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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Install now (and what) or later?
by someone247356 on Wed 24th Sep 2003 16:12 UTC

First off,
Anonymous Coward (IP: wrote:

""I am literally having a blast"

I've noticed that people (especially Americans and the US media) use the word "literally" to emphasize something, and unless the definition has changed in America, it means just the opposite.

It really annoys me when words are used incorrectly, but I'm not too sure why. Other people have mentioned it to me as well.

Literally: "actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.""

As an American I have to ask, Did you read what you wrote?

"I am literally having a blast" means (to this American);
"I am really, without exaggeration, having a blast, no really, I'm not kidding, exaggerating, or making this up, I really am having a blast."

So how exactly does that mean exactly the opposite? The next time you hear someone use the word "literally", as the person you quoted did, substitute your definition "actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy" in its place. That's what they meant.

Now, having said that, I burned the Slackware 9.0 ISO meaning to replace my RedHat install, but got tied up in Windows land for the last couple of months (VB/VBA/Access development, don't ask ;) . Now that I finally have the time to install Slack, I hear about 9.1 rc. *sigh* Should I install 9.0 anyway and then upgrade, install a rc, or wait until 9.1 goes gold? Suggestions anyone?

Thanks in advance,


Just my $0.02 (Canadian, before taxes)