Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 15th Jan 2005 02:09 UTC, submitted by Paul Best
Slackware, Slax On a recent IRC discussion Pat discussed Slackware's future and the restructuring that will happen for Slackware 11. Regarding the removal of Gnome from Slackware, he said: "GNOME is not easy to build into packages, lacks decent documentation to build, and requires many undocumented system changes for things to work 100%".
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I've switched
by Morgan on Sat 15th Jan 2005 04:21 UTC

As much as I have always loved Slackware -- it's the distro that really got me excited about Linux -- a few months ago I made the difficult decision to switch. Like Eugenia, I'm a Gnome person and I need a distro that fully supports Gnome. I also dislike Dropline; it made Slackware too unstable for me, and stability was the number one reason for running Slackware in my case.

I am now running Ubuntu, and I simply love it. The only things I miss from Slackware are the 2.4 kernel -- although I am getting more used to 2.6 every day -- and the amazing stability. Ubuntu has locked up on me more than once, and so severely that even my keyboard was locked up. I suspect this is simply a hardware flaw that never revealed itself under Slackware, but nonetheless it can be a show-stopper. I have forced myself back into the habit of saving often and early. Slackware allowed me to get lazy in that respect.

I have tried Arch, and while it was very nice, something about Ubuntu is making me stick around for a while. I think it has a great future as one of the leading GNU/Linux distros in the years to come.

As for Patrick, I am very happy that he is getting his health back, and I wish him the best with Slackware in whatever direction he takes it. Even without Gnome, it is still the most versatile and powerful distro in my opinion, and I am sure it will serve its non-Gnome users very well as always.