Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 17:22 UTC, submitted by leonardoav
Slackware, Slax Pat Volkerding has released Slackware 13.1. "We have chosen to use the kernel after testing the 2.6.33.x kernel branch extensively. Slackware 13.1 contains version 4.4.3 of the KDE Software Compilation. Several Xfce components have been updated as well. Xfce continues to be a great lightweight desktop that doesn't get in your way. If you haven't looked at this great desktop environment lately, you might want to give it another try. If you prefer GNOME, there are teams online producing GNOME for Slackware."
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RE: Comment by dayalsoap
by reez on Tue 25th May 2010 20:27 UTC in reply to "Comment by dayalsoap"
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Slackware is pretty easy to install and configure.
Everything is straightforward. The first two distributions I tried were Suse and Slackware about ten years ago (I am 21 now). Didn't have any problem with them. The installer tells you what to do and you have to know what a partition, a megabyte and a password are ;)

I have tried many distributions and operating systems. The only two systems where I had to look into the handbook for installation were Gentoo and OpenBSD. Both of them had good documentation, so it wasn't something one has to learn in the sense of learning something a few days, weeks, months or years.

However, Slackware can be confusing to people who haven't used GNU/Linux, but there is some good documentation and that's one of the reasons (and other is it's simplicity and it isn't as easy to break something, like in Arch Linux[1] for example) I can recommend it to people which want to learn GNU/Linux.

[1] I am saying this, because it's a rolling release and it sometimes happens that you are forced to learn about stuff, if you update. With Slackware it's easier to choose when you actually do your update. Else Arch Linux is an other great distro to really learn Linux. You learn most, when you choose Gentoo, but be sure that you have _enough_ time. Gentoo is the reason I stayed so long with Linux, but you really need to have enough time.

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RE[2]: Comment by dayalsoap
by WorknMan on Wed 26th May 2010 03:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by dayalsoap"
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Slackware is pretty easy to install and configure.

Eh, there's a difference between easy and intuitive, and Slackware is definitely not the latter ;) What I mean is, if you just want to click a couple of buttons and have everything set up for you, Slackware should not be your first choice. The nice thing about Slackware though is that it doesn't change a whole lot over time, so once you learn where everything is, it's a snap to set up. But there is a bit of a learning curve ...

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RE[3]: Comment by dayalsoap
by Oliver on Thu 27th May 2010 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by dayalsoap"
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Intuition depends on your broad experience and certain patterns your recognize. It's the common denominator you see. You're talking about PR of such companies like Microsoft or Apple - they make you think you will get something magical.

To make it short: anynone experienced with a real "UNIX" or more operating systems then todays "bling-bling-operating-systems" will have no problems with Slackware. That's experience, what you're talking about is faith in glimmer.

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