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Who really cares about Slackware any longer?
Posted Sep 19, 2013 16:23 UTC (Thu) by BradReed (subscriber, #5917)
Slackware is rock-solid and just works. Those that use it are perfectly content to live without pulse-audio, pam, gnome, systemd, and the rest of the bloat.
Posted Sep 19, 2013 17:01 UTC (Thu) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Sep 19, 2013 21:13 UTC (Thu) by gus3 (guest, #61103)
Brad Reed called it right.
Posted Sep 21, 2013 12:35 UTC (Sat) by VITTUIX-MAN (guest, #82895)
Posted Sep 19, 2013 20:37 UTC (Thu) by Arker (guest, #14205)
Posted Sep 20, 2013 9:08 UTC (Fri) by HelloWorld (subscriber, #56129)
Posted Sep 20, 2013 12:21 UTC (Fri) by Arker (guest, #14205)
What I would say is I have used Linux on and off since '94. I started with Slackware, I have probably tried every major distro at one point or another, and have used several minor ones as well, but I have always wound up coming back to Slack it seems. Slackware gives me slack. I regularly hear all these complaints from users of other systems, for instance, about conflicts where their package manager simply wont let them install a particular combination of applications because of some dependency hell. Never happens on slackware. Patrick solved that whole problem before it began by refusing to cave to the fashion of the day and impose an overgrown package management system. Package management in Slackware just works. Other distros I cannot say the same for.
Installing software from source just works too. Definitely hearing all the time from users of other distros that this is problematic for them. Lots of stuff like that. Basic stuff like that should always work, and with slack it does. A system that makes sense and works correctly saves me time, and lets me have a life. That's why it's called slack.
I think Patrick's design philosophy is superior, and that's what's allowed him to continue to deliver a superior product all these years. That's my opinion. Why dont you give slack a try for a month and then tell us yours?
Posted Sep 21, 2013 11:57 UTC (Sat) by Wol (guest, #4433)
I've NEVER had that experience with Slack. Which although I prefer gentoo, it's why it sits in my toolkit - if a gentoo upgrade borks (rare) Slack will save the day.
Posted Sep 20, 2013 13:07 UTC (Fri) by oldtomas (guest, #72579)
Do /you/ get to decide what Patrick Volkerding does with his time? Or what distro I get to install on my box?
Let's agree on one thing: I don't tell you what software you have to use and you don't tell me. Shall we?
Posted Sep 20, 2013 14:54 UTC (Fri) by HelloWorld (subscriber, #56129)
Posted Sep 20, 2013 15:50 UTC (Fri) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
The title you chose for this comment thread tends to convey (whether you want it to or not) the implication that the person initiating the thread believes Slackware to be a waste of time. People who give the impression that they think something is a waste of time tend to give the further impression that they think the people working on that thing should work on something else.
It is unfortunate that you find this set of implicit associations surprising, but your astonishment does not alter the nature of human communication.
Posted Sep 20, 2013 22:26 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
It's unfortunate that people are so eager to take offense, inferring the worst from statements like this. I know I'm less emotional than most, but when I read "Who really cares about Slackware any longer?" I see a question, which tells me only that the author doesn't know if Slackware is a waste of time. And even if a reader assumes the worst, that it is a rhetorical question meant to make the statement that Slackware is a waste of time, it's a long jump from there to inferring that the author believes he has the power to kill Slackware. The post above answers the question, "Why have you and Patrick ignored my orders to stop building/using Slackware?", which was not asked.
Of course, I'm not saying that jump is surprising; I know people like to go behind the written word and infer an entire mental state.
Posted Sep 21, 2013 16:45 UTC (Sat) by Arker (guest, #14205)
Slackware users are used to getting attacked for it on public forums by fan-boys of other distros. The arguments are so tiresome.
"It works great for me, why fix what isnt broken?" vs "But! New!! Shiny!!! Why are you so stupid? New! Shiny!!"
I *like* the fact that Pat doesnt fix stuff that isnt broken. I like the fact he doesnt try to be on the leading edge of whatever is new and trendy at the moment. I like that he makes things as simple as they can be but resists the urge to make then any simpler than that, and I like that concentrates on keeping a clean and stable base system that you can build anything you want on.
But some people dont. Can we just accept that and move on?
Posted Sep 20, 2013 16:01 UTC (Fri) by wazoox (subscriber, #69624)
Posted Sep 21, 2013 19:27 UTC (Sat) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
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