Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Sep 2012 19:13 UTC, submitted by Beket_
Slackware, Slax "Slackware 14.0 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.10.0, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.8.5, a recent stable release of the 4.8.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment. [...] Slackware uses the 3.2.29 kernel bringing you advanced performance features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager), and encrypted filesystems. Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux."
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RE: Comment by Sodki
by darknexus on Mon 1st Oct 2012 12:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Sodki"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Help me understant Slackware in this day and age. Thank you.

I can't speak for others but, speaking for myself, I like Slackware because it stays out of my way. I tell it to do something, it does it. There's none of these "well, package x depends on package y which also depends on package x" circular dependency problems because Slackware assumes that you know what you are doing and does what you want it to. If I know I don't need or want a certain function, it won't refuse to remove it just because it's marked as a dependency. Also, Slackware has a long-standing tradition of not adopting bleeding edge tech. Don't get me wrong, I like to experiment with the bleeding edge, but it's nice to have a system I can just fall back on when I want something that works without a hick-up. Slackware is simple, solid and stable, and doesn't give me any backtalk. That's what I like about it. I used to really like Arch for this reason as well, until recently when they decided to do some seriously idiotic things with their filesystem and systemd that broke most of my setups.
The other reason is that Slackware doesn't really attract the trolls. Those who use Slackware know why they use it and love it for what it is. No one is trying to make Slackware into something that it just couldn't be. Slackware is for those who understand Linux and *nix, and will always be this way. It's a breath of fresh air in this day and age when most of the other distros are trying to soften everything and, in the process, making things so complex that it can make one long for the "simplicity" of Windows' registry again.

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RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by jessesmith on Mon 1st Oct 2012 12:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
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2010-03-11

I have to agree with this, Slackware stays out of the way. It does very little hand holding. There is an assumption that the user knows what they are doing, for better or worse.

Personally, my main distribution is something else, but I've spent time with Slackware and I respect what the developers have done. They've basically made an (almost) completely vanilla Linux distribution which is really stable, with no frills or surprises. It's not exactly my cup of tea, but the simplicity of design does hold a certain appeal, especially as an educational tool.

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