Anyone use Slackware?

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  1. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    I'm just curious if anyone on the forum uses Slackware.

    I don't know many people that do. I'm playing around with Slack again just for fun. It's actually a pretty good way to learn about linux without a super difficulty level. It does require some know how but it's A LOT easier than Gentoo. (no offense to any Gentoo users)

     
  2. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Plenty of people here on the forums use it. I keep a copy of it in a virtual machine for playing around with.
     
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  3. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I have tried Slackware and it is a great system, in my opinion.
     
  4. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    I do the exact same thing actually
     
  5. Cyber-Berserker

    Cyber-Berserker Active Member

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    I currently have Slackware on my spare partition. Unfortunately, I do not have internet in my home at the moment, which means I have little time to play around trying to figure out the procedure for installing packages. Working from source is something that does not come naturally to me, so it is a slow experiment. Fortunately, everything that is needed is included with the system, so it works well for basic use without having to do anything. It is a solid system that I would recommend to anyone with even a modicum of ability with computers. I wish had such ability.:(
     
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  6. Darren Hale

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    As has been said slackware teaches you a lot about Linux. Makes you understand dependencies better as you are the dependency Resolutionist no package manager as such.

    Stays pretty lean. Had great times with it and Vector a derivative of it.
     
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  7. grim76

    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    I am pretty sure that @Rob runs slackware somewhere. I have heard him mention it before. I have ran it a couple times and I thought it was ok.
     
  8. Kryyll

    Kryyll Active Member

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    Personally, I love Slackware. I'm not sure why I enjoy not having a software repo and having to untar and compile source code to install a program. Also, Slackbuilds (and Slackpkg) make it really easy to get programs too.

    Speaking of Slackbuilds, I was looking for a steam client for Slack and instead I found this program called "sl" and all it does is make a train go by on the screen.... Basically if you type "ls" incorrectly, you get a train. It's probably my favorite program right now. haha
     
  9. Darren Hale

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    In my opinion when Puppy Linux Unleashed was using Slackware packages it was exceptionally stable when it was at version 3.01 and the packages are quality.
     
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  10. Videodrome

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    I'm looking at this again. In the past, I have looked into trying a USB install which seems to work very different from other distros I'm used to.

    So far, I've dd'ed the file usbboot.img to a usb stick and successfully booted the installer. Since I know this works, I'm getting the DVD-ISO now.

    If I bork my computer, I'll try Salix lol.
     
  11. Videodrome

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    The install process for this was unusual for me, but I have a working Slackware with Wifi working. I had the USB boot on one USB and the DVD ISO dd'ed to another USB to read the packages. Frankly, the other tutorials I read encouraging people to make a single Hybrid USB were more confusing.

    Now I just need to get a feel for how package management works lol

    Also, I think I read the initial install is a 'heavy' kernel and one can try to switch that out.
     
  12. Videodrome

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    Still new to this and the software install options do sort of remind me of FreeBSD Ports. So far, I just installed Chromium and I think it nearly 6 hours to compile on an old HP Laptop. Then I followed the directions to Installpkg with the new file and now I have my new web browser. Kinda weird to me since I'm used to Apt-Get or Pacman, but it all worked.
     
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  13. Kryyll

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    Yes, Slackware's package management is sorta strange. I personally like it though.
     
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    I have been using Slackware for years and am quite happy with it. Very stable.
     
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    same as DEB stable! (software fossilized)
     
  16. rkromer

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    Slackware is indeed an extremely stable OS. One of our servers is running it since... 16 December 2014 without any problem!
     
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    An ISP I worked for used Slackware from Windows 2k server (an obvious improvement) and it never ran better since.
     
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    Just installed 14.1 from a DVD That I burned an hour ago. My notes from installing 14.0 worked out perfectly, and I was up and running in a matter of minutes. I'm using it right now. Now all I need to do is personalize it, and get all my favorites transferred over. Easy-peasy!:):)
     
  19. Darren Hale

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    Why did they have to include pulseaudio?
     
  20. Bethlehem

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    My 10 year old son uses Slack, installed it himself just to prove to me that he could.
    He's on 14-1 and currently doing some reading on flipping it to 'Current'.
    I used for a few years back in the 90s. Have no complaints.

    @Darren Hale
    Bluetooth audio. It doesn't work with Alsa.
     

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