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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Since version 4...
by Joe on Fri 16th Jul 2004 12:36 UTC

I administer a network for the Navy, and I talked my command into introducing Linus into the fray some years ago. We had big problems with a Windows-based firewall application, and I had taken about enough with its instability.

I've personally used Slack since about version 4, when I first discovered it years ago. I still use it for my personal desktop at home. I convinced my bosses to let me install Linus on an old computer to use as a firewall. I used Slack version 8 (this was three years ago) and iptables (which had just supplanted ipchains) and that FW ran without a reboot for about 18 months. Eventually, the network grew and we replaced the PC with a firewall device (Netscreen).

Since then, we've added a number of web servers, DNS systems and general purpose file servers, all running Slack. We're still primarily a Windows shop, but my server room is filled with Linux.

I tried installing Fedora Core 2 on my desktop the other day as a dual-boot system. I've been frustrated to the point that I may just dump it for Slackware 10. I have in on the box at home, so why not?

For it's stability and allowing me to make the decisions on what I want on my systems, Slackware is the best.