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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Slackware speed and desktop use
by joef on Thu 15th Jul 2004 11:23 UTC

I've found Slackware to be the fastest binary distro on my machine. Crux Linux 2.0, which comes as a binary distro for i686, but is source-based once you have the basic system installed, did seem to be snappier, but that might have a lot to do with the applications I was able to get working. Couldn't get the GIMP to intall, for instance, but Fluxbox was very fast.

And that pretty much defines why I stick with Slackware despite constantly trying out new distros: it hits the sweet spot of combining speed and simplicity with just enough hand-holding. Red Hat and Suse (etc.) felt like an old English butler who always handled the little details for me, but did everything at a somewhat deliberate pace. Gentoo and Crux (etc.) zipped right along, but you have to do way too much work to get it going and keep it going (I like having my OS be a hobby, but not a lifestyle).

I've pretty much settled on Fluxbox and the most popular apps (Mozilla, OpenOffice...) and find I'm very productive, while still having an infinitely tweakable Linux system. Probably the best compliment I can pay Slackware is that I run OS X on a dualie G5 at work, and I much prefer Slackware on my AMD 2800-based home-built box. It's faster and more fun. Of course, I stay in MS Office all day at work, and that might explain a lot...