Linked by Marc A. Mironescu on Mon 31st Mar 2003 17:18 UTC
Slackware, Slax Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distribution out there. For those who believe that Slackware was the first Linux distribution I have news, because SLS was before Slackware, but that is another story. It is the most *NIX like distribution and has borrowed many of the things we can find in BSD *NIX. Here is a mini-review of their latest release, 9.0.
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by Eru on Mon 31st Mar 2003 19:40 UTC

A lot of people complain about the package management, but really I'm finding it to be a lot more flexible than people seem to think of it :> As an example, earlier on I was moving around files as root, and I accidentally wiped out one of KDE's subdirectories while it was still running (yeah, I know..don't ask ;>). Anyway, I just removed the package that the files were in, installed it back again, and that was it..everything worked fine. I can't really see it being an "Achilles heel" to be honest, so far I've upgraded successfully to KDE 3.1.1 and installed a number of packages from source that weren't included with the distribution at all. If you meant in the way of mainstream acceptance, however, that would make more sense..I don't think Slackware's goal is mainstream acceptance anyway, so much as it is to make Slackware users happy :>

I can understand it not being for everybody though, not everyone wants to keep track of dependencies and things on their own. I think there's a different distribution that caters to everybody, and there's nothing inherently wrong with choosing one that you enjoy using more over another :>