Slackware Linux is a complete 32-bit multitasking "UNIX-like" system. It's currently based around the 2.4 Linux kernel series and the GNU C Library version 2.3.4 (libc6). It contains an easy to use installation program, extensive online documentation, and a menu-driven package system. A full installation gives you the X Window System, C/C++ development environments, Perl, networking utilities, a mail server, a news server, a web server, an ftp server, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, Netscape Communicator, plus many more programs. It can run on 486 systems all the way up to the latest x86 machines (but uses -mcpu=i686 optimization for best performance on i686-class machines like the P3, P4, and Duron/Athlon).
Reviewing 13.0 (Aug 28, 2009)
This thing isn't even remotely usable requiring to had-edit text configurations files pretty much for everything.
If you wanna try Linux, avoid Slackware like a plague. This is a distro for people who don't give a heck about their time and lives.
I give it 2 just because it's not LFS.
Reviewing 12.2 (Dec 11, 2008)
Reviewer: monzi Dec 5, 2008
Version: 12.2 RC1
Doesn't work on vista
What do U mean?
Reviewing 12.2 (Dec 11, 2008)
As a server-side product, it may well be one of the better distributions - complexity of installation and configuration would matter less to experienced server administrators.
However, as an end-user product, the same complexity of installation and configuration when compared to other client-side distributions become a glaring weak point, imo.
If this product was specifically referenced as "Slackware 12.2 Server Edition" or something similar, it could be judged on a more clearly defined set of expectations and functionality.
If it is felt that such a differentiation is warranted in thise case, I would recommend a request be made to BetaNews via the contact page for that specific modification of the product description so that it becomes readily apparent that it should be judged not as a consumer level product but as a professional server product.
Scores could rise notably as a result.
Reviewing 12.2 RC1 (Dec 7, 2008)
I don't judge an operating system using it's 'beautiful pictures' nor does my comment depend upon the 'mouseability' (sorry for this sick 'word'). An OS does have to work stable and it is necessary that it can be installed with minimal requirements. Slackware IS conservative and everybody (in the scene) knows this, but the same time everybody knows of the qualities of it, so why criticizing this distro for it's well known and BTW intentionally kept characteristics? Use another distro and forget Slackware, that easy it is!
And another thing: For all you mouse-fetishists out there, why do you not simply keep your Windows? The next collection of surprising pictures, sounds and BUGS (and sincerely some further surprises...) is already at it's starting blocks (Windows 7) - take it and be happy with it.
I'm in the process of changing completely to Linux - and one of the two distros I prefer is Slackware.
And my closing words: If somebody is simply a fan of (for example) SUSE, he/she should use it. But leave other software in peace and alone. Nobody asks you to use something you don't like - we live in a democracy. And if you are somebody who belong to the company 'SUSE': What you do here is impairing the reputation of Slackware, which is unfair.
Reviewing 12.2 RC1 (Dec 5, 2008)
Still hands down the best Linux Server OS, Sure something like CentOS is great if you want to slap together a quick kludge, but if your serious then no other linux comes close.
I just wish it had a good package manager to automaticly install security updates for you, someone correct me if it does now, I just haven't RTFM since 8.0 =)
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