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 FuraxFox on Mon 17th Jan 2005 02:54 UTC

>I don't like Slackware because it is the only nostalgic >distribution.
Nostalgic ?

>It doesn't use shadow passwords,
crenard@chronos:~$ cat /etc/slackware-version
Slackware 10.0.0
crenard@chronos:~$ ls -l /etc/shadow
-rw-r----- 1 root shadow 563 2005-01-13 10:18 /etc/shadow
and it has been there for long.
I think you are mixing shadows passwords and PAM which Slack does not use.

>system V scripts,
It supports System V scripts if you need them, but they are not the default system. I find Slack start system being one of the reasons I love this distrb : they are very simple to maintain.

> no gnome
Gnome is currently part of Slackware, if it is dropped, from the main distrib, Dropline Gnome has been providing an excellent Slack "plug-in" for Gnome for a while.

>no graphical installers,
Those are so nice when moving around racks without a fscking mouse that I wont go in it (also they are memory voracious).

> no package resolution system, etc.
"Package resolution system" is usually the issue raised by people who never used Slack.
RPM systems seems to have a will by itself to become corrupted.
And while Apt-get has admitedly been superior in its ease of use for a while, swaret has become the Slack must-have that works very much alike.
Slackware choice of package management(particulary on granularity) is different but I never encoutered a problem with it (particulary not one of those nasty circular dependancies).

For me, Slackware is simply easer because more "transparent" than most distros.

And if P.Volkerding says Gnome has become to difficult for him to support, I really believe that a man who has been managing one of the main Linux distros the last TWELVE years has a point view worth listening to!

My 2 euro-cents