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Old 07-28-2003, 01:42 PM   #1
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Slackware and Unix question

What makes Slackware the disto most like Unix? i've read the reviews, and i'm just wondering. Also, what is Unix like? is it better for some purposes than Linux?
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Slackware has stuck to its original roots from the beginning in the structure of placing things. It hasn't changed most of the locations of system files, configurations, etc unlike distro's like Redhat for example.

If you compared a Unix system to Slacks, it wouldn't differ as much as Unix to Redhat, that is why most refer to it as the most Unix like distro there is.
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Just to add a little to the first reply. I think it also has to do with the lack of GUI configuration tools as well. For instance when you run redhat-config-printer and click through the screens, you don't really know which files you're editing to make your printer work. But in
Slack, I had to edit /etc/samba/smb.conf, make a soft link to smbspool in /usr/lib/cups/backend/smb. Start rc.cups and rc.samba in /etc/rc.d In other words you learn more. I saw somewhere it said "When you learn a distribution like RedHat, you learn RedHat. When you learn Slack, you learn Linux". I've been using Linux for about five years now, wish I would've tried Slackware sooner. I'll never go back to RedHat, Mandrake, SuSe etc...
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k, thanks much guys!


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