Linked by Joseph Ferrare on Thu 29th Dec 2005 16:31 UTC
Slackware, Slax I was interested to see how Zenwalk differs from Slackware, and after reading on their web site that version 2.01 is 'the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project', I wanted to see how far Zenwalk has come since it was reviewed here as MiniSlack.
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hyperion
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2005-12-30

Hi,

I think that the diversity is in fact, the reason why the Linux market is so strong against proprietary OS vendors :
- It would be possible for Microsoft to fight against 4 Linux distributions, but it's a bit more difficult to compete against the 30 main Linux projects.
- About the number of Linux distributions beeing a problem for inovation : IMHO it's benefic : more project = more ideas, which are shared in the GPL way of life ;) For example : Zenwalk includes the "Discover" hardware detection system from the Debian project.
- One more point in favor of diversity is that , as time goes, only the best projects/ideas are kept by the users: it's a kind of Darwinism mode of evolution, and I believe it's the right way to select the best technologies : let the users decide !

Zenwalk is a "rational" Linux system, helped in this goal by the fact that Slackware Linux is itself very simple and rational. Zenwalk conforms to standards (Unixology!), that's the reason why it's stable, clean and fast. Slackware and Zenwalk are friends projects, like Debian/Ubuntu : Zenwalk started from a solid Slack base and added improvements in many domains : admin tools (see userconfig, networkconfig, netpkg), kernel, filesystems, apps selection, desktop tunning, system tunning (hardware/video detection...). And for those who takes care : artwork ;)

About XFCE : I really believe that it has an advantage over Gnome : it's designed from the start as a Desktop environment (like KDE), when Gnome is a mix of several small projects. I'm not writing about speed , everybody knows that XFCE is fast, and features are now really near to Gnome's ;)

Cheers

JP

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