Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Aug 2009 09:59 UTC, submitted by Witek Wasilewski
Slackware, Slax Among OSNews readers, Slackware is a surprisingly popular choice when it comes to Linux distributions. A new release came out today, Slackware 13, which comes packed with improvements, and even a whole new port.
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Nice and simple
by massysett on Fri 28th Aug 2009 11:38 UTC
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I started using Slackware -current when I got a new laptop a month ago. The system is quite simple and easy to use, and transparent. It's the first set of init scripts that I can easily understand. I thought the lack of dependency tracking would be a problem, but it hasn't been since I just installed everything (now I have been pruning out some daemons I don't need.) Plus, without huge databases and complex tools, the package system is easy to use. I have needed some things from (like xmonad, because KDE 4.2 is still not quite usable in my opinion) but downloading from SlackBuilds is not hard and all the builds have compiled easily.

If there's something I don't like about a package in Slackware or on, it's easy to change. For instance I needed a newer Mutt than the one that's in Slackware. I edited the SlackBuild that came with Slackware to change the version number and add a compile flag, downloaded the newer tarball, and in a few minutes I was done.

Wicd works great for managing the wireless. It has a great curses interface.

With simplicity comes a system that is easy to configure and understand. About the only thing I didn't like is KDE 4.2, but seeing as 3.5 is now unmaintained I can understand that switch. I'm surprised I like Slackware because I have used Linux for a few years and never considered looking at Slack. Now that 13.0 is stable I'm glad I can stop using -current and instead just use 13.0 for nice, easy maintenance for the few security upgrades that will come along.

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