Hello ! I am having difficulty picking one of the two: Gentoo , Slackware .
I use my computer for C, Perl, Python, PHP and (will be using for) x86 Linux32 ASM programming and of course "regular user" tasks such as web browsing, ftp, (sometimes) IRC etc.
While Slackware has been the first distribution that I "really liked" , since I last used it I have been through a lot of different operating systems in an attempt to find the one that "suited me best" . It finally came down to 3 : FreeBSD, Gentoo Linux and Slackware Linux. FreeBSD is FreeBSD so I woun't ask opinions on it. Now. Gentoo Linux and Slackware Linux.
Pros for Gentoo from my side:
* easy package installs
* bleeding edge technology
* the install process allows me to build the whole system "from the ground up" which is a very good thing (how much "custom" do you get!?)
* good documentation
* 100% free
Cons for Gentoo from my side:
* lengthy install process
* some package installs are lengthy
Pros for Slackware from my side:
* easy to use once configured
* it's a legend
Cons for Slackware :
* it sometimes gives me an "old" feeling ..
* package managment isn't always easy
Linux.org sais :
Gentoo : Categories: Mainstream/General Public, Power user
Description: Gentoo Linux is designed for the developer, power user and enthusiast.It incorporates the latest sources and technologies (such as ReiserFS and the Portage system).
Slackware : Categories: Mainstream/General Public, Power user
Now , I consider myself a "developer, enthusiast" and would like to reach "power user" status etc. , the ideea of Gentoo's bleeding edge appeals to me and yet FreeBSD's (slackware's) technicality appeals to me to the same extent .
Why is Gentoo "for the developer and enthusiast" (i.e.) and Slackware isn't !? What does Gentoo give to the developer that slackware doesn't ?
I would really appreciate it if I could get :
#1 Your opinion as to wich of Gentoo/Slackware I should chose for my platform
#2 Reasons (either a comparison between the two or your personal "pros" and "cons" for each/either of the distributions)
And one more thing : a Slackware 10.1 review starts something like this :
While I might be the last Linux user on the planet to do it, I have finally installed SLACKWARE.
Is Slackware considered to be a Distribution that is on it's path to extinction ? And that the only people who want to use it are those who are already familiar with it ? Does it draw *almost* no new users ?
I don't know why people are *so scared* by Slackware's install process .. if they think That is hard .. they should try a Gentoo Stage 1 install and then make a comparison . (of course, I don't *back off* from *any* install process)
Thank you !