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: Comparisons?
by Eugenia on Thu 15th Jul 2004 09:16 UTC

As you pointed out, FreeBSD is a contender to Slackware, Debian is another one, while people who are used to RH will also use it for the same purposes. But it seems that Debian and FreeBSD as the main ones.

I used to be more into FreeBSD than into Linux the last 2 years, but since I found Slackware I stack with it for one reason: things compile/work easier so you end up having a bigger percentage of success over *random* software that you may want to install. While FreeBSD has the ports system, ports are not always up to date and sometimes they are not full-featured because the FreeBSD subsystem doesn't support some Linux-specific features. Such examples are web cam support and its apps, Mono (the FreeBSD mono port is not full-featured), some DVD/Video apps etc.

If you only care about servers, I guess Debian, Slackware and FreeBSD are pretty equivelant in ease of use and stability (FreeBSD might get some edge in some other fields, but not without having some knowledge on how to tweak it properly). If you care for a workstation, go with Slackware as it has newer stable packages than Debian and it is easy to get by.

So, between Debian, Slack and FreeBSD, I must say this: use all three, test them, see which one ticks you on and go with it. They are very close to each other over all.