Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Aug 2009 09:59 UTC, submitted by Witek Wasilewski
Slackware, Slax Among OSNews readers, Slackware is a surprisingly popular choice when it comes to Linux distributions. A new release came out today, Slackware 13, which comes packed with improvements, and even a whole new port.
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Surprising choice?
by darknexus on Fri 28th Aug 2009 12:58 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

I don't see why Slackware would be a surprising choice among osnews readers. It's lean, stable, clean (as in mostly vanilla sources without a lot of distro-specific patches), and the most BSD-ish of all the Linux systems around. The package manager is simple and straight forward without all the dependency issues you can run into with other package managers. Slackware assumes you know what you're doing, lets you do it, and stays completely out of the way while you do it. There's no handholding, which means no safety net, but that's a plus imho. My only issue with it is, of course, that Pat dropped GNOME but there are many good GNOME builds for Slackware around and, given Slackware's simple nature, it's hardly KDE-centric unlike, say, Mandriva.

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RE: Surprising choice?
by danieldk on Fri 28th Aug 2009 13:15 in reply to "Surprising choice?"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

It's lean, stable, clean (as in mostly vanilla sources without a lot of distro-specific patches), and the most BSD-ish of all the Linux systems around.


First and foremost, Slackware is very carefully crafted. Pat is a great guy and builds a solid distribution. I have used it with pleasure for many years (from 1994 up till a 2006 or 2007).

However, I am not using it anymore these days. The number of packages in Slackware has grown to a point where package management would become very convenient. Many Slackers that I have seen solve this problem by just installing every package from every disk set. Besides that, there are distributions that carry far more packages, which is very convenient when you do not have the time anymore to write your own SlackBuild scripts.

As a lightweight system, the BSDs and Debian fulfill the same niche better for me know. On desktop systems I prefer OS X with a ports system / package manager such as MacPorts.

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RE: Surprising choice?
by kenji on Fri 28th Aug 2009 15:12 in reply to "Surprising choice?"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

My only issue with it is, of course, that Pat dropped GNOME but there are many good GNOME builds for Slackware around and, given Slackware's simple nature, it's hardly KDE-centric unlike, say, Mandriva.

Mandriva is not really a KDE-centric distro. I have been running Mandriva 2009.0 and 2009.1 with GNOME exclusively for some time now one one of my systems. Mandriva does a very good job of integrating with GNOME.

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