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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RE: Slackware
by Anonymous on Sun 16th Jan 2005 21:08 UTC

Bill Allen (IP: wrote:

I don't like Slackware because it is the only nostalgic distribution. It doesn't use shadow passwords, system V scripts, no gnome, no graphical installer, no package resolution system, etc.

All improvement suggestions made here already exist in other distributions and you don't depend of one only guy. Why not use another distribution ? What Slackware has that others don't have ?

I for one hope Slackware never gets a graphical installer. Why? Because a graphical installer actually limits the type of hardware you can install it on. A good example is Suse 9.1. Its graphical installer looks nice, but is actually less versatile than Slackware's, and if you try to install it on anything less than a P4/Athlon XP with 256MB or greater you are in for a long day. What if I'm installing Slackware as a server or other non-desktop-oriented use? I certainly don't need a graphical installer then.

Slackware's current installer provides the most compatibility with your hardware. It's not hard to learn either. If Slackware were meant to be a desktop-only distro I could understand having a graphical installer; hopefully Slackware will never become so limited.

One other thing: If you are so dependent on point-and-click, then maybe Slackware isn't for you in the first place. There are so many good desktop-oriented distros out there with good graphical installers for the people who are more comfortable with that. Slackware has a very important place in the world of Linux, and hopefully it will stay there for a long time.