Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Sep 2012 19:13 UTC, submitted by Beket_
Slackware, Slax "Slackware 14.0 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.10.0, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.8.5, a recent stable release of the 4.8.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment. [...] Slackware uses the 3.2.29 kernel bringing you advanced performance features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager), and encrypted filesystems. Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux."
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Comment by Sodki
by Sodki on Sun 30th Sep 2012 19:48 UTC
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Please don't get me wrong, I'm not against the existence of Slackware and I truly appreciate all the work that has been put in it. I was a Slackware user for a number of years and I've just installed Slackware 14 on a test machine. I'm also knowledgeable in many other GNU/Linux distros, which is why I make the following question:

Why use Slackware at all? I can accept the answer "because I can", but I would prefer something a bit longer than that. To be fair, I can't think of any answer which couldn't be refuted with "distro X does it better", where X could be replaced by more than one name.

Help me understant Slackware in this day and age. Thank you.

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