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: skaeight
by Algol on Wed 24th Sep 2003 17:02 UTC

Ok, if ./configure is all you want, so be it; I've spent hours looking at ./configure output and guessing what packages contain the libraries mentioned, and I prefer apt-get or urpmi to install packages, but if you want to do it by hand your free to do so. Just keep in mind that apt-get is a BONUS, even on debian you can compile software from source and resolv dependancies by hand if you feel like it.

Pretty much the same goes for configuration files, I only pointed out that software to configure software is sometimes needed; and prefered. You mention that you use software to do the foundation of the XF86Config, and then continue to edit it by hand. What it comes down to is how well the software that creates the foundation can predict what you want in your config file. Personally I think XFdrake does this by far better than XFree86 -configure, but it doesn't really matter. In any case you can always edit the config file by hand afterwards.
That slack doesn't have a graphical installer for XFree isn't a reason not to use it, but it is a disadvantage to other distros, which can do what slack can and then some more.

Finally, I know about XFree, I know about /etc, and I still have to edit XF86Config-4 to get nvidia support, but the foundation Im working needs less hard work and less Reading of The Fucking Manual which is a good thing (tm).