Linked by Michael Hall on Thu 15th Jul 2004 07:35 UTC
Slackware, Slax My first experience with Slackware Linux came with version 9.1, after 4 years of using various versions of Red Hat and SUSE Linux. I disliked the general direction these distributions were moving in and didn't see their increasing focus on the "big end of town" as auguring well for either myself or clients of my small one-person IT consultancy business. I quickly became a Slackware convert and have since used it exclusively for all my server deployments. Check in for more and 15 screenshots from Slackware 10.
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Re: Scalability
by Michael Hall on Thu 15th Jul 2004 08:48 UTC

I think that Eugenia has hit the nail on the head. I may not have made the point clearly enough, but early on I tried to make the point that I was talking about small installations (in small business and small community organisations). These are the type of organisations I work for, so I can't really comment about bigger sites. For me at least, part of Slackware's appeal is that it is not an enterprise distro.

Don't get me wrong, it is great that Linux is now in the enterprise and that the bigger distros are catering for the corporates. But there is also a "small end of town" that can't necessarily afford the costs involved in enterprise Linux, but still needs reliabilty and stability. The type of costs I'm referring to are big-dollar up front software costs, costly support/update plans, etc.

Another put-off is a creeping feeling of becoming locked-in to one enterprise Linux's way of doing things. I'm not sure how real this is, but I get the distinct impression that that is where some of the bigger distros are trying to take their clients. And why wouldn't they, that is a standard enterprise level business practice.

Out of interest, what type of enterprise features are you referring to?