Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Oct 2006 21:54 UTC
Slackware, Slax Slackware Linux 11 was released at the beginning of this month, which marks 13 years of continued development. Slackware Linux, while not the first Linux distribution, is the oldest surviving one, and is starting to show signs of aging. The first version of Slackware Linux was released on July 16, 1993, by Patrick Volkerding. More here.
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Misses the Point
by enloop on Wed 18th Oct 2006 23:46 UTC
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The reviewer complains about things that attract people to Slackware in the first place.

If you know Unix, or want to learn, Slackware doesn't stand in your way with a cluttered overlay of distribution-specific GUI tools and hand-holding efforts. People who know what they're doing often resent all that handholding, especially when it interferes with them doing what they want to do.

I suspect the typical Slackware user is quite capable of compiling a kernel, so the continuing use of 2.4 is immaterial. Besides, how many current Linux users really have any idea of the capabilities delivered bt 2.6?

Slackware's reliance on untweaked upstream software is a real boon to anyone who wants to stay current with the latest releases. New KDE release? Just grab the code and compile. It'll work. Can't say that for distributions with bloated dependency resolvers standing in your way.

Finally, Slackware is the fastest Linus distro I've used. Making things easy for newbies often means slowing things down for everyone else.

If Slacware hadn't been around for years, and was released as a brave new stripped down Linux intended to counter the trend toward bloated know-nothing distros, I suspect this review would have been very different.

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