Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 7th Jul 2007 06:01 UTC, submitted by Alain Reyes
Slackware, Slax Here is an interesting "take a note" kind of article about the newly released Slackware Linux 12.
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Why is Slackware special ?
by trenchsol on Sat 7th Jul 2007 12:55 UTC
trenchsol
Member since:
2006-12-07

I have never used Slackware, but I always had an impression that it is somehow different from other distributions. Perhaps more than they are different from each other. Is it true ? Why ?

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raskolnikov Member since:
2006-03-19

- BSD-like init scripts (with sysV compatibility)
- simple and effective build system (shell scripts)
- vanilla packages (patched only if broken or unsecure)
- packages are plain tar.gz archives
- no dependencies tracking

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trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

What do you mean by "build system" ? Something other instead of autoconf ?

What does it mean "no dependencies tracking" ? Packages. How do you manage packages then ?

Is there some FAQ on Slackware, that explains the specifics ?

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RE: Why is Slackware special ?
by glarepate on Sun 8th Jul 2007 00:24 in reply to "Why is Slackware special ?"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

I switched away from Slackware to use SuSE for a while. I switched back because my swap partitions would fill up with hundreds of megabytes and slow the system down. Not horribly, I have 3 fast drives and sometimes I configure them as a RAID 0 for speed, but still very noticeably slower.

It's not that I run lots of programs at one time that was causing all the swapping. Once the system slowed down, even with nothing but the shell running, even after shutting down X, the swap partitions were still heavily loaded until I did an init 1/init 4 or (perish the thought!!) rebooted. I attributed this to memory leaks.

Even if I was wrong about the cause, the result is that Slackware runs faster than SuSE did and that's worth the switch to me.

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RE: Why is Slackware special ?
by Oliver on Sun 8th Jul 2007 23:16 in reply to "Why is Slackware special ?"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

It's more UNIX than any other "UNIX-like" Linux distro. And it adheres the KISS principle.

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