ConnochaetOS Free Software Repo

slack-n-free repo

Many GNU/Linux enthusiasts had contact with with the Slackware GNU/Linux distro and appreciate it's clear structure. Slackware follows the Unix and KISS principles very strictly.

Slackware is the oldest surviving and still maintained GNU/Linux distro out there. For experienced GNU/Linux users Slackware is very simple to administrate. That's why many GNU/Linux users prefer the simplicity of Slackware over GUI driven configuration wizards

Unfortunately Slackware does not have a clear policy about what software can be included, and nonfree blobs are included in Linux, the kernel.

There are sevceral fully free distros which are based on popular GNU/Linux Distros, for example Trisquel, which is based on Ubuntu, BLAG is based on RedHat/Fedora and Parabola GNU/Linux is based on Arch. But curiously there is no fully free Slackware equivalent.

For this reason I've created the “slack-n-free” repo. It is not a complete distro.

As for now there are following packages available:

You can find the repo at

The usual “generic” and “huge” kernel builds are available vor i686 (32 bit) and amd64 (x86_64, 64) bit.

Depending on future interest there may be additionally and liberated packages available for Slackware later.

Hint: The binary packages are signed with my GPG key. You can download my public key at

As of 05/13/2014 the slack-n-free repo is compatible with the slapt-get package manager for Slackware compatible distros. To use slack-n-free with slapt-get add the following line to your slapt-getrc

ConnochaetOS discontinued

ConnochaetOS will cease to exist. The reasons for this decision is my lack of time, the serious financial situation of the project and that the plans for the development of ConnochaetOS as a FSF endosed distro didn't work out.

For ConnochaetOS users, I make the following recommendations:

If you want a distro for old and/or weak computers have a look at Antix and Crunchbang. Both are based on Debian and therefore are following the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) so they are freedom rescpecting.

If you are looking for an FSF endorsed distro try Parabola GNU/Linux. They take freedom very seriously and update the packages often and quickly, so security issues will likely be fixed quickly. Of course you have to deal with the drawbacks of a rolling release distro

ConnochaetOS ist still available here:

ISO file for burning CD-Rom

a stable release, 0.9.1 is available at:
BitTorrent: connochaetos-0.9.1.torrent on Linuxtracker.
MD5: md5sum for connos-0.9.1.iso is: 2fea3382585bbf77c0c27abae325e1cd


Binary repository :
This is the repository for official, tested and accepted binaries.

Source Repository:
This is the repository for sources and PKGBUILDs.

Incoming (Testing) Repository: Binaries and Sources
These incoming packages and sources may need further testing and verification.

Misc. stuff:
Neither packages nor their sources, but various other stuff somehow related to the project.