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Revised Slackware keeps it simple

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on December 24, 2008 04:33 PM
Decent review of Slackware.

I recently tried Fedora Core 10, SuSE 11.1 and Ubuntu Ibex and I must say they are "pretty" on the outside, once you get under the hood, they are a mess. Installing updates that break what was working in the first place, come on, reminds me of that other OS where on "Patch Tuesday" you fret about applying any fixes.

I installed Slackware 12.2 the day it was released and I was up and running with everything I needed in 2 1/2 hours, this included 3rd party apps from SlackBuilds. Doing a full install of the OS takes less than 30 minutes, rolling a new kernel about 25 minutes, the balance of the time for building 3rd party apps.

The one thing that I see over and over from users with Slackware issues is their failure to read the provided documentation. (I have been guilty of this too) It is imperative that one reads the provided documentation with any distro release. I guess it must be a "man thing" to just jump in right away and ask questions later.

One must be willing to learn, read and get there hands dirty at times if they choose this distro. If you wish to continue to point and click, use Ubuntu, Fedora or SuSE.


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