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Old 01-25-2014, 05:32 PM   #121
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This in reply to my post above? Okay, admittedly I haven't installed/used Slack for many, many years now, but last I did (decade ago??) you were pretty much building/compiling everything from ground up. Just to be clear, I wasn't referencing package manager. I was thinking more in terms of what you get from a "default install" and then customizing form there. Thanks for your insights.
It was, I was referring to this:
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Indeed, it is debatable whether backing out who knows what all got added by automated installer, various dependencies, and tracking down ensuing breakages is in fact far more time consuming that adding in everything that you need/want from a minimal base provided by something like Slack or Arch (or e.g. OpenBSD or FreeBSD).
From what I read here dependency problems are a Linux issue whichever distribution you use -- it's just that the likes of Debian and Fedora (to pick two) let you know of the problems by being a pain in the proverbial to get things with contradicting dependencies installed and the likes of Slackware just mean tracking things down and sorting your simlinks.
I don't think one is better than the other but I think both are as annoying.
 
Old 01-25-2014, 05:42 PM   #122
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It was, I was referring to this:From what I read here dependency problems are a Linux issue whichever distribution you use -- it's just that the likes of Debian and Fedora (to pick two) let you know of the problems by being a pain in the proverbial to get things with contradicting dependencies installed and the likes of Slackware just mean tracking things down and sorting your simlinks.
I don't think one is better than the other but I think both are as annoying.
Thanks for that. I've been too busy to go distro hoping as of late. Or maybe this is more reflection of being pretty satisfied with Archlinux and not having an intch to scratch. In any case, I probably should have just kept my mouth shut on this one :-P
 
Old 01-25-2014, 05:47 PM   #123
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Thanks for that. I've been too busy to go distro hoping as of late. Or maybe this is more reflection of being pretty satisfied with Archlinux and not having an intch to scratch. In any case, I probably should have just kept my mouth shut on this one :-P
Not at all, your opinion is as valid as anybody else's. I just felt the need put the other side of the coin across. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about Linux and I've been using Debian or derivatives almost exclusively on my bare metal for years so I'm happy to be contradicted. I do keep almost installing Slackware (I don't recall whether it's dual-booting on my desktop or not at present) but I never seem to get around to it.
The more distros I use in VMs the more I appreciate that they all have their place and there is no real "best" just the best for you.
 
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Old 01-26-2014, 02:41 PM   #124
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there is no real "best" just the best for you.
Agree. I always recommend a healthy dose of distrohopping for anyone seeking "the best distro".
 
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #125
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Slack!
 
Old 02-02-2014, 06:04 PM   #126
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just a quick tip for anyone wanting to play with Slackware:
If you install sbotools from www.slackbuilds.com you will get a ports like package manager for www.slackbuilds.com, so for instance: sboinstall blender will install blender with any dependencies, sbofind tmux will search the repo for tmux, and so on..

There are other options as well, slapt-get with the salix repo will give you a Debian like package manager with dependency resolution.

But even with these tools the 3rd party repositories are not nearly as extensive as the ones you will find for Debian, arch, or even the BSD's. Of course building your own slackbuilds from source is part of the fun with Slackware

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Old 02-02-2014, 07:12 PM   #127
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Xubuntu.
 
Old 02-02-2014, 08:40 PM   #128
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Slackware GNU/Linux
 
Old 02-03-2014, 01:46 AM   #129
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Gentoo is the one) total choice for the user together with great tools.
 
Old 02-03-2014, 02:17 AM   #130
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Debian. Look at the percentage of distos on that list that came from debian...
 
Old 02-03-2014, 02:38 AM   #131
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Slackware, as usual.
 
Old 02-03-2014, 04:45 AM   #132
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i got Slackware
 
Old 02-03-2014, 06:01 AM   #133
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Thumbs up slackware

slackware
 
Old 02-03-2014, 07:19 AM   #134
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Slackware
 
Old 02-03-2014, 08:00 AM   #135
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Slackware is the only right answer
 
  


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