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View Poll Results: What do you use your Slackbuilds for (mainly)?
Computer Programming 48 55.17%
Office Work 44 50.57%
Sever/Mainframe 28 32.18%
Family Computer 34 39.08%
Drafting/Graphic Design 11 12.64%
Home Computing 67 77.01%
Engineering 17 19.54%
Scientific Use (lab, data, etc.) 25 28.74%
"Hacking" 33 37.93%
"Fun" 58 66.67%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 87. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-07-2019, 06:09 PM   #16
Registered: Jul 2018
Location: Canada
Distribution: Slackware
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My needs are pretty basic. I don't do anything like graphic design or video editing. I use Slackware for three things: programming, web browsing, and furthering my understanding of Linux. And, it has been great for all three.
Old 06-07-2019, 06:18 PM   #17
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:27 AM   #18
Registered: Dec 2012
Location: Mauritius
Distribution: Slackware
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Slackware is the best!

I use it for everything. I have it installed on my laptop, my GPU workstation at the university, my home PC, and even on my brother's PC.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:36 AM   #19
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Location: Harrow, UK
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I said Home computing and Fun. I didn't check Programming because I haven't done any of that for a long while and never in Slackware. In the days when I did write little useful programs for myself, I used LFS because it has built-in build tools.

btw the poll says "Slackbuilds" which is something different altogether! I use Slackbuilds when I want to install something that isn't in standard Slack, but I don't think that was what the OP meant.
Old 06-08-2019, 02:41 PM   #20
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Chose home computer and fun. Web surfing, email, wasting time watching streaming video, etc. Started using Slack in the 90s and while I have used many other distros Slack is still my primary OS.
Old 06-08-2019, 02:55 PM   #21
Registered: Jul 2013
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Almost everything computer, I do with Slackware, and only Slackware. Including programming other computing devices.
Old 06-14-2019, 02:26 AM   #22
Registered: May 2012
Location: Sebastopol, CA
Distribution: Slackware64
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I checked everything except "Family Computer" (no kids here, and my wife is a Mac user, so we have no shared computers except for the home fileserver) and "Hacking" (which is an overloaded term of slight semantic value).

My employer uses CentOS in production, so I work with that too, but my workstation at work is Slackware, and all of my systems at home are Slackware (whoops, except for one -- I have a CentOS system at home too now). I use Slackware for everything.

"Programming" - yes, I am a professional software engineer and also develop software for fun.

"Office Work" - yes.

"Server" - yes, my "friends and family" server is Slackware, and I have a few personal servers at home, all running Slackware. Back when I was the entire tech department for The Sausalito Group and Hardpoint Intelligence our production servers were Slackware too.

"Drafting" - yes, with Inkscape and xfig and occasionally BRLCAD.

"Home computing" - yes, I assume this means things like personal email, browsing the web, watching movies, chat, etc.

"Engineering" - yes, software engineering aside, I am also an amateur machinist and physicist, and my design process is a mix of pen and paper and computer. Engineering is mostly math, and the computer is the ultimate scientific calculator.

"Scientific" - yes, if one counts data analysis, statistical analysis and reading scientific trade journals. I have several tens of thousands of trade journal PDFs on this (Slackware) laptop.

"Fun" - yes, most of this is fun :-) and sometimes I'll fiddle with something just to see where it goes. Slackware's good for that, being very simple and transparent, and having a resilient package system.
Old 06-14-2019, 04:55 AM   #23
Registered: Oct 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Distribution: Slackware, Manjaro (for gaming)
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I use Slackware for everything that isn't playing games. Work, life etc. I like a somewhat more fast-food environment for all the crap needed for gaming... and I wouldn't want to do that to a respectable Slackware system.


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