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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Memory Usage....
by Rhyotte on Thu 25th Sep 2003 07:53 UTC

Gotta admit, that post about linux having such heavy memory usage is way out of line. I have 3 boxen here networked. 2) P-3's, and 1) Pentium 120. I installed KDE 3.1.1 and Gnome 2.2 under Slack 9. Ill use KDE as the example this time. Kde, Openoffice 1.0.3, Mozilla 1.2.1, and sylpheed mail opened I was usin the whole 96 megs ram And swapping about 20 some megs if I remeber correctly. Thats a far cry from booting with 200 used and spiking to 400... Now ill admit that setup did not last too long on that machine. I wound up using Fluxbox instead of KDE ;) That way opening those same programs resulted in only about 93 megs ram utilized. Not too shabby really. Win2k uses more than that: as i type this in Win2k im using 160megs ram with Mozilla-Firebird open (not freshly booted).
As for package management Regsitry in Windows = Evil (but very cool), Linux *hell* = No Registry Nightmares... Any of you sys Admins had XP registry Freeze up on you?....yeah you know you have. Now how about Linux *registry freeze* talking about was working a minute BSOD!!! Look Im not bashing MS, nor am i raving about Linux Superiority. Different Os's for different jobs. HOWEVER: Linux Can be a viable option on The Desktop. Not to say optimal, but very workable. Linux really is not for the faint of heart, nor the very very impatient. For those folks perhaps Windows XP is best. I ran XP on an extracted promise for 365 days, on the 366th day i installed Slackware on that system again ;) Im a confirmed Slackware / Windows 2000 Os type of person. Minimalist usable by nature. As i said...different OS for different jobs when "it just needs to get done". Some days Linux other days Win2k... maybe one day I will honestly be able to boot only linux.