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View Poll Results: What would you run if Slackware disappeared tomorrow?
FreeBSD 100 16.81%
Solaris 3 0.50%
Ubuntu or a variant 36 6.05%
Another Debian variant 6 1.01%
Debian 82 13.78%
Arch 131 22.02%
Gentoo 41 6.89%
Mac OS 8 1.34%
Windows 9 1.51%
React OS 0 0%
Another UNIX (AIX, HP/UX, etc . . .) 3 0.50%
Another BSD (NetBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly, etc . . .) 41 6.89%
Another Linux not listed here 117 19.66%
Something else entirely 18 3.03%
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:55 AM   #46
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My first thought was that I would use Zenwalk or Salix. However, since these distros are based on Slackware they would likely disappear as well. Or perhaps their developers would pick up where Slackware was left before it
(HORROR OF HORRORS!!!) died ...

If there was no more Slackware, Zenwalk, or Salix, I would either go with Arch or Debian-testing.
I would probably still keep Ubuntu around as well.

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Old 06-23-2010, 12:04 PM   #47
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My first thought is that I would not go with ubuntu, it's just so far from slackware you could go I think. And then I think I'd wanna try arch, I think it's lightweight and it has other goodness so that's what I'd try anyway.
 
Old 06-23-2010, 12:58 PM   #48
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I wouldn't go with Ubuntu either. It's not that I hate the easy to use distros - I like both OpenSUSE and PCLinuxOS. I just think that Ubuntu goes about things in a cock-eyed way and the other easy to use distros do things better.

If I wasn't running Slackware, then I'd most likely be running OpenSUSE or Fedora. Arch is a non-starter for me because of the lack of signed packages.
 
Old 06-23-2010, 01:16 PM   #49
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So, what would it be?
Slackware of course. The fact that it is not maintained anymore will not mean that the software is broken!

And, by the way, Alien Bob lives round the corner so he will do his duty and come up with his Alienix.
 
Old 06-23-2010, 04:31 PM   #50
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Another Linux not listed here.
But I really wouldn't know which one...
 
Old 06-23-2010, 04:51 PM   #51
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Definitely Zenwalk or Vector, but would give both Arch and *BSDs a try.
 
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:48 PM   #52
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OpenBSD first, then perhaps FreeBSD (which I'm on right now), or my C64, 128, or Amiga
 
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:54 PM   #53
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OpenBSD first, then perhaps FreeBSD (which I'm on right now), or my C64, 128, or Amiga
Dang . . . I knew I should've put Amiga in the list . . .
 
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:08 PM   #54
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The funny thing is that the most popular linux distros do very badly in this poll. Most would go to Arch, FreeBSD or a different Linux distro not shown on the poll (judging by the posts it would be LFS).

I think I would do like many others and end up with LFS...

how geeky are we all?
 
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:04 PM   #55
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Dang . . . I knew I should've put Amiga in the list . . .
Wonder if I could port Slackware to my Sinclair ZX-81?

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The funny thing is that the most popular linux distros do very badly in this poll.
That is a good observation, but I would not attribute it to "geekieness", at least not in my own view of what geekieness should mean - YMMV.

I do not want to start any OT wars but I know that in my own case I use Slackware because it provides me with accessible, unrestricted use of my computing machines for pretty much whatever I want to do with them. And it leaves ME in control of my systems and their usability into the future (as much as one can be). The essence of FREEDOM in any domain.

And in particular, about other major distros - I was a very happy Mandrake/Mandriva user who left for other pastures when I lost that control (yes, largely due to KDE 4 - not flames intended). Apparently I was not alone - too bad for them...

And the trend here to steer clear of the major distors if Slackware disappeared, is also a trend toward those OS's that would provide a similar level of FREEDOM... it is certainly not about "convenience" or "features" in the usual sense, and not geekieness I think (unless that means geekiness to you).

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Old 06-24-2010, 06:30 PM   #56
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I think Slackware provides a nice balance between the user's control over the system and being practical.

If you go one way (=Ubuntu, Fedora), you'll lose some control over your system. If you go the other way (LFS), your system might lose everyday desktop practicality (Mind you, I've never managed to finish the LFS build)
It brings the best of both worlds.

I expected a lot of users would choose Arch, what I find interesting is that FreeBSD is in the top. I think it's about time I made use of VirtualBox again

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Old 06-24-2010, 06:43 PM   #57
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it is certainly not about "convenience" or "features" in the usual sense, and not geekieness I think (unless that means geekiness to you).
Yeah, pretty geeky. LOL.
 
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #58
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I'm surprised how many people have voted for FreeBSD, too.
 
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:10 PM   #59
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I'm surprised how many people have voted for FreeBSD, too.
Its because people dont like much the direction Linux is going and FreeBSD is in any way similar to what Linux used to be.
Linux nowadays takes too much control off the hands of the user and is getting much more complex than it used to be. Of course, FreeBSD has other advantages as well.

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Old 06-24-2010, 09:13 PM   #60
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Its because people dont like much the direction Linux is going and FreeBSD is in any way similar to what Linux used to be.
Linux nowadays takes too much control off the hands of the user. Of course, FreeBSD has other advantages as well.
What (or who) on Earth are you talking about??? I am a people (as far as I can tell) and I totally like where Linux is going. I just sit here sipping my wine and running "pacman -Syu" every few weeks, and everything just gets better.

What problem did I miss?
 
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