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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RE: Well
by situation on Thu 19th Oct 2006 15:40 UTC in reply to "Well"
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2006-01-10

I think the amount of work levels out in the end (depending on how long you plan on using Linux). Slackware has a lot of "up front" pain / time / effort to get everything customized as needed (this can vary depending on how deep you want to get with the customization). But once setup in this way, a user can just keep upgrading their existing install without any problems.
Now for the "just work" type of users (that you seem to think everyone is), they technically get an easier initial setup (since guis are easier, right :/ ). But in the long run there will be upgrade conflicts, reinstalls, etc. Try maintaining a Red Hat install from version 4. Now try the same with Slackware from version 8 to current.
This is broad of course, but good to keep in mind. Plus I think that the "full" install of Slackware does just as good a job at letting people "just work" right off the bat. Since it sounds like you haven't tried Slackware recently, you probably didn't know that.

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