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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"literally having a blast" would more likely mean they were blowing something up, or they themselves were blowing up. Thus, literally was misused. "Figure of speech" is derived from things spoken Figuratively... "having a blast" is speaking figuratively to begin with, thus saying you're literally doing something figurative you remove the exaggeration and come out with exactly what the statement says. So once again, "literally having a blast" would mean either they were blowing someting up, they themselves were blowing up, or maybe they were eating someting which was blowing up... like "having a piece of cake"... to be honest, "literally having a blast" doesn't make much sense at all.

On to slack.

I've been using slack since 3.1 if I remember correctly. Between 3.1 and 7 I dogged around a bit, and tried Slackware 4 aswell. Hands down no other distro seems to cut it... and I've tried plenty. One I've not tried that I'm tempted to is Gentoo, but I see no need for it, and I'm not a fan of ports like systems. I prefer doing most of the work of retrieving software, figuring it's dependencies, and installing myself. I just feel it keeps my system cleaner if I know where everything is. Slack is just a great distro, it's clean and to the point. It's lack of a truly good built-in package management system is one of the things I adore about it, because despite what others think, package management systems become a pain in the ass.

To answer someone's question earlier. There are several modes for installing slackware. The best way to go is the expert route where you choose each package singularly. Since all of the major libraries you'll most likely need for dependencies are all stuck in one package set, if you enable everything in the "l" package set, you shouldn't have any problems. Installing everything in the L and select packages from other sets means you're not installing the whole thing, only problem then is you may not need some things in the L set. It's best just to know or have an idea what packages use what and what you're more likely to need for your system. I personally install only several common packages from the L set, and I leave out both Gnome and KDE without any problems. I leave out the majority of extra X apps too. I'm very selecting about which applications I use and I'm not a big fan of what any desktop environment bundles with it. So in short, the installation is easily and massively configurable if you know what you need. If not you'll be more prone to installing just entire sets, or the whole thing. Mind whoever say having to install the whole thing makes bloat... one great thing about slack is Volkerding likes to keep it all on one CD. So installing everything slack comes with and installing Half of what some other distros come with tends to be the same thing. Bloat isn't just a matter of how much of a distro you install... it's how much that distro offers you to install compared with how much you do.