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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Slackware is very nice, but...
by Aeonsfx on Fri 26th Sep 2003 02:53 UTC

... I wish that Pat would opt for a full-blown BSD userland like Mastodon does. Crux is also nice in this respect, with an makefile based ports system. Maybe I'm just a *BSD guy, but I would really like an complete BSD userland (that means no GNU tar!) with a Linux kernel for better hardware compatability. I used Slack for a year, and I was impressed, but also like many of the previous users, I found its hardware suppport a little difficult, and its over-simplified tarballs to be insufficient compared to FreeBSD tgz packages. I also wish that it had an official ports system. Nonetheless, it is a very clean OS with an excellent feel. Definitely better than say, Redhat.