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 I do not think that the underlying philosophy of Slackware is obsolete.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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Now that I have a Mac...
by Morgan on Wed 11th May 2005 00:27 UTC

...I'm not running GNU/Linux anymore. However, for any future x86 projects (I have a couple in mind, both revolving around a mini-ITX board), I will most certainly use Slackware, as it is the distro I know the most about. I ran it as my main OS for nearly three years, and I am very comfortable with every aspect of setting up and configuring it to do what I need. My favorite feature by far is the vanilla 2.4 kernel; I can modify it to my heart's content without worrying about breaking some obscure, unnecessary patch. I also am very familiar with LILO, so unlike the reviewer I never have problems with booting a modified kernel.

As for desktop use, well, as I said I used it for almost three years, and other than a couple of minor applications, it was a great desktop. The only thing that could lure me away in that area was Ubuntu/Kubuntu. I don't think "Desktop Linux" gets any better than that. In fact, Kubuntu was the first distro that made me like KDE! The reason I switched to Ubuntu originally was because of Patrick's announcement that he was going to drop GNOME support. I didn't care for Dropline, and I don't have the patience to use Garnome, so Ubuntu seemed a perfect fit. For the most part, it was, but on my dated 1GHz system it was very slow. A friend and recent Linux convert convinced me to try Kubuntu, despite my loathing of KDE. I did, and I was blown away! Kubuntu had what I liked about KDE (speed), but severely cut down on the feature bloat, which was what made me dislike it so. Other than a few general Hoary bugs present in both distros, I was satisfied. Of course, a few weeks later my (2-month-old) hard drive died, and a week after that my Mac arrived. I am very happy so far with my decision to switch to PPC/OSX as a desktop, but I am still planning to tinker with Linux/x86 in the future.