Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 9th May 2005 18:38 UTC, submitted by Robert Burns
Slackware, Slax "I have very mixed feelings about this release of Slackware. I do not think that the underlying philosophy of Slackware is obsolete. The concept of a system that can be configured and molded to the n'th degree is still in my opinion very much a good idea. However, this release of Slackware is not without its problems in execution." Read the review here.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
The Last Laugh
by ex-slackware user on Tue 10th May 2005 03:03 UTC

When I was a newby, I was told to start with Slackware because..

..It was the oldest
..It was the closest to UNIX
..I would have to learn the guts of the system
..It was the leanest
..It was the best on old hardware

What no one told me about was the open hostility I would receive from the Slackware "experts". The people in the newsgroups would not allow any question to be asked unless it was purely Slackware-specific, meanwhile they wrote hundreds of posts about eachother and themselves. They loved it. They thought they were in a private club, but it was more like a kindergarden classroom. And God help you if you talked back to them (notice this message will say 'Comment Pending Review').

I don't know how many more years Slackware will survive, but one thing is for sure - when Slackware dies, I am going to have the last laugh.