Should slackware get modernized for today's computers?
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I don't get it? Why do some folks seem to insist that dependency checking should be added to Slackware. There are boat loads of distributions that provide dependency checking. Like I said before, if you want dependency checking look elsewhere.
Dependency checking means I must depend on someones else's preferences. With dependency checking I must accept what the packager has deemed necessary. Normally is an everything plus the kitchen sink or a group of packages to select features from. I don't want that. If I do my own dependency checking, I can roll my own package exactly the way I want it.
I don't get what is so unmodernized about Slackware either, works fine all of of my computers, both new and old.
Slackware runs fine on my rather new main computer.
I find your suggestion rather funny. You are running Arch, have not used Slackware for years and nonetheless you are making suggestions how Slackware should be. Why?
Most (if not all) Slackers are happy with Slackware the way it is. No need for automatic dependency resolution here, had that with Debian, don't want it. Also, as suggested above, if you want optimization run Slackware64 (or Gentoo).
I agree with Tobi. I built the beefiest computer I could afford and Slackware 64 runs like a bat out of hell.
Being a slackware user now since version 9.0 I would have to say "NO". I use slack for my desktop, servers and also my live distro. I've run it on all my computers from old hardware to new, my current is running slackware64 on my quad core, it runs flawlessly. One thing I like is it simplicity, no package dependencies, also I do everything by editing scripts and the command line, I don't like fancy gui's, too many bells and whistles.
Since questions like this poll have cropped up before, and probably will do again, maybe this thread should be made a sticky - to save everybody's time?
IMO, it's newbies that tend to start such polls and at the same time it is newbies that are less likely to read stickies. Having said that, I think it's a good idea because somebody will be able to direct a person to the relevant sticky thread.
i voted no. Slack is fine as it is. and it's STABLE. Slack is not a buggy "bleeding edge" distro. Slack is not a windows lookalike. Slack can be tweaked to be whatever you need.... server, workstation, media center, development environment, even a tablet OS. granted, there's a learning curve for Slack, but it's worth it.
"Raaatid" - to quote some of my Jamaican friends. Reading most of the posts here, one may get the impression that the pollster has desecrated a sacrosanct object, personally challenged the respondents to a duel or has threatened to banished them or their beloved distro to oblivion . The individual posted a poll on an operating system - yes an operating system. Some of the insults and ridicule are really unnecessary. The poll has even described as "stupid". It would be interesting to find out how less zealous, non-Slackware devotees would describe some of the responses .
The individual posted a poll on an operating system - yes an operating system. Some of the insults and ridicule are really unnecessary. The poll has even described as "stupid".
The OP posted suggestions (that where made a felt thousand times on this forums) for a distribution (that he hadn't used for years) to modernize that distro (although Slackware is up to date, writing this with Firefox 6 on a totally working Phenom 2 X6 machine) while using a different distro (and not at least trying a new version of the distro in question before making any suggestions for modernization).
I voted "no" even though Slackware is one of the few distros I've never tried! I like the extras in Salix, but no Slackware, no Salix. I suspect the simplicity of Slack is the reason for the reliability of its packages. As for the objection to supporting i386, there's still a demand: not everyone throws things a way while they still work. The OPs next suggestion would probably be dropping support for 32-bit.