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I love Slackware very much, because it is not controlling. Mandrake, Redhat, all newbie-friendly distributions tend to make me have to use their configuration tools.
Agreed. The reason I am recommending Webmin is because it makes it easy to access everything in one place but you're still just editing config files - nothing is "automagic" about it. You still have to understand the underlying conf files.
But I'm against anyone telling Patrick Volkerding what to do. Let him have his Slackware, and if we like it, we'll use it.
I hope nobody felt that I don't like Slackware from reading my article. I REALLY do like Slackware, but what's wrong with making recommendations? It's not like PV has to report back to me or anything. Still, no man is an island and open source is about community collaboration.
Including open office might be nice, but you can install it yourself. Dropline might be nice, but you can install it yourself.
Not sure I understand this point. KDE is nice, but you can install that yourself, too. For that matter, gcc is nice but you can install that yourself. And XFree86, etc. Heck, by this logic, why isn't Slackware reduced to a single floppy? Of course I'm just exaggerating to make a point The point of a distribution is to provide a set of open source packages so you DON'T have to do it yourself, or we'd all be pulling out our hair with LFS.
I feel like Slackware's power comes in how it doesn't tell you how to do everything, so you go learn to do it yourself, and you basically empower yourself along the way.
Again, agreed. I don't believe I ever suggested that Slack tell you how to do everything, did I? I certainly have learned quite a bit about Linux by struggling through Slackware. I'm not a novice but I'm also not a guru and still I managed to fix every single issue (the last few with help from the kind people that replied to this article). Heck, my desktop even says "Slackware Rocks!" (http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/linuxhumor/page6-en.shtml)
I owe you, Pat
Don't we all?