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GNULinux.com: A Tale of Two Views: Slackware 7.0 Review--A Hard OS is Good to Find!

Jun 22, 2000, 15:46 (6 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"As usual we begin our review focusing on the new users most important task, installation (but this time we offer, as a consolation, a longtime Slackware users view as well). The problem with Slackware right out of the gate is that the emphasis is not on installation, but on speed and configuration. If we were to review the installation process by itself, Slackware would fall short in the ease of use area compared to other distributions. The installation routine is unpolished and utilitarian to the point that it will leave new users wondering why they even tried Linux. However, Slackware is geared to the more advanced (or adventurous) Linux user who can install Linux blindfolded."

"The Boxed Set includes a mini installation Help guide which is adequate. The book "Slackware Linux Installation and Getting Started" was something of a disappointment as it seemed dated and was not the same caliber of book as the Bill McCarty Book "Learning Debian GNU/Linux" that accompanied the Official Debian Set (see the review here). Since the book did cover a fairly wide range of topics concerning Slackware we would still recommend it. Obviously, if newbies want to try Slackware out you will need some documentation when installing..."

"After rebooting the computer with Slackware Disk 1 in the CD-ROM, we autobooted to a command prompt. You will be prompted to login as root (don't fret, you are really only being asked to type "root", you don't need a password yet). At this point, you have the option of using cfdisk or fdisk or if you thought far enough ahead and had prepared partitions, you can just type setup. Note that this first part is purely CLI (Command Line Interface). Nothing graphical here folks!"

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