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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Wireless and Hotplug
by Gabriel on Mon 31st Mar 2003 20:21 UTC

The hotplug subsystem recognized my laptop's WPC-11 wireless card as eth1 (using the Orinoco driver) right off the bat, making Slackware the only Linux distribution to automatically set up my card (FreeBSD was able to also), short of asking me for an SSID. It's surprising how many distributions ignore wireless cards. I have since changed to the HostAP driver, but the hotplug system is a nice addition to Slackware.

By the way, xstow and Slackware make an excellent team. And don't forget to hit SourceForge for a copy of SlackPkg (

Slackware is still the same great distribution it has always been, so if you have been away awhile, come back and see how much nicer it is now that you don't need to make 35 floppies.