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Slackware is compiled for i386 on purpose, so it can run on lower end (older) machines. If it were compiled for i586 or i686 older machines would'nt be able to run it because they don't have such a rich set of processor instructions as the newer systems. If you really care that much, take the slackwatre sources and recompile everything, or start a LFS system, but recompiling for i686 will give you NO noticeable speed gain. It would probably just show up on some very precise benchmarks. For a more in depth discussion of this, search the slackware forum here at LQ, a couple of months ago someone else wanted to recompile slack for i686 but after seeing that speed gain is really very minimal, and not worth the time, he gave up (if i remember correctly). In any case i suggest you find and read that post as it's very informative. Try searching for "slackware recompile" and you should find it.
Don't let the 'i386' fool you. If I remember things right , slackware packages is compiled to be compabile with 386cpu, but optimised for newer cpu's , (something like that )
Slackware is the way to go for now, since Rh/Mandy distros dont run any better , I think it's better to use a distro that complies more to '*nix/BSD' . In that way you are better off when using other flavours of *nix.
being a newbie to the linux world i had first started with redhat where everything was done automatically. i wanted something to learn linux. a lot of people suggest slack and some suggested stick with redhat. i installed slack on a laptop and had nothing but good experiences. thanks to LQ.org i have learned more in 2 weeks than the 2 months i spent on redhat. everyone is just so helpful here.
as far as slack on the PC i cant seem to get the refresh rate fixed. but oh well. laptop will do!
Agreed. I find that, now that I have solved most of the major problems, and some of my minor ones, I keep coming back to this forum looking for somebody I can halp out with my meager knowledge. I am so happy with slackware, I've been telling everyone, to the point of it becoming annoying... To my fiancee', especially.
I'll never go back to redhat or mandrake, although I must say that I wouldn't be on slack without them and the thirst for more gnu/linux knowledge that they gave me.
Thanks to you all for being such a great community. There's so little actual community left in the world, it's really nice to see it in such a format as this one.
I am currently running Slackware 7.1 on an ancient machine (i486, P150). I was not able to run anything newer than kernel 2.2.16 on this machine because it is so old, but Slackware alone works well on it because of its simplicity.
I appreciate the inclusion of the /pasture directory in the newer releases. Otherwise, this ancient machine would just be a whirring doorstop. Slackware is great.