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Last Review by sochi - posted: 11-18-2015 10:25 AM
Racy 5.3 kernel 3.0.25 is usefull for anything, and can run my old laptop as the new one. Wireless connexion is easy.
Note that Racy 5.5 cannot operate (black screen). But 5.3 is enough for my usage, at home.
Thin Slacko is the best puppy in my opinion because the most common appliactions are available, browser included for around 130MB, well in the puppy's spirit. Users so can add some of their favorites keeping Slacko ability to run fully in RAM on 528MB computers.
After a hiatus from Linux of some eighteen years, I again find myself using the very distribution I started with—Slackware. I do a lot of work using computers. While I am not an IT professional, I've always been particular about my computing. I like having certain things a certain way, and am very critical of complexity. However, I haven't the time nor inclination to "roll my own" Linux install, or otherwise wish to muck with too many extraneous details that other Linux users (rightfully) never have to think about. For my needs, Slackware strikes an excellent balance.
While release 14.1 is now getting a bit long in the tooth, my experience transitioning to -current was straightforward and nearly painless on three rather different PCs. Reviews of Slackware often neglect mention of SlackBuilds. While not exactly an official repository, it (and the slackbuilds-users mailing list) is an excellent resource which will mostly make up for the inconvenience of having to build & update some of your software piecemeal. If nothing else, you will know exactly what goes into your system! Gone will be the days you want to install one small bit of software only to be faced with a large, indiscriminate apt-get dump of software "dependencies" your software may or may not actually need, but that some repo package maintainer-cum-bureaucrat decided you should install anyway. Slackware puts you, Dear User, back in the driver's seat!
I can't recommend Slackware to casual users coming fresh from Windows or Mac. A fresh install of Slackware can feel a bit bare, and some of the basic hardware support (e.g., audio, networking) will remain sparsely configured for some machines until the user gets their hands a little dirty. However, for someone who is willing to commit, Slackware promises a “set and forget” experience on a stable, time-tested distribution supported by a competent & responsive corps of folks who aren't jerks. Eighteen years after my first exposure to it, Slackware feels very much the same as I remember it, and yet has evolved into something so much better.
One of the biggest problems we've had in our production environment has been with the Network Interfaces. At random times, and for no apparent reason, the network interfaces will just stop and enter the disabled state. One of the faults we currently have is being able to monitor this, so we hear about it from our Helpdesk. The issue seems to only exist when using the latest UEK for Oracle Linux 6.7. When we use the Red Hat Compatible Kernel, the issue does not exist. Oracle help support has not been helpful on the situation and state that it is because the system is virtualized, though our physical systems have the same problem.
After installing Oracle Linux 6.7 on Hyper-V on 2012R2, the Oracle Linux will not start. We do not have this issue with Oracle Linux 6.6 or Oracle Linux 7.0 on the same Hyper-V cluster.
After a few years far from linux (old hardware as around me stunning new that I didn't own) , I recently bought a laptop.
Didn't last long with w8 and looked for a linux distro : seeing the release date of the last slackware I tried last Debian.
A month later I'm back with slackware. Everything I really learnt was with this distro. So simple you can't mess with it, so stable that current is a pleasure to follow !