I think Slackware is fantastic , but I need a new challenge.
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I've decided to go the FreeBSD way of thinking and accept the challenge.
If you think about it, this makes sense. Slackware is based upon BSD scripts and are introducing clang instead of gcc.
Not to start a flame-war, but FreeBSD - and other BSD's - are UNIX aren't they?
Bless you all in the free world.
I am running BSD for years now. Very solid from tip to tip. Once up and running, no headache, you can go uptime seems forever except on power outage. I have high respect to this kernel.
However I quit from learning it. I am too old to divide my time: I have made my choice to help FOSS by way of Gnu/Linux; Berkeley can go on, they have made that point already. BSD has the breed, as such, the rightful heir to the throne of Unix Kingdom. Here in Gnu/Linux there is no kingdom, but the Freedom Land -the kingdom come.
Slackware is my OS. Long live Pat V.!
Last edited by malekmustaq; 11-14-2012 at 08:53 AM.
In 2009 and 2010 I tested a few Unix-like systems including Arch Linux and FreeBSD. Using Slackware Linux I'm able to set everything exactly as I like. Using Arch Linux I was able to set everything in almost the right way. Using FreeBSD I encountered some unsolved problems. So the winners of my competition are:
I am currently running NetBSD on an old computer of mine. It's stable, fast and easy to install. I'm very satisfied with it, respect for the developers. But in my opinion nothing beats the potential of Slackware.
Distribution: Slackware 14 (Server),Suse 13.1 (Desktop),, Mepis on the wifes lappy
Here's another idea for you, that will keep you in Slackware.
How abut creating a repository of programs a-la Debian et-al with the sort of things people tend to use on a daily basis, together with all dependencies, including circular ones and automagic resolution of same.
Or how about a nice graphical installer? I know it's not needed, but might get more non-techy people interested.
Of course, going with one of the *SDs is also a worthwhile pursuit
I don't understand Slackware as a challenge at all. I would have much difficulties when I were forced to use Ubuntu or Mint. Slackware has the advantage to be rocksolid and it works when I need it as I need it.
I have once tried OpenBSD but it did not run very well on my laptop. My experience with other Linux-systems is mostly Arch and Gentoo. If one wants a challenge I would say that Gentoo is one, but for an experienced Slacker not really a problem.
If you want a set-it-and-forget-it challenge there's always Gentoo. Sometime this weekend it will be ready to use and you can decide then if you want to keep experimenting!
Sorry, for the joke... I installed Gentoo the other day. It's actually pretty nice, just the defaults are a little ragged if you don't RTFM before you get rolling! The BSD's were interesting, but their particular strengths as I saw them were not particularly useful to me.