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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Stability over bleeding edge - refreshing!
by JeffS on Thu 19th Oct 2006 16:52 UTC
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With the glut of unstable, bloated, buggy Linux distros that shoot themselves in the foot by always trying to be bleeding edge in the pursuit of consumerism and Linux geek short attention spans, Slackware's (along with RHEL, CentOS, Deb stable, etc) preference towards battle proven older software that is both stable and efficient, is very very very very refreshing.

One of my original attractions to Linux/BSD/*nix was to get away from bloated, buggy, unstable Windows. But when I use bleeding edge distros like Fedora or Mepis, or a host of others, I'm quite often no better off (in the stability/efficiency department).

Enter Slackware - which goes for stability over bleeding edge, simplicity of design over superflous features (and the added complexity that comes with it), efficiency over, again, superflous features (and the bloat that comes with it).

Then there are Slackware based distros like Zenwalk, Slax, Vector, MyahOS, etc. These distros manage to be as simple and efficient and stable as Slack (because it's such a great base), but also manage to be more up to date (without being overly bleeding edge) and add extra "niceties" like improved installers and hd detection.

For now, I'm done with all the deb or rpm based distros that resource hungry and buggy.

Just give me Slack, or more specifically, Zenwalk (my current favorite).

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