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Anyone use Slackware?

Discussion in 'Slackware' started by Kryyll, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Kryyll

    Kryyll Guest

    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)

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  2. ryanvade

    ryanvade Guest

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

    Kryyll Guest

    I do the exact same thing actually
  5. 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

    Darren Hale Guest

    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 Guest

    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 Guest

    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
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  9. Darren Hale

    Darren Hale Guest

    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

    Videodrome Guest

    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

    Videodrome Guest

    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

    Videodrome Guest

    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

    Kryyll Guest

    Yes, Slackware's package management is sorta strange. I personally like it though.
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  14. NakedRider

    NakedRider Guest

    I have been using Slackware for years and am quite happy with it. Very stable.
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  15. chimichurri

    chimichurri Guest

    same as DEB stable! (software fossilized)
  16. rkromer

    rkromer Guest

    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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  17. Jim Laughlan

    Jim Laughlan Guest

    An ISP I worked for used Slackware from Windows 2k server (an obvious improvement) and it never ran better since.
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  18. VP9KS

    VP9KS Guest

    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

    Darren Hale Guest

    Why did they have to include pulseaudio?
  20. Bethlehem

    Bethlehem Guest

    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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