Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 14th Sep 2005 23:48 UTC, submitted by Paul Best
Slackware, Slax The latest release of Slackware, 10.2, was just released to the mirrors.
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RE[3]: install still a pain?
by Ethyriel on Thu 15th Sep 2005 04:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: install still a pain?"
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Yes, it's that Arch. We're talking about Slackware here, that's not much of a stretch for this market. And like I mentioned already, once you figure out what's expected in the configs, it takes a couple minutes to write them. It takes me longer to choose my package set.

The thing I love is how centralized it is around a single menu, rather than dragging you along a predetermined path at it's own pace. Arch lets me take my time when I needed it, and lets me blaze through now that I don't.

Also, something about the whole thing makes it feel more natural to drop to a command line. It's like you're still in control, so there isn't any added barrier to the notion.

Comparatively, the Slackware installer seems rather... overgrown. It's still one of my favorite OS installers, but I'm of the opinion that it needs to be heavily consolidated.

But it's been awhile since I played with Slackware, 9.1 if I remember. Maybe I'll grab the ISO at work tomorrow, and give it another go once I'm done playing with Foresight and Vector. I need to try out that new upgrade to 7Mbps DSL anyway ;)

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