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Old 11-11-2006, 04:12 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Tinkster
At the moment I'm battling with my server (which is currently running debian because I couldn't be bothered to create a custom boot-disk
for slack that would support BOTH the CD-ROM AND the RAID.
But to tell you the truth - I'm very close to changing that
Same here.

I installed Debian on my server because I use mainly it as a samba / rsync server. It has 2 disks and I wanted to install everything in an LVM which spans both disks, and installing Slack on LVM is annoying. Also, an apt-get dist-upgrade seemed like a sexy idea, compared to Slackware upgrades.

Worked like a charm at installation, but now I'm battling with issues that I wouldn't have had in Slackware. Of course, that's also because I know Slack better. But the "extra layer", as you put it, is driving me nuts, I find it strange to "dpkg-reconfigure a kernel" just to update an initrd if I want to do it the "Debian way". Debian has a lot of great ideas and concepts, but sometimes I just prefer the simple ways that Slackware implements.
Old 11-11-2006, 05:46 PM   #17
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I've used a variety of distros over the last four years and I have finally settled on Slackware as my distro of choice. Ive used Red Hat, Fedora, Caldera, Suse, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Vector, Mandrake, Mandriva, and Debian (sarge, Etch).
Slackware isn't the easiest distro to set-up, but, if you can configure Gentoo then Slackware should be simple for you. I was under the impression that Gentoo was difficult to set-up.
I'm enjoying the process of learning about Slackware. Every time I learn something new I feel empowered. I like the fact that Slackware isn't a RAM gobbling pig like some of the distros I've run in the past. Editing text files to set-up system functions makes sense to me. Slackware 11 is my fourth version of Slackware and is in my opinion an excellent choice. If you're not afraid to read some documentation, experiment, and roll up your sleeves then Slack is for you. If you want things to work without tweaking I suggest that you try Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, or Ubuntu.
I'll always be a Slacker:-)
Old 11-11-2006, 08:40 PM   #18
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My standard answer to the "Why Slackware?" question is the two posts starting with this one
Old 11-12-2006, 01:01 PM   #19
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my reasons:

- total control ( =P )
- fast (im using xfce)
- stable (never experienced 'kernel panic' since installation)

and most importantly,

- it works!
Old 11-12-2006, 01:16 PM   #20
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the reazon?? simply

because slackware challenge me......other S.O. are very boring
Old 11-14-2006, 07:31 AM   #21
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I tried Suse, red hat, mandrake and also Ubunto .. it all works fine till the day a error occur and the automatic tools do not work. And than you had to look where all the config files are and how to change so the automatic tools keep working ...

Once you know the few config files and directory slackware is like your home .. you know where you had to change everything ..
Old 11-14-2006, 10:14 AM   #22
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You may work out your box with each distro. There are many people who will help you on that road (and nothing ask for it).

And there are tools - which take the heavy darkness of variables, functions and config files (which just HAVE TO BE configured) away from you.

But when those tools fails, you have no other choice, only to sink into this darkness and find the way out from there by yourself!

How? -That will slackware teach you!

Last edited by hua; 11-14-2006 at 12:58 PM.
Old 11-14-2006, 10:45 AM   #23
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When I was looking for a distro to use I tried Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian, DSL, and so on....they are very nice distros but one thing about linux caught my eye. Most people said it was not for beginers. I wanted a challenge to learn linux and a package manager wasn't important to me. I would rather compile my own software. This is just a preference to me. I like the control I have over my computer with Slackware and I always find my way back to it when I try something new.

EDIT: Also the Slackware community is great and a lot of help.
Old 11-14-2006, 02:03 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by cwwilson721
As far as packages go, while does have quite a few, I prefer to compile my own. As far as dependecies go, the original source will tell you what you need. Yes, it can be work.

But if you want a distro that holds your hand, and you never want to see or use the CLI, then Slackware is not for you. But for a small amount of effort,Slackware will teach you what is really going on behind the scenes.

But, if you want the "Perfect" distro, check out the link in my sig...Otherwise, work at it.
"Perfect" distro... troll linux? ROFLMAO! Ohh man, that made me laugh hard thanks!
Old 11-14-2006, 02:18 PM   #25
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I wonder how many emails that lad of troll linux has received so far.


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