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Have only been using slackware since Slackware 11. It was my first succesful linux install (testy times, new nothing about linux and had to overcome a rather LARGE learning curve).
Once I learned the basics of setting up Slackware, I tried other distro's... only problem with many other distro's was when I encountered a problem I found poor or non-existant documentation and I'm not even going into the upgrade or install errors when package managers crashed and became completely useless SOMEWHERE in the middle of about 100 packages. And when I was able to fix a problem, it was with troubleshooting techniques learned using Slackware or Gentoo.
Every distro except Slackware(and Gentoo and LFS ) keep succesively getting deleted off my system. The slackware community is A+, Slackware documentation is A+ all with real human usable information.
The reasons I keep coming back to Slackware are:
2) Extremely customizable
3) Knowing that setting up the next version will be the nearly identical to the previous ones barring new features (ROCK ON KISS)
3) Properly configured stable,stable,stable. and did I mention Stable
4) Documentation and help everywhere I look, detailed help files, never forgotten man, slackbook and this linuxquestions.org.
5) Do not want to re-install everytime there is a problem (I've lost, that winblows feeling)
6) I know and understand how this system is set up and it does exactly what I want and nothing more.
I use it because it works!!! Just played with Sabayon 4.2 Gnome recently and it didn't stay on my box for more than 2 days. I distro hope quite a bit but nothing out there can touch Slackware in regards to LEARNING and have the PC/Laptop do exactly what you want it to do.
For those who say there is not package management, you're the package management!!
Started with linux in 2004...Slackware about 8 -9 months ago. It was a natural evolution. Started with the fully "ootb" gui oriented distros where I did learn much about linux..considering I new nothing before. Now that I have more knowledge, Slackware is the only way to go imo...distro hopped for some time but always recently came directly "back to slack"..solid, transparent, stable and keeps me avidly growing as a user
Everything you guys said earlier is so true :P
I've been using Slackware since 9.1. My first installation went so mindbogglingly wrong that it felt like getting punched straight into my face. I was used to SuSE Linux before and was really surprised because in SuSE everything worked out of the box and here, after a Slackware install, there was not even a graphical environment! Helpless I switched off the machine and thought: "PHA! Fuck off!" ... But after reading the installation instructions from the Slackware page I gave it another try and faced a clear and beautiful environment, ready to do everything I want. That was my first "Home, sweet home"-memory.
I tried many distros in the meantime. The only one I could eventually start loving is ArchLinux. But not even that feels as "right" as Slackware. Ubuntu ... nay ... too easy ... Debian ... nnnnaaaayy ... don't want to ... SuSE ... no thanks ...
Just my 2 cents.
Last edited by ap0calypse; 07-23-2009 at 03:29 AM.
I use Slackware because I am in control (or at least I am under the impression I am under control ). I began with Slackware 11.0 back in 2006 and while the learning curve was steep, once you know it and have a base routine for when you install things become a lot easier. So far I have dabbled in Cent OS and Kubuntu and Cent OS isn't bad but it can be slow and some of the configuration options are interesting. Kubuntu, one thing and this is a show stopper for me. Cannot compile from source. So i happily chug a long with Slackware on 5 machines and everyone one of them just works.
Yeah, to echo other fanbois, more power to the people! That's what I like about Slackware. I can build packages easily, compile the kernel easily, don't have a million package dependencies for every package, etc. No downloading 100MB worth of stuff just to have a decent build environment. No sudo crap.
Was playing with a debian install last week to check it out and to play with their gnome.
Installed Debian (default gnome install obviously), installed NVIDIA drivers the Debian Way (worked perfectly), rebooted, ran automatic updates, rebooted again and ended up with a gnome desktop with a completely functional KDE 4 panel at the bottom after the updates (don't worry, not looking for a fix, and no clue how this is even possible lol). I never opened any package manager (except for the automatic updates and no I didn't look ), rebooted, and the gnome panel executable was missing. KDE 4 menu bar worked great though lol.
I then proceeded to install xfce. The trash can had files in it on the first run that I could not delete (fresh install, first run, I had not deleted anything yet). Other than that, Xfce worked great though lol.
Now I find myself rebooted Slackware 12.0 (yes I know , will update when I have a problem ), ran mkfs to free up 120gigs, and happily slacking again.
Sorry, I could not resist sharing this one and this is another reason I Slack.
Last edited by Hern_28; 07-23-2009 at 04:36 PM.