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Old 11-21-2003, 04:16 AM   #1
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Distribution: Arch .5 and Solaris 9/10
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Arch v. Slack

Round 1, FIGHT!

No, really. How would you compare these 2 popular distros? If I am going to install a Linux distro (over BSD) these 2 would probably the 2 I would consider.


Thanks guys!
Old 11-21-2003, 08:19 PM   #2
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Well, I consider ArchLinux to be "Slackware++". Its got the compatability and simplicity of Slackware, but with amazing package management, more up to date packages, and i686 compilation.

Its also got a nice community. I find it a lot friendlier than Slackware's. Slackware users tend to me umm....religious about it.
Old 11-22-2003, 05:01 PM   #3
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Coming from (free?)BSD you will probably appreciate the Arch package manager pacman. You can use it to update your system and install/uninstall (binaries) with dependencies. If you prefer building from source pacman has a sibling called makepkg which you can use to easily generate customized packages. It's all pretty simple and transparent. Perhaps similar tools exist for slackware? I honestly don't know.

Slackware has a much bigger user base and has been around for a decade or so. This might count for something. While my experience with Arch (as a desktop system) has been good and solid it is still 0,5...

Last edited by Mork; 11-22-2003 at 05:03 PM.
Old 11-23-2003, 08:18 AM   #4
Registered: Aug 2003
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Distribution: Slackware 10.2 + FRG + 2.6.15
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Slack is great... But Arch is really the better distro.
It is faster, has better package management and simple configuration.

Take Arch.
(why would anyone stop using freeBSD? I use linux because my addiction to America's Army and I have a ATI graphics card )
Old 11-23-2003, 06:28 PM   #5
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I'd like to agree with everyone so far - Arch is probably better of the two: the same simplicity and transparency that makes Slackware great, but Pacman is bonus for package management. There are only two reasons I can think of for chosing Slackware over Arch: one, if you want to run it on architecture other than i686. Two, if you really need any packages covered by Slackware but absent in Arch.


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