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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Slackware reviewed by biased.
by Anonymous on Wed 24th Sep 2003 14:18 UTC

What you're saying here just defies all logic to the non-slack-initiated reader.

1) Installation and configuration
I don't really care that it's a text based intaller, but some previous note pointed out how easy it was to setup X, just run xfree86setup from bash? If you have to find each and every seperate setup tool for each software, the dist has done NOTHING to simplify for the user. If you have to bloat the system by installing everything, you come down with 0 points in this category.

2) Software up to date?
Here, it seems slack scores a full pot.

3) Software management.
If there is something a dist should do it is to bundle software from developers and make it easy to install for the user. Without dependancy resolvers you obviously have to install everything. Well, what if I don't have the space? If you want to remake that old 486 to a firewall, you need a simple way to install just the packages you need and no other.
0 out of 5 again.

(Having to install all packages? How much more bloated than that does it get?!)

5) Stability.
Well, there is no way that one can say anything about stability in 2 days. You say that every other linux version you've tried has crashed within 2 days? How did you do that?! I havn't been able to crash even mdk cooker (which is supposed to be unstable of the unstable) in that short a time.
3 out of 5.

6) Hardware detection and support.
From your review Id place it at about 2 out of 5.

It feels like I could go on for ever. What I read your review it feels like watching a kid talking about their favourite pet. The downsides are not that important, and the pros are all that matter, and they matter ALOT! Had it been mandrake you reviewed, you would have put two pages of agony upon the problem you had with XMMS.

You end your review with stating that this is your new favorite distro? Personally I think you've never had any other, and with the attitude in the article, you never will.

From the notes posted here, I don't think anyone will see the post. It feels like some sect working their way to a frenzy. This distribution is a small step from doing everything by hand together with an installer, and if that's what you want, fine. If you want to be able to install the system in 15 mins and already have most things configured the way you want them, look elsewhere.