find support for any other O/S on this website but there is a wealth of information available on alternative operating systems on the Raspberry Pi Foundation Downloads page and Operating System Distributions forum.

Thanks go (mainly) to the whole of the Raspberry Pi Foundation Foundation and the Slackware ARM team; especially Stuart Winter, the wonderful community of Slackers at LinuxQuestions.org, David Spencer @ Dave's Collective, and all the fervent contributors over at eLinux.org, without whom this website would not have been conceived or made possible. (And also for instigating the endless hours/days/nights/weekends of unadulterated fun playing with the Raspberry Pi!)

For those who are new to the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi (short: RPi or RasPi) is an ultra-low-cost ($25-$35) credit-card sized Linux computer which was conceived with the primary goal of teaching computer programming to children. It is developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is a registered charity in the United Kingdom (UK). The foundation exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. The device is expected to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world (Read more).

Raspberry Pi top view
A Raspberry Pi model B (top view - SD card slot is underneath)

Basically, the Raspberry Pi is a miniature ARM-based PC which can be used for many of the tasks that a conventional desktop PC carries out, including spreadsheets, word-processing, games, and is also more than capable of playing High-Definition video. It's a very neat little box of tricks that's just oozing with potential! It's based around mobile phone technology and Rob Bishop, of the Raspberry Pi Foundation Foundation, said about the Raspberry Pi, "In many ways this is a cellphone without the baseband, without a radio." during his Raspberry Pi Foundation - Google campus presentation on 01 October 2012.

There's an excellent Raspberry Pi Quick Start Guide for absolute beginners, on the Raspberry Pi Foundation Foundation website.

Raspberry Pi Model B Spec's

• System-on-a-chip (SoC): Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU + GPU. SDRAM is a separate chip stacked on top)
• CPU: 700 MHz ARM11 ARM1176JZF-S core
• GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV,OpenGL ES 2.0,OpenVG 1080p30 H.264 high-profile encode/decode
• 512MB RAM (* only on models manufactured after 15 Oct 2012 - read this)
• Secure Digital|SD / MMC / SDIO card slot
• Size: 86mm x 54mm x 17mm
• Power source: 5 V (DC) via Micro USB type B socket or GPIO header
• Power consumption: 700 mA, (3.5 W)

• HDMI socket
• 2x USB 2.0 socket
• RCA video socket
• SD card slot
• 10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
• 3.5mm audio out jack
• Micro USB type B (power) socket
• General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) 26 pin, Serial Peripheral Interface Bus (SPI), I²C, I²S[2], Universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART)

For those interested further in the hardware side of the Raspberry Pi, see the RPi Hardware and RaspberryPi Boards webpages on eLinux.org.

Slackware Linux Wallpaper

Download a FREE Slackware Linux wallpaper for your desktop. It's called Slacksplash and was created using a free wallpaper, and a 3-D Slackware logo, both downloaded from Google. It's simple and effective yet quite eyecatching, and of course totally cool!


Slacksplash wallpaper is available in the following resolutions: