Linked by Steve Husted on Wed 5th Oct 2005 17:53 UTC
Gentoo I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.
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Re: Poor article
by blixel on Wed 5th Oct 2005 19:46 UTC
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"Your points are contradictory. Slackware DOES apply to other distros, Gentoo does not. This is why I had problems with Gentoo. Very little in Slack is custom - most of it is straight "out of the box."

Which part of the Slackware package management system applies to RedHat, Debian, Arch, etc...?

Slackware isn't the gold standard for the way of doing things. Debian is pretty different from Slackware. RedHat is pretty different from Slackware. And both of those have a larger install base than Slack.

If you want "the one true way" to do thing, you should use FreeBSD bro. That's it's greatest strength in my opinion. FreeBSD isn't just a kernel, it's a complete system. If someone makes a custom distro based on FreeBSD and totally mucks up the way things are done, it would be a valid complaint to say that their way isn't the right way. But with Linux, that just isn't the case. There is no one right way because there is no single distro that dictates how things are done. Whether you like that or not is a matter of opinion.

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RE: Re: Poor article
by on Fri 7th Oct 2005 11:05 in reply to "Re: Poor article"
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The, what you call, Slackware way is the UNIX way. And the Slackware pkgtools are nothing but a binary package install-tool, which is more or less "cd / && tar zxf <package> && ./install.sh. Which, again, is more similar to the traditional UNIX way than most other package managers.

There are tons of Slackware features liek this which actually help to make your skills portable, and usually these features have a good reason, too.

Now, paraphrasing Steve, if you don't like Slackware, I AM HAPPY FOR YOU. Shoo. But have the decency to at least bring reasonable arguments to the discussion. Proven procedures (like the UNIX way) are indeed not necessarily the end-all of everything, but new procedures are not even proven.

If you disagree with the "test", make your own, and publish it.

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