Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 24th Sep 2003 01:45 UTC
Slackware, Slax For almost a week now, I've been using Slackware 9.1 (RC-1 released today), and I am having a blast. Slackware doesn't have more than 6-8% of the Linux market these days, but it used to be one of the most-used distros back in the day. Today, many think of Slackware as a true classic, a thought that is often accompanied by a feeling that Slackware is not a user-friendly or an uber-modern Linux distribution. There is some truth in that statement, but there is always the big "But". Read on for our very positive experience with Slackware 9.1-pre. Update: In less than 24 hours since the RC-1, Slackware 9.1 RC-2 is out.
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Linux will implode
by none on Wed 24th Sep 2003 02:31 UTC

The package thing is a MAJOR hurdle that desktop Linux faces. You can't just keep building all the software for every version of every distro and just adding to the number of CDR's. Usually the reason I upgrade my distros all the time has little to do with the distro itself and more to do with getting the updated packages bundled with it. Lack of backwards compatibility often means updating libraries and breaking other stuff that depends on them. I would love to see a statistic on how many man hours this wastes. All sources seem to point to Linux getting much bigger in size (kernel, KDE, Gnome, packages). Many OSS coders like to add cool features, but going through old code and fixing it is much less a priority for most. In its current state, Linux is heading at becoming a maintenance nightmare. Not to mention that most Linux distros seem to agree that throwing all the crap in a handful of /bin /usr/bin /sbin /usr/sbin style directories is the best place for it.

My Red Hat install uses over 200 megs of RAM just after booting. After using it for a while it climbs over 400. Many would say that the idea of storing more in RAM is smarter for speed reasons. But 200+ megs of RAM just to boot is a hell of allot of code just to boot the system. KDE is slow and k-apps like to crash on my computer (must be hardware!). Linux chokes when it's improperly shut down and there is a long list of bugs. Linux is stuck in perpetual beta.

Many people think Linux will take over the world, I think it will implode.