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Old 03-23-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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Question Using Slackware 10.1... switch?

Hey guys,
Right now I've been using Slackware for about a 1.5 years, but I'm kind of in the mood to try something 'new'. Obviously I want to remain with a solid distro that's not all bloated with 10 different software editors that later you need to remove. I'm not interested into any distro with RPM as it's package manager, not looking forward to dependency-hell.

What, spiked my interest was ubuntu which is ran off the Debian core... also it's lightweight.

What's your take on ubunto?

What other distro might be suggested...

Thanks ya'll
Old 03-23-2005, 09:14 PM   #2
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Ubuntu is great. I used to use Slackware + Dropline GNOME but switched to Ubuntu to check out GNOME 2.8. I have to say it's really great. The community is top notch and the programs installed by default are very sensible. I would suggest trying out the Hoary Hedgehog release (currently still in development) but since it will be release at the beginning of April it is pretty stable. And apt-get really does rock just like they said.

If you would rather have a distro that still provides a lot of internal control like Slackware then Arch is a good choice. I would have to say that Arch does even less for you than Slackware but still provides great tools to do whatever you want. And pacman, Arch's package manager, is almost better than apt-get.

I guess it all depends on what you're looking for because both Ubuntu and Arch are really good at what they want to accomplish.
Old 03-23-2005, 09:16 PM   #3
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I didn't like Ubuntu. Nothing real constructive or precise - just didn't like it. Restrictive, Gnome/GUI-centric. can't stand apt, symlinks everywhere and weird executable crap in /etc. Wouldn't call it lightweight, either. But it's hugely popular and, while part of that is promotion, many came, saw, liked, and stayed. So it's probably worth checking out to see if it suits.

I've been having fun with Arch lately, though I think I've had enough for now. Probably my second favorite distro at this point. Kind of hard to describe - based on Crux with traces of Slackishness and a bit of a weird Gentoo vibe, though it's a basically binary distro. Maybe it's all the colors everywhere. Easy enough to figure out and get going with and playing with pacman is interesting - much more sensible than portage or apt or the rest though maybe not as technically good - it's practically better. Some nice (and bad) things to observe in the /etc files. I'd recommend it for anyone feeling like trying something else for awhile.
Old 03-24-2005, 03:43 AM   #4
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Re: Using Slackware 10.1... switch?

Originally posted by javamdk
Hey guys,
Obviously I want to remain with a solid distro that's not all bloated with 10 different software editors that later you need to remove.
Thanks ya'll
hi there,

i think Gentoo fits your need - at least this statement - quite well.
a robust package management system with 100% compiling customization possibility. with a minimum knowledge about C and compiling FLAGS, Gentoo can be a nice try.


Old 03-30-2005, 08:36 AM   #5
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Just Slackware

I'm using Slackware since version 9.0... and I'll not switch...
Old 04-10-2005, 10:53 PM   #6
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Try any of them. You'll be back to Slack before you know it.


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