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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Your reply was very helpful and clear. I had set a few USE flags but I kept wondering if I had to, if I would be better with or without them, etc. The Gentoo docs seem to encourage them. But "can" and "should" are different, and I never sat down to test the difference (not being one to believe what I'm told).

Portage is more appealing the way you presented it. I might still give Gentoo a chance on an old 450GX server I've got sitting around, just for kicks. (even though it seems the Gentoo community-at-large thinks I'm an idiot) <grinning, laughing>

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MiniSlack is now called Zenwalk, by the way. They're starting to fork instead of staying more derivative, but it's still pretty good. The goal is "one app for one task," and they do a fair job at sticking to that. I'm not in love with XFCE (it's default) but I like it well enough and it's easy to use.

Zenwalk has also introduced a package manager, but I haven't tried it (yet). Slackware's lack of a package manager is actually a GOOD THING, in my opinion.

Another alternative or "basic Slackware" I've liked is Slax. It's a bootable, or "live CD," but you can install it to the hard drive easily enough. It has a "modules" feature that's actually pretty cool. Slax found much more hardware than Gentoo, and it fits on a mini cd (sorry, couldn't resist the dig)! It also has a lot of nifty boot options, like loading everything to RAM and loading the GUI by default (which is a pretty snazzy combo). Better, you can build an .ISO with those options pre-configured. I keep a Slax CD with me most of the time; it's infinitely handy.

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