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Linuxtopia: Slackware 7 Review

Nov 15, 1999, 17:40 (8 Talkback[s])
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"This release is a huge step forward for Patrick Volkerding and the entire Slackware team. It is based on glibc libraries, instead of libc5. The main problem I had with Slack 4.0 was that we couldn't run some of our favorite programs, since they needed glibc. This could have been done manually, but we just didn't have the time to set it all up. Slack 7 included everything right from the get-go, which made installation and configuration much easier."

"Since this release includes the latest versions of everything, it will have little difference between the latest versions of other distributions. We Linuxtopians are most familiar with Slackware and Red Hat, and Slack 7 is nearly identical to Red Hat 6.1, in terms of libraries, programs and features. Prior to installing Slack, I made a tarball of my (Red Hat 6.1 based) home directory. After the installation, I untarred the tarball and checked out how everything worked. Everything worked perfectly. I didn't have to recompile anything, reset any settings, or anything else. It all just worked. This was another nice little surprise."

"Our overall impression of this release is mostly favorable. The newest libraries are very nice, because they keep us from having to scramble for the latest and greatest (at least for a little while. :-) Being based on the 2.2.13 kernel ensures that the greatest range of hardware configurations is supported. All in all, this is a great release, and I think I'm going to end up using Slackware from now on!"

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