Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Oct 2006 21:54 UTC
Slackware, Slax Slackware Linux 11 was released at the beginning of this month, which marks 13 years of continued development. Slackware Linux, while not the first Linux distribution, is the oldest surviving one, and is starting to show signs of aging. The first version of Slackware Linux was released on July 16, 1993, by Patrick Volkerding. More here.
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RE: Well
by VenomousGecko on Thu 19th Oct 2006 13:10 UTC in reply to "Well"
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I think the most important thing to remember here is that for those that want a "just works" (whatever that really means, because Slackware just works on my end) they have many options.

The beauty of Linux distributions is that they can each fill a niche and the users in that niche are happier than if they are forced to use a one size fits all. Slackware strives to remove all of the fluff and bloat from using Linux distros, stripping it down to the essentials but providing an extremely powerful system for creating the system you want to use. Its ability to get out of your way and let you learn the system and how it works can not be undervalued. It provides users who are truly interested in how a system works a way to learn and enhance their skills.

I hope it never strays from that goal. You don't get to be on of the oldest distributions by not knowing how to make your users happy.

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