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Old 03-19-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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Smile why I love slackware !


why I love Slackware, this questions comes into my mind a lot. I'm not a linux geek to fully understand why Slackware is better than UbUntU for example or even Debian.I see my friends all the time using fedora and ubuntu, but all I know is that i can't see me using any other distro than Slackware. are there linux newbies like me feel the same for Slackware? and why? because I really don't know why I love Slackware that much and think that I will newver give up slacking !.
 
Old 03-19-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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dude, it's only some software, you can't marry it...
 
Old 03-19-2012, 03:54 AM   #3
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dude, it's only some software, you can't marry it...
lol sure ,, but u know what, u made me think to marry a girl do exactly what I want without complaining. just like Slack does
 
Old 03-19-2012, 08:04 AM   #4
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Jesse Smith in his review of Slackware 13.37 (DistroWatch Weekly, issue 405) wrote:
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One certainly can learn the nuts and bolts of Linux through Ubuntu, Fedora or openSUSE, but where those distributions provide a lot of hand holding, Slackware patiently sits to the side with its arms folded. (...) Slackware will also be appealing to people who want their computer to do what they tell it to, no more, no less.
 
Old 03-19-2012, 09:53 AM   #5
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why I love Slackware, this questions comes into my mind a lot. I'm not a linux geek to fully understand why Slackware is better than UbUntU for example or even Debian.I see my friends all the time using fedora and ubuntu, but all I know is that i can't see me using any other distro than Slackware. are there linux newbies like me feel the same for Slackware? and why? because I really don't know why I love Slackware that much and think that I will newver give up slacking !.
Totally agree with you.
 
Old 03-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #6
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Wow, this thread can easily start a flamewar. But anyways, my reasons why I like Slackware more than other distros:
- RPM based distros: I simply can't get around with them, don't ask why, I don't know.
- Ubuntu: Used it from 8.04 to 9.10, recognized that a release cycle of 6 months is simply to short to get a good and stable distro, especially if the developers concentrate on new and shiny features instead of fixing bugs.
- Debian: a fine distro, very stable, used it for some time, quite handy, but for my taste still to automatic. If I install, for example, vsftp, why is it starting automatically direct after the install? That doesn't make sense, I have (and want) to configure it first, then start it. Also, while dependency resolution can make the life quite easy, I want to decide which package I want to have installed with which dependencies, I don't want to rely on the package maintainer, which has to built the packages so that they fit to the use cases of the most people, not especially my use case.
- Arch: also a nice distro, but this cutting edge thing simply isn't for me if it exchanged for stability.
That is why in the end I have switched to Slackware: simple, very stable (I really like the "We release it when it is ready" approach), the package management is very easy once you got around with it (making a "standard compliant" Slackware package is magnitudes easier than making a Debian package in my eyes), it is only installed and running exactly what I want and with the dependencies I want.

In short, Slackware is exactly like I want an OS to be.

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Old 03-19-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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I am new to SlackWare, I have been playing with it for couple of months now. Hopefully I get to love it as much as you do too. For now I am having a hard time installing software but not a big deal. I actually started using SlackWare with the intention of learn and understand Linux better. I have been using Linux for about 3 Years and I feel like I know nothing about it. So I am hoping to master Linux once I master SlackWare.

Cheers!

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Old 03-19-2012, 03:09 PM   #8
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From my point of view the main difference between Slackware Linux and the other GNU/Linux distributions is that Slackware encourages me to change the configuration of the system by modifications of the text files. The other distributions are designed to make changes via GUI tools. I believe it’s possible to configure them by modifications of the text files too but it’s difficult to establish which file I have alter in order to achieve the desired result.

Thanks to that Slackware feature I managed to prepare a set of a few scripts that modify the configuration files automatically. When I change something in my system I don’t touch the configuration file but instead I modify one of my scripts and then I run it to perform the change in the system. When the new version of Slackware arrives I install it and then I run my scripts. As a result I get fully customized system after a dozen of seconds. Performing the same changes manually would take a dozen of hours. So I use a very sophisticated configuration of the system and I can set it up painfully.

I tried the other GNU/Linux distributions as well as FreeBSD but I always was disappointed. For example in the case of FreeBSD 7.2 I wasn’t able to force the touchpad scroll and the console mouse to work at the same time. One configuration allowed to use the touchpad scroll and the other configuration allowed to use the console mouse. From my point of view the possibilities of scrolling of the website contents in the web browser window with touchpad or TrackPoint as well as of copying of the snippets of text from the console with mouse are crucial features.

The closest to my needs GNU/Linux distribution after Slackware Linux is Arch Linux. I tried Arch 2010.05 and I was glad though I still prefer Slackware.

I use Slackware since 2000 (version 7.0). Earlier I used Red Hat and Mandrake. After 2000 I used occasionally Debian GNU/Linux (for two months) and Ubuntu (for two weeks). I tried also Gentoo, Fedora, openSUSE, and mentioned above Arch Linux and FreeBSD (Slackware Linux and these two Unix-like systems are in my opinion the best operating systems ever). On my friends’ and my family members’ machines I install Linux Mint which is in my opinion the easiest operating system ever.
 
Old 03-19-2012, 03:23 PM   #9
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lol sure ,, but u know what, u made me think to marry a girl do exactly what I want without complaining. just like Slack does
IMHO, that's not what wives/partners are for. If you want someone/something that follows your instructions, get a dog or build a robot.
 
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:52 PM   #10
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slackware marriage counseling thread 101

It's the other way around dude: marry a woman who you can admit is right, when she's right; never try to control her, and be sure you do what she wants without complaining... however, unlike women, complete control over your computer system is of course desirable, and I have more control over my system with slackware than any other distro, because I've put in more hours learning slackware than any other distro, and I chose slackware to put those hours in with, mainly because of this forum, where, occasionally, Pat himself adds his two cents worth...
 
Old 03-19-2012, 04:30 PM   #11
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Wow, this thread can easily start a flamewar.
Yes, but its dependent on setting. Perhaps on a general linux forum it would be good bait, but in the slackware forums, an "I love slackware" thread is hardly controversial.


I love slackware because its what I learned with, which makes it very easy to use.
 
Old 03-19-2012, 05:33 PM   #12
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I love Slackware because it has only broken when I've done something stupid.

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Old 03-19-2012, 05:45 PM   #13
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I love Slackware because Pat is a sexy devil and an emissary of "Bob". Praise "Bob"!
 
Old 03-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #14
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thank you guys Slackware worth it
and about the Obedience woman, sure i was kidding
 
Old 03-20-2012, 01:09 PM   #15
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No bloat, unless you choose to install some of course. And I like this forum and have been reading it for quite a few years, but that has nothing to do with Slackware really.

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