A look at Slackware 10.0
Posted Jun 28, 2004 16:13 UTC (Mon) by allesfresser
Parent article: A look at Slackware 10.0
I'll start this comment by saying that I've been a faithful Slackware user since '95 (started out with v3.0), and I continue to appreciate its clean, simple design and emphasis on functionality. Many other distributions try to make the experience of installing as friendly and soft-padded as possible (aka Windows-esque); Slackware does no such thing. This is not to say that installing Slackware is difficult, because it's not, if you know some basic information. And once you get it installed and tuned (again, not difficult but it helps to have some basic tribal traditions in your brain before starting...) it will run like a champ for as long as you care to keep power flowing. But don't expect any Wizards or Gurus or whatever you want to call the handholding you get from Redhat, SuSE or Mandrake.
There are a couple things that I would like to see added to Slackware that would make it more friendly for my daily grind: Evolution and OpenOffice. However, these are large packages and I understand why Patrick hasn't added them. Abiword and Gnumeric are included, and they do the job, and are a lot smaller. But if you've ever tried to compile Evolution for Slackware, you too might understand why I wish it was packaged into the default install... :-)
Anyway, it's a very nice, solid release and I would be planning on installing it in short order if I hadn't already been keeping my machines updated with the -current tree via rsync. Good job, Patrick. Thanks for the 10+ years of fantastic work.
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