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Old 03-14-2007, 10:03 PM   #1
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OpenSUSE vs. Slackware

What is the better OS? Based on stability and flexibility (of packages that come with).
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I've been using OpenSUSE as my primary OS for some time now (SUSE 10 OSS) and I'm very happy with it; I find it very stable, and it comes with a lot of packages on the standard install CD/DVD images. Plus there are several additional repositories on the web which make it very easy to add extra packages, and the YaST utility provides a nice way of quickly configuring the system and setting up system services.

I've had a look at Slackware a few times - in my experience it's faster to install, and it has an excellent reputation for stability (I've never used it for long enough to find out), but the standard install media offer fewer packages, and it doesn't have a graphical configuration utility like YaST (at least the versions I've tried don't - I haven't had time to try the latest one yet), but advocates of Slackware will tell you (rightly) that having to configure the system in the 'traditional' way by editing config files yourself gives you more control over the system and a better understanding of how it all works (obviously you can still do this with any distro if you want to). A graphical config and setup utility like YaST is nice, but it can make you lazy.

I like to try other distros periodically, just to see what's out there. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, but personally I still like OpenSUSE best, and that's the one I'm sticking to. My suggestion would be to try both of them for a while, get a feel for them, and decide for yourself which one best suits your circumstances and needs - that's what it's all about.
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Well, Slackware looks like it in the there a list of packages that come with the discs that can be installed?
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:05 AM   #5
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It's sort of like comparing apples and oranges. The two distros have completely different philosophies. If you want a distro which is newbie friendly, where you interact primarily with a gui interface, that's suse. If you aren't afraid of learning a bit of what goes on "under the hood" and occasionally interacting through the command line, and getting one of the most stable distros around, that's slackware. I personally prefer slackware, but mostly that's a matter of taste. Also, the vote will probably be a bit skewed because lq is official forum for slackware users (I believe) so there is a probably a larger percentage of slackware users here than suse users. The best answer is, try both, they are both free of cost. See which you like best.
Old 03-15-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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I am not a newbie, but will potentially install either Slackware or OpenSUSE on the computer my boss uses. (who is a linux newbie). But I will be maintaining the computer.
Old 03-15-2007, 12:29 PM   #7
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a little bit offtopic
Originally Posted by ewlabonte
... the vote will probably be a bit skewed because lq is official forum for slackware users (I believe) ...
lq IS the forum for slackware users, and as my consern it should be for every distro it would be a nice point of meeting between diferent distro users. we all have something to learn from others
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need more info to give useful reply

I'm a Slackware 11 user, but I've also used RH9, Ubuntu latest, and looked at some others. Really it would be useful if you could give your intended use of the OS. If you or your boss just wants to do the usual tasks like web browsing, email, office document writing and presentation preparation, a little music listening and video watching, then I would probably not go with OpenSUSE or Slackware. I would recommend Ubuntu. It's extremely easy to set up and use. I personally don't really like KDE, which Slackware uses as its default GUI, Ubuntu uses Gnome, which I prefer over KDE; however, I use neither of them in Slackware. I use xfce. Really, if you want a useful comparison between OpenSUSE and Slackware, I would need something specific to compare. Stability? I've personally never run into instability problems with any Linux distro. I don't tend to do things or use programs that move me into unstable situations.
Old 03-15-2007, 04:52 PM   #9
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He needs internet and financing programs. Problem is, his internet requires a 'driver' or program designed for dial-up. (called netzero) The program needs J2R to run, and I obviously can't download it as I need it to set up the connection. I have tried to transfer it, but to no avail.
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OpenSUSE vs. Slackware

I wonder if folks may be influenced by their feelings towards Novell ... Just wonder.

In any event ... openSuSE is the best I have seen from a completeness and stability point of view.

I have played with FC5 and FC6, Slackware, Ubuntu, and PCLinux. I like Slackware, but openSuSE is consistent, stable, and very complete.

Old 03-16-2007, 01:02 AM   #11
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Another advantage of Slackware over the so-called "user-friendly" distros is that the install process is less resource demanding, both in terms of memory and HD space. There isn't much in the way of user-friendliness when a pretty but bloated installation aborts or falters on an old machine because it can't manage the heavy demands of a GUI-based install, and doesn't give a meaningful indication of why it happened, or how to rectify it.
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1) Pro: 1 big download
1b) Con: Installs a lot - unable to optimize
2) Pro: Just keep clicking next
2b) Con: "Partition, next"... oops, there goes the hard drive
3) Con: Not a rolling updates distro
4) Pro: Complete & Complex admin utilities
4b) Con: Too complex to work with by hand
4c) Con: YAST is slow

1) Pro: Simple
1b) Con: Too damn simple
2) Con: High level of knowledge required
3) Pro: Highly customizable
4) Pro: Dependencies are not strict
4b) Con: Dependencies must be identified by error messages
5) Con: No administrative tools
6) Con: Not a rolling updates distro

And the clear winner is: A tie.

Slackware has more clearcut pros and cons, while SuSE has a lot of "..., BUT ..." problems. This makes sense - with Slack, it's Pat's vision - take it or leave it. With SuSE, they try to satisfy a lot of people, and have to compromise.

Resolving some of the cons is impossible - Slackware cannot be a rolling updates distro without package management, at which point it looses it's simple pro (#1). Slapt-get is negated by point 2, etc.

Personally, I'd take Slackware over SuSE any day. But that's because I like Oranges, not Apples. I'd also take Mandriva or PCLOS over SuSE any day. Mostly because YAST annoys me.
Old 03-19-2007, 12:07 AM   #13
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Opensuse 10.2 Topgun

I Recommend Opensuse 10.2 Because Easy To Install And Upgrade Plus Very Stable. Plus Opensuse 10.2 Comes In 64 Bit Version. I Would Also Check Out Centos 4.4 & Ubuntu 6.10 & Pclinuxos Linux Too.
Old 03-19-2007, 08:30 PM   #14
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This question is very difficult to answer correctly because Slackware could be compared to Gentoo, Linux From Scratch, or maybe even Debian, but never to the other distributions because:
1. Slackware remains based on the Unix file layouts similar to most BSD's where
most of the other distros have adopted the LSB.
2. It is up to the administrator to resolve the Slackware package dependencies.
Most of the other distros resolve the dependencies automatically.
3. Slackware is easy to install and reasonably difficult to maintain.
Most other distros are easy to install and easy to maintain because they are
mostly PNP.
4. Slackware users are generally more experienced and computer literate than users
of other distros.
5. Slackware will never be as popular as other distros but it will always have a
loyal user base.

If I was new to Linux I would be able to use and enjoy OpenSuSE more than Slackware. It would only as I gained more experience in System Administration that I would enjoy the simplicity, stability and cleanliness of Slackware.
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