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DukeOfURL.org: Slackware Linux 8.0 Review

Aug 08, 2001, 03:16 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jimmy Webb)

[ Thanks to Patrick Mullen for this link. ]

"Slackware was first released in April of 1993 by Patrick Volkerding with the intent of preserving the tradition of UNIX. Over 8 years later, Slackware is sticking by the original purpose of creating a stable, simple UNIX-like operating system which maintains an optimal level of power and usability.

Even with most current OSes moving to a more automated method of installation and maintenance, Slackware has always maintained its simple, hands-on approach. This helps the user learn Linux commands and configuration quickly, and learn them correctly.

This is quite possibly the reason Slackware has lasted so long. In these days of companies just taking a stock Red Hat distribution and calling it their own, it's easy to get sucked into the pressure of dumbing down Linux. Slackware takes a completely different perspective and focuses on learning through practice -- or just using that power if you're a more advanced user. Which is maybe the thing that makes Slackware so popular.

It is well-known within the Linux community that Slackware takes pride in simplicity. Slackware 8 is no exception to this rule, as it assures you'll be up and running with the likes of XFree86 4.1.0 and kernel 2.4.5 in no time."

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