October 26th, 2005, 12:03 PM
An old hacker slaps up Slackware
A nice review of Slackware 10.2 in this linux.com article
Also a fun bit:
Slackware is old-school Linux. Back in the day -- before Red Hat seized the throne -- Pat Volkerding's Linux distribution was the undisputed king of the hill. Many still use it today. By the time I started playing with Linux in 1995, or running my Web server with it in 1996, Slackware's slump in market share had already begun. I've tried a lot of different Linux distributions during the years since then, but until recently I had never tried Slackware. Here's what I've learned about Slackware while installing and using the recently released Slackware 10.2.
Why they love Slackware
Why are Slackware users so passionate about the distro? For some it is all about power and control. What you give up as a Slackware user in creature comforts, in terms of cradle-to-grave package management with dependency resolution, for example, is replaced with near absolute control over what goes on your system. For others it is Slackware's near legendary stability. Still others are seduced by the fact that they are running the world's oldest surviving distribution. But in an informal poll I conducted on the #slackware IRC channel on oftc.net, the most popular reason was none of those things: it was Pat Volkerding, Slackware's founder and maintainer.
One person said simply, "The best part about Slack really is the maintainer, Pat. He keeps everything up-to-date without breaking things." Another added "volkerdi doesn't patch the bejezuz out of everything. the functionality you get for package 'foo' is pretty much exactly what the original author intended."
ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI.
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