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View Poll Results: Your primary Slackware-use?
Server only with no/limited use of X 18 11.76%
Desktop PC for end-user activities (office, programming etc) 103 67.32%
Laptop PC for end-user activities (office, programming etc) 32 20.92%
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Old 01-27-2007, 02:58 PM   #16
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Laptop too. And what a killer (see sig)

But not really looking for a ubuntu-like use...
Me neither. But I have to admit as well that the automatic configuration that Ubuntu has always impressed me. Even things like wlan which can be tricky with to get running with other distributions as well, including Slack. (I've now been trying for weeks to get an zd1211b based wlan usb stick up under Slack 10.2 )
Old 01-27-2007, 02:59 PM   #17
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all... by far the best for everything
Old 01-27-2007, 03:14 PM   #18
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I've been using Slackware on various desktops for five or so years and it works great. My only complaint right now is that I can't seem to compile the tools needed to connect my Razr.

Slack also breathed life into an old laptop I had lying around (550MHz K6, 64 MB RAM, 5GB HDD).

I don't have any servers but if I did they'd either be Slack or OpenBSD.
Old 01-27-2007, 06:13 PM   #19
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Same here - I would have liked to mutli-select as I have a Slack 11 box which I use as an experimental server (LAMP) and also as my home desktop. Admittedly my Slack box is dual boot but it depresses me whenever I have to boot to XP. Slackware is so much nore logical, configurable and robust. I an relatively new to Linux (about 6 months) but already I can see the power of this platform not only as a server solution but also as a desktop. ~--- (My Slack 11 box just works - and when it falls over - (always my fault) - I can usually figure out why - with the help of a community such as this !) Also I can tweak my system to look and feel exactly how I want it and if I mess up there is always a logical, problem solving, route to figure out whats going on. Compare this scenario to a Windows setup when everything is done 'under the hood' so very little information is available to tailor a system or problem solve. Given all this and the sense of community that pervades these forums I can't help but be so impressed by the Linux camp. I have now progressed to starting to understand the philosophy of Open Source and all that that implies - it's the future !! Linux -- Best thing I ever discovered. -- All the best...

PS - Sorry for getting a bit philosophical there ...
Old 01-28-2007, 03:58 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Hangdog42
What? No option for "All of the above"?
I agree! I picked desktop because I use it more often, but my desktop and laptop both run Slackware 11, configured as close to identical as I can get them. And I have another box configured as a display-less dial-up server for my home wireless network.
Old 01-28-2007, 06:00 PM   #21
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Desktop PC here. Mostly internet, gaming & multimedia stuff.
Old 01-28-2007, 10:47 PM   #22
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I use all three options, one PC as a dedicated server, one as a desktop, and my Thinkpad runs it too.
Old 01-29-2007, 10:37 AM   #23
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I'm quite surprised by the relatively low percentage of server-side usage. I always thought that server/CLI is the primary target for Slackware...
Old 01-29-2007, 11:03 AM   #24
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I use slackware mainly for programming at my workplace.

We are doing a lot of programming on slackware pcs. Some of the team members are turning to Ubuntu or FC6 for better desktop and eye-candy features.

I think some automation features are most welcome because it will save a lot of configuration time. I have configured my desktop very well incluing 3d acceleration working but this has taken a lot of time.

Old 01-29-2007, 11:22 AM   #25
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Apart from desktop usage, with occasional gaming I tend to tweak a lot
Minimal number of packages, boot time under 15 sec, minimal program outputs, maximum security settings, etc.
Old 01-29-2007, 12:44 PM   #26
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Can't vote - do all three as well.

Old 01-29-2007, 02:43 PM   #27
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Wink Xxx

Hi there

I use Slackware as a desktop, as a server and in my laptop. I use Slackware at home and work.

I usually watch and comment about XXX at home and work (in my free time of course). I usually transfer XXX stuff from work to home. The main server at work is being used as a file server and there are about 10 gigs in the XXX collection. Not mentioning using the laptop to transfer things that are above 200MB.

There are about 10 machines at work (at the programming area) that have Slackware, some of them have only Slackware. Most of the programmers have and share XXX stuff.

So I could say that I use Slackware mainly for managing XXX stuff. (and a little bit of playing/programming; and of course for this PC here which hosts a homepage plus a miniwebsite with a MySQL database and a PostgreSQL cluster) It rocks. No viruses. No hangs.

When I'm not at home my brother uses this PC to watch videos. My only complaint is that my HD is slowly but steadily getting crowded.
Old 01-29-2007, 03:35 PM   #28
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Did you realize this poll is about whether you run X - and not XXX?

Old 01-29-2007, 03:47 PM   #29
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I seem to remember posting on a thread exactly like this when I was a Slackware user about 18 months ago. I suppose, like fashion, these things just keep coming around!

I find it hilarious that even a post about Slackware hasn't escaped an entry or two from the Ubuntu evangalists. Those Ubuntu guys just slay me . If only they could invent their own distro instead of stealing one......

Some of the team members are turning to Ubuntu or FC6 for better desktop and eye-candy features.
Desktop and eye-candy are a feature of the Desktop Environment and NOTHING to do with the distro.

Last edited by mikieboy; 01-29-2007 at 03:52 PM.
Old 01-29-2007, 04:23 PM   #30
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I use Slackware for both Desktop and server needs. I use it as a desktop mainly for programming/email/surfing/media and as a server I run a subversion repository and apache server.
Gotta love Slack


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