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Old 12-14-2018, 12:17 PM   #1
DragoonJ
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What makes Slackware unique?


Something that I've noticed awhile ago was some people having doubts or questions about the identity that Slackware tries to envision. What makes it different or unique in comparison to other distros out there.

What I meant with this is what ultimately Slackware entails and envisions as a whole. Some people claim is the most "Unix-like" of all distros, others say that Slackware means the ultimate stability when it comes to Linux distros. And while I agree with many if not all of those characteristics, I think people are somewhat confused because they want to know what are the aims of the Slackware distribution, philosophy and how is it different from others distro that are similar in design and aims.

I would like to know what are people's visions or ideas respecting Slackware and what do you see unique or fascinating with this distribution. Cheers!

-DragoonJ
 
Old 12-14-2018, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hello,

I answer just to remove this thread from the zero reply list.

Please refrain to open a new thread to ask again a question that has been answered so many times, including very recently in several still active threads.

Cheers!

EDIT: I saw that this post is duplicate this is due to a bug. If I edit it, amazingly (?) the other one is edited too

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Old 12-14-2018, 01:11 PM   #3
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Hello,

I answer just to remove this thread from the zero reply list.

Please refrain to open a new thread to ask again a question that has been answered so many times, including very recently in several still active threads.

Cheers!

EDIT: I saw that this post is duplicate this is due to a bug. If I edit it, amazingly (?) the other one is edited too

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Old 12-14-2018, 01:41 PM   #4
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Hello,

I answer just to remove this thread from the zero reply list.

Please refrain to open a new thread to ask again a question that has been answered so many times, including very recently in several still active threads.

Cheers!
I agree, same questions different wording.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 02:34 PM   #5
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Hello,

I answer just to remove this thread from the zero reply list.

Please refrain to open a new thread to ask again a question that has been answered so many times, including very recently in several still active threads.

Cheers!
You removed it from the one-reply list now.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 04:09 PM   #6
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Yes, I thought we went through all possible WHAT|WHY.*SLACKWARE.*\? question combinations but I was wrong evidently...
 
Old 12-14-2018, 06:31 PM   #7
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yeahhh I still am not even sure why I use Slackware. lol
 
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:11 PM   #8
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Rene Descartes said "I think, therefore I am".

Slackware said "I am, therefore someone thought".

That's pretty unique.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 09:02 PM   #9
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For me what makes Slackware unique amongst Linux distros (or operating systems, for that matter), is that I get a consistent, stable, reliable, and simple experience. No unpleasant surprises. And like someone else said somewhere on LQ, no f**kery. The only other OS that provides a similar experience for me is OpenBSD, and Gentoo (for the most part).

No matter how many other distros I try, I always come back to Slackware for these reasons. This Hackaday article from the beginning of the year sums it up pretty well, for me.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 10:14 PM   #10
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yawn, perhaps multiple personalities or different online personas? bots?
 
Old 12-14-2018, 11:12 PM   #11
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How do you find a unique distro?

You 'neek up on it.
 
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Old 12-15-2018, 12:43 AM   #12
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For me what makes Slackware unique amongst Linux distros (or operating systems, for that matter), is that I get a consistent, stable, reliable, and simple experience. No unpleasant surprises. And like someone else said somewhere on LQ, no f**kery. The only other OS that provides a similar experience for me is OpenBSD, and Gentoo (for the most part).

No matter how many other distros I try, I always come back to Slackware for these reasons. This Hackaday article from the beginning of the year sums it up pretty well, for me.
Interesting view on it. And apparently Gentoo can be quite stable too despite its rolling nature?

Also, to everyone else. I apologize if my question seemed to be a little too common here, really, I just wanted to know what made it click with all ya not only at a philosophical but also at a technical level if possible. That is all, I'll be more careful with what I choose for new thread topics next time, cheers!

-DragoonJ
 
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:42 AM   #13
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I would like to know what are people's visions or ideas respecting Slackware and what do you see unique or fascinating with this distribution. Cheers!

-DragoonJ

I tested Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, openBSD etc..
What makes Slackware better than others ...

- It is stable
- very easy to configure
- easy to fix
- very fast (fluxbox)
- package manager because of dependencies (example apt,yum etc..) not necessary, pretty manageable
- good for my server, router and laptops - do not need different operating systems.

I love it

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Old 12-15-2018, 05:18 AM   #14
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I tested Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, openBSD etc..
Hence your username?

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...What makes Slackware better than others ...

- It is stable
- very easy to configure
- easy to fix
- very fast (fluxbox)
- package manager because of dependencies (example apt,yum etc..) not necessary, pretty manageable
...
I expected the stability. But what attracted me was the public image that Slackware isn't easy to configure, fix or install packages - I wanted to use it to learn Unix before going to a BSD; I was so wrong about these three that I postponed my migration (still looking at OpenBSD, though). That's one of the unique Slackware attractions - it just works without me having to fight the automation.

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...I love it
Yes.
 
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Old 12-15-2018, 06:04 AM   #15
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The Slackware Way

I really dig (dug?) the old subscription model where we bought "the complete system" on CD/DVD from Pat every couple of years. The Slackware documentation has a high value for me, what's included with each release is great. LQ Newbies could read docs.slackware.com and know the answers. Thank you wiki slackers: https://docs.slackware.com/slackware philosophy

The philosophy will need updating too I guess. Or maybe this is just me poking around for some news from Pat. I miss the store merchandise, what happened to it? wah I only have like four or five wearable shirts left, flippy is the future.

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Distribution Philosophy
Slackware is:
A distribution that can be installed entirely offline with the CD/DVD set.
What CD/DVD set? I mean 15.0 and beyond.
Quote:
Patrick Volkerding sells the product on CD/DVD to support himself and the project financially, though ISOs are available as free downloads),
I will just send my grumpy check when 15.0 arrives, it is looking great no matter how I install it, from DVD or using AlienBob's mirror script to local network. I really like the ktown builds too, but let me just get my grouch out about missing kpat. Okay thanks.

Cheers
 
Old 12-15-2018, 07:17 AM   #16
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Interesting view on it. And apparently Gentoo can be quite stable too despite its rolling nature?
Yes, that was my experience. But I ran a very lean, simple system, with few packages and the fvwm window manager.
 
  


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