Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Oct 2006 21:52 UTC, submitted by Matthew Yohnovich
Slackware, Slax "Zenwalk 3 is an operating system based on Patrick Volkerding's Slackware GNU/Linux distribution, version 10.2. The entire operating system fits on a single CD, and stays true to what the author calls the 'Zen philosophy'. This philosophy, as it has been coined, refers to Zenwalk's policy of including one application per task. I've had a few problems with Slackware and Slackware-related systems in the past, but Zenwalk has alleviated all of my stress regarding those issues. Here's why."
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But, it's that rigidity and lacking stuff you may find useful that makes the parents worth building from.

In many cases, the children are not better--you just read more about the better ones, and are clearly interested in a desktop. If I were to set up a small FW, I'd look into customized Linux distros (Smoothwall, IPCop), Slackware, and OpenBSD. Forget the pretty derivatives. All the added features can mean more time trying to get something that should have been simple to work. I've also had this experience with Ubuntu a few times with desktop stuff.

Sure, the parent distros could learn...but they don't, and shouldn't. If Slackware were to take up much of what makes Zenwalk good (I've not tried 3.0, but 2.4, 2.6, and 2.8 were nice), then Slackware wouldn't be as good at what you might use it for as-is; and it wouldn't be as good as a distro to build from, since one of the cool things going for it in both aspects is simplicity and flexibility through minimalism.

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