Re: what's slackware like for the minimalist?
Hehe..until you want to install multimedia players and codecs; off to compile the Slackbuilds. ;)
Originally Posted by cardinals_fan
I like Slack. How could you not? It's the downright coolest distribution around, by a large margin. Pat is, well, he's the Benevolent Dictator for life, I mean come on! Slack is stable, because releases are slow, and it remains largely unchanged for about a year at a time, typically.
Having said that, actually using Slack as my main system would be too much work for me. Slapt-get is a neat idea, but it is not a true package management solution for me. (True Slackers usually agree). The Slack repos are tiny, and the adjustment to looking here there and everywhere for sources and build scripts always got old for me. pkgtool, installpkg, removepkg and upgradepkg are just too crude for me; I feel package management, and especially software installation, should be more of a 'no-brainer'.
One last annoyance for me; I was uncomfortable with the percentage of what, in my experience, seemed to be fanboys among Slack users on the linuxquestions.org forums.
I like the Slack system itself (simple, clean, BSD-init, fast) except for these issues, which Arch happens to solve for me.
If there were no Arch, I would use Slack.
..and the writing's on the wall,
but the walls have all come down,
if you can't see past the truth,
I love to let you down..