Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd May 2008 05:47 UTC, submitted by ZacharyM
Slackware, Slax One of the oldest Linux distributions, Slackware, has pushed out another release. "Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.1! Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware 12.1 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.0) and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user."
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RE[6]: Packages, packages...
by garymax on Mon 5th May 2008 21:34 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Packages, packages..."
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Your final comment, "But that's OK. Those who use Slackware are the only ones who need to know." reveals just how conceited the majority of Slackware users are.

No conceit, here. Just an appreciation for the distro and a statement of fact.

While I take umbrage to the statement "Slackware lacks a package manager" this lack of knowledge by those outside the Slackware community really doesn't affect Slackware users who know better. We just like to set the record straight every once in a while.

As for making things "easy", it's not about ease of use, per se. It's about efficiency and a clean system under the hood.

One reason why Pat Volkerding doesn't try to "make things easy" isn't because he has this thing against usability; he knows that the more layers of abstraction that are added to a system the more that system gets bloated and more prone to bugs and errors. Case in point: Ubuntu. It releases every six months--ready or not--and the community is left picking up the pieces, having to place bug reports at Launchpad. And the bugs that do get reported may not even be fixed until the next release because of their release/upgrade policy.

I'll take Slackware as it is. It's fast, efficient, reliable and secure. I'll take that over a bloated distro any day.

For what it's worth, I ran Kubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 along side of Slackware over the last several months leading up to the release of the latest versions of both distributions (Slackware and Kubuntu). I much prefer the stability of Slackware.

I took time to make the assessment rather than base it on community opinion.

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