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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Slackware is easy
by JeffS on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 00:28 UTC
JeffS
Member since:
2005-07-12

Slackware, IMHO, is as easy as say, Madriva. It's just that the configuration and set up is in the command line, editing text files, and ncurses menu driven utilities, rather than shiney GUIs.

But the documentation is so good (and succint, and easy), and the cofig files very well commented, with Slackware, that doing the configuration is as easy, if not easier, than any fancy GUI tools offered by "newbie friendly" distros.

Also, the system itself, is well, simplicity itself. Everything is so well assembled and put together, and there is so little complexity and bloat, the making stuff work is simple.

After having gone through the full gammut of distros, that were supposedly more desktop oriented and easier, I've come to really appreciate Slackware's simplicity, stability, extreme lack of bugs, extreme efficiency and speed, and overall elegance and beauty of the system. Other distros, save for a few fine Slack deriviatives (Zenwalk and Slax are both great), I now look at as being too bloated, buggy, and unstable.

It's like the feeling I first got when getting into Linux (RH 7.3 / 9.0 back then), jumping from Windows. RH seemed so much more efficient and stable than bloated, buggy, unstable Windows. Now I get that same feeling when using Slackware, comparing it to other distros.

Prior to using Slackware, I always kept it at a distant, and didn't fully understand why so many people sang it praises so heavily, and remained so fiercly loyal to it. I kind of dismissed then as elitist uber geeks wanting an ultra hard, command line driven, elitist distro.

But that changed, of course, when I started using Slackware. I found, shockingly, that it is really quite easy to install. I had Slack 11 installed on 1.2 GHz cpu, 256 meg RAM, laptop, fully configured (with added regular user, X set up automatically, runlevel set to 4 booting into KDE, etc), and tons of software (3 gigs worth), in under 30 minutes.

Then working with the system, and tweaking, and adding new software with pkgtool, installpkg, et al, was a snap.

I now understand why people say "Once you go Slack, you never go back".

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RE: Slackware is easy
by Dudesdad on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 06:20 in reply to "Slackware is easy"
Dudesdad Member since:
2005-07-10

I will have to agree.
I just did the same set up for my granddaughter on her computer about two weeks ago. It took about 30 minutes flat.
She has gone just over two weeks now without coming to me and complaining about something being messed up on her computer. (It formerly had Windows2000 on it.)
That is a record.
I just took a look at it tonight saw that she had reset all of the fonts, installed a new background image and some wallpapers for the taskbar.
Slackware is different, not harder, just different.
I have had several friends install Slackware with my helping them over the phone and every one of them has been amazed at how easy and fast it really was.
If you know the basics of how to partition a hard drive the rest is just reading the instructions as you go along.
IMHO: Slackware 11.0 is the best Slack ever. Pat did a bang-up job of sorting this one out.

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RE: Slackware is easy
by Jon Dough on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 17:13 in reply to "Slackware is easy"
Jon Dough Member since:
2005-11-30

But the documentation is so good (and succint, and easy), and the config files very well commented, with Slackware, that doing the configuration is as easy, if not easier, than any fancy GUI tools offered by "newbie friendly" distros.

Good documentation is the key. The fanciest GUI configurator is worthless if you don't know what the options do. Anyone, newbie or seasoned user, can follow a well-commented config file.

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RE[2]: Slackware is easy
by Doc Pain on Thu 23rd Nov 2006 18:40 in reply to "RE: Slackware is easy"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"Good documentation is the key. The fanciest GUI configurator is worthless if you don't know what the options do. "

The standard is "trial and error", not "read and see, what you need"...

"Anyone, newbie or seasoned user, can follow a well-commented config file."

You're completely right, and I agree with you. BUT: Users considered as newbies (or John Q. Average or Jane Average) usually don't want to read anything; they just want to go there and clickityclick.

As long as I used Slackware (many years ago), I felt very comfortable with the good documentation. Many other Linusi do not offer this quality. I think this speciality is a good way for newbies to "fall in love" with this special Linux distribution. :-)

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RE: Slackware is easy
by JohnMG on Fri 24th Nov 2006 21:48 in reply to "Slackware is easy"
JohnMG Member since:
2005-07-06

JeffS wrote:
> But the documentation is so good (and succint, and easy), {snip}

Jeff, which docs are you referring to? Last time I tried Slack, I remember being disappointed with the documentation.

Thanks.

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RE[2]: Slackware is easy
by JeffS on Sat 25th Nov 2006 04:53 in reply to "RE: Slackware is easy"
JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

"Jeff, which docs are you referring to? Last time I tried Slack, I remember being disappointed with the documentation. "

Well for starters, there's the Slackware book, which you can either download for free from here:

http://www.slackbook.org/

Or purchase in printed, binded form from the Slackware store.

This book is excellent, very easy to read, very informative, and has had the answers to most of my questions. It also provide pretty much every thing I needed for installing and configuring my Slackware system.

If the Slackware book doesn't provide what you're looking for, there's always slacktips, userlocal, and LinuxQuestions.org (the official Slackware forum).

Also, of course, a full install of Slackware will have lot's of documentation in it. The man pages are very thorough, as are the info pages, the How-To's (in /usr/doc), and the various docs for individual programs. Also, the KDE helps has tons of stuff.

In my experience, Slackware installs more documentation, and thorough, easy documentation at that, than most other distros. Some distros will skimp out a bit in this category.

Anyway, the Slackware book (again, free download, or you can buy the printed version) is fantastic.

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