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: Slackware reviewed by biased.
by Adi Wibowo on Wed 24th Sep 2003 15:08 UTC

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.

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.

That will happen if you don't know what packages needed to build a firewall server, or desktop system, or web server, or mail server and so on.
If we know packages we need we will install those and forget about the rest. No need to install everything.

I think this is why administrator is needed.

Slackware is never intended to become next generation desktop system. New user to linux that don't know everything will not install firewall, don't you think?