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Old 02-26-2004, 04:54 PM   #1
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the choice is slackware

just came across this and thought it might be of interest:

On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 14:31:40 +0100, Arpi wrote:
> > We're migrating OS from debian to slackware, sendmail+qmail to
> > postfix and so on. Ie a new system (already prepared and tested)

the switch has been delayed, after several hours of configuring i
found that some gid/uid was messed up while moving system files
through network using tar (tar uses names instead of numeric ids,
and debian maps them differently as slack)

> If it's not too much hassle, I would find a brief overview of the
> rationale behind a switch like this quite interesting

nothing special.
1. why to reinstall?
- mphq was almost cracked recently (noticed in time, thanks to my hidden
traps), thanks to debian and kernel bugs
- this os was installed 3 years ago, and upgraded, changed, crashed,
messed-up etc a lot since that. time to do a clean install.
2. why slackware?
- debian sux (most of core devels agree )
- i dont like/know/etc debian
- i know slackware, and as being root at mphq it is important to use a
system i know better (debian was installed originally as LGB was the root
that time, but he is too busy nowdays to do the job)
- debian sux (did i mention it already?)
- anyway its not quite slackware, just something based on it, heavily
patched and reconfigured by hand
3. why postfix?
- sendmail is nicde when configuring, but is slow as hell when sending out
mails to 2000+ targets (think of mplayer maillists, not spam (although it's
sometimes hard to see the difference))
- qmail is fast at sending mail, but braindead configuration and philosophy
- postfix does both job well, easy to configure (including virus and spam
filtering through external programs etc)
4. why now?
- i've finished preparing and tetsing my 'slackware for server' "disto"
on a separate server, planned to be used on mphq too
- i had some time today at work to do this
- it should have been done already a year ago, but we always delayed it
- debian sux now, more than before.

i don't know that i agree with the debian slam(knoppix is pretty cool), but i don't have enough experience with it to say.
Old 03-07-2004, 05:09 PM   #2
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It is hard to compare the two distributions because they both have such wildly different philosophies.


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