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ManicGeeks: Slackware 10.1 Review

May 11, 2005, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Burns)

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"As most most veteran Linux users know, Slackware is the oldest Linux distribution properly-speaking in existence. To many people, 'Slackware' is synonymous with 'Linux.' As the old saying in the Linux community goes, 'If you learn Red Hat, you learn Red Hat. If you learn SuSE, you learn SuSE. But if you learn Slackware, you learn Linux.'

"This is quite true. Slackware is one of the 'purest' forms of Linux available. The Slackware package manager is little more than a front end for various standard GNU tools. It retains no version information or dependency handling, as Debian's and Red Hat's package managers do. The installer guides you through only the most necessary of steps to install the system. No proprietary software is included in the installation media..."

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