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Old 11-16-2003, 04:55 PM   #1
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Is Slackware the alternative to RedHat?


Since the announcement from RedHat I have been trying to decide which distro to migrate to. Slackware has the most threads of all distros so maybe Slackware is the answer.
Does Slackware have what RedHat does, if not more?
Talk to me all you Slackware experts.

Thanks
 
Old 11-16-2003, 05:06 PM   #2
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I am still a slack newbie (@ 2 months).I abandoned Red hat (I tried 8 & 9) because I had all sorts of silly problems - eg using rpm management from a console becuase the gui was either slow or hung.
I have been able to do everything I did on Red hat and more. Slackware works. You have to configure it a bit more yourself but it seems to work all the better becuase of it.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 05:08 PM   #3
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I am an old Redhat user too, and slack's so much better. If you were ok with Redhat, the learning curve isn't that much... and best of all, I find that Slack users are the most devoted and are more inclined to help when you need it...
 
Old 11-16-2003, 05:15 PM   #4
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If I were you, I'd go with Slack. I also migrated from Red Hat (although I also tried Mandrake) and although you may have some problems in the beginning (read: scrollwheel, startx, scsi emulation) these forums will help you out (search!) and I've found the Slackware people are very very nice. I highly recommend Slack. jOiN uS... ^_^
 
Old 11-16-2003, 05:31 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by GT_Onizuka
If I were you, I'd go with Slack. I also migrated from Red Hat (although I also tried Mandrake) and although you may have some problems in the beginning (read: scrollwheel, startx, scsi emulation) these forums will help you out (search!) and I've found the Slackware people are very very nice. I highly recommend Slack. jOiN uS... ^_^
I agree completely!

I've been using Slackware for about 2 years after running Red Hat for about 3 years and have never been happier. Don't get me wrong, Red Hat is okay but I feel that Slackware is just better. I even ran Red Hat 8 and 9 on another machine while running Slackware. I was always frustrated with Red Hat. Be it "dependency hell", issues with it being unstable, etc, etc. I never really had a machine that "just worked". With Slackware, things just work. It's hard to describe, really. Okay, it's true that Red Hat may be good for newbies with all the gui frontend tools but learning the command line is VERY important with Linux and UNIX.

My recommendation is install Slackware, ask questions, and read the slackware book located at http://slackware.com/book/ . Also, visit Linuxpackages at http://linuxpackages.net . It's a site dedicated to Slackware. There's a great forum there and you can download Slackware packages.

The biggest thing is don't be afraid to ask questions. I've been using Linux for about 5 years and FreeBSD for a year and I ask questions all the time. There's a great deal of satisfaction when you learn something new. At least, that's how I feel.

Good luck!
 
Old 11-16-2003, 08:41 PM   #6
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But don't come to Slack if you want a wizard that will install everything, configure everything. Don't come to Slack if you don't want to actually learn about Linux. You must be willing to read, search for answers and think. If you don't want to do those things you will leave in frustration. If you are willing to do those things you will love Slackware.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 09:22 PM   #7
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sure why not?
 
Old 11-17-2003, 09:48 AM   #8
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I used Redhat 9.0 for bout two weeks before I got bored with it, and abandoned it for Slackware 9.1 .... and I have learned MUCH more using Slack 9.1 in the last two days (Just installed it then, Im a total noob...) than I did with RH 9, over the last two weeks!!! And I dont really think Slack is all THAT much tougher than RH.... It makes for a much more 'enriching' experience when u get something new done on Slack.... :-)
 
Old 11-17-2003, 09:50 AM   #9
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Re: Is Slackware the alternative to RedHat?

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Originally posted by scottown
Slackware has the most threads of all distros so maybe Slackware is the answer.
Don't let a number of threads or posts fool you. The Slackware forum has been here almost for about a year longer than Redhat or any other specific distribution forum.

Try out several distro's, what's it going to hurt except maybe you finding which one you like the best.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 11:08 AM   #10
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By RINGWRAITH:
But don't come to Slack if you want a wizard that will install everything, configure everything. Don't come to Slack if you don't want to actually learn about Linux. You must be willing to read, search for answers and think. If you don't want to do those things you will leave in frustration. If you are willing to do those things you will love Slackware
Hey dats pure BIBLE. I agree 110%.
You like to snoop around the filesystem? Hey, tag along, that's the right place for you.
You get tired after 5 mins a problem comes up? Well dude, give it up.
Int the 1st case, you will love Slackware
 
Old 11-17-2003, 12:46 PM   #11
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slack is easier once you get the hang of it cause it doesnt use wizards to configure anything so you have to get use to editing conf files. but once you do that youll see how easy it is. and in redhat if the wizard fails to do what you need you still have to go to the conf files. Redhat is a good distro its just people try to use the wizards so they dont have to edit the conf files. kinda like trying to drive a car and never touch the wheels which is great till you get a flat. Then you better be a cute blonde with big tits or call AAA. cause 5 lugnuts and a jack is just so to hard.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 10:10 PM   #12
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Used RH 5.2 and 7 for quite awhile.....linux was still a buggy affair with RH vs some of the others.Slack 3.5 had fewer probs in my experience,albeit with less capability w/o some seroius tinkering.I agree with others above,dont choose it cause its easy,its not that it isnt, but you will have to learn how and where to find things and what to do with em.Everything is text file configuration,but most are commented and make it quite easy actually.

I had problems with RH 7 wizards NOT working the right way on occasion.Also had compatibilty issues with KDE vs gnome on RH....not so far on slackware.Plus,alot of the stuff on everyone's earlier distros was buggy to an extent.Plus slackware supports rpm's,although the pkg system seems less troublesome and works well.Give it a shot.Edmunds enterprises.com , practically giving slackware away.Also,despite all that, slackware actually handles a large selection of hardware these days w/o any set-up issues,even better than windoze in some respects.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 10:38 PM   #13
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Slackware is my favorite. It seems more stable than RedHat, and far more "tinker-friendly" than RH or SuSe.
 
  


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