Posted by: Anonymous
on December 24, 2008 01:39 AM
Personally, I use Slackware for both enterprise and desktop needs. Hell, it is the distro on the cluster. Why? Slackware can be stripped down to a degree that I haven't been able to do with any other linux distro out there (LFS doesn't count, though I do use it too). The performance is great too as there is less clutter to cut through when optimizing and securing a server.
Yes, I will agree that trying to keep up with software updates isn't easy due to the lack of "reminders" but if you keep things minimal, there aren't as many problems to address.
I highly recommend Slamd64 for those looking for 64-bit Slackware. My work's database server runs on in with 32GB RAM and it has yet to fail me, typically I fail it by forgetting to tweak some setting or another.
As for the comment regarding GNOME, yes, Slackware lacks GNOME in the recent distros. Why? Because Patrick got sick of trying to get it to compile cleanly without lots of massaging. Try rolling GNOME yourself and you're probably likely to agree, I did.