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A Slackware Review Ten Years In The Making

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It was about a decade ago when I first gave Slackware a go. Back then most every Linux was far more of a challenge than were other operating systems, but Slackware offered challenges even other Linux variations didn't. So when I set out to try the latest iteration of Slackware, I wondered how far it had advanced in that decade. Needless to say, I was excited about what I would find.

So this review will take a bit different of an approach than many other reviews. Instead of just pointing out what Slackware has or does not have (verses the competition), what I want to focus on is where Slackware has changed and where it hasn't changed. Naturally, along the way, I will highlight the inherent strengths and weaknesses of the distribution, but this review comes from the assumption that ten years have past in the history of this flavor of Linux so just how has it changed?

Installation

A funny thing happened as I was installing Slackware on one of my test machines. During the installation my wife came into my office and yelled "Oh my God that is so old!" She then asked "Is that DOS?" I laughed and informed her it was the latest release of a Linux distribution called Slackware.

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