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I use both distros and i am satisfied. Why use Slackware? Because its out earlier and i think that its a bit more stable than Salix. Also Salix 14.1 xfce doesnt include a huge.s kernel and my old laptop has a non pae kernel.
PS: Dependency resolution can be easily disabled in Salix so this is not a reason.
A Slackware installation offers you the chance to start with a system that contains all the tools and the libraries you (may) need afterwards in case you want to add much more applications.
For example, i wanted to use the Lyx text editor. Compiled it from source and that was all – tetex was already there.
There are other times of course that you have to install some mandatory dependencies but i love the idea of a distro providing you from the begining with so many tools to make use of them as you wish.
This is not the case with Salix and it is okay cause they tell you they are following ‘the one application per task” motto. Now, when it comes in file structure, startup apllications, fstab, you can administer a Salix box the same as a Slackware if you want it that way.
For me there is no point in using either Slackware or Salix, I actually use them both, Slackware on my main machines, Salix for fire-and-forget installations, for example for a low-spec computer acting as a jukebox that has only LXDE and Audacious installed. Those single purpose systems are particularly easy to set up and maintain with Salix, so that I don't have to bother with Slackbuilds and dependencies on them.
So it comes down to: Use whatever fits your needs, in general and for specific purposes.
This is an older thread, but the most excellent Australian family of "Puppy Linux" variants has a version called "Slacko", built from Slackware, Salix, and one other Slackware derivative. It comes in 32-bit and 64-bit and has a PAE version (for 4Gb or more memory machines) and a non-PAE version.
There is no more stable, well built, and professionally deployed distro than Slackware; although I am "a Debian man" personally.
But for my "nekked" (as we say in Georgia) WinBlows laptop, required for some situations and apps, I usually use Puppy Slacko 64-bit on a 64Gb thumb drive for all my real computing, especially in public places, and store all my "real" data on the thumb drive. The laptop has 4GB of DRAM and a 1Tb hard disk. The DRAM, in which the Linux runs lightning fast, and you can create an encrypted save file in numerous configurations and security levels, mainly to speed booting to about 10-12 SECONDS! This can be done with Slackware or Salix as well. If anyone wants to forensically inspect my laptop, they will find an "empty box" where everything works but there is no trail of where I have been or what I have done in Windows, save use Dragon Naturally Speaking, that simply will not run on Linux, but all files are stored on thumb drives safe and sound. This is a solution that works for me, and allows me to access the over-the-Internet TV and Movie services my wife and I (and the misc family kids) enjoy, without endangering any of my real work, or revealing much of anything beyond that we like to watch Peppa Pig, Adult Swim, and SciFi movies.
I would urge any security-minded user, particularly folks working on proprietary projects, inventions, or defence work to look into this great new option.
But for your Linux desktop, you have heard it from the experts, use what you like - Slackware, Salix, Debian, Ubuntu (with some reservations on their commercial ties, read or watch on YouTube Dr. Richard Stallman's excellent critique of Ubuntu) or even Fedora - but remember, Linux is like eating an elephant, a lot of small pieces, so experiment - THEN CHOOSE - and really learn the one you like. For me, Debian running Mate or Window Maker (never got over the NeXT I used to have) is the answer, but running Slackware using Puppy Slacko is VERY easy, rock solid, and Salix is about 15 minutes away from being put on a backup desktop I was gifted by a friend that just upgraded to an Nvidia box (lucky stiff!!!!!).
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