Originally Posted by Harrod Lumar
Why are all computers in mathematics (my college anyways) running slackware ?
What makes slackware so much different from suse that they wont run an algorithms on SUSE ?
The answer to these two questions is dependability.
I have been running Slackware since 1995 and have never changed. The reason is stability, plus it's what I cut my teeth on. I went directly from DOS to Slackware, I tried windows but it couldn't compete. Windows is strictly an operating system for doing daily tasks such as office work, text editing, surfing the net, email and such. It isn't built for hard number crunching and bare bones system computing like unix/Slackware is.
I just upgraded my Slackware system today from version 13 to version 13.37, not because I needed to but because I was just curious. I still have a music server running on a very old version of Slackware that serves music to me and my friends, it has been running for over two years without a reboot or a crash. The only way I know it's still there and running is I open my web browser and click on my web page and listen to music. That's why people swear by Slackware, you can install it and forget about it.
I have looked at other versions of Linux such as Suse, Debian, Ubuntu and others but after reading reviews on them and seriously checking into the what experts write on them I always stay with Slackware. I know it's guts inside and out. I'm a CLI (command line interface)loving kind of guy.
And "Who is Patrick?" He's the guy we all love and depend on to give us the best operating system on the planet. Hell of a guy, eh? We think so!
Have a good one Harrod.