Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 28th Oct 2006 08:06 UTC, submitted by anonGPLv3supporter
Slackware, Slax "Slackware is one of the oldest (arguably *the* oldest) Linux distributions still around today. It is the pet project of one Patrick Volkerding who, love him or hate him, has ruled his distribution with an iron fist since the beginning. This is fine if you agree with his choices, but like all dictators, Patrick doesn't always make decisions based on the good of the populace, but rather sheer unmitigated ego. Here is my experience with his latest iteration, Slackware 11." More here.
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Perhaps I should pull out my cane ...
by MacTO on Sat 28th Oct 2006 10:53 UTC
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2006-09-21

... because I think that this idea may be considered old fashioned: but what ever happened to an OS being an OS?

An OS is there to provide services to developers to make great software, to allow software to share resources, and stuff like that. Yet many of the reviews that I have been seeing as of late focus on things like installers, or the bundled applications, or the eye candy, or how "modern" everything is.

And if you are only interested in a user-visible feature list, of course an OS like Slackware or NetBSD is going to look bad. Some OSes are not about mimicing Windows or Mac OS or Ubuntu. They are about making a better workstation for developers. Or maybe they are about providing a stable base for servers. Or maybe they are about satisfying needs that we are not even aware of.

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