Linked by Matthew Trow on Thu 17th Feb 2005 22:22 UTC
Slackware, Slax I was quite excited about the release of Slackware 10.1, the same way I was excited about 10.0 and versions before that. As a self confessed 'Linux Desktop Dabbler', to date, I've found Slackware my favourite Linux flavour to Dabble with.
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RE: newbies
by Nicholas Nickleby on Thu 17th Feb 2005 23:39 UTC

I was a newbie in 1996 and started out with Slackware because it was the easiest to get and install using dialup + floppies. It was GREAT for a newbie back then.

GNU/Linux distros have changed since 1996 and there are currently lots of distros that are more newbie friendly than Slackware. Slackware is relatively easy to install but setting things up for the desktop use need tinkering with config files and some general knowledge of how Linux systems work (which newbies don't usually have). That said, Slackware is still one of the best options for advanced users, especially for server use. But don't try to argue it's a newbie friendly distro because it just isn't.

The review says Slackware is a 2 CD release. Will it become once again 1 CD distro now that gnome has been dropped (for dropline)? IMO, that's a good move. You can get gnome from the dropline team and extra packages from linuxpackages.net and the rest you can build yourself with checkinstall. There's really no need Pat should be required to build more packages than can fit to 1 CD.