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View Poll Results: I prefer Slackware because...
it's less trouble to maintain! 5 5.62%
I feel more in control of everything! 12 13.48%
it's the first distro I've tried! 2 2.25%
it seems to have more firepower! 2 2.25%
I learn more, feel closer to the machine! 20 22.47%
It's simpler to figure out! 3 3.37%
All of the above! 41 46.07%
I'll comment below! 4 4.49%
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Old 07-22-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
perry
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Cool Join the Slackware/Linux Revolution


Quote:
"Slackware Linux is not your ordinary Linux distribution. For starters, it rarely figures in news headlines, preferring to keep a low profile instead. Its developers have stubbornly resisted any attempts to make their users' lives easier: the distribution provides no graphical configuration utilities, it's package management does not resolve dependencies and its simple, text-mode installer has undergone very few changes in years. Yet, Slackare Linux remains one of the top 5 Linux distributions in use today. What is the reason for its tight hold on many users? Surely, in the absence of any convenient features found in other modern distributions, the only explanation is that Slackware holds supernatural powers - try it once and you will never be able to leave it again for any other distribution. Or is it something else? Robert Storey has set out to investigate."
that about sums it up, i came across that and felt like posting it here for anybody considering jumping to slackware....

DistroWatch.com

enjoy!

- perry

Last edited by perry; 07-22-2004 at 12:35 PM.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
rotvogel
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KISS - this is the reason for me, it's transparant, logical and easy to maintain. Software compiles without problems, it's stable and fast.

But I disagree with the quote. Slackware develops to a more user friendly distribution, but slowly. Examples are the introduction of hotplugging at boot (you did that by editing rc.modules in older versions), the multiple nic configuration (single nic at the most and you had to modify the rc.inet1 script drasticly for more than one nic), the services dialog at installation and there are probably more examples.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 01:43 PM   #3
Mephisto
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Simply put every other distro I tried got in my way at some stage. Slackware allowed me to do things the way I wanted to with a minimum fuss. Well, Gentoo and LFS also did not get in my way, but I was more satisfied with Slackware.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 01:53 PM   #4
WilliamS
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Thumbs up

It is simply the best tool.
Congrratulations to Patrick V. and co.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 04:09 PM   #5
SS KiLLeR
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I tried RH and SuSE first, but now Slackware is the best choice, very fast, configurable, gnome friendly, I got no problem so far in compiling of any program. I think this is the best choice after learning some *nix base.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 04:27 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mephisto
Slackware allowed me to do things the way I wanted to with a minimum fuss.
Perfectly put,

Personally I've tried Mandrake, Red Hat, & Debian, all were great, and Mepis was fantastic,
you see some posts saying that slack is hard to install & use, yet there are so many people quietly shouting about how good Slacking is, I decided to give it a try.
I learned more about Linux in the first three days using Slackware than I have in the last 5 years.
It just feels so right,,,, like a well tailored suit.

I have come to the opinion that some people expect too much & others simply dont give themselves or Slack a chance and thats why they find it hard.
 
Old 07-22-2004, 10:52 PM   #7
MerlinX420
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Angry Slacware Vrs. others

Now I used slackware back in the day with 3.0 and was happy that the install wasn't any diffrent. It felt like an old friend I guess. I was rather disappointed by it's (and ALL OTHER LINUX DISTOs) inability to EASILY configure wireless networking. Now haveing been stuck in the windows world for 7 years i can't even rember what i have to do to configure even the sound. I'm useing 10.0 but that alsa mixer and the SUPPOSED wireless configueing tool have me stareing at C++ Code that I really don't understand trying to figure out what to make of these files I downloaded that supposed to be my drivers for my D-Link DWL-650+ Someone in the linux commuity needs a REAL configuration tool to be made. Something that a pre-teen can run and configure on a system with no hangs. What gives???? 7 years later I'm still haveing some of the same problems I've had for years.
 
Old 07-23-2004, 07:07 AM   #8
thegeekster
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For me, it's "All of the above!".............EXCEPT...........it's not the first distro I've tried.............

Slack and I have been friends right from the start.....................and I haven't regretted it yet........
 
Old 07-23-2004, 07:26 AM   #9
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Slack rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 07-23-2004, 07:39 AM   #10
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IMHO
Honestly do we really have to get into a flame war?
What amazes me is that, people that use Slackware always seem to have to justify themselves, are  you that  insecure?
Linux is Linux, a kernel nothing more nothing less, regardless of what distro you use, or what apps/tools go with what distro, get  over it, enjoy Linux for what it is and the freedom it provides.
EOF
 
Old 07-23-2004, 07:43 AM   #11
KuriosD
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It's hard to describe precisely what I like about Slackware.

I've been a Windows head for next to forever... Once upon a time I was a DOS guru, who sneered at the advent of Win95. I've meddled around in my time with most everything I could get my hands on, but the first time I installed Slack it just felt right. It's currently the platform I'm learning about Linux and *nix systems on, and I'm loving every minute of it. Frankly, everything I do on it requires learning, but the information's there once you know where to look for it.

As far as Linux distros go, I was first introduced to RedHat some time ago, but it didn't turn me on. Right around the time I discovered Slackware, I also had a Mandrake install setup, but it was too user-friendly for my taste. I like Slack's installer, and the amount of configuration it offers. I love that it booted straight into the console, and made me work to get X running. Most of all, I love that it's got a different smart-ass thing to say every single time I log in.

At the moment, I'm investigating what it takes to become a bonified Linux guru, and Slackware's my weapon of choice. Thank you Patrick V., and congrats on an outstanding distribution.
 
Old 07-23-2004, 07:50 AM   #12
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Linux is Linux, a kernel nothing more nothing less
I would not say that. First Linux is not Linux but it is named GNU/Linux, as Linux is the kernel part and GNU the system softwares part. GNU provides core utilities (bash, ls, cp, rm..look at www.gnu.org) and many other softwares too.

Last edited by keefaz; 07-23-2004 at 07:52 AM.
 
Old 07-23-2004, 08:14 AM   #13
Axo
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Quote:
Originally posted by keefaz
I would not say that. First Linux is not Linux but it is named GNU/Linux, as Linux is the kernel part and GNU the system softwares part. GNU provides core utilities (bash, ls, cp, rm..look at www.gnu.org) and many other softwares too.
Agreed i should of clarified about GNU/Linux .
 
Old 07-23-2004, 09:51 AM   #14
ozar
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Still Slackin' and lovin' it!
 
Old 07-23-2004, 01:31 PM   #15
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Re: Slacware Vrs. others

Quote:
Originally posted by MerlinX420
SUPPOSED wireless configueing tool have me stareing at C++ Code
If you are looking a C++ Code your are doing something wrong


Quote:

What gives???? 7 years later I'm still haveing some of the same problems I've had for years.

This sounds like it has nothing to do with linux but rather brain damage from abusing MS. You can't do mind numbing substances for seven years without sustaining damage to your central nervous system.
 
  


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