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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I would say that Slackware is similar or a bit faster than Debian overall, but not by much.

Regarding Arch, I ran it for a month in April 2004. I got dissapointed by it because of its very poor quality of packages and testing. In fact, testing was pretty much non-existant. At least you know that whatever goes into Slackware-current (yes even on -current), is pretty stable! Arch, is just not.

The guys who run Arch are good guys and they have enthusiasm, but what they don't have is experience how to run the project with some strictness over of what goes in and what must be left out.