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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couldn't have said it better my self....
by skaeight on Wed 24th Sep 2003 13:39 UTC

" I have tried more than 10+ different Linux distributions in the past 4 years but I never stuck with any. Red Hat/Mandrake/SuSE are too bloated and slow with complex internal structures (however Red Hat evolves faster of the three). Gentoo is way too involved and got bored easily of its long compilation times while Debian is way out of date in many ways (not just packages) for my taste."

I have been searching high and low for "the distro." The other day I stumbled across a slackware 9.0 disk that I burned right after it came out, but had never used. I was always kind of intimidated by slackware. It just seemed so archaic, and there didn't seem to be enough "packages" for it. However after giving it a try, all I can say is WOW! This is what I've been looking for. I've been very close to giving up on linux, and have tried a few times, but as Eugenia said, I get the urge to use linux sometimes, so I keep coming back.

My experiences with all of the distros she listed are exactly the same as hers. Redhat/Suse/Mandrake all suck (redhat is the best out of all of them though). Debian is good in theory. If there could a more up to date "stable" version I would use it, but you either make the choice of running old crusty software, or running unstable. And please no one chime in with, "I've been running debian unstable since 1967 and I've never had a crash." I've tried it out, had it running great for around a month and one day did an apt-get upgrade and gaim wouldn't work. After spending 2 hours trying to figure it out, I decided I'd had enough of debian unstable.

Another thing about debian is I've never really been successful in compiling my own kernel for some reason. I haven't had any trouble in any other distro.

Gentoo isn't much better. Portage is also good in theory. The problem is, first off to get a working system it takes at least two days. (NO I WON'T USE STAGE 3 W/ GRP!!! THE ATHLON XP VERSION CHOKES EVERYTIME I TRY TO INSTALL GNOME). So I decided I was going to give it one more shot starting from stage 1. Two days later I had gnome and everything up. However, I go to try install XMMS, and it tells me it needs to uninstall gnome panel 2.2 and install 1.4. I'm just like whatever, and I booted into XP because I didn't want to deal with it.

Later on I think, "lets give slack a try." Dropline Gnome 2.4 just came out, and I've been itching to try 2.4 out. 2 hours later (yes hours not days). I have the most amazing desktop I've ever laid eyes on. Dropline is the rolls royce of gnome distributions. And wow rc scripts, they make life so much simpler.

I really think that all of the rpm distros and even debian are guilty of creating FUD about compiling your own software. They kind of make it sound like you can't install anything unless its already built into a nice neat rpm that depends on fifty other rpms. Yesterday I compiled and installed galeon 1.3.9, gnucash 1.87, rhythmbox, ogle, and mplayer. It was so freaking EASY! I had never really compiled software on my own before because I was afraid I'd break something. OH, and checkinstall is your friend! Instead of running "make install", you run checkinstall and it installs a nice neat slackpack and gives you a copy of it. All I can say is my reliance on package management is over. Even the best of the best are not as good as doing things your self.

Do yourself a faver and give Slack a try! If you're new to linux and don't feel you have what it takes to run slackware, great! Don't waste your time with other toy distros. Go to the slackware store, preorder slack 9.1 and also get the slackware essentials. You'll be glad you did. (sorry that sounded like a commercial, honestly I'm not getting paid by Patrick Volkerding.)