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View Poll Results: What is Slackware's most enduring virtue?
SlackBuilds / The ability to compile from source 33 34.02%
BSD-style init system 37 38.14%
It just works! 68 70.10%
Text-based installer 21 21.65%
Other (comment in posts below) 13 13.40%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 97. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-03-2017, 06:20 PM   #106
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By something usable you mean SlackMATE?
No, not only. There are many other Slackware spin-offs, flavors and repositories that address different usability problems. The default full Slackware setup usability is somewhat like Windows Home.

SlackMATE addresses my usability problems: AD integration, usable DE, usable office suite, VM capability, some scientific stuff, some multimedia stuff, some hardening options.


Cheers
 
Old 09-03-2017, 06:37 PM   #107
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subscribe download install it just works

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Old 09-03-2017, 06:53 PM   #108
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FTIO,Drakeo and PROBLEMCHYLD and everyone else that has posted in this thread.

Per the rules
I was a little strong guess best let the grand kids use the account last time they used it I got in in trouble. My fault I love it when they surf LQ. hey. the dude is out of line and that was a reminder. we love slackware in a slackware thread. Ok going to delete the concept of verbal bull. I do contribute to slackware and all the team like many. if it means to be in direct contact with the team instead of LQ so be it. Now rid the real problem in a slackware thread. it just work. install and tweak.
 
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:06 PM   #109
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I was a little strong guess best let the grand kids use the account last time they used it I got in in trouble. My fault I love it when they surf LQ. hey. the dude is out of line and that was a reminder. we love slackware in a slackware thread. Ok going to delete the concept of verbal bull. I do contribute to slackware and all the team like many. if it means to be in direct contact with the team instead of LQ so be it. Now rid the real problem in a slackware thread. it just work. install and tweak.
You taking shots at me didn't and does not bother me, its when people like to give them and hate to take them in return. It is bias (although rectified) to delete ones verbal insults but allow others to get away with theirs. I am true and stand on my own. You are free to have your opinion and so am I. Yeah, I might have issues with some members, but making it out as if I'm the only one who done had some issues is absurd. I have read many topics with other members who disrespect each other and I have no involvement in it. So don't use me as your scapegoat. Anyways, I love you too.

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Old 09-05-2017, 12:17 AM   #110
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I'm a bit late to this, and haven't posted so far because I figure no one will give a damn, but here it is anyway because I have some time on my hands

I started with Red Hat towards the end of the 90's. I didn't know about Slackware back then and Windows 95 was doing my head in (how many times could one system crash in day??) so went with Red Hat as it was the prominent distro back then in my parts - I guess you could call it the "Ubuntu" of the day.

When Mandrake came out I switched to that, and found it a lot better (read easier to use) but pretty bloated. That lasted a few years until I switched to Debian; a love affair that lasted for well over a decade. Then came systemd. I didn't know what was being started and what was being called by what... I'd go through sometimes five or six files before I found what something "wants". I was going to switch to Devuan but that's still pretty new and stumbled apon Slack.. couldn't be happier.

So yeah I voted BSD style init system. Nothing could be simpler. Don't want something running? sorry no execute permissions for you. Want to amend the way a current daemon is running? Just modify a simple script.. they couldn't be simpler (and I'm no programmer).

I'll keep my 80 year old Aunt on Mint because that's what I first gave her, but Slackwares a keeper for me.. here's hoping it can outdo Debians 15 year record as my distro of choice.

Cheers
 
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:39 PM   #111
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PROBLEMCHYLD (and Drakeo), behavior like this isn't acceptable at LQ and will not be tolerated. Please keep that in mind if you'd like to continue participating here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

--jeremy
 
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:43 AM   #112
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Originally Posted by 1337_powerslacker View Post
Why do you use Slackware?
In no particular order:

- KISS
- RTFM
- Stability
- Reliability
- Trusted maintainer and core team
- Text-based installer and tools
- No-nonsense upgrade policy
- Package management
- Vanilla software
- SlackBuilds
- Init system
- -current

Etc.

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Old 09-10-2017, 02:10 AM   #113
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Please stop this thread! I read this and it made me to feel so nostalgic. Even worse, I am starting to regret I am using Slackware for 11 years.
 
Old 09-11-2017, 05:42 AM   #114
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Why would you regret using Slackware for 11 years?
All the best.
 
Old 09-11-2017, 06:33 AM   #115
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Why would you regret using Slackware for 11 years?
All the best.
Because of this thread.
 
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:37 AM   #116
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As far as the poll options, I wanted to select, all of the above plus ...

Slackware is the only distro where I've been able to fix most issues that might come up.

Not so with other distros.

For example, when I installed Slackware Current ( pre-14.2 ) on my Skylake Laptop, the Killer Wireless 1535 ( QCA6174 ) did not work.

I tried the Live USB ISO Files for a couple other distros and it didn't work there either.

I've been running Slackware on my Laptops since Version 7 ( November 1999 ) and I REALLY did not want to switch to Debian, Ubuntu or Fedora ...

I was able to find Firewalker's firmware for the Killer 1535 so I made and installed a SlackBuild for the binary files and my Wireless worked great after that as long as I used wicd.

Then several updates later, a Slackware kernel-firmware update fixed the Wireless for me without the custom SlackBuild.

All I had to do was removepkg my custom Killer-Wireless.SlackBuild and reinstall the Slackware kernel-firmware and all was well -- all hardware just works on this particular laptop.

In addition, I've rarely found any software where there is not an existing SlackBuild or an AlienBob Package already available.

And when there was not a pre-existing SlackBuild, I am able to make one and sent it off to the SBo Repository.

-- kjh
 
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:45 AM   #117
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Because of this thread.
I think it's important to separate the technical reasons to use Slackware from the personalities that use it. In other words, Slackware is not lessened by the personalities that post in this thread.

I found that no matter where one goes in the community there is s fairly constant mix of personalities. Some don't mesh well. That's just the way it is. Let's not allow them to define our choice of distribution.
 
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:06 AM   #118
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I think it's important to separate the technical reasons to use Slackware from the personalities that use it. In other words, Slackware is not lessened by the personalities that post in this thread.

I found that no matter where one goes in the community there is s fairly constant mix of personalities. Some don't mesh well. That's just the way it is. Let's not allow them to define our choice of distribution.
I thought his original comment being about reminiscing meant he's feeling bad for using something for so long and has stuck with it for so many years. He remembers how times were when he started using it.

Ie it's easy to look back and think about times past.. we all do it. I don't think his issue was with Slackware but quite the opposite - he's used it for so long it's the norm and he thinks back to past memories.
 
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Old 10-03-2017, 03:14 PM   #119
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Due to an issue with my building, I am working from home today. Doing work stuff on my own laptop makes me wish I could use Slackware all the time at work. We have Red Hat 7 with Gnome. I actually like Gnome (with some extensions, I think it is not bad at all to use), but a tiling window manager like Awesome is so much better for productivity. Also, Red Hat 7 has only the bare basic header libraries installed by default, so compiling things is a huge pain. Though, I am thankful to have a Linux machine at all, because most people where I work are stuck with Windows 7.

Just a few thoughts...

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Old 10-03-2017, 04:18 PM   #120
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My attention was drawn to slackware by a pcb designer who had been running the same install of slackware for 8 years, and he now felt he had to install some extra libs. I had Mandrake or Red Hat, both of which could be relied to fall over inside 2 years if you compiled stuff. So after I did a few trials, I promoted myself to Slackware. Things I like are:
1. I can compile something without courting disaster.
2. I don't have gigabytes of updates installing which break stuff like e.g. Fedora. Fedora makes you a crashtester for Red Hat.
3. I don't get ordered around or middle fingered by the package manager.
4. It's no great sweat to run a low cholesterol window manager like xfce.
5. Alien Bob's compat32 and other prebuilt packages.

Thing that annoy hell out of me are
1. To install things like freecad, I get a slackbuild (if I'm lucky). But there's 25 python modules required that each have their own slackbuild. So I would have 26 slackbuilds, & sources to download, build, and package, not to mention or contemplate THEIR dependencies. It was easier to install a VM and install freecad there.
2. Many prebuilt and slackbuilds are simply out of date.
3. I'm not sure enough attention is paid to security fixes. Perhaps I have my head in the sand, but the last time I got a kick in the behind to "update this quick" was the Bash Bug maybe a year back. If there was a security page I could set my browser to open on , it could be made as simple with a link to a new package. Ideally I could copy & paste that into an 'upgradepkg' command.
 
  


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