Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Slackware: Still my favorite distro

As part of my job I test my company's software product and many different Linux distros. So I get plenty of experience with all of the "popular" ones. I kind of figured that eventually I would eventually migrate to a different distro that is more user friendly or better package management but I never found one I like better. Here's a few reasons why:

1. Stability: Some distros have updates on an almost seemingly daily basis. In my experience updates break things almost as often as they fix things.
2. Developer tools: Slackware has one of those most complete sets of tools and libraries for development. I am still annoyed that some very popular distros still don't come with Sun's Java.
3. GUI not the default: I still like the fact that the default is still the console. Who needs a windowed environment for a server anyway?
4. The Subscription Service: I signed up for the CD subscription service at least 9 years ago and it has never stopped. I have moved several times, changed my email address a few times, and have forgot about on several occasions but some how they have tracked me down and got the CD to me shortly after a release. Sure I could just download it for free but I want to support the Slackware team.

One of these days I am going to get my chocolate with my peanut butter by getting Slackware working on OpenSolaris using BrandZ. From what I have read it will work.

That's definitely service.

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