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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the unfriendly distro
by ex-slacker on Fri 18th Feb 2005 00:04 UTC


Slackware use to come on 1 CD. PatV use to say he wanted to keep the distro minimalist, and that he tried hard not to put things in to the distro that did not need to be there. Many of his more vocal users took this to mean that Slackware users should only be minimally useful to eachother. This eventually evolved in to full-blown hostility to new users who made the mistake of asking a question that had previously been answered somewhere on the internet - or heaven-forbid, was not Slackware specific. Read the Slackware newsgroup if you want examples of abuse.

Slackware has now been marginalized by the arrival of leaner (Arch), better supported (gentoo), truer to BSD (FreeBSD), and more common (RH, SUSE,Debian) distros. Pat's health problems only add to the growing view that Slackware is a dying distro. You may have seen the many Slackware users jumpship when his health problems were at their worst. I'm glad he is healthy, but for a while the fate of Slackware was up in the air.

Sorry if this post offends many people, but my experiences with the slackware users is worth warning others about. I went through a lot more at their hands than you have by reading this.