Slackware - old school solution

Slackware is the oldest actively developed Linux distributions. Slackware bases on the SLS Linux. On the Feb 17th, 2015 Slackware had a twenty-fifth B-day. The name of Slackware comes from “Slack”. Distribution motto is "because it works". The oldest distribution, created from the beginning by one and the same person - Patrick Volkerding. A lot of solutions said, that Slackware had seen as a perfect example of the KISS rule. It has a simple building but a staff is so difficult. Critics believe that Slackware distribution is difficult and time-consuming to master. Proponents argue that Slackware is very flexible, transparent and appreciate the experience gained during his "science". Slackware presents a different approach than other popular distributions. The best description for this is "Unix": lack of dedicated GUI configuration tools and BSD init scripts. Implementation of the Slackware package management is also unusual but consistent with the principles of minimalism and simplicity. Packages are simply tarball archives. This system supports installing, updating and removing packages as easily as other distributions. However, Slackware doesn’t attempt to track or keep an eye on so called dependences. The user has to ensure that the system has all libraries and programs required by new package. Discussions about the benefits of using or ignoring dependencies, though not so fierce, are like Unix "holy war" about text editors. Slackware developers approach to this problem seems to be fully accepted by the - usually advanced - users who personally exercise full control over the software installed on the system. However, to make it easier, package management tools to assist in the installation / upgrade software like slapt-get were created. For a long time, Slackware was officially available only on two architectures (x86 and S / 390), until 2009 when versions for x86_64 and ARM were officially introduced. However, unofficial ports to provide the ability to run the distribution on other machines are available. The best known are: Spack and Slackintosh. Slackware is a free distribution.

The latest stable version of Slackware is 14.1. There is also a branch of the development distribution – current - fans can use these images with the latest software. However, it is not recommended to use it in production environments, because Slackware Current has an experimental character.

Slackware is not overloaded with sites like Mandriva and Fedora, therefore administrators like this distribution so much. It is more responsive than standard system. Slackware is very popular, especially among advanced users. The stability of the hallmarks of Slackware - in this respect is not matched by any other distribution. Finally, it is worth to mention that Slackware handles WiFi via NdisWrapper, what is a huge problem for novice users.


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