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Having been ready to move on from Red Hat after my first year as a Linux user, I got my own CD burner and started sampling the Linux smorgasbord online.
After a few live CDs and much reading, I settled on Slackware. Slackware 10.1, on two economical disks, which I had heard was much challenge to install. Seriously, I think there are some old posts kicking around the internet that give Slackware an undeserved rep as a difficult system to manage, probably about releases of yore. Well, I actually got it going with <em>less</em> trauma than I initially had with Red Hat Linux 6.1, and about as easy as I had it with Red Hat 9.0. I didn't have to jump online and ask for help even once, just read a couple articles which I googled and found easily when I had a question. It is also very complete in documentation and features, and the educational program packages are impressive (we have grade school kids, so that's a big plus!)
Maybe the fdisk program scares some people away. I always read up on it, so when I have to play with the partitions I'm right up to speed. Really, if you've ever formatted a disk in DOS, you're more than capable to use fdisk! The inline command reference is ever so much more helpful than "bad command or file name".
My open congratulations to the Slackware team for pulling together this winning distribution!
I agree, I'm about your age and used only Windows 98 for most of my computing years. A few months ago, I bought a new box and decided to give Linux a try, dual-booting XP and Slackware was easy. Took me a while to select the right kernel and configure X, but in the end, all turned out well. God bless the pengiun!
Distribution: Slackware / Debian / *Ubuntu / Opensuse / Solaris uname: Brian Cooney
slack is scary to people who dont like to read. if you can read the screen, follow directions, and occasionally use a man page without some cute grapic tool doing everything for you, its easiser than windows to set up, and much quicker (fkn windows udpates)
if youve never used slack before, the only thing i suggest is use "cfdisk" instead of "fdisk." it does the same thing, but is much easier to figure out, and its right there next to fdisk on that slack disk.