Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 22:33 UTC, submitted by Rich Morgan
Slackware, Slax Open Addict reviews Slackware Linux 11.0, and concludes: "The latest Slackware release is more of the same pure Slackware goodness from Patrick and Company. It doesn't drastically diverge from 10.2 but adds some new software packages and includes some newer kernel support. Hardware detection is pretty much as basic as it can be with much of the configuration and tweaking on you - the end user. Thankfully, it isn't hard to configure Slackware through its easy to find textfile-based configuration files, but newbies might be lost."
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but newbies might be lost.
by drynwhyl on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 23:31 UTC
drynwhyl
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2006-05-14

> but newbies might be lost.

I dont think Patrick has sleepless nights over this issue.

Whats this bullshit lately about making each and _every_ distro "newbie friendly"? Whats the point of judging a distro on its "newbie friendliness" even though the distro is explicitely _not_ aimed at unwilling to learn newbies?

Whats next? "Solaris hard to configure, newbies might be lost, everybody stick to Ubuntu."?

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RE: but newbies might be lost.
by hitest on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 23:49 in reply to "but newbies might be lost."
hitest Member since:
2006-10-28

Heh-heh, good point:-) I like being able to configure my Slackware boxes the way I want. Yes, we should perhaps make FreeBSD more user-friendly with a shiny anaconda GUI installer......NOT.
People who want things to just work can have Suse, Mandriva, Fedora, or Ubuntu.
If you're not afraid to learn a bit then try Slackware or FreeBSD.

Edited 2006-11-22 23:50

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RE: but newbies might be lost.
by Doc Pain on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 12:22 in reply to "but newbies might be lost."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"Whats this bullshit lately about making each and _every_ distro "newbie friendly"? "

I have to admit that Slackware was my very first Linux distribution in use, long long time ago (SlW 3.4, K 2.0.32 / 2.1.57, X 3.1.1) because i needed someting to typeset a scientific paper (I decided to use LaTeX).

Slackware still achieves the goals of being able to be configured easily. And that's what I think is important to a newbie. It has KDE ("newbie friendly"), so that should be enough. (But I'd like to remember you Slackware comes with XFCE as well, which is much faster and is "newbie friendly" as well.)

"Whats the point of judging a distro on its "newbie friendliness" even though the distro is explicitely _not_ aimed at unwilling to learn newbies? "

Let me try a definition of "newbie friendly":
1. The software installes itself without needing to be removed out of the box it came in.
2. The software is fully configured to what the newbie wants it for.
3. The software tells the newbie what he has to do in every matter.
4. The software silently corrects every newbie user error.
5. The software makes the correct output out of wrong or incomplete input.

But if it's not from MICROS~1, it's not newbie friendly. :-)

People who don't want to learn anything should not be allowed to own a computer. Because people like car analogies: If you don't want to learn to drive a car and what the rules of public traffic are about, you're not permitted to drive a car. Simple solution.

And for installing Slackware, you don't need to be a "computer person". Even my neighbor got it running, and he hasn't seen any Linux in his life.

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