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Last Review by jwpierce1830 - posted: 02-18-2016 09:54 AM
Used Slackware first time in 1996. Installed from floppy disk. Now DVD or memory stick works fine for installing. Have a server and have used on laptop and older hardware where other Linux distributions would not work.
If using as a server debian stable (debian 8) version will give you what it promises, stability. But if you're using it as a desktop you might better go with debian testing (debian 9); this version will have most of the packages at the current version. The stability is still much better than for Ubuntu, so the cost is not high for getting newer packages.
I'd install it before:
Windows 8/8.1 vanilla
Any other Linux distro
I'd install it after:
Windows 8/8.1 with Classic Shell
I prefer it to Ubuntu but I'm biased against Ubuntu because I personally didn't like any of the desktop environments I tried as much as Mint's Cinnamon
Since Rolling Release-based, I am currently at Manjaro 15.12 due updates. This distro is a joy to use. I opted for the xfce version, but there are numerous gorgeous community based versions ranging from openbox, fluxbox, jwm, budgie, gnome, kde, I3, enlightenment, etc.
The Openbox, jwm, and fluxbox versions are unrivaled in beauty and settings. Only negative they have versus the xfce, kde, mate, and gnome version is the sound issue for my AMD A8 based ASUS laptop.
I have to rank as a 10 in relation to the competition.
This is my number 1 recommended distro for desktop beginners and users who just want everything running and available upon install.
Personally, I triple boot Linux Mint, Manjaro Linux (arch-based) and Semplice Linux (debian-based)
I have read all of the above reviews, they all contain great advice and insight irrespective of individual opinions.
I am only just starting with Slackware, but I already know that it's a 'keeper'. This OS forces me to learn and use the command line and is teaching me a lot about computers.
This is the first Linux distro that lets me feel as if I have some control,instead of vice versa. I know there are plenty of cons to this system, as mentioned in the above reviews but I like it for what it is, and I won't complain about what it isn't. I have a lot to learn in the coming months but I am looking forward to learning. I appreciate all of the above reviewers for sharing their thoughts, much of which I agree with, so I won't repeat it here.
Well, I am relatively new to the whole Linux scheme of things, as I only just started with Linux about 2-ish years ago. Anyway, I started using Ubuntu a bit before that, but it was h...o...l...y... ...c...r...a...p slow on my old hardware. Yeah, I am one of those Linux users. Old hardware, temperamental machine, etc... Anyway...
Slackware has been a breath of fresh air for my machine. If you know what you are doing when you fiddle around with custom setups, it can be an absolute dream. I did replace the Hard-drive in my new-er laptop with a 120GB SSD, so I have SCREAMING FAST boot-times. Now, this isn't to say I haven't run into any freezes. I definitely have. But when I have it is mostly my fault with missing packages that I threw away or just didn't install yet (128GB is somewhat limited for me...). But overall, the experience is good. I installed it onto a 5+ year old laptop, and it is still running with its .5GB RAM and Intel Centrino and what-not and it is still running.
Now, my biggest complaint about Slackware is the lack of official package management. I have to go online to grab them unless I rig up my own script. There are some out there, but they aren't official and included.
Fun-fact: Slackware Linux is the longest maintained, still alive, Linux distro of all.
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Long-live the Slackware project!