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I did a search on this question and I couldn't find a good answer. I've been using Linux for a little over a year and a half. I've only used Redhat. I want to try something else. I'd say I'm pretty comfortable with commands and the shell. I've downloaded the iso's for Mandrake 9.0 and Slackware 8.1. From what I've read, Mandrake is easy, but a bit bulky. Why should I switch to Slackware? I'm not really looking for easy. I want something that's fun and efficient. Deep down I think I want to use Slackware. I just need someone to justify why I should. thanks.
Slackware is the most Unix like.
Slackware doesn't come with lots of pretty GUI's like alot of the others, you get your hands dirty configuring and by those means, you learn how your system works.
Slackware has pretty much stayed the same since its beginnings, doesn't change much around like some of the other distro's.
Slackware isn't bloated, it doesn't load a bunch of crud you won't ever need or use.
Slackware is easy to configure to be either a server or its just as good to be used as a desktop..
Hmmm... I could probably go on with some more if you want.. but those would probably be some of the reasons why I use and love Slackware...
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Slackware is sane! It puts config files, libraries and other important things in the right "UNIX" places. It doesn't hide configs in some obscure corners of the filesystem like some other distros.
Then slackware gives you most freedom in my opinion, lets you do whatever you want. You wanna do rm -rf / fine, you can... While some distros don't give you such freedoms, but with freedom comes responsability.. ohh... how deep...
a lot of people say that slack is one of the harder distros to use. I began using linux about a month and a half ago. After installing and trying out a few distros. I decided on slackware because it didn't seem too complicated. There is a big difference between harder to use and more complicated. A lot of the distros make all these crazy extra files and put stuff in wierd places in order to make things easier to use. But this also make things complicated. Hence you are back to the m$ windows trap. As long as nothing goes wrong and everything gets automatically set up you're cool. But when something wierd happens you're suddenly lost in a sea of crazy files that make no sense. With slack you just go to where you installed it yourself the first time and change it. Slack isn't easier. But its so much simpler.
Seriously... Slack seems to run faster than the other distros on my machines. In fact, I'd say it's quite snappy in operation compared to the others, and it's been solid as a rock for me. Most of the configuration files are grouped together so they are very easy to find when you need them, and when you do open them up for editing, they are pretty easy to comprehend. Slack's Package Tools are pretty awesome, too, in my opinion. In many ways, it just seems more simple to use than the others.
I play around with a number of distros routinely, such as Redhat, Mandrake, SuSE, and Knoppix, but I always default back to good ol' Slackware when I want to get something done. Good luck with your install, and do let us know how it goes.
I'm a real newbie, and as I get my feet wet with Linux, I love fooling around with different distributions. I've been using Mandrake and Red Hat, and it seems to me that if I can learn one of the "harder" distributions, understanding the others will be breeze. Or at least, I'll learn a lot from Slack because it is the farthewst derived from what I'm used to.
The install went pretty smoothly, once I got rid of my corrupted floppy disks. I had one slight problem with lilo that I fixed, and I've run into a problem with my nic card when I upgraded the kernel (I posted this in the general forum). But other than that things are going well with it. I wouldn't say it's difficult, but I liked being more involved with the installation of everything. For example, with Redhat I used to let it automatically partition my harddrive. I liked being able to set up the hard drive to my own needs. I'm sure you can do this in redhat too, but I'm lazy, and being forced to do it , at least I learned about it.
I have had similar experiences, I first started using linux in 1999. I started off with Red Hat, moved around tried Suse and Mandrake. But in the past three months I began to get sick of distro's with bloated crap, also the rpm packaging system started to make me angry. So I went to linuxcentral and picked up Debian 3 and Slackware 8.1(along with their gift package, linux mouse pad, key chain, mug and 6 inch tux :-D) to see which one I liked better. Well Slackware won, don't get me wrong I really liked Debian, but with Slack I felt like I was in control, I don't have some distros control panel, ie I can choose my own and not have another interfear. I recommend Webmin, I never used it before fearing it was a security risk. However I wanted to give it a try, so I downloaded it, installed it and it works great. I say its great not only for advanced linux users, but also newbies. http://www.webmin.com Either way I justed started using Slack full time about a week ago and "I like". Unfortunaly its taking me a little time to get use to where things are(thanks to Mandrake and SuSe putting stuff in strange places). Another thing, I was use to Sys V init, but I think I might just port my system to it in the coming weeks.