Originally Posted by masonm
Depends upon whether you want to learn or remain ignorant. Seems like kind of an odd statement for someone who claims to be a "System/Network Admin".
Slack's reputation for being difficult is unearned and pretty much an urban myth.
I have to agree. As far as techincal know how, as long as you are familiar with disk partitions, and linux swap partitions its really not any more difficult than any other distro. Disk setup is probably the #1 thing I think is hard about slackware install, and it something other installations have to go thru as well but I think they put in pretty good vanilla settings where slackware doesn't even bother.
But if your any sort of real sys/network admin disk partitioning should not scare you.
Depending on how much you want to learn Linux, you may very well welcome the minimlist approach slackware takes to linux distros. Coming from redhat I know I did.
That being said I thought Ubuntu was great. I'd gladly use it as a desktop only OS, but all too often I'm trying to run quasi desktop/server machines.
Try to turn an ubuntu desktop install into a server, its a complete PITA, then if you get the Ubuntu Server distro, its a PITA to make it a good desktop.
With slackware accomplishing either or both is not any more challenging.
Although given that I'm a hardcore Slackware user, I'm not sure I'm the best authority on Ubuntu, but I know I tried it, and went crying back to Slacky.