Slackware 13.0 - ho hum

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Slackware. It's an institution in its own right. Some might argue that it's *put* people into institutions as well, out of either frustration or zealotry. Whatever your opinion may be about it, there's little doubt that it's a strong one.

My own opinions about it have certainly varied throughout the years. I can't decide if it's because Slackware is changing or I am. Perhaps there *is* no Slackware. Hmm...

Release 13 is noteworthy in that it's the first one to officially support the 64-bit X86_64 architecture, which is a good thing. Perhaps at some point in the near future all distributions will actually start exploiting the architecture to its fullest. Acceptance is the first step.

Install:

Much like Ben Stein's inflection or the uncoolness of Furries, the Slackware installer doesn't change. I think I can count on one hand the new things I've seen in it since I got started using Slack around version 7. I won't bother posting screenshots because there are probably hundreds if not thousands of them available on the web.

It's text-based with simple colored graphics via ncurses. If you're old enough to remember the DOS installer for DOOM, you know what I'm talking about.

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Also:

Slackware has always been a distro that I’m not terribly fond of. I don’t like how difficult it is to set things up. This isn’t because I particularly mind editing config files, its because I want to be doing it on my terms and not because I have to.

Slackware 13.0