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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I love these threads
by zombie process on Thu 19th Oct 2006 17:44 UTC
zombie process
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2005-07-08

Don't break your elbows patting yourselves on the backs, folks.

Slack is awesome, for what it is, but it really does involve a lot more investment in your system than, say, Ubuntu. On the other hand, it's also a lot easier to figure out what's not working when something breaks. While I don't use ubuntu, I think it has a purpose, and it's done more for the promotion of linux than any other distro I can think of. It also makes many things *just work* that simply don't on slack. Sure, there are regressions becaus eof the features included, but I think for many end users, new ones especially, the initial ability to get their foot in the door matters.

Even for people with a clue, slack can be a bit daunting if you want to install packages like, say, hal or dbus. Whose package works with your version of slack? Many slack forums I've been to are full of issues like these. Yes, autodetection isn't needed for servers, but for me at least it's part of a good desktop experience.

I like slack a lot, for what it is, but the author does have some valid points, even if they are presented is a somewhat whiny tone.

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