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 Namaseit on Tue 30th Sep 2003 07:12 UTC

I agree with A Slacker above, while for the "user" it seems like a good idea. Slackware users are not your typical users. I started linux with the strong belief that terminal configuration is always better then gui conf. Kind of like math, sure you can use a calculator easily, but if you dont know what the tool is doing how does it help you? I use terminal for all my configuration. If you added redhat style configuration utilities what makes slackware different from redhat then? Sure you make things easier for some people, but as the philosopy of slackware says, "aimed at producing the most "UNIX-like" Linux distribution". Part of slackware is the experience of learning about your OS.
You say, "well not everyone wants to learn about their OS.". Thats fine they dont have to, there are plenty of alternatives. Slackware isnt for you. You can choose redhat, mandrake, suse, debian, or windows for all i care. But slackware is good because it sticks to what its users have come to like for so long, simplicity. Sure adding options to a config file in a terminal doesnt sound simple to you, but thats why slackware isnt for you. I like slackware cause it doesnt change radically. I dont like massive changes in direction from a distribution. Look at RedHat.
So i think Slackware is just fine. Change is overrated. Slackware doesnt have to be the #1 distro or catch up to user demands. It meets mine and many other peoples demands efficiently and effectively. Who else do we need to please? It does what it does, and it does it exceptionally well.