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I have been using Slackware for about a year now, even though I was first introduced to Slackware Linux six years ago, however back then I didn't not really have much interest in exploring Slackware that much, and I guess I did not like it at first, because I did not setup the system myself, and also the default WM was GNOME, and I never liked GNOME. Then about a while back, I tried out Mandrake, it was ok, but it seems bloated, and the version I tried out, 8.1, didn't seem to give me control on how to set it up, i.e, how I want lilo to be installed, and instead it always installed itself on the MBR, which annoyed me.
Then a year ago, I gathered up enough courage, and tried Slackware again, and this time I hit it right off. Granted I still did not know much, but I quickly found my way, and now I consider myself a pretty dedicated Slackware user. I also like the fact that everything is not 'spoon-fed' to you, like Windows, granted I sitll use windows, mostly because my printer is not supported under Linux.
For me, Slackware has sparked my interest in Unix environments, and I want to continue to learn more on how to use Slackware, and I hope one day I can have a box, completely dedicated to Slackware, and not have to dual boot. I have also seen Red Hat, before it went commercial, however after seeing Slackware, I really had no interest in trying other Linux distros, maybe the only other non-Slackware OS that somewhat caught my attention was the BSD series, but I don't know if or when I will play with that, because I am way too comfortable with Slackware to change again, unless I can get a third system.
Also I think the name itself is clever too, and I think it is safe to say that if anyone has tried Slackware and has stayed with the distro for at least a year, one can call himself/herself a Slacker.
So to close my thread, I would say that Slackware has been a fresh breath of air in the world of computing, and I never realized just how much I can learn about computing in such a brief period of time. I am enjoying this distro very much, and I hope that Slackware can have great success for decades to come, and have many many new converts. GO SLACKWARE!
The main reason I like Slackware is I can learn with it. I'm a Windows SA by trade. Everything in Windows is GUI oriented and it does so much for you, I started losing my knowlege. I decided that I needed to start playing around with computers at home again, not just at work. That left me with Linux. After playing around with a couple distros, I came across Slackware and gave it a shot. It was simple to install, but I had to edit config files to customize it. It brought me back to when I was playing around with MS-DOS. It was just fun.
I know I'm generalizing, but to me the biggest difference between the people that love Slackware and the folks that like the more automated distros. The users of the automated distros are typically using that computer as a tool to produce or to have fun with the applications. The Slackware user (and probably Gentoo user) has their fun playing with the computer and the OS. Nothing wrong with either view, it's just a different use.
Originally posted by Fritz_Monroe The main reason I like Slackware is I can learn with it. . . . The users of the automated distros are typically using that computer as a tool to produce or to have fun with the applications. The Slackware user (and probably Gentoo user) has their fun playing with the computer and the OS. Nothing wrong with either view, it's just a different use.
I'd have to agree with you. . . kinda. Of course, I don't like a ton of setup and stuff when I really need something (like if I need OpenOffice or other apps), but I do like to toy around with my computer. Slackware just works. I could've just installed it and left it alone if I wanted to - the installer left me with a fully working system with all I really need (MP3 players, Flash, GUI. . .), but it doesn't require me to use a GUI to automate everything and not allow me to customize things if I want to.
Originally posted by Cinematography I'm having a problem understanding why Slackware is so loved. What makes it better than an OS like Mepis? I guess it really depends on what the user wants. I want automation, an easy way to install programs, and java, flash, and mp3 and mpeg playback already installed so I can focus on doing my work and not have to bother too much with setting up the OS. Does Slackware have any of this?
Yes, some of what you're talking about is in fact incorporated into Slackware, but not all of it. I myself maintain a distribution, Ultima Linux (www.ultimalinux.cjb.net - link posted for interest only) which is Slackware-based, which takes it a bit further, in case you're interested... but anyway....
So far everything in your list is available in Slackware except probably automation. There are add-ons available which will let you download software like Debian's apt-get, but they aren't included in the main distribution.
The reasons I myself like Slackware are probably the stability and security above anything else - my system has yet to crash, and I tend to do all sorts of insane stuff on the thing that would have most other systems on their knees. (Installing lots of software that hasn't been extensively tested, lots of beta stuff, and not to mention *shudder* compiling Firefox.) Of course, the speed's also really nice, because even a 2.4GHz machine with 512MB RAM can start feeling slow if you're not using the right software.
Originally posted by tuxdev I think the Tux with a pipe in a kind of Sherlock Holmes thing is perfect since that is what we all probably had to do when we started using Slack.
Seriously, though - that logo is kinda wierd. I like the "S" logo though. Maybe they could come up with something cooler based on that - Tux with an "S" on his chest or something.
Hey, they could call him SuperTux (like Superman with the "S") or SlackTux or something.