Will Slackware still be around 3-5 years from now?
Posted by: Anonymous
on January 11, 2009 09:17 AM
What I'm wondering is that if all these other new distros were around back in the early 90s, would I have bothered to try out Slackware and learnt the joy of using it?
Slackware does present a steep learning curve, but once you are over it and know the *true* innards of Linux system, it gets easier to figure out a whole range of things. TODAY'S LINUX DISTROS ARE LIKE WINDOWS. They hide everything in the name of user friendliness, but at the same time prevent you from learning the stuff you need to in order to understand what has gone wrong in a system. In the early days, that was the whole point of using Linux as opposed to Windows. Now the focus is on Linux as the poor man's version of Windows.
While I certainly don't disagree with this focus, I just hope that distros like Slackware still continue to flourish and increase their following. These new distros may be great for those new to Linux, but for old timers and gurus, their "user-friendly" features are just a way of postponing the need to actually learn a Linux system's guts. I think once you become a Slackware fan, you always stay a fan.
The great thing with Linux is you have a choice: a Windows-style "friendly" experience, while the hardcore, pick-at-the-guts-directly experience is still there for those who want/need it (by using a distro like Slackware).