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"After one of the most intensive periods of development in Slackware's history, the long-awaited stable release of Slackware 13.0 is ready. This release brings with it many major changes since Slackware 12.2, including a completely reworked collection of X packages (a configuration file for X is no longer needed in most cases), major upgrades to the desktop environments (KDE 4.2.4 and Xfce 4.6.1), a new .txz package format with much better compression, and other upgrades all around -- to the development system, network services, libraries, and major applications like Firefox and Thunderbird. We think you'll agree that this version of Slackware was worth the wait. Also, this is the first release of Slackware with native support for the 64-bit x86_64 architecture!"
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
speed, simplicity, stability, completeness - good documentation - nothing hidden
clean, fast, the most standard and Un*x-like distribution. All apps are unmodified and as close to the various authors' original work. VERY stable.
Some people complain this is TOO simple, that it doesn't do enough things "automagically." But the configuration files are all plain text and well-commented. Slackware won't hold your hand, but it won't hide things from you either. The documentation (including the detailed Slackbook on the install disc) is all there.
The primary focus is stability, and on this count, Slackware simply can't be beat.
I wanted a distribution I could learn on, since I'm relatively new to the Linux world, but I also wanted one that I could customize and continue to improve skills on. Slackware is it.
I'm taking IT classes in school (Computer Information Systems major), and so I get to do a lot with Linux/Unix. It's stable, and has been easy to learn. The documentation is very well done compared to a lot of other open source volunteer projects.
I was kind of expecting a bigger base of official packages, but with SlackBuilds, I'm learning how to compile and create Slackware packages. Slackware even includes a package converter from RPM to TGZ.
During setup, you really can pick and choose which packages you wish to install. My dad tries to use various Linux distributions, but none of them give the same level of customization. Slackware really is one of the best, in my opinion.