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View Poll Results: Which of the 4 S's keep you with Slackware?
If I had to pick one, it would be stability. When I first started out with Linux years ago, my first distro was Red Hat 9. I stayed with it up through the early Fedora versions. But the good folks in charge of Fedora made a choice to incorporate the latest and greatest and usually not fully tested and debugged features. Now the latest and greatest is what some people want - and the great thing about Linux is that there is a distro for them. That is not what I want. I want rock solid stability (simplicity coming in a close second). I want something that I know will work - period!
I also like Slackware because it is very close to the UNIX model. Some distros hide alot of configuration, control, etc. under GUI's and dialog boxes. While these are a nice convenience for some, I like having that control over my system. I have that control because Slackware is close to the UNIX model - if I tell the computer to do something, it is because I actually want the computer to do it; and if I wanted the computer to do something, I would have told it to do it.
Like alot of people i started by messing around with the various distros that came on the front of magazines. But i got annoyed by the magical frontends to configure everything. They were to much like windows, and part of the reason i started on linux is cause i wanted to get under the bonnet (read 'hood' if your american).
And now i use Slackware for everything, although occasionally i play with a few others. Either on a spare machine or on VMware.
And yes i still do have a windows XP machine running, it still has it's uses. Especially when people ask me 'How do i do this that or the other'
I believe Speed and Stability are byproducts of the Simplicity. Security comes from the kernel and UNIX-based permissions and are manually controlled. We each make our systems as secure as we want them to be.
Simplicity is what drew me to Slackware. I didn't want everything plus the kitchen sink with the initial installation. And I didn't want automation when connecting devices.
Simplicity rocks Everything else is product of that - nice simplicity. And one thing I like on Slack. It does everything I COMMAND. So if I say EXPLODE he will probably only ask - HOW STRONG EXPLOSION YOU WANT?
That`s the system. Doing what I tell him to do - not what it THINK shoud do