Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Oct 2008 20:12 UTC
Slackware, Slax "Slackware remains Slackware. It's been around for a very long time and it has a very loyal following. It's an excellent choice for the Linux hobbyist who wants to build, configure, and tweak their system to the nth degree. Slackware certainly gives you absolute control over your system. Nothing is made to be easy or user friendly", writes Caitlyn Martin.
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I'm pretty sure that she's wrong.
by frank on Thu 9th Oct 2008 04:00 UTC
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I honestly can't disagree more with Caitlyn.
"Even advanced users will find Slackware time consuming to install and configure properly. "

I recently spent an entire day installing various linux distributions on one of my systems. Fedora 9, Suse 12... The only one that would install was Slackware. Every other distribution crashed after the installer grinded away for an hour. It wasn't for a lack of effort, at first, I thought that my drive had bad sectors, bad install disk. Slackware I only ran once -the last time.

Plus, I could swear that we could boot into runlevel 5. I really think that she's wrong there.

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fsckit Member since:

I pretty much disagree with her on all accounts myself.

And yes you can boot directly into a desktop manager. The runlevel is 4 on Slackware though. Not 5, as is usual with other distros. You just have to change the initdefault line in /etc/inittab.

Couple other major screw ups in the article are the statement that KDM is the only desktop manager that can be used and that xorgconfig is necessary for working X11.

1) If KDM was all that was going I would trash Slack in a heartbeat. Thankfully xdm is available and you can change the WM/DE by changing the symlink in /etc/X11/xinit, or by creating a proper .xinitrc

2) Who in the heck uses the xorg configure scripts these days? "Xorg -configure" hasn't failed to detect my hardware and serve up a working config automagically in at least 3 years now.

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nonesuch Member since:

Actually changing window managers is even easier than that. Slackware includes a cool tool called "xwmconfig" that has, in my experience, always discovered and listed every installed WM and lets you select a different one in about 2 seconds.

Also, to people comparing Slackware to Debian: yes, apt-get pretty much rules, but there are tools available to automatically download and install binary packages on Slackware, and even handle simple dependency issues. is available, which automates built-in Slackware features. Swaret doesn't appear to be updated anymore, I don't know if it still works because I haven't used Slackware in some time. I'll have to try this release though!

I guess Dropline Gnome is dead/dormant? What's the current easy way to install Gnome?

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