The End of ConnochaetOS

I am saddened to announce that ConnochaetOS will cease to exist. The reasons are as follows.

  • Almost no active user base. The last Iceweasel update was downloaded 20 times, including bots from search engines and my own boxes.
  • The upstream distro, Slackware, has no new version for almost 3 years. It becomes more and more difficult to build software on 14.2.
  • The need for 32 bit software is declining. Even very small boxes with low power CPUs can run 64 bit nowadays.

As of now ConnochaetOS will no longer receive updates other that from the upstream distro. As of 08/2019 the website will be shutdown and the domain conochaetos.org will be deleted.


ISO mirror and mailing list

Since Gna! service was shut down this also means that our ISO mirror and mailing list is dead. For now we do host the ISO on our server, and I did update the download link.

As for the mailing list: This list had very little traffic and will not be replaced soon.


Removal of repos for ConnochaetOS 14.1

After 4 months it was time to remove the repos for the now unsupported version 14.1


End of donation campaign - EOL for ConnochaetOS 14.1

The donation campaign is ending - and we collected 16 €. Suffice it to say, that this result is not what I had hoped for.

As a consequence the support for ConnochaetOS 14.1 comes to an end - immediately. The repository will be online a while longer and upstream patches will still come in - but no more updates from ConnochaetOS slack-n-free repo. Same for the amd64 14.1 repo.

Removal of Iceape

Iceape - the libre version of Seamonkey - will be removed from the repo. I hoped for a long time, that the Seamonkey folks will be catch up again with Mozillas progress. But since the new Seamonkey release 2.46 is based on Firefox 49 it is already outdated and therefore a security risk to use. Iceape/Seamonkey can no longer be recommended.


ConnochaetOS 14.2 has been released, see the release announcement at https://connochaetos.org/wiki/announcements


  • updated Kernel to 4.4.19
  • updated some packages
  • replaces salixtools(-gtk) with connostools(-gtk)


ConnochaetOS 14.2 RC1 has been released. This is the first release candidate.


  • added llvm to the iso (dependency of GLX stuff)
  • updated Kernel to 4.4.16
  • updated Iceweasel to 45.3.0
  • updated samba to 4.4.5
  • fixed a bug in xdm causes first-time login to fail.

Download at http://download.gna.org/connochaetos/


ConnochaetOS 14.2 Beta2 has been relesed. This is the second test version.


  • Added libndp to the ISO (dependency of NetworkManager)
  • Deleted wrong notice of deactivated root account in installer
  • Calcuate correct size of partitions in installer
  • Added ModemManager to ISO (dependency of nm-applet)
  • run nm-applet in icewem startup if Network-Manager is used
  • Added xdm and xmessage for graphical login
  • Added choice for console/graphical login in installer
  • Removed support for xfs and jfs in the installer due to problems

Download at http://download.gna.org/connochaetos/


ConnochaetOS 14.2 Beta1 has been relesed. This is a test version, you're welcome to try it.


Slackware 14.2 has been released, which means that our release 14.2 is getting close. 14.1 will be still supported, additionally the 64bit builds.

The building machine is an aged AMD Athlon II X2 250. This machine hosts the slack-n-free 64 host system, ConnochaetOS 14.2 (kvm virtual machine) and both 32 and 64 bit 14.1 systems as LXC containers.

Suffice it to say that building packages for 4 different repos is very slow on this machine. I plan to buy new components, at least a 4 core CPU, if possible six-core, and more RAM. I estimate the costs at approx. 250 €.

Therefore I call for donations, which I haven't done in a very long time. The goal is to collect at least 250 €. Every cent will be invested in Hardware for building ConnochaetOS.

Please visit the donation page


The slack-n-free repos for Slackware 14.2 are ready. Use the following lines in your slapt-get config:

32 bit:


64 bit:


Included is the de-blobbed kernel 4.4 free and libre versions of Iceweasel (45.x), Icedove (45.x) and Iceape (currently 2.40)

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