||04-10-2014 12:11 PM
Rant from a former Windows user, thank you Slackware
First, I would like to apologize because I think this might be a bit long and second, sometimes, my english isn’t very good and I might end up being gramatically incorrect or repeating myself.
I am not a big time Linux user, I grow up with Windows (from 98 to 8.1) and I think the first distro I tried was some Ubuntu version back in 2007-2008 and I really liked although I never really used a Linux distro full time, I always ended up going to my comfortable zone, Windows. I tested many distros and, if I am not mistaken, Slackware was the second distro I installed (12.0? I don’t know, can’t remember). I might have been a complete noob back then but installing it was pretty easy, just reading tutorials on the internet and reading the installation process. I was with a distrohop fever I could never really be fully happy with one of them, it is not their fault I think it was just me with a biased thinking that Linux is a perfect OS, and every little misbehaviour or unexpected things would annoy me. Yet again, I kept coming back to Windows. That was around 2009-2010, I guess.
Regardless of not being using Linux I was always reading stuff about it because, even if I couldn’t use as my main OS, I kept some admiration for it and the FOSS philosophy. At some time, I even became some radical free software advocate and was considering using distros like Trisquel, completely free distros. Today I see that as a bit of a radical vision and, please, lets leave this discussion for another thread.
At that time, Windows was still my main OS and I kept doing dual-boots with a distro Linux of choice but never staying. I think the maximum I used was something like 3 months using Debian but every little mistake or misbehaviour of a distro would make me come back to Windows. But something changed by the end of 2013, I was using Windows 8.1 and was completely unhappy about it, not the system per si, I have no problems with not having a classical menu, stuff like that. What was keeping me unhappy was that, regardless of having a decent machine, the system was often sluggish. Comparing to other friends that also use Windows 8.1 I think it might be my HD.
Regardless of that, I decided to try Linux once more but this time I decided to use Slackware, rememer I tried it before? Even at that time, being a complete noob I already really liked Slackware and its phylosophy at that point, I wanted to be in control of my machine and I wanted to play around with it, I am a geek after all. I decided that I wouldn’t come back to my comfort zone if I didn’t know something or for any system misbehaviour. That was in November 2013.
I guess that for all the time I distrohopped I wasn’t a complete noob anymore but still a noob in my things, if you check my previous threads you gonna see a lot of nooby questions. In the end, today (by April 2014) all the persistence was rewarded! I am still a noob in many things but today I am able do edit scripts, customize my packages, I understand more how a Linux system works, the directory tree, how a compiler works, I can every once in a while find my own solutions to problems, I can upgrades packages from source myself, create my own scripts, things like that. Even being still on a noob level I feel like I learned a lot in the past 5 months and learning is always awesome!
I think you all know about that somewhat cliché (it might not be that much a of a cliche after all) that states that “If you learn a Linux distro you learn that distro, if you learn Slackware you learn Linux”, although I believe that if you dedicate enough you can learn Linux on about any distro but I am glad that it happened with Slackware and, to be honest, Slackware makes it easier, I feel like I can do whatever I want with it, I can dominate the world! (well not really), the freedom it gives, Slackware is always telling you “Do it youself” and that is something I really like about it. So, I would like to specially thank Patrick Volkerding for working on it for more than 20 years! That is just freaking amazing, thank you man. I would like to thank Alien Bob for all his work, that really helps me. And I would like to thank everyone that uses or contributes with the distribution. It is not like you are less important it is just because Pat is Pat :P and Alien’s Bob work was what helped (and it still helps) me the most. I couldn't thank you enough for such an awesome work.
Thanks for reading :)