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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lack of package update tools?
by rootrider on Fri 12th Dec 2003 12:35 UTC

from the article: "There is also the issue of updating existing installed packages - Slackware provides no tools to do this."

It seems the reviewer is completely unaware of upgradepkg. ;)

Something I really wish these reviewers would mention is Slackware's tagfiles. I recently made a slackware-current installation cd and used custom tagfiles to automate the install process. The result is an install cd that includes a custom 2.4.23 kernel, a few other custom packages (mplayer, etc.), and the ability to easily accept/deny packages as needed (thanks to the tagfiles). Tagfiles make a system administrator's job much easier!