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: Slack and Debian
by JoeLinux on Fri 16th Jul 2004 03:36 UTC

First off, I must say I'm very impressed with Slackware 10 on the whole. Speed, stability and security wise, it is pretty much the same as it has been in 9.1 and before - superb! But I do forsee newbies having a problem configuring their X with xorgconfig. They really have to pay attention to the options and be careful with their trigger happy ways on their keyboard ;) . But of course, one can always edit the config via an editor like nano or call up xorgconfig (assuming one has not fiddled with one's runlevel settings and switched to a graphical login as yet as many nowadays tend to do).

I would say I'm equally comfortable with both Debian (running Debian Unstable/Experimental aka SID/SCUD) and Slackware 10. They are both powerful distros with good track records. The ease of post-install maintenance and admin is comparable between the 2 distros e.g. package management tools like Swaret for Slackware and APT for Debian; default window manager configuration utilities like update-alternatives --config x-window-manager for Debian and xwmconfig for Slack. Like some have already suggested, one pull attraction of Slack and Debian for me is the non-enterprise nature vis-a-vis Suse, Linspire, JDS, etc. While it is true that comparatively speaking the packages available in Debian Stable aka Woody are outdated (that is actually an understatement ;) ), those in Unstable/Experimental are definitely bleeding edge e.g. those offered by Joey Hess, rarewares and mentors.debian.

Anyway, it is hard to find anyone who has access to broadband and/or is running Debian as a standalone desktop machine to not want to run Unstable/Experimental. Unless that you are running a server and require the stability. ;) Contrary to what some may think, the 'Unstable' Debian packages are quite stable. At least as stable as those found in Slackware Current. ;) Of course, those in 'Experimental' may result in some hair loss for those not equipped with the guts and skills to handle situations like a broken system. But even if the worst happens i.e. a broken system results from the installation or upgrade of 'Experimental' branch packages, you get to keep the broken pieces. =8))

To be absolutely honest, I cannot really decide which ofthese 2 excellent distros is better. They are both rock solid for me thus far (been running Debian SID/SCUD for 3 years now and Slackware since the 9.0 release).