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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@anybody: Apples and Oranges
by Anonymous on Fri 16th Jul 2004 11:25 UTC

>>"...How easy is it to create a multi-disk Raid 5 Array on top of LVM..."

Probably not very, but I don't care. I don't need to do that. If I did, I'd use something else.

I don't need to haul 10 tons of stuff to a warehouse every day, either. That's why I don't drive a truck.

>>"... why is it a poor desktop? If you install Gnome and KDE, there is no single unified menu..."

It isn't. That's what Gnome and KDE look like when you install them just as they left the developers' machine. If you'd rather let someone else customize your desktop, fine.

>>"...we demand more than stability..."

You do. I don't. Slackware fills needs other distributions don't, and vice versa. I like not being confined to a specific distribution's repositories. I like being able to use any software I choose without waiting for someone else to "package" it and without worrying that I might break something if I install it. I like having no overlay of configuration files spawned by graphical tools to understand and track. I don't like putting my trust in someone else's tools that do undocumented things in undocumented ways.