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View Poll Results: Which of the 4 S's keep you with Slackware?
Security 4 3.64%
Simplicity 57 51.82%
Speed 14 12.73%
Stability 35 31.82%
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Which of the four S's keep you with Slackware?

  • Simplicity
  • Security
  • Speed
  • Stability
Old 10-06-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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All of the above:-) Slackware is always my first choice OS. I like and use Debian and FreeBSD, but Slackware is always number one with me.
Old 10-07-2007, 06:12 AM   #3
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I wanted also to click them all. If I had to chose one over the other, probably stability. You could have made it 5 "S's" .. last being "sexyness" :P
Old 10-07-2007, 08:00 AM   #4
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There would have to be an all of the above option for me to answer accurately.
Old 10-07-2007, 08:15 AM   #5
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I voted "simplicity", I've got Debian Etch as my main box, but I find Slackware clearer and simpler to mess around.

I'm liking Slackware a lot, but I love Debian too...and Arch...even Ubuntu, even it has some detractors over here. Every distro has something for me. But Slackware has everything and in a simple way.
Old 10-07-2007, 09:05 AM   #6
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If I had to pick one, it would be stability. When I first started out with Linux years ago, my first distro was Red Hat 9. I stayed with it up through the early Fedora versions. But the good folks in charge of Fedora made a choice to incorporate the latest and greatest and usually not fully tested and debugged features. Now the latest and greatest is what some people want - and the great thing about Linux is that there is a distro for them. That is not what I want. I want rock solid stability (simplicity coming in a close second). I want something that I know will work - period!

I also like Slackware because it is very close to the UNIX model. Some distros hide alot of configuration, control, etc. under GUI's and dialog boxes. While these are a nice convenience for some, I like having that control over my system. I have that control because Slackware is close to the UNIX model - if I tell the computer to do something, it is because I actually want the computer to do it; and if I wanted the computer to do something, I would have told it to do it.
Old 10-07-2007, 10:20 AM   #7
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Actually, all four would fit for me, but I had to vote only for one
Old 10-07-2007, 10:30 AM   #8
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ummm, all of the above

Like alot of people i started by messing around with the various distros that came on the front of magazines. But i got annoyed by the magical frontends to configure everything. They were to much like windows, and part of the reason i started on linux is cause i wanted to get under the bonnet (read 'hood' if your american).

And now i use Slackware for everything, although occasionally i play with a few others. Either on a spare machine or on VMware.

And yes i still do have a windows XP machine running, it still has it's uses. Especially when people ask me 'How do i do this that or the other'

Old 10-07-2007, 10:33 AM   #9
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I chose 'simplicity', because it's so simple to achieve the other three S's with Slackware.
Old 10-07-2007, 02:44 PM   #10
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I believe Speed and Stability are byproducts of the Simplicity. Security comes from the kernel and UNIX-based permissions and are manually controlled. We each make our systems as secure as we want them to be.

Simplicity is what drew me to Slackware. I didn't want everything plus the kitchen sink with the initial installation. And I didn't want automation when connecting devices.
Old 10-07-2007, 02:49 PM   #11
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Simplicity rocks Everything else is product of that - nice simplicity. And one thing I like on Slack. It does everything I COMMAND. So if I say EXPLODE he will probably only ask - HOW STRONG EXPLOSION YOU WANT?

That`s the system. Doing what I tell him to do - not what it THINK shoud do
Old 10-07-2007, 05:50 PM   #12
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Simply Super Selection of Software.
Old 10-07-2007, 06:00 PM   #13
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Why not all of them? :-D
Old 10-07-2007, 06:04 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Mr. Bond View Post
... So if I say EXPLODE he will probably only ask - HOW STRONG EXPLOSION YOU WANT?
hdparm at your service
Old 10-08-2007, 12:29 AM   #15
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All of them too, forced to pick one...
In order: Simplicity, Stability, Speed, Security.

You're missing Superbad here, just ask McLovin


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