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Old 07-31-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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hullo,

I want some one to help me out here. I have used linux for some time now istarted with the ubuntu distros but now am tending to go the slackware way coz i like it's simplicity and straightness.There aaare so many linux distros flying around but i know that they can be categoried generally along package management e.g the Debians, thr Rpms, etc but something puzzles me about slackware. where does it come from? can some one get me a link to this literature?

thanks in advance
 
Old 07-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #2
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did you read the wikipeadia artice for slackware and linux?
 
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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Slackware does not come from anything - it has always existed.



On a serious note, apart from performing a good old fashioned google search, you can also browse this forum. You will see the interview with the man behind it and the email that he posted 20 years ago.
 
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:12 PM   #4
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I read this somewhere on the net.

"Give a man Ubuntu, and he'll learn Ubuntu. Give a man SUSE, and he'll learn SUSE. But give a man Slackware, and he'll learn Linux"

This is the statement that got me started with Slackware however am a little worried about it's dependency issues. With Ubuntu i can easily do a "sudo apt-get [update|upgrade]" and viola!. But with Slaclware am not pretty sure how to do this.
 
Old 07-31-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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@qweyu
"Linux from scratch" would be more applicable to your net quote

what-a-slacker-learned-from-building-linux-from-scratch
 
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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I read this somewhere on the net.

"Give a man Ubuntu, and he'll learn Ubuntu. Give a man SUSE, and he'll learn SUSE. But give a man Slackware, and he'll learn Linux"

This is the statement that got me started with Slackware however am a little worried about it's dependency issues. With Ubuntu i can easily do a "sudo apt-get [update|upgrade]" and viola!. But with Slaclware am not pretty sure how to do this.
First of all, Ubuntu by default (the installation DVD) doesn't come with lots of software so you do need to do a lot of apt-getting. Slackware, on the other hand, comes with over 4GB of software so you do not need to install so many things to have a complete desktop. Additionally, there are slackbuilds.org which, in connection with sbopkg, makes it easy to install software.

Most Slackware users do not actually like hand holding / automating everything that apt-get/yum/etc. do. Manual package management is treated as something good, not as a potential problem. It gives you control over what you install/remove.

You can read about package management on the Slackware Documentation Projects pages. See the link in my signature.
 
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #7
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hullo,

I want some one to help me out here. I have used linux for some time now istarted with the ubuntu distros but now am tending to go the slackware way coz i like it's simplicity and straightness.There aaare so many linux distros flying around but i know that they can be categoried generally along package management e.g the Debians, thr Rpms, etc but something puzzles me about slackware. where does it come from? can some one get me a link to this literature?

thanks in advance
Just to help you out a bit:
  • Slackware is the oldest actively-developed distro. It's based on the long-defunct Softlanding Linux System.
  • Slackware's package management involves .t?z archives (".t?z" indicating .tgz, .txz, etc.) and various utilities for working with them, such as installpkg, upgradepkg, removepkg, etc. The 'slackpkg' utility is going to be the closest equivalent to something like apt-get or yum.
  • Slackware does have RPM support, but it primarily exists to convert RPM packages to .tgz and install as such, rather than install directly.
  • For more information about Slackware basics, you should check out the one-and-only SlackBook. It's also worth checking out the Slackware forum here on LinuxQuestions, if you haven't already.

Welcome to Slackware!
 
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