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: A whole bunch of crap
by Anonymous on Wed 24th Sep 2003 17:26 UTC

I don't think I know distro that forced its users to upgrade only once or twice a year? Name it please?

Any distro that makes you upgrade only and only from a CD only every few weeks, months, or years should be avioded. There, I think I phrased it better now. I'm not hear to mention names, I might offend others in the process.

And about claim about good distro, please explain what kind of :
- easy init system, and
- great package management system
you think is good.
There are several flavour of distros, because there are several kind of taste about "good" and "bad". And we can pick one the most fitted with us.


Very good inquisition. A good init system is one in which services are easy to start, stop, add permanently or temporarily, remove permanently or temporarily at different runlevels (i.e. boot default, nonetwork, etc).

A good package management system will be one that those the following;

1). provides you with tools to look up information about a package or search for it.
2). provide one with tools to list the dependencies of a package.
3). provide one with tools to determine or manipulate which dependencies should be installed based on how critical the dependency is.
4). provide one with tools to list or search for packages installed on your system, where the the packages' files are installed and other relevant information about the packages.
5). provide one with tools to easily uninstall the packages and it's dependencies if necessary.
6). provide tools that will seamlessly and automatically download, search and install packages and their dependencies without error at your biding.
7). provide one with a repository or ports of all packages known to man.
8). enables a user update their system anytime, most especially during security updates to important packages openssh comes to mind. (e.g. I update my system daily, not when gentoo releases it's next CD)
9). provides update to official stable packages in a timely manner. When KDe-3.2 pops out, I'll probably be using it the next day on gentoo.
10). Provide stable, testing, and unstable branches for their packages. This is particularly important for user who intend to run servers.
11). It's so easy to use, my grandma uses it while eating dorritos.
12). Has a logical file system layout.

My criteria sounds quite stringent, but a distro with a package management system that scores 5/5 on each point I've listed above will earn my usage and respect. So far, only debian, for binary, and gentoo, for source, have even come close. They'll easily achieve 3/5 on each characteristic I listed above.

I hope I answered your queries satisfactorily