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Old 10-22-2013, 03:35 AM   #1
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Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre about Slackware


I just read an interview with Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre, a french guy who lives in Ireland. Here's a nice quote about Slackware:

My first distribution was Slackware. In 1997, if I remember well, a student at my university brought a shiny set of Wallnut Creek floppies. Everybody got excited at the idea of having a Unix system at home (we were developing on IBM AIX at the university). I got immediately hooked. Slackware was (and still is) a piece of art, clean, predictable... and it was also my first encounter with Free Software.
Read the whole interview here.


Old 10-22-2013, 04:09 AM   #2
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I wander how many 70's and 80's geeks had Slackware as their first Linux.

Old 10-22-2013, 04:54 AM   #3
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I have occasionally had email exchanges with Clement about Opera (they offer it in their repositories and we did a couple of very small tweaks for the version they ship). I don't recall if I ever mentioned that Slackware is my distro of choice.

One thing I will say about Mint, although it is not entirely to my personal taste I do really appreciate how he listens to his community and hence I have recommended it to others multiple times. I suspect this is how he has had the success he has had thus far, particularly in taking users from Ubuntu (who no longer seem to listen to their user base at all).
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Originally Posted by PrinceCruise View Post
I wander how many 70's and 80's geeks had Slackware as their first Linux.

I guess I qualify as a 70's geek and Slackware was my first Linux. I do recall buying a zip drive just
so I could boot Slack from it. Don't recall the Slack version, maybe 4?
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Originally Posted by PrinceCruise View Post
I wander how many 70's and 80's geeks had Slackware as their first Linux.
*raising hand* (though 70's rather than 80's *chuckles* - slackware from 1996)
Old 10-23-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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I wander how many 70's and 80's geeks had Slackware as their first Linux.
Isn't that the stereotypical definition of a Slackware user? Guilty as charged.
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Slackware was not my first distribution, but the second. The first (in the beginning of 1994) was an Yggdrasil CD with kernel 0.99.13 (if I remember well).


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