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Old 07-11-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Appreciation for Slackware!!

Hey there folks!

Firstly, its going to be a quite a long post I guess. And immediately second to that, I would like to say heartily thanks to Pat and other key members of the Slackware community to make it happen and rolling kicking ass!

Okay, I got introduced to Linux through Ubuntu 9.10 and I am sure most of us here are, although there are few lucky ones who got straight on their way like a monk with the Slack from the very beginning! I know, experiences make you learn from your mistakes and I did!

And then the hopping started looking for that perfection in the simplicity and thought that I always sought in administering and using the software!! Gradually, I began to know that it is not the flashy GUI's that make things easier and comfy all the way for they present their own complications in the forms of unresolved bugs, unnecessary hangs and bloat! I know they have their place if executed and tested properly!

Yeah, then I hopped, hopped and hopped over many mainline and publicized desktop distributions through the years never quite settling for the one! Finally, I settled with Debian as it was quite close to what I was looking for! Again, the search for nirvana continued as I still felt restricted somehow! I love Debian, for it is an inhumane effort at freedom and totally support the spirit!

And then I found Slackware. I wonder why it took me so long. *Sigh. What simplicity can you ask for more from the grounds up?! Everything seems to be at the place, perfectly and thoughtfully laid out and executed! It feels so completely satisfying to work and even play with it. Just installed Slackware 13.37 and settled on Xfce as my desktop environment of choice, installed couple of necessary apps from Slackbuilds and off I go. Configured and installed Nvidia graphics drivers and it goes without a hitch or a hiccup!! What a stable system!

I see it good looking at different distributions working side by side as it gets the Linux community to prosper through sharing of work done by each other! I have respect for every distributions out there for they have their line of thoughts!

So, to finish things off, I am quite new at Linux honestly but I love my ignorance that makes me go on the learning spree! The Slackware community is so awesome, helpful with gurus offering great piece of advice patiently and without any feel of elitism! I like to read, so working through docs and man pages is a no pointer here for me!

Thanks again to Pat and crew!
Cheers. *To the Slackware.
Old 07-11-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: Rome - Italy
Distribution: Slackware 13.1
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I join your happipess and greetings!
I tried dozens and dozens of dostros: I started from SUSE 8 then I used a Red Hat in a business environment.
At home, then, I installed both CentOS and Fedora but the migration from KDE to Gnome was so painful!
I tried, tried, tried... never finding my perfect system.
When, finally, I tried Slackware, Gentoo and Arch Linux!
They're what I was looking for!
Over time I left Gentoo and Arch to use only Slackware for my personal work but still I'm using RHEL, Debian, CentOS, Fedora and Suse in business environments when I'm not everytime able to persuade my customer using Slackware.
Old 07-14-2012, 03:42 AM   #3
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Ah I agree with you both. I began my Linux journey in January this year and started absolutely clueless with Ubuntu, then trickled down into the Lubuntu's, Xubuntu's etc. Then onto trying things like Suse, Crunchbang, Peppermint, Fedora etc. Pretty much trying to find something that fit, but none ever really seemed to make sense, and I did the distro dance with about 30 burned CDs of distros and I'd format my harddrive at least once a week to test a new one out. I really wanted something that would force me to learn Linux, but not in a too daunting fashion.

Finally I landed on Salix OS and it was really cozy, soon learning that it was built upon Slackware. I then decided to try Slackware out and ended up buying the CDs and the Slackbook. It's the best thing I ever did, everything I've learned about Linux I owe to Slackware, from the frustrating start of configuring and discovering the system, to the joys of dancing around it and knowing where everything is, it was well worth all of the effort, and owe a lot of my success to man pages, books and indeed this forum.

Settled for a nice lightweight Fluxbox setup and enjoy Slackware more and more everyday, and I can never bring myself to try out any other version of Linux at home. Good job Pat and the crew, keep Slacking everyone!
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