Linked by Joseph Ferrare on Thu 29th Dec 2005 16:31 UTC
Slackware, Slax I was interested to see how Zenwalk differs from Slackware, and after reading on their web site that version 2.01 is 'the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project', I wanted to see how far Zenwalk has come since it was reviewed here as MiniSlack.
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RE:Slackware is the best
by on Sat 31st Dec 2005 12:48 UTC

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I have tried a LOT of linux distros...maybe a dozen
over the last 3 years....These days I only
have a PII 333Mhz computer as a desktop so I am
interested in the fastest desktop linux can give me
I was down to Vector and Slackware..with vector beating out slack 10.1

After trying Slackware 10.2 I have chosen to ditch my Vector partion and unless there is a REAL good reason
I won't be trying any more linux distros except for fun.
Here' why
(0) Slackware 10.2 is as fast as Vector(the dynamite version for speed was installed) and is noticably faster than 10.1 . Even Gnome(installed via Freerock gnome) is quick and resposive!

(1) Vector and all "simplified" distros always leave
something out and I don't mean just on the server side . For vector it was the lack of CJK display
(Chinese Japanese Korean fonts) that is in 10.2 by default. It is NOT trivial to download and properly install fonts in linux.
(2) Once you have learned the basics of unix (yes this includes the vi editor) any linux install is not that hard . I think partioning may be the most difficult concept for the newbie.
(3) Package management is all fine and well and
if slackware had NetBSD install that would be great.
But..I can live without it. Believe it or not
klik(a debian installer) will work on slackware
as long as you have a loopback enabled kernel.
(4) I like to play with my OS ..while I haven't done
much server work I hope to learn..
So for educational purposes it's best to work with
a full system.

(5) for really old hardware like a 486 there are at least 2 distros: puppy and peanut that are designed for this and have some cool ideas..nonstandard apps..

In conclusion I am not saying its bad BUT what we need to see are some DETAILED benchmarks of Zenwalk vs Slackware(10.2) and maybe puppy thrown in..
Maybe the article just isn;t convincing enough..

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