Linked by Steve Husted on Mon 12th Apr 2004 09:30 UTC
Slackware, Slax This is an article about my experiences with Slackware 9.1, a distribution of Linux that I find enjoyable, along with programs that I find useful and enjoyable.
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by C. Whitman on Tue 13th Apr 2004 17:05 UTC

I'm not sure what you mean when you say that Slackware has no patches. Are you talking about patches specifically for the security packages you mention? I only ask since vanilla security patches for standard packages are provided with Slackware:

ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-9.1/patches/

for example, and info about security patches at

http://www.slackware.com/security/

Of course these are only the type of security patches that you would get from running

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

in Debian, for example. To include things specific to SELinux and such would be beyond the scope of what Slackware is trying to do, provide a vanilla Linux with all its files in standard places. Slackware doesn't add patches of its own, but it does provide a conduit for security patches from package developers.

As far as getting enhanced security packages to work with Slackware goes: In my experience if a Linux program that you compile from source is going to work with only one Linux distribution without being mucked around with, it will be Slackware (perhaps Source Mage, and maybe even its "relatives," Lunar and Sorceror, as well, but I haven't used these extensively enough to really say). If tarballs straight from the developer won't install and work correctly with Slackware, then they usually won't install and work correctly with any distro without customization, unless they are designed specifically for another distribution and its non-standard behavior.