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Hello World, my first transmission from my new Salix/Slackware13.37/KDE on a HP/Compaq desktop. First time using Slackware. Very easy and good istallation, only a few hangups, but I'm working on them one at a time. Look for more specific posts later. Slackware users scare away potential users by claiming required use of the CLI but with my limited experience with Slackware, this distro requires less use of the CLI than other distros I've used. Salix is a good installer, try it !
People tend to get used to or just like some distro. Never seems to be any known reason but try them and see how you like them. Live cd/dvd/usb's are easy to make and try and virtual machines are really easy too.
Salix is not Slackware, for all that it is Slackware-based (I'm running it on my netbook). It automates many things that Slackware does not, including partitioning the target disk on installation and package installation with slapt-get.
But you are also quite correct about Slackware. Once it's installed, you have a most usable desktop interface for a point-and-click user in a point-and-click world.
When I first started using Linux, I had two castaway computers to play with. I got one working for me (which I eventually turned into a webserver), then set up the other with Slackware 10.0 and KDE 3.x for my daughter. I shipped it to her in Georgia. She used it quite happily for yeara and never called me once with a support question; she only replaced it when she and her husband needed a more powerful computer to edit video files. (The defense rests.)
It's when you start to mess about in the innards that you find yourself (learning and) using the command line.
I think Slackware tends to attract persons who like to mess about in the innards.
Thanks for the response, I like working around with the internals but since my stroke 5 years ago, I have limited use of my right hand, the CLI is tough and slow now. After Mandriva went "tits up" I begin looking for a new distro. I knew Slackware was good. I had to make a choice, like 20 years ago, Windows 3.1.1 or IBM OS2, a coin toss, now Slackware or Debian, Mageia was too immature, Then Salix came around. Here I am today.
I started using Slackware in 2004, version 10.0, it ran really well on a PII with 128 MB RAM. My wife happily uses her 13.37 work station, no complaints. Slackware is excellent for people at all skill levels. Salix sounds interesting, I must try that at some point.
I am looking forward to the upcoming upgrade cycle to 14.0!