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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Slackware Linux 7

Feb 22, 2000, 13:35 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Chen)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Coming on the heels of Slackware 4.0, Slackware 7 has some new added features that make it that much closer to becoming a Linux distribution that even Windows fans could love."

"... support for the Diamond Rio and QuickCam has been added."

"Installation was easy to start up -- simply stick the CD into the CD-ROM drive and boot up. This is quite an improvement over previous download releases. Slackware Linux 7 is the first release from Patrick Volkerding that has been distributed as an ISO on the Internet."

"Setting up networking was also a breeze -- it detected our AMD PCNET Ethernet Adapter and asked us for our TCP/IP information. A quick reboot later and we were up and running."

"During bootup, it was notable that the default configuration had the system probe many different kinds of SCSI cards. Although we were using an IDE-based configuration, it was nice to know that users with higher-end SCSI systems would essentially have a plug-and-play bootup..."

"Slackware Linux 7 is based on libc 2.1.2, with egcs-1.1.2 supporting it. In addition, a fully working Perl 5.005_03 is included with the basic fixings."

"Slackware offers package installation tools, including its own pkgtool and the more popular RedHat Package Manager (RPM). RPM is a newcomer to the Slackware distribution, with pkgtool being the primary package tool ever since the early versions."

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