Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 14th Sep 2005 23:48 UTC, submitted by Paul Best
Slackware, Slax The latest release of Slackware, 10.2, was just released to the mirrors.
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RE: install still a pain?
by Ethyriel on Thu 15th Sep 2005 01:49 UTC in reply to "install still a pain?"
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Oh come now, the Sarge installer is a usability mess! Partitioning and assigning filesystems is especially unintuitive, and the interface has all sorts of little niggles. If you want a better Slackware installer, look at Arch for an example. After a few installs, I'm in and out in 10 minutes.

The only other better installer I've seen is Libranet, and that's a completely different beast.

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RE[2]: install still a pain?
by on Thu 15th Sep 2005 02:58 in reply to "RE: install still a pain?"
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? Arch...? I could of swore Arch wanted me to setup up my own config files. While granted I'm a power user and thats no biggie....easy???..I dunno about that

( If I'm thinking of the wrong distro, or they have changed it.....disrgard this rant ;P )

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RE[3]: install still a pain?
by Ethyriel on Thu 15th Sep 2005 04:36 in reply to "RE[2]: install still a pain?"
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Yes, it's that Arch. We're talking about Slackware here, that's not much of a stretch for this market. And like I mentioned already, once you figure out what's expected in the configs, it takes a couple minutes to write them. It takes me longer to choose my package set.

The thing I love is how centralized it is around a single menu, rather than dragging you along a predetermined path at it's own pace. Arch lets me take my time when I needed it, and lets me blaze through now that I don't.

Also, something about the whole thing makes it feel more natural to drop to a command line. It's like you're still in control, so there isn't any added barrier to the notion.

Comparatively, the Slackware installer seems rather... overgrown. It's still one of my favorite OS installers, but I'm of the opinion that it needs to be heavily consolidated.

But it's been awhile since I played with Slackware, 9.1 if I remember. Maybe I'll grab the ISO at work tomorrow, and give it another go once I'm done playing with Foresight and Vector. I need to try out that new upgrade to 7Mbps DSL anyway ;)

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