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Old 03-13-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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BlueWhite64 vs Slamd64-What are the differences?

OK-I'm wanting to install another 64-bit Linux-and there's BlueWhite64 and Slamd64-what are the differences between them?

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Old 03-14-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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I haven't tried BlueWhite so I can't tell you about the differences in using them. I have been running Slackware as my main desktop since 10.1 (not an old timer like some of the guys here!)

I recently wanted a 64 bit Slack and I was surprised when I finally figured out Slackware itself wasn't it! I did some research and I tried even other Linux distros (big mistake) and then tried Slamd64. I should have tried Slamd64 first! It's an excellent distro with the same kind of excellent people using it as Slackware. It's a super high quality 64 bit multilib version of Slackware. If you are a Slacker you will feel right at home. Great distro and great community. Fred, the maintainer, is a genius and does a super clean job.

The major difference seems to be whether you want pure 64 or multilib. I believe BlueWhite is pure 64. Slamd64 is multilib. You can run and create 32 bit or 64 bit apps on Slamd64. I thought I wanted pure 64 but I am so happy with Slamd64 that I am running it on a second box.
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no BW has 32bit libs (as an extra)
but this is almost slackware so we install from source for just about every thing
not included in the distro anyway
so it doesn't much mater

BW is native 64bit lay out for the libraries
Slamed64 is layed out like a 32bit system with 64bit libraries added on

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Old 06-10-2009, 12:43 AM   #4
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Why mess with either now that there is Slackware64-current?
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Originally Posted by foodown View Post
Why mess with either now that there is Slackware64-current?
Why not? BW64 is simply elegant with great support. I'm sure supporters of Slamd64 feel similarly about their choice. Over time, distributions have come and gone for various reasons which will likely continue for the foreseeable future.
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Yes, indeed. I like the motto, simply elegant, for BW64, too! In retrospect, hopefully it describes BW64's future quite nicely. Slackware's simplicity combined with current and robust components for an elegant operating system. For example, if Slackware unnecessarily retains an older component, BW64 should adopt a newer version as long as stability and package compatibility is maintained.

Simply elegant ...


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