Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Oct 2008 20:12 UTC
Slackware, Slax "Slackware remains Slackware. It's been around for a very long time and it has a very loyal following. It's an excellent choice for the Linux hobbyist who wants to build, configure, and tweak their system to the nth degree. Slackware certainly gives you absolute control over your system. Nothing is made to be easy or user friendly", writes Caitlyn Martin.
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RE: Comment by sevrage
by Morgan on Wed 8th Oct 2008 22:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by sevrage"
Morgan
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"It may also be the least user friendly major Linux distribution on the planet short of building Linux From Scratch."

any true slackware user knows this is a lie.


It is a lie, or at least a very gross exaggeration. Compared to any of the source-based distros, including LFS, Gentoo, Sorcerer Linux etc., Slackware is child's play. The greatest things about Slackware are that it is package-based but also very source-friendly, it is configurable almost exclusively through shell scripts, and the kernel is vanilla which makes compiling easy. You can compile all your software on Slackware yourself, but you don't have to as there are thousands of .tgz packages available. There's even a few complete GNOME meta-packages for those who miss it (myself included).

Slackware 8.0 is where I truly learned the ins and outs of UNIX computing. I took that knowledge and ran with it and I'm at home on the command line now. As for Slackware 12.1, it's only a heartbeat away from being as user-friendly as Debian. All it needs is a user account setup screen in the installer and perhaps a script to change init levels (with an explanation for the newbies of course) and it's there. I know I know, the package manager doesn't have dependency resolution. That's not an issue for most Slackware users though, as they are smart enough to read the package description and download the requirements along with the desired package. Yes it's an extra step but to me it's worth having a system as robust and bloat-free as Slackware.

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