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 I do not think that the underlying philosophy of Slackware is obsolete.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.
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RE: Slackware is the distro of the past
by Xyz on Tue 10th May 2005 15:25 UTC

Have you ever tried Arch Linux?

Yes, I have had a quick look at it a while ago to see where all the fuzz is about. To be honest, it didn't really impress me.

The same situation is with Arch packages. They are just tarballs that sometimes contain one additional post-install script. Basically it's the same KISS philosophy as in Slackware, BUT pacman manage wisely dependencies.

Most other package formats also use an ar or other kind of archive. Most other package managers also provide a --nodep option. Why should I use another package manager when I will be typing --nodep all day. In the end I will throw out all cruft, and it will end up being some sort of Slack. Slack consists of just vanilla versions of all software, packaged by someone I trust and buy a CD set from twice a year. It must be hard to believe, so I will reiterate once again. I need no dependency checking, I need no update tool that automatically fetches packages from the internet, I need no hand holding, I need no automatic compilation infrastructure, I need no gazillion bleeding-edge packages.

Yes, if Slackware would ever go the path of adding such things (which most likely won't happen, since it hasn't happened in over 10 years), I would take the latest "traditional" release of Slack and update it myself with the SlackBuild scripts until some other group continues the KISS tradition.

Some of you guys are just funny, you keep preaching to yourself that candle is still the best light source out there, when some people improved on it and discovered a light bulb.

No, tastes differ. What you see as an improvement for you would be a step back for me. That's why it is great that there are different distributions. But Arch obsoleted Slack in no way. It just has a slightly different target group.