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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RE: Brandon Bennet & M J
by enloop on Fri 12th Dec 2003 20:01 UTC


Thanks for the reminder about the vesa drivers. I'm so used to running xf86config at the end of an install that I haven't had any reason to pay attention to that. Ditto for the xterm thing. Of course, xterm won't be there on a clean install on a newly partitioned disk.

Most of the install process is governed by a series of discrete scripts that can be launched post-install, like netconfig. It would be useful if these scripts were identified during the install.

Agree wholeheartedly about packaging schemes that try to resolve dependencies. In my experience, at some point they all fall apart because you need to second guess what the installer thinks is a dependency. Better to know what's on your machine and proceed accordingly.

M J:

Startx is a script that initiates the X system. It won't produce the results you expect unless something or someone has already configured X for your hardware. I always configure X manually because it is easy, prevents mistakes, and gives me the setup I want, not what some program thinks I want.