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 & Ali
by Algol on Wed 24th Sep 2003 22:44 UTC

About that "why rpm sucks" post, it is just silly. It has nothing to do with rpms but with packaging of binary packages (which slack also does), it also totaly sidesteps the dependancy handling by using no-deps. If I was to force in a package in slack that depended on libraries that were different from the ones present, but was named the same I would have the same problem.

And no, I have never tried slack, but I'm always on the hunt for reasons to try new distros. Slack however, fails completely to impress me. It has up to date software, sure, but it is archaic in it's setup and configuration.

If you feel that an apt-get managed system gets out of your hands, then fine. Why didn't you just say so? Just keep in mind that apt-get is an OPTION, and that you can handle debian in the same way as you seem to manage slack, downloading tar.gz source files and then compiling them on your own. To me, the availability of graphical configuration and dependancy-resolving software, when I want them (noone is forcing them upon you, even when using mandrake you can still do it the hard way) is added value, which brings other distros lightyears ahead of slack.

Ali, I have no problem that Eugenia favours this distro, it's her choise, however the review seems to state that this is a suiting distro for the desktop workstation and server, generally and not only for her. We seem to be on the same page about this, slackware is for people who know what they want to do and know exactly how to do it, but that is not what the review states. This, I have a problem with.