Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Slackware Linux - Less is more

Filed under
Slack

Slackware is the most stripped down and UNIX-like of Linux distributions and is designed to be a workhorse for developers or sysadmins, who do not want "to be met with GUI greeters, setup wizards, beginner-oriented defaults, and enabled-by-default automatic updates."

What you get from Slackware is a clean system that expects more of the user, at the command line and in the configuration process. There are virtues to this approach. As Patrick Volkerding, the guiding light of Slackware, sees it: "I think the more you try to second guess the user, the more you put up barriers. So we like to keep things uncomplicated as much as possible."

Slackware isn't for everyone, and will never win the race for the Linux desktop, where fancy gizmos, music players, office suites and games are at a premium, but works for users who want "a system that makes a good server - where you aren't even required to install X if you don't want it - or a good desktop workstation if you do a full installation with KDE" or Xfce or Fvwm or Windowmaker or Fluxbox.

Rest Here




More in Tux Machines

Arduino Yun clone runs OpenWrt, offers Grove I/O

The Arduino Yún- and Grove-compatible Seeeduino Cloud SBC has an AR9331 WiFi chipset that runs Linux via a Dragino HE COM, plus Ethernet and USB ports. The Seeeduino Arduino clone from Seeed Studios has been around for years, adding three onboard Grove sensor interfaces to basic Arduino functionality. Now, Seeed Studios has launched a Seeeduino Cloud version that promises Arduino Yún compatibility, and which like the Yún, provides a Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 WiFi SoC running OpenWrt Linux on a MIPS processor. Read more

Ubuntu Phone Users Will Have to Wait a Little Longer for the Fixes

We've been informed today, February 8, by Mr. Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical about the latest work done in preparation for the upcoming OTA software updates for Ubuntu Phone devices. Read more

Long Term Support vs Rolling Linux Release

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to try a lot of different Linux releases. As the time passed, I found myself gravitating more toward the Ubuntu-based Long Term Release model. Obviously there are advantages and disadvantages to using an LTS distro release. That said, when it comes to current software packages, control and speed – rolling releases are a solid option. Good options include Antergos, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint Debian Edition, among others. In this article, I'll offer a candid view between the two options by examining the core differences between running a rolling release and using an LTS type release distribution. Read more