Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 23rd Oct 2006 10:44 UTC
Slackware, Slax This is a review of Slackware 11.0 where the author explains what is in store for the Linux users who choose to use this Linux distribution. The article writes: "When you hear the name Slackware, you are at once transported to a world where Linux users feel more at home in setting the configurations by editing ordinary text files. In fact the credo of Slackware is to keep it as simple as possible. In popular speak, it is known by the acronym KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)."
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RE: KISS?
by MacTO on Mon 23rd Oct 2006 13:53 UTC in reply to "KISS?"
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How on earth is configuring your system by editing text files keeping it "as simple as possible"?

Because there are different ways of looking at the world. Seriously, some of us are more effective at mentally parsing a text-based configuration file than finding our way around a GUI. For those of us who are, something like Slackware is a godsend.

It is also worth noting that most of these configuration files are fairly straightforward to read. It is not as though you have to parse the XML based configuration files of Mac OS X. Typically it is more like a command per line (a bit like the old Windows INI files). I also find that developers make text configuration files look more intimidating than they really are, by adding loads of documentation to the file in the form of comments. Perhaps people would feel less intimidated if the documentation and the configuration file were kept separate.

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