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: Slack reviewed by biased, cont.
by Adi Wibowo on Wed 24th Sep 2003 21:10 UTC

My question is merely that how can the lack of such features make it the best distro on the face of the earth? .... If you know exactly what you want to do, and you want to do it by hand, then slack is maybe the best distro, but for most other things, mandrake and debian are legues ahead of slack.

As you already said by yourself.
Slack may be the best distro ... for Eugenia (who are willing to do it by hand may be?), and Mandrake or Debian are the best distros for you.

So why you need to ask Eugenia about it?
She wrote about the best distro for her, right?

As for the need of administrators:
Yes, they are needed, but to what extent they should be needed is another issue. Should one need a certified admin just to install a piece of software? Sure it is fun to say that you have done it the hard way, and that you've mastered linux, but is it really necessary? By the same logic it would be a good thing to write the whole system by yourself.

As I already said. The purpose of Slackware is not to become next generation of desktop system.
So yes, everyone using slackware need to know how a system works or willing to know how a system works.