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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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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fsckit Member since:

I think this is what the kids are usin these days. It used to be called FreeRock I believe. I'm not a Gnome user so this is from bits and pieces of mail list posts I've picked up.

Edit: hah. I wasn't even aware of xwmconfig. I just opened it up in vi and it's a shell script that either changes the symlink in xinit or creates a .xinitrc depending on whether it's a user or root that runs it. Patrick really has thought of everything eh.

Edited 2008-10-09 12:18 UTC

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justinc Member since:
2006-07-24 works great on slackware and slamd64.

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