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 I do not think that the underlying philosophy of Slackware is obsolete.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: ex-slacker
by Zyx on Tue 10th May 2005 22:06 UTC

In the end I will throw out all cruft and it will all be just GNU utilities based on Linux kernel. What's your point here?

What you are pointing out. Slackware is just the kernel, a bunch of GNU utilities, and some other software. And there is some good guy that packages it for us. He only added some small scripts to make it a bit easier to install/upgrade/remove software. And voila, that is Slack.

Why would i bother to buy some cd's twice a year

To support somebody who does a job that I and many other value very much.

and doing a fresh reinstall when i can just type "pacman -Syu" once a day and keep my system constantly up-to-date. I don't even know what a system reinstall is no more.

FYI: I don't do a fresh install, I actually don't use the CDs for my own systems. My own computers track Slackware current. Do I need a complicated package manager for that? No, just some standard *nix tools and pkgtools. My server rsyncs with one of the Slack mirrors, and shares the slack-current over NFS. I just keep the CD sets handy, just in case (occasionally somebody else wants to give Slack a try too).

It's good you let us know that. Like i written previously, nothing really hold you back from using --nodep option in pacman. But dependency handling in pacman is really an improvement, trust me or not. It ain't no old Red Hat's rpm tool.

You sure like to run in circles, don't you? ;) I don't think it is of any use. It seems that you have made up your mind, and Arch is the one and only thing. Have fun with Arch, it is good that there is choice, just don't spread misinformation or FUD. It is not a professional way to promote your distribution.