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12-27-2002, 12:04 AM
I recentley checked the post on favourite platforms, and slackware was listed quite a bit.. I had plans to get RedHat 8.0, but if slackware proves worthy I'll use it instead.

My Q is, what makes Slackware better than any other linux distro, aside from the fact it tries to be the most 'unix-like' distro. whats the ease of usability and to install? how big is the file to download? (need c++ development, and server at a minimum). and the last and most important, is it possible to easily install and run slackware, whilst keeping windows on the same harddrive(i.e. partition).

thanks for any info, just trying to gather facts before I make a final decision on which linux distro to use. I'm looking for the easiet to set up, with minimal to no complications.


12-27-2002, 06:35 AM
Have a look: http://www.slackware.org/


Slackware Linux is compatible with most Intel PC hardware. Slackware will provide stellar performance on high-end systems, including support for symmetric multi-processing (up to 16 processors), PCI, and special code optimizations for the 486, Pentium, and Pentium Pro and AMD Athlon


It is a good distribution for slower PCs, cause u can select what u wanna have, so its good and it works fine.

A friend of mine has slackware 8.1 running as a linux box for DSL
on a pentium 90 Mhz and 40 MB Ram and it works!!!
(and it is very fast)

Such things, like KDE and Gnome are not standard
So u have to install them yourself and to configure them for X.

But it is not for linux newbies, u should know, how to configure X, kde, intall the kernel.....

But there are a lot of tuts on the net.

If u are a linux newbie: Choose Redhat Linux
If u are linux freak: Choose Slackware

If u have slower computer: Choose Slackware

But its hard to say, what is better, cause redhat and slackware are both good for development




Captain Penguin
12-27-2002, 10:26 AM
Judging from your other posts, do NOT install Slackware unless you want to spend a lot of time reading help files and reinstalling it over and over again because you've messed up.

Instead, use an easier distro like Mandrake 9.0.

12-27-2002, 10:42 AM
Is slackware a linux-from-scratch?
which one is more difficult between slackware and gentoo-linux?

12-27-2002, 10:48 AM
Slackware is love

12-27-2002, 11:37 AM
This might be a bit more of a GD thread.
Personally i love Slackware but its all a matter of preference.
> I'm looking for the easiet to set up, with minimal to no complications.
Then definitely Don't use Slackware :D
It's quite a bit of configuration and cursing :) but in the end it's all worth it.

I recommend Slackware, if you are willing to spend the time it takes to make it work.

12-27-2002, 11:57 AM
Jaguar: Gentoo Linux is harder to install
Cause u have to install with the command line and u have to
set up ur hardware to download the source from the net, that will be compiled.

And Gentoo Linux is only for users with DSL, cause it can take 6 hours to download the sources and 2 to 3 days to compile it, if u have a slower pc.

But the performance is better, ur system is running 15% or 20% faster!!!

But then you have a very good and very fast system!!!

12-27-2002, 06:43 PM
I use slackware because its easy to install, I can configure everything by GLI, stable, fast. You could also try debian, great package tool

12-27-2002, 10:09 PM
Thanks for the posts, its becoming a little more clear now. And no, I'm not very experienced with linux at all. thats why I made so many posts regarding it, but I'm slowly catching on. I suppose I'll go to RedHat 8.0 just to get the thigns I want done, done. Maybe I'll get a copy of Slackware to play with on another PC or somethnig just to learn all it takes to learn Slackware and all that.

I really appreciate the information, you've all been a great help.

01-05-2003, 01:42 AM
Wow.. what a thread.. I found few people discuss on Slackware.

I'm using Slackware since 1999 for my work when it was V 3.6.

Unix / Linux have lots of choice than Windows, and I guess Slackware is is itself a dead OS unless you provide it life. There are lots of things to confiture. And the other part is in Bangladesh majority of the ISP use Slackare for there servers. So, people here are used to Slackware.

Happy to see a thread on it.

Expert Windows but Novice linux users will never get the charm.

01-06-2003, 07:25 PM
Slackware's newest: ZipSlack :D It's really good, no repartitioning needed.

01-06-2003, 10:06 PM
Heh... I've got a package of Debian Linux 3.0 on the way. I hope it'll be better than Redhat too.

I found Redhat a pain because most of my harddrives aren't big enough to contain it good. I recently tried it on a Tyan with an 800Mb harddrive and it would only fit without a lot of the good files (no GCC, no graphics programs, no text editors, etc).

As for Debian... I don't know how good it is, but it's the only one I've found that's current for my latest computer(s).

Two Sun Ultra 1 computers (although I'll probably combine them to make a good one... 320+64Mb ram and the good one has two drives already... a whopping 2Gb :D ).

01-26-2003, 04:26 PM
i know im digging up an old thread but as im planning to install linux slakware 8.1 on my 4.86 this was interesting.

Now ive read this thread and i have secon thoughts about installing slakware. This is due to the fact that i havent used linux or any other unix based OS before in my life.

Also in this thread was said that if u have a good tut ull be alright
so i checked the official site of slakware and theres the book about slakware(here (http://www.slackware.com/book/) ) i putted it in an .doc format and let my dad print it out at his work. Will ill be doing fine with this book because ive read this thing (only the installation part) and after reading it i was even thinking bout just installing win 95 on the 4.86 (because i had to read evrything twice be4 it made sense)

Also what is meant with an X installation (or something like that)
+ if ill program in linux will i be able to run those apps on other OS's??
thx in advance

01-27-2003, 10:34 AM
actually it's Slackware :p
The installation and general usage of the OS will most likely go like a charm i you read thru the book, im not sure wheter it covers configuring the thing though, check out http://www.tldp.org for that.
X is the window system, the GUI if you will.

+ if ill program in linux will i be able to run those apps on other OS's?? thx in advance

sure, as long as it doesn't use any OS specific stuff.

01-27-2003, 11:45 AM
thx for answering all my humble questions :p
gonna check out the site right now :cool:

02-11-2003, 05:20 PM
Relax. Slackware is easy to install. If you get the cdrom it just boots up and gives you a hand holding kind of setup experience. Just make sure the boot sequence in your bios is set up to let the cdrom boot first. But there are about a hundred ways to boot up and get Slackware on your on your PC. Zipslack is a distro that installs right on top of the fat file system and can have you using Slackware in minutes. Then if you are going to dual boot and have put zipslack on the windoze partiton you can use Zipslack to setup the rest of your hardrive (or another hardrive on your machine) for a real install. There are even instructions on how to move your zipslack installation to a real linux partition. Read the Faq that comes with zipslack. Or if you like zipslack just install packages from slackware.com until you have a full distro:-) And you will still have a perfectly good windoze machine too!

Slackware can be installed from a network too.

Dont look back. Just use Slack!

02-22-2003, 12:10 PM
go to www.linuxiso.org

you can download the main versions (RH, slackware, debian, caldera etc..) and about twenty others. All free and ready to burn to a cdrom in ISO format