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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But of course I notice the great enthousiasm of Slackware users every time I read a slack article.

Heh, indeed, which is why i take most of what they say take with a grain of salt, it is just a piece of software after all :-)

My question is, is slackware even speedier than Debian?

I see you already got some answers, i wouldn't really put much into them, as everyone seems to think their favorite distro is the fastest there is. It also varies widely what people consider speedy. I think many judges it mainly by how fast applications starts up, which i personally don't care about as i spend very little time starting applications, and i have yet to see any reliable benchmark proving that any distro is faster than another. And the startup times people get seems to be highly random, even within the same distro and on the same hardware.

How 'bloated' is Debian in comparison to Slackware?

How is debian bloated? You get absolutely nothing but the basics installed per default, well, except exim, they could have used maildrop instead. So if you feel debian is bloated then i think it was you who made it so :-)

As for the review itself, i think it was pretty poor. What i learnt from it was that it comes with a fairly recent package selection (big surprise) but absolutely nothing about how you get to configure all those packages mentioned (or do you have to do everything by hand?) or how you keep the machine up to date, or in general, how it did anything better/worse than other distros, except that it have a more limited package selection. Maybe all main distros really are so good that it is nearly impossible to find any convincing points as to why one should choose one over the other.

I also think it was funny that it talked mostly about server installs, yet featued a lot of normal desktop screenshots :-)