Slackware Linux: Less is more
Jan 20, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)
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"Slackware is the most stripped down and UNIX-like of
Linux distributions and is designed to be a workhorse for
developers or sysadmins, who do not want "to be met with GUI
greeters, setup wizards, beginner-oriented defaults, and
enabled-by-default automatic updates."
"What you get from Slackware is a clean system that expects more
of the user, at the command line and in the configuration process.
There are virtues to this approach. As Patrick Volkerding, the
guiding light of Slackware, sees it: "I think the more you try to
second guess the user, the more you put up barriers. So we like to
keep things uncomplicated as much as possible."
"Slackware isn't for everyone, and will never win the race for
the Linux desktop, where fancy gizmos, music players, office suites
and games are at a premium, but works for users who want "a system
that makes a good server - where you aren't even required to
install X if you don't want it - or a good desktop workstation if
you do a full installation with KDE" or Xfce or Fvwm or Windowmaker