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Last Review by Myk267 - posted: 12-21-2012 11:48 PM [ Post a Review

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I first came to Slackware looking to learn about Linux. I had played around with Debian and Xubuntu, and while those are both great, each one featured rather powerful abstractions like GUIs and package manager that resolve the dependencies on their own, each of which can seem very opaque to the newbie wanting to get more familiar with the underlying operating system. The "Learn Debian and you learn Debian, learn Slackware and you learn Linux" quote kind of pulled me in. As a learning tool it's been first class. You really do have to jump in and learn the tools and how the operating system works, which is fine because Slackware uses a lot of the tools all the time. The admin tools are usually written in shell script and a few have an ncurses menu setup to help you out. The default (full) software set is pretty substantial. You get about ~6.5 GB or so of everything from command line tools to some really nice GUI applications and everything in between like language compilers and interpreters, SQL: MySQL, SQLite, Apache, and a lot more. More than a desktop operating system, it's more like a general operating system, so you can use it for anything and everything. It's fast and stable. I play with a few other distros on a day to day basis and software in Slackware just seems more snappy and cohesive. My dual-core, 2 GB RAM machine isn't on the bleeding edge anymore, so I do tend to notice these things. I haven't had any crashes or otherwise buggy behavior as far back as I can remember. Extra software is plentily available at various third party sites, so even if something is missing you can often look there:, alienBOB, rworkman and various others. Sbopkg is also really powerful and when combined with community contributed queue files you can install a lot of software with very little effort. If you're looking for more control and learning in your Linux experience, Slackware should definitely be your first stop. I gave it an overall rating of 8. If the barrier to entry were somehow easier: some of the slackware site's docs are outdated and not so useful, and project is, err, picking up the slack there, so we're getting there. Even then, I'd be hesitant to give anything a 9 or 10.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "14.0" by wsteward - posted: 09-30-2012 - Rating: ********* 9.00


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