Slackware ARM on a Raspberry Pi 2 - SARPi2

Welcome to SARPi2

This website supports Slackware ARM Linux on a Raspberry Pi 2 and is intended as a reference and guide.

It's taken for granted that those using this website are not complete novices to Linux, or the Raspberry Pi 2. Although, you may find it easy to follow even if you've not spent that much time in a Linux shell. Give Slackware ARM a try on the Raspberry Pi 2 because, compared to the original model B+, it's even more awesome!

The latest Slackware ARM installer and system packages for the Raspberry Pi 2 are available from the Downloads page. Slackware ARM hard float port and soft float port versions are supported. A step-by-step end-to-end HOW TO Install Slackware ARM on a Raspberry Pi 2 guide is available. You can also refer to the SARPi2.README included in the installer image for much less detailed instructions.

Use the menu links on the left to navigate around the website and/or any text links on the webpage(s).

FatDog says ... The SARPi2 installer and guide provided on this website have been specifically created for the Raspberry Pi 2. If you attempt to run this installer on an original Raspberry Pi (1) it will crash while booting! Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi 3 users should refer to the following websites for downloads and instructions:

Raspberry Pi 1 users click here for the SARPi guide!

Raspberry Pi 3 users click here for the SARPi3 guide!

At we're more than convinced that Slackware ARM Linux is still the best operating system to install on the Raspberry Pi, and it's just become more exciting with the release of the Slackware ARM hard float port (24 Aug 2016). Unfortunately, there's no support or interest from the Raspberry Pi Foundation for running Slackware on any Raspberry Pi device. Hence this website.

This website is a community effort by and is not officially endorsed by Slackware Linux Inc. or the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

For those who are new to the Raspberry Pi 2

Raspberry Pi 2 model B Review

What is a 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, who are a registered charity in the United Kingdom (UK), and was first released on 29 February 2012. 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 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. 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). There's a Raspberry Pi Quick Start Guide for NOOBS, on the Raspberry Pi Foundation website.

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:

FatDog says ... Thanks go (mainly) to the whole of the Slackware Team; especially MoZes and alienBOB, the wonderful community of Slackers at, and Dave Spencer @ Dave's Collective. Without you, and people like you, the entire Slackware ARM on a Raspberry Pi - SARPi project would not be what it is today!

Updated: 29 Aug 2016 16:29:02