Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 12th Dec 2003 06:53 UTC
Slackware, Slax "Slackware Linux is not your ordinary Linux distribution. For starters, it rarely figures in news headlines, preferring to keep a low profile instead. Its developers have stubbornly resisted any attempts to make their users' lives easier: the distribution provides no graphical configuration utilities, it's package management does not resolve dependencies and its simple, text-mode installer has undergone very few changes in years. Yet, Slackare Linux remains one of the top 5 Linux distributions in use today. What is the reason for its tight hold on many users?" Read the article at DistroWatch.
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by enloop on Fri 12th Dec 2003 10:02 UTC

As much as I like good reviews of Slackware, this one implies that Slack configures X automatically but poorly; suggests the risky option of importing an X config file from another distribution; shows the clearly impossible example of cfdisk running in an xterm prior to installation; fails to mention use of "netconfig" to configure the network; complains about no TrueType fonts but fails to mention that Bitstream Vera fonts are the default; and, incorrectly suggests lilo append lines can only be added after the install, when the option is offered during the install.

The review laments the lack of a dependency-resolving system for Slack. That's a matter of taste, but I'm sure every seriouos Slack user would consider that the kiss of death. The lack of automatic dependendecy resolution is the preice reason I'm using Slackware.