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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by Mephisto on Thu 25th Sep 2003 01:15 UTC

Euginia: How are the default fonts in 9.1? in 8.1 and 9.0 the default fonts in X were not that great.

Additionally, I would like to see more graphical administration tools to be included on Slackware, e.g. the Gnome System Tools, Gnome-DB, Bluetooth and Wireless utils, phpMyAdmin and PostgreSQL in addition to the existing mySQL package.

I agree with you there though only in the extras folder (which has a number of gems). It is sort of a devil's bargain though. How much can a one man operation keep up with?

On your tip to do a full install. I also agree here for a desktop, though be sure to go through your /etc/rc.d directory and /etc/inetd.conf and shutdown any sevices you don't need. Ironically I only recently came to his conclusion, I used to always use menu config, but then I inevitably had to edit my X config by hand to get it right. With a full it works without any intervention. It is more a convenience at the cost of hd space and possible security issues. For a desktop it is an acceptable compromise for me. For a server I would usualy recommend the opposite, install only the absolute essentials for the servers intended purpose and install other packages as you need them.

Someone was asking about dropline and swaret at the same time. I had them both installed on one of my boxes for a while without problems, but I was not really doing much on that system (browsing, email, ssh).

Also for a new install, I would wait for 9.1 final. If you were to install 9.0 you would need to apply all the security patches and would be on an older version of Gnome, KDE, kernel, etc. You could go with an RC but I suppose I am fairly conservative with my production systems. I have one scrap box I have RC1 and a 2.6 test 4 kernel and it is fast but I would not trust anything important to be on it.

Slack is my mainstay and has been for quite a while now. I have issues periodically with a configuration or an app, but Slackware never seems to get in my way like other distros do while troubleshooting. Once it is installed I have always found slack easier to administer as well.