The Stampede Linux Package (SLP) file format has been in development and heavy use since 1998. The SLP format is one of the cornerstone offerings of the Stampede Linux distribution to the free software community and is currently under consideration by a number of other distribution projects. A number of free software developers already provide SLP-format packages for their products.
Perhaps the strongest benefit of the SLP format is its foundation on a well-tested archiving tool (tar) and a strong compression tool (bzip2). SLP packages may be extracted using tar and bzip2 alone, if needed, which provides SLP with the functionality to be useful on any existing GNU/Linux distribution. This, coupled with a simplistic design and a non-intrusive package management tool suite enables SLP to be favored by experienced end-users and developers alike.