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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(Slackware - Gnome) + fd.o etc
by Ryan Mikulovsky on Fri 18th Feb 2005 02:35 UTC

I think it'd be rather nice to have at least some manner of impartiality when reviewing a distribution. Saying right off the bat "I love Slackware".... you get the jest :-)

Anyhow, it's nice to see that Pat will take a path not often followed and I think in the end it will be validated as the right choice. Gnome is a dependency mess. Folks need to concentrate more on fd.o for applications instead of locking them to a certain desktop environment. Abiword without gnome is a fantastic change in this version of Slackware. And when Gnome enabled applications are castrated of Gnome support -- I can expect a reasonable increase in reliability and speed plus resultant universal desktop functions. Lastly, of course, more space on disc 1 to provide more topnotch omni-desktop and server environment applications.

That said, Slackware IMO isn't aimed expressly for desktop use and therefore the desktop should not be concentrated on so much. Therefore, the ability to provide a distribution balanced in all facets of use with a high level of quality can be a reality.