SARPi Project - Slackware ARM on a Raspberry Pi

What you need to know about the SARPi Project

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What is the SARPi Project and what does it do?
Where to download the Slackware ARM on the Raspberry Pi build scripts .
How, why, and when the SARPi Project started.
SARPi Project Website Cookie Policy.
SARPi Project Website General Use Policy.
SARPi Project Terms & Conditions.
SARPi Project Privacy Policy.
SARPi Project External Website Links.
Contacting The SARPi Project.

Some SARPi facts, and FAQs! ;-)

What The SARPi Project Is

What SARPi is and does...

• "SARPi" is an acronym of "Slackware ARM on a Raspberry Pi". It's the name of this project; the website, the software, the guides and tutorial(s), the whole shebang!

• The SARPi Project is a strong advocate of Slackware [ARM], especially the Slackware AArch64 [ARMv8 64-bit] port.

• The SARPi Project's main focus and purpose is to support and promote the Slackware ARM Linux operating system on the Raspberry Pi single board computer device(s).

• The SARPi Project is involved in maintaining a Slackware ARM installer guide, which is a step-by-step, end-to-end, tutorial to assist with, and facilitate, the installation of Slackware ARM on the Raspberry Pi device(s) using the SARPi installer disk images.

• The SARPi Project is involved in creating and distributing SARPi installer disk images in order to assist with, and facilitate, the installation of Slackware ARM on the Raspberry Pi device(s), which are freely available from the Downloads page.

• The SARPi Project is involved in building and distributing Slackware ARM system packages to upgrade the kernel, kernel modules, and Raspberry Pi boot-firmware, which are freely available from the Downloads page.

• The SARPi Project is involved in creating mini-projects which you may find interesting after Slackware ARM has been installed.

• The SARPi Project is an unofficial Slackware ARM community effort by individuals.

What The SARPi Project Isn't

What SARPi isn't, doesn't support, or do...

• "SARPi" is not a modification, clone, hack, or port of Slackware ARM. It is just a means and method by which to install the official Slackware ARM operating system on the Raspberry Pi device(s).

• "SARPi" is not an operating system. You do not install "SARPi". You do not run "SARPi". You install and run "Slackware ARM".

• The SARPi Project does not modify any Slackware ARM packages or source-tree files, or Raspberry Pi closed-source boot-firmware or wireless firmware files, within the SARPi installers and packages it distributes.

• The SARPi Project does not offer technical support for [other] unofficial Slackware ARM related projects or third party software. If you require any help, or have questions, with any Slackware ARM issue(s) please use the Slackware ARM LQ forum. You can also visit the #armedslack IRC Channel on for the same purpose(s).

• The SARPi Project does not offer support on, "How to avoid Slackware [ARM] issues by following instructions correctly."

• The SARPi Project does not support the Raspberry Pi Zero [W], but the SARPi installers and packages for the Raspberry Pi (1) can still be used on the Raspberry Pi Zero devices successfully.

• The SARPi Project is not affiliated with, or officially endorsed by, Slackware Linux, Inc, or the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Where To Download The Slackware ARM on the Raspberry Pi Build Scripts

The installer disk image and system package build scripts...

The original and unmodified build scripts, initially used by the SARPi Project to create the Slackware ARM installer and system packages for the Raspberry Pi (1), are copyright © 2012 Dave Spencer and can be downloaded from The Daves Collective (reloaded) - Slackware ARM on the Raspberry Pi - System packages [SlackBuilds section] or from the idlemoor GitHub raspi-slackbuild repository. These scripts can easily be modified in order to build for any Raspberry Pi version. Or other ARM-based single board computer devices. For those interested in how to create their own Slackware ARM installer-boot software on the Raspberry Pi, see the SARPi sources page.

How, Why, & When The SARPi Project Started

The SARPi Project started slowly...

Circa November 2011 - Two guys, Aal and Exaga, discussed a techie-news story about an ARM-based single-board computer, known as the "Raspberry Pi", and if the device was suitable for running Slackware ARM. The Raspberry Pi Model B device was released to the public on 29 February 2012. At the end of the following month, April 2012, it had taken the world by storm; fast becoming a phenomenon - but strangely seemed to lack any Slackware [ARM] interest or support. This prompted even more investigation, while two Raspberry Pi Model B devices were ordered from Farnell/element14. By the end of May 2012 there was now an apparent, and almost complete, lack of interest on the Internet for the Raspberry Pi running Slackware ARM. Something needed to be done about this because the Raspberry Pi was primarily designed as a Linux-based educational tool and the most suitable operating system on which to learn is Slackware [ARM] Linux! Great patience was required as delays in delivery times increased from 4 weeks up to an estimated +6 months! Such was the demand for the imaginative Raspberry Pi device. May/June/July/August/September 2012 passed by with much anticipation of the Raspberry Pi(s) being delivered.

Finally! In the first week of October 2012 the Raspberry Pis were delivered; the [newly updated] 512MB RAM versions. Work began on installing Slackware ARM 13.37 onto the device. Consequently, the SARPi Project website initially went live on Sunday 28 October 2012. Since that time (over +8 years ago to date) the SARPi Project has been very active in supporting the Slackware ARM online community by offering a similar and familiar installer [guide] and packages for the Raspberry Pi device(s).

SARPi Project Website Cookie Policy

How the SARPi Project website uses cookies...

• Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by our web server, in order to identify your computer, each time you visit The information accumulated via these cookies will not be shared with any third party establishments, or individuals. If you allow cookies to be used, the following personal information may be collected; username, hostname, IP Address, browser version, session-ID.

• You are made aware (by means of an on-screen pop-up box) that cookies are being used while you browse this website. Most modern web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you disagree with the use of cookies then you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer.

• Cookies do not give us access to your computer, or any personal information you may have stored on it.

• The SARPi Project employs cookies to build statistics for web traffic and file download analytics.

SARPi Project Website General Use Policy

Use of the SARPi Project website...

• If you continue to use this website, including but not limited to any software or content made available, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions, which govern the SARPi Project's relationship with you in relation to this website, including any software or content.

• The failure of the SARPi Project to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and the SARPi Project and govern your use of this website, including any software or content.

If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions please do not use the website or content, and/or any SARPi Project software.

SARPi Project Terms & Conditions

General Terms & Conditions...

• The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to amendment or change without notice. New features that change the SARPi Project website shall be subject to these terms and conditions. Continued use of this website after any such updates or changes shall constitute your consent to such updates or changes. You can review the terms and conditions at any time on this page.

• The SARPi Project provides no warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and software found on or offered by this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and software may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

• Your reliance or use of any information or material which available from this website is entirely at your own risk, for which the SARPi Project shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any information or material, which is available through, meets with your specific requirements.

• This website contains intellectual property and material which is owned by, or licensed to, the SARPi Project. This content includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance, graphics, and downloads. Reproduction and/or distribution of any content under the proprietorship of the SARPi Project is permitted providing that any downloaded, copied, or quoted, material remains intact and unmodified from the original.

• Any and all trademarks and/or copyrighted material reproduced on this website, which are not under the proprietorship of, or are licensed to, the SARPi Project, are acknowledged herein.

• While any sustentation is carried out, this website may be intermittently in "Maintenance Mode". In this event, the main content of this website will be inaccessible for the duration. Please be patient until the work has been completed.

• The SARPi Project is not liable for any loss incurred for the modification, or suspension, or unavailability, or discontinuance, of the website or any content herein.

• Unauthorised and/or detrimental use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages, and/or be a criminal offence.

SARPi Project Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy...

• The SARPi Project is fully committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. No data or information which is accumulated from your interaction(s) with this website will be shared or traded with, or passed on to, a third party.

Links to external websites...

• SARPi Project may publish and include links to external websites. These links are provided for your convenience to offer further information. This does not necessarily imply that the SARPi Project endorses any website(s) or any content therein. The SARPi Project does not manage, and has no influence or responsibility over, the content(s) of any externally linked websites.

Contacting The SARPi Project

Contact us...

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Updated: 2021-04-06 12:46:18 UTC

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