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Review: Slackware 12.2

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I already tried installing Gentoo. Twice. The other Linux distro for the hardcore, for whom the Ubuntus and the Fedoras is too easy, is Slackware. Slackware is, of course, the oldest surviving Linux distro. I’ve already reviewed some distros based off of Slackware such as Zenwalk and Slax. Along the way I’ve come to learn about some of the appeal of Slackware and why people would base distributions off of it. However, it does have a reputation as a very hard distro to install. Fab, of Linux Outlaws, refers to it as the distro for those who “love the pain”. But Slackware has always held a special place in my mind for the quirky reason that I almost selected it as my first distro (as I recount here). I had no idea that the Slack in Slackware was a reference to the Church of the Sub-Genius. (that’s why the Slackware Penguin smokes a pipe)

So I was quite excited when the latest LXF issue came with Slackware 12.2 on the cover disc. Well, let’s get reviewing! Right away, the following pops up:

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