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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RE: Setting up XFree86 in Slackware
by Matthew Baulch on Wed 24th Sep 2003 08:36 UTC

> Setting up XFree86 is extremely easy in Slackware. When you boot into
> a freshly installed system, just run
> xfree86setup
> from the shell prompt.

I'd recommend setting up X with /usr/X11R6/bin/xf86config -textmode as this presents you with an easy ncurses driven setup without the need for graphics mode, hence autodetection.

> However, I disagree with the opinion that Debian has outdated
> software. I installed Debian Sid through Morphix and it has very up
> to-date software.

If you're prepared to run a system with horendous (for lack of a better word) instability problems, debian sid is one possible solution. Stable is the only viable solution for the real world IMHO and the 'HOs of many others. As far as distros based on the 2.2 kernel go, debian comes at the top of the list. In some server and embedded systems, debian is top notch. It's just a shame that it isn't a little more with the times (in stable). I would be willing to tolerate old development/productivity software if it came with up to date drivers.

Just my two Australian cents.