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DistroWatch: Slackware Linux--Back to Basics

Dec 12, 2003, 21:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Storey)

[ Thanks to Ladislav Bodnar for this link. ]

"'What is history,' Napoleon famously said, 'but a lie agreed upon.' Fortunately (SCO notwithstanding), the history of Linux is (mostly) agreed upon by honest people. And anyone who knows the history of Linux will understand why Slackware deserves a special place in the pantheon of distros. Released in July 1993 by programmer extraordinaire Patrick Volkerding, Slackware 1.0 was one of the first ever Linux distros.

"Remarkably, more than 10 years later, Slackware (now at version 9.1) still commands a loyal following despite the existence of formidable competition. Many other distros have come and gone, yet Slackware--like an old reliable grandfather clock--just keeps on ticking. Indeed, it still remains one of the major distros, though it has been surpassed in market share by the 'big guns' such as Redhat/Fedora, Mandrake, SUSE, and Debian. So just what is it about Slackware that commands such a loyal following...?"

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