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: Algol
by skaeight on Wed 24th Sep 2003 16:34 UTC

I completely understand that ./configure checks for dependencies. My point is that ./configure; make && make install is not hard to do and does all of the dependency checking that is required. Why do I need another layer of complexity added into the mix? I've always had some stupid problem with every distro I've used up until slack, and it usually came down to package management getting in my way. Whe even bother with it?

As for as configuring X, no you don't have to write the whole configuration by hand in vi (i prefer vim). What I do is run XFree86 -configure as root. It plops a XFree86Config file in /root. All you have to do is add the refresh rates of your monitor and your preferred resoltuions. OH and "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" if you have scroll mouse. Yes I know not everyone wants to do this, or knows how. My point is, just because slack doesn't have a gui interface built into the installer to configure x, doesn't mean you shouldn't use it. Just RTFM as some might say.

Learn about your XFree86Config file, learn about your entire /etc folder. From my experience at least, changing one value in a text file in vim is a lot easier than trying to work with mandrakes half assed control center. Once again not everyone cares to do so and that's fine. But I dont know how you can say debian and mandrake are light years ahead of slack.