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Hello everyone, just introducing myself to all here. I've been using Linux since approx. 1994 and ended up using Debian and then Ubuntu for most of the time since. For the past 12 months I have been looking into the BSDs. I run 2 computers, one has had pcbsd on it for the last 12 months while the other one (an old Dell dimension) has been my experimenting platform. I've had a go at all the BSDs and they all freeze up after the Dell goes into suspend mode - I guess there are issues with the ACPI. So I thought I'd go back to Linux and tried latest and greatest Debian. Then I thought I'd try Slackware, I've not used it since about '95 as Zip Slack.
I must say it was a refreshing change, harking back to the good ol' days when you had to roll up your sleeves and get your hands "dirty". Course it's not quite like that now but it seems to me that Slackware has remained true to its original ideas / philosophy. So I reckon Slackware is here to stay and I'm looking forward to the ride.
I was also on Debian for a long time before I (re)discovered Slackware.
I've been considering going BSD if Linux ever officially jumps the shark (seems to be getting closer every week or so).
BTW, if your DELL is old enough, ACPI just isn't in it, and a modern Linux wouldn't work either. APM can be configured for Linux, not sure about BSD but most likely.
Slackware is the last good Linux IMO. Enjoy it while you can ;-)
I've been double disk dual-booting between Windows Server 2012 R2, FreeBSD 9.2 and Slackware 14.1, and LFS 7.4 on my two hard drives. (Win+BSD on drive 1, and Slack+LFS on drive 2... still too poor for a new UEFI system).
I have to say, yes start learning FreeBSD/PC-BSD while you can have the time NOW. I honestly don't see a great future for GNU/Linux unless sanity starts returning to the UNIX way of doing things, and not this Linux-Only way of doing things.
Slackware and others like LFS, and maybe Gentoo are probably going to be virtual islands in the GNU/Linux world in about a year or so if certain non-UNIX idealisms force their way into things. Let's just hope sanity starts winning out soon or I see a huge revolt starting soon between the BSDs, UNICES like HP/UX, Solaris, and Illumos, with Linux over certain rights to what is used between the systems, and honestly I don't see Linux winning this fight.