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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Slack Times - Performance
by Rhyotte on Wed 24th Sep 2003 10:01 UTC

I Have dabbled with Linux for a few years on and off. Tried most of the larger Distro's, and also FreeBSD. Of them all (not bashing the others) Slackware and FreeBSD were alot easier for me to "grasp". To clarify a couple points: when you use a full journaled file system e.g. JFS if you walk up to the running system and hit the power off switch, powering it back up is no more likely to cause a the dreaded "fsck-go take a coffee break boot time" than a Win2k machine is likely to give you a "scandisk" (assuming NTFS). JFS has a method and mode of disk checking that is Extremely Fast. Not saying others dont, only that I run my Slack 9 box on JFS and have been VERY pleased with its boot speed, overall speed, and rock solid stability. I even dual booted Win2k / Slack 9 and ran the game Never Winter Nights: system has 896 ram and is a P3-933 with GF 2 video and SBLive sound. Believe it or not in actual gaming play with ALOT of spells going off and sound on full the Slack box was Notably smoother. Scenes that turned Win2k into a slide show, only made Slack 9 hiccup a bit and merrily march along. Disk access was nearly non existant with Slack, windows disk access was constant. Hope this gives a few small insights into Performace.