Originally posted by dushkinup
A friend of mine installed slackware and he simply can't stop talking about how fast it is. Is it because the RPMS are compiled for 486 rather than 386, or what? Is there any way I can do it with other distros?
Slack does not use the RPM format, so can't have something to do with that
...and the packages (.tgz) are compiled with 486 support
but are optimized
for 686 (check the -march and -mcpu flags). Probably isn't a magic speed trick here either, since that approach sounds quite normal and reasonable. I believe the reason Slack feels so fast is that it's not bloated...it adheres to the KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid).
Haven't really looked deep into it, but compared to mainstream distros like Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE etc, Slackware flies