Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 17:22 UTC, submitted by leonardoav
Slackware, Slax Pat Volkerding has released Slackware 13.1. "We have chosen to use the 2.6.33.4 kernel after testing the 2.6.33.x kernel branch extensively. Slackware 13.1 contains version 4.4.3 of the KDE Software Compilation. Several Xfce components have been updated as well. Xfce continues to be a great lightweight desktop that doesn't get in your way. If you haven't looked at this great desktop environment lately, you might want to give it another try. If you prefer GNOME, there are teams online producing GNOME for Slackware."
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RE: Comment by error32
by OddFox on Tue 25th May 2010 21:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by error32"
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I think installing gentoo should be mandatory for every linux user. Just so they can understand all the intricacies of package interdependencies, fine-tuning configuration options for software and eventually learning how to manage their own local software repository (yes I am talking to you, users of anything who value different things than I do).

Just because someone uses a particular distribution on their box does not indicate a level of competency in and of itself, and you're fooling yourself if you think otherwise. Newbies use Ubuntu, advanced users use Ubuntu. Newbies use Slackware, advanced users use Slackware. The fact of the matter is that using Slackware doesn't afford you any more education as to how a Linux system really works than using Ubuntu or Fedora, much in the same way that managing to complete a Gentoo install is not some impressive technical feat or educational in and of itself. It means you can follow instructions, that's it.

LFS is a pretty good educational tool/"distribution", if you really want to point at something that will force someone to learn how to piece things together bit by bit. But if someone really wants to learn how their system works (including but not limited to how it is built out of many different components and where those components are configured), no distro is going to prevent them from doing so.

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