Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 12:02 UTC, submitted by SilentBob4
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu MadPenguin takes a look at Flight 5 of Ubuntu Dapper, and concludes: "All in all, Ubuntu 6.06 is gearing up to be quite an impressive release. Granted, I saw some bugs during my stay on the distribution, but can I really complain? It's not a full release, so it deserves some breathing room. Considering some of the horribly authored software I've looked at over the years, I feel that Ubuntu in pre-release form is more stable than other distros when they reach final release status. It's not quite in the league of Slackware and Red Hat/Fedora in that respect yet, but it's surely getting there in a hurry."
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Just because Slackware is "ancient" does not mean that it is in anyway inferior

From the security point of view it's inferior.

You have the build system out of the box for compiling applications.

And in other distributions you can't compile software? You just need to tick during installation all development related apps. After installation you can always install *-devel (RPM based distros) or *-dev (Debian based distros) packages.

You have "vanilla" builds of packages which tend to have less modifications (if not 0) than the original software from the author.

IMHO it's a problem. Do you want to use buggy applications? I'm a Fedora Extras developer and if I have a chance I always backport important fixes from CVS/SVN. Of course I always contact with upstream developers first to make shure that I won't screw the job up ;)

Maintaining a big pile of patches isn't an easy task - that's why we try to push our fixes upstream.

I am no expert as to why this makes it better but my exprience running Slackware servers vs others is that they tend to be very quick, stable and dependable.

What a pity that they are not so secure like other distributions. No Stack Smashing Protector, no Position Independent Executables, no FORTIFY_SOURCE, no MAC like SELinux, etc. For instance, this is all available in Fedora by default →

Let's take a look at PHP in Slackware. I was shocked when I noticed that (php-4.4.2-i486-3.tgz) and (php-5.1.2-i486-2.tgz) contain text relocations [1]!

[y4kk0@X tmp]$ eu-readelf -d | grep TEXTREL
[y4kk0@X tmp]$ eu-readelf -d | grep TEXTREL
[y4kk0@X tmp]$

WTF [2]? PHP in FC5 is compiled properly:

[y4kk0@X tmp]$ eu-readelf -d /usr/lib/httpd/modules/ | grep TEXTREL
[y4kk0@X tmp]$

From the security and performance point of view PHP in Slackware is useless.

PS Sorry that I talked so much about Fedora. It's a thread about Ubuntu, but I don't know this distribution quite well :/

[1] More about textrels here:
[2] WTF -- Were They Thinking™ ;-)

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