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phantom_cyph 03-13-2007 11:42 AM

What is so great about Slackware?
I know that slackware is regarded as being the greatest OS ever-but how is it any different that Fedora or Kubuntu?

b0uncer 03-13-2007 11:52 AM

Simple. It works.

And in addition it doesn't have so much those don't-need-this-thingies.
EDIT: actually you're wrong, Slackware is only regarded as being the greatest OS ever by the people who love it the most; many Fedora users regard Fedora as being the greatest OS ever, so do Kubuntu users, so do Ubuntu, Mepis, Gentoo, Arch, ..., [name-your-distribution-here] users.

phantom_cyph 03-13-2007 11:57 AM

Yah, well with Kubuntu I have just taken out everything I don't like/need. I don't say any OS is the greatest, I have tried over 15 distros, in different languages, and I like little bit of all of them.

hitest 03-13-2007 12:46 PM

Kubuntu is a good distro; I've run it.
However, for me Slack is the best version of Linux. Slack has battle-tested, rock-solid applications and is stable as hell. I like the fact that it doesn't load a lot of services by default, just the ones you want. It is very fast!
Try Slack and you'll be hooked:-)

truthfatal 03-13-2007 01:08 PM

The Slackware init system is great, Slackware package management is great...

Those are the two things that stand out in my head. Other people may like/dislike different things.

H_TeXMeX_H 03-13-2007 01:25 PM

The best way to explain why it is so good is for you to try it out.

Of course, it depends on what you want. I tried Ubuntu and Kubuntu and FC and Suse and pretty much every other distro out there :D

I'd have to say that the only one I would recommend is Slackware. The others simply disappoint me. They are one or more of the following: unstable, slow, bloated, lack support, lack maintenance, made by amateurs who don't know what they're doing, are not simple to install, are not easy to use, look and/or act too much like Window$ or try to be a clone of Window$ (such a great OS), have faulty security schemes, etc.

Slum 03-13-2007 03:36 PM

What's the purpose of this thread? It's completely opinionated and only good for causing flame wars.

phantom_cyph 03-13-2007 04:16 PM

The purpose is to help people like me understand why Slackware is so popular.

Anyway, how is the installation process?

stabu 03-13-2007 04:57 PM


... is regarded as being the greatest OS ever ...
that's what you call hyperbole.

... why Slackware is so popular ...
Untrue. See its position in the charts and think again.

Anyway, how is the installation process?
Surely, a digression? There is a separate forum for Slackware installation issues.

I think the point of this thread is to exceed in pointlessness. <he falls into trap and gives it a point>

Ilgar 03-13-2007 06:24 PM

I'd say Slackware is popular, given the fact that it has been going completely against the trend yet it ranks 10th in Distrowatch (in fact Slack doesn't go anywhere, it's always the good old stable thing you've known for years :)).

piete 03-13-2007 06:25 PM

Funny this should crop up again ...

Have a read of these:

When you're done, feel free to come back and ask more poignant questions.

- Piete.

XavierP 03-13-2007 06:34 PM


Originally Posted by stabu
Untrue. See its position in the charts and think again.

Something that no one seems to get is that the position is not the popularity of the distro. It's the number of hits that the distrowatch page has received. It counts how many times the Distrowatch page on that distro is accessed. Which is why the table is called "Page Hit Ranking".


From Distrowatch
How popular is your distribution?

The Page Hit Ranking statistics have attracted plenty of attention and feedback. Originally, each distribution-specific page was pure HTML with a third-party counter at the bottom to monitor interest of visitors. Later the pages were transformed into plain text files with PHP generating all the HTML code, but the original counter remained unchanged. In May 2004 the site switched from publicly viewable third-party counters to internal counters. This was prompted by a continuous abuse of the counters by a handful of undisciplined individuals who had confused DistroWatch with a voting station. The counters are no longer displayed on the individual distributions pages, but all visits (on the main site, as well as on mirrors) are logged. Only one hit per IP address per day is counted.

Ilgar 03-13-2007 08:55 PM

You're right, but still, there's a correlation between the the ranking there and real popularity. The top entries are all well-known, widely used distros. I just wanted to say that, with its text-based installer, (default) 2.4 kernel and package management system, one would expect to see Slack way down that list, but it's not.

H_TeXMeX_H 03-13-2007 11:23 PM

Of course, there is another possible way to gauge user base:


Slackware (75 Viewing) Threads: 30,458 Posts: 217,263
Next would be:
Mandriva (30 Viewing) Threads: 14,733 Posts: 80,186
Debian (28 Viewing) Threads: 12,634 Posts: 70,044
Fedora (68 Viewing) Threads: 14,413 Posts: 67,848
Suse/Novell (38 Viewing)Threads: 11,358 Posts: 60,490
Of course, this is likely biased because some distros like Ubuntu have their own separate forums which might explain this:

Ubuntu (41 Viewing) Threads: 5,141 Posts: 26,642
But then, does everyone who uses or downloads a particular distro go to distrowatch first ? I didn't, and I don't visit the Slackware page on distrowatch regularly. And now that they have the huge Novell banner on their site, I don't visit distrowatch much at all.

Maybe if we were to average all the numbers we can get on these it'll come out to something more realistic.

J.W. 03-13-2007 11:50 PM


Originally Posted by Ilgar
there's a correlation between the the ranking there and real popularity.

Maybe, but popularity != quality. (If it did, you'd be trying to impress your date by taking her to McDonald's....... :)

I use Slack because several key reasons:

1. It works flawlessly and during installation gives the user the best control over what gets installed vs. what doesn't get installed. In other words, if you have a bloated Slack installation, it's because of your own choices.
2. It doesn't install the kitchen sink by default, just on the possibility that maybe someday you might happen to use it, or run a lot of unnecessary services.
3. Security-wise, it's pretty good out of the box
4. It was the first Linux distro I used where I could get all the functionality I needed to work properly, and at least for me, allowed me to become a Linux user.

Perhaps OT but it you use Slack, please consider supporting Pat by sending a donation or buying the boxed set

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