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Slackware Turns 10

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the that's-a-lot-of-slack dept.

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Sir_Stinksalot writes "DistroWatch is reporting that Slackware is 10. 'Yes folks, it is exactly 10 years today since the release of Slackware Linux 1.0, complete with a brand new Linux kernel 0.99pl11 Alpha, XFree86 1.3 and even a PS/2 mouse support!' Let's all say happy birthday to Slackware."

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Anyone tried it out? (4, Interesting)

DavidNWelton (142216) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461323)

It would be interesting to hear if it still runs, and how it stacks up - "then vs now".

Re:Anyone tried it out? (-1, Flamebait)

govtcheez (524087) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461334)

Fag.

Re:Anyone tried it out? (1)

acidtripp101 (627475) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461382)

Ok, I seriously found this comment funny (but it will still get modded down...). Anyone that doesn't know what slackware is (or apparently, hasn't heard of it...) deserves to be flamed. I'm sorry, but know your roots, son.

Re:Anyone tried it out? (2, Interesting)

DavidNWelton (142216) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461405)

I know what it is - it was my first Linux distribution a number of years ago (painfully downloaded over a 14.4K modem). I'm curious if the code described in the release is archived somewhere, and if it still runs. It would make for a fun article, I think.

Re:Anyone tried it out? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461442)

Fag

Re:Anyone tried it out? (2, Informative)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461485)

Well, it still runs pretty well on all of my machines. I have had a few forays into playing with RedHat, Debian and even (!) Mandrake, but Slackware is still the simplest to tweak for the machine's purposes, and thus by far my favourite of the distros I've tried.

Re:Anyone tried it out? (4, Interesting)

Drakker (89038) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461561)

The first challenge is to find an archive that still has it.

I suppose by "does it still run?" that you mean does it run on brand new hardware? I dont know, when you check today's hardware, say, the NForce2, you need kernel 2.4.21 to have everything supported... and it wont even boot with 2.2, so I seriously doubt that slackware 1 would run on anything more recent than a K6 or P2/3 on an old motherboard. Architechtural changes in the Athlon and P4 would probably not be supported.

Just a guess though, I'd love to be proven wrong. :)

Re:Anyone tried it out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461676)

Some of the newer {especially AMD} mobos are no longer "100% PC AT Compatible" and do have compatibility problems with older OSes. (People still use things like OS/2 1.3 for real work.)

My guess is that it would boot on an Intel brand mobo, but your IDE support would be pretty crippled.

Re:Anyone tried it out? (5, Informative)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461621)

I've still got my Slackware 1.2 CD, and I have it running on a 486/66 on my LAN. It fits nicely on to a small hard drive and there's tonnes of archive software that runs fine on it. It ran my multi-user BBS stable for years. It hasn't got all the latest bells'n'whistles, and I don't know if I'd expose it to the Internet, but it does the job.

Why shouldn't it still run??

Re:Anyone tried it out? (1)

ScottGant (642590) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461683)

I installed Slackware about 9 years ago on my P90. I had never used a UNIX operating system for an extended period of time at all either. I wasn't from a CS background. Didn't go to school for CS...yet it was kinda easy to get this up and running way back when.

My intro to the world of UNIX basically. Yes, I said it...UNIX. U-N-I-X.

Anyway, happy birthday Slack.

First Release Annoucement (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461326)

From: bf703@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Patrick J. Volkerding)
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux
Subject: ANNOUNCE: Slackware Linux 1.00
Date: 17 Jul 1993 00:16:36 GMT
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)
Lines: 76
Message-ID:
Reply-To: bf703@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Patrick J. Volkerding)
NNTP-Posting-Host: hela.ins.cwru.edu

The Slackware Linux distribution (v. 1.00) is now available for
anonymous FTP. This is a complete installation system designed for
systems with a 3.5" boot floppy. It has been tested extensively with
a 386/IDE system. The standard kernel included does not support SCSI,
but if there's a great demand, I might be persuaded to compile a few
custom kernels to put up for FTP.

This release is based largely on the SLS system, but has been enhanced and
modified substantially. There are two main disk series, A (13 disks) and
X (11 disks). Some of the features:

Series A:
About what you'd expect from SLS series A, B, and C. Plus:
Source for the Linux DOS emulator version 0.49.
The FAQ for kernel level 99pl10.
Kernel source and image at .99pl11 Alpha.
[compiled with these options: math emulation support, normal hard drive
support, TCP/IP, System V IPC, -m486, minix fs, ext2 fs, msdos fs, nfs,
proc support, and PS/2 style mouse support. You may need to recompile if
you have some other type of busmouse. The kernel was compiled with libc
4.4.1, g++ 2.4.5]
The new keytable utilities.
The NET-2 networking package, preconfigured to use loopback.
A public domain version of ksh, and tcsh 6.04 (with the bugs worked out)
GNU gcc, g++, and Objective-C at versions 2.4.5
Includes and libraries at version 4.4.1
mailx, quota utilities, experimental winapi source, sound drivers.
The TCL toolkit and samples.

In addition, the installation program has been improved to offer more
information about the packages (and the installation procedure itself)
as you install.

The install program can also automatically install LILO, configuring it
to boot either from your master boot record or from OS/2's Boot Manager.

Series X:
Also, all the packages you would get in the SLS X series, plus:
XFree-86 version 1.3.
Open Look Virtual Window Manager made the default window manager.
XS3 server offers support for S3 based video cards.
XV 3.00 Image viewer is included.
PEX files from the XFree-86 distribution are included.

Although TEX support is not included in the Slackware release, the you may
install the SLS T series from the install program.

At this point, the install disk itself is running .99pl8. I'm working on it :^)
Also, installation from other than a 3.5" floppy has not been tested, but might
work. 5.25" floppy will not work because of file sizes. At this point, I have
no plans to support a 5.25" version.

How to get the Slackware(tm) release:

The Slackware release may be obtained be anonymous FTP from
mhd3.moorhead.msus.edu in directory /pub/linux/slackware. At least initially,
this release will be in the form of 3.5" disk images which should be copied
to floppies using the RAWRITE.EXE program, or dd under Linux.

Please note that our FTP software does not support limiting the number of
concurrent anonymous logins. PLEASE try to go easy on this machine. If things
get out of hand, access may be restricted.

Other sites are, of course, welcome to help out with the load by mirroring
the distribution.

If you find any problems with the distribution, or if you have any suggestions
for improvements, please let me know. If you know of more up-to-date versions
of software in the distribution, I'd like to hear about that, too.

--
Patrick Volkerding
volkerdi@mhd1.moorhead.msus.edu
bf703 @cleveland.freenet.edu

Re:First Release Annoucement (5, Funny)

elefantstn (195873) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461359)

From the good-thing-Slashdot-didn't-exist-yet dept:

Please note that our FTP software does not support limiting the number of concurrent anonymous logins. PLEASE try to go easy on this machine. If things get out of hand, access may be restricted.

Re:First Release Annoucement (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461435)

mailx, quota utilities, experimental winapi source, sound drivers.

Wine, is that you? Oh man, remember that crazy summer of 1993?!

Re:First Release Annoucement (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461495)

Ah, yes... that indian summer of 1993... a jar of lube.. your dad's tight sphincter... your grandpa's wrinkly cock banging him up the chute like there was no tomorrow...

Such memories...

Re:First Release Annoucement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461567)

Oh man, you were there? That was some Lemon Party..I guess I know who that third guy was now though.

Well, happy birthday then (1)

reiggin (646111) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461329)

When I turned ten, daddy took the training wheels off.

Re:Well, happy birthday then (1)

RaeF (120232) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461547)

I fooking love your sig. That's the funniest thing I've read in a long time...

first slack? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461331)

McFly?

Not First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461333)

this is not the first post so you may continue reading on.

The troll in me asks... (0, Funny)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461340)

... and exactly how is it better today?

Slackware is the first Linix Distro I used, though I admit it was a bit further along.

-Rusty

Re:The troll in me asks... (5, Insightful)

acidtripp101 (627475) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461458)

On a serious note... that's kind of the point. Slackware has NEVER been geared towards being 'better' or 'faster' than anything else. It just tries to be as stable and trustworthy as it can. I know of someone that runs a very large mud (about 400-500 people on all the time) on slackware. Been running it for several years now and has never upgraded his base system. No need to.

Re:The troll in me asks... (3, Informative)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461587)

Believe me, I was only being denigrating to Slackware in jest.

Slackware was where I cut my teeth on Linux and GNU shell software. I did compile my own kernel, as the compiled kernel that was distributed didn't provide support for anything beyond a text mode shell. If you wanted to run X, or access one of the supported sound cards, you compiled the kernel, and it ended up being very stable.

I have since moved off the hardware I started with Slackware on, and in the process have moved onto other distributions. I can honestly say that I don't spend much time remenising about Slackware, as I don't think I want to go back to answering a questionair about the hardware to get to a kernel to support that hardware. I much prefer the module design that came along about the time I moved off of slackware.

-Rusty

Re:The troll in me asks... (2, Insightful)

harrkev (623093) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461785)

Been running it for several years now and has never upgraded his base system. No need to.

I hope that he at least applies patches. Otherwise, his machine is probably spamming the world right now.

Happy Birthday Slackware!!! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461346)

Congratulations! May another 10 years
see even more growth and success!

I remember ... (5, Interesting)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461348)

... when Slackware was released... I think it was by SLS, no, which mean "Soft Landing Systems".

Of course, happy with my Yggdrasil installation (woohoo, a bootable CD distro - in 1992! With X!) I scoffed at the notion of there being yet *another* Linux distro around.

Little did I know, 10 years later, that there would be thousands of Linux choices around. Wow.

Happy birthday Slackware! One of these days, I ought to give you a try ... :)

first post! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461349)

first post!
r0xin!

Version (3, Funny)

pheared (446683) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461351)

Slack 9 released (roughly) 10 years after 1.

I'm sure Max from Pi would see something in that.

Re:Version (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461529)

Sure, if he were a moron.

Re:Version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461558)

Yeah, but didn't they skip from 4.x to 7.0?

Happy Birthday to my favorite distro (2, Interesting)

GrendelT (252901) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461357)

Slack was the distro I fell in love with first. as of lately, i've been impressed with the portability of Knoppix LiveCDs. But I'm still a Slackware fan. Happy Birthday! w00t!

Happy Birthday Slack! (1)

Virtudude (650805) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461361)

Great distro ... been using it since Slackware 3.0 ... hope it survives at least another 10 years.

And it still works! (2, Informative)

christoofar (451967) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461368)

Still running on an old 386SX NSF server with 125MB of HD and NE2000 card. :-)

Re:And it still works! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461416)

What is NSF? Why does this seem like a highly unlikely story?

Slackware (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461381)

Why did they rename it to Cockware?

HB, Slack... (4, Insightful)

GeckoFood (585211) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461383)

In spite of some serious competiton by Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE and other very good distributions, a lot of people still prefer Slackware as their distro of choice. That's a nice 10-year birthday present.

my first (4, Interesting)

shokk (187512) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461385)

Slackware 0.99blahblah was my first Linux. I had two boxes of 50 floppies that I spent hours downloading and copying at a computer lab at school. All of that fit onto one of the two 100MB partitions on my 200MB disk (the other had Windows 3.0). I still have the boot floppy and every once in a while I pull out the boot floppy to see if it can boot on new hardware. Still works on most!

Darn new fangled Slackers (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461390)

Hell...I was using SLS (SoftLanding System) Linux from Victoria Canada in 1992/1993 even before this young upstart Pat started his distribution (I think it was even based on SLS)...ahhh the days of distributions on floppy.
We used v0.95, we downloaded it direct from the Finland FTP site over a 14.4 modem, took all night, and we liked it!
All I wanted to do was run my favorite Unix game: "rogue"
I tried Minix, but rogue wouldn't compile, so I tried Linux and have been using it ever since.

Thomas Dz.

Re:Darn new fangled Slackers (1)

Lussarn (105276) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461614)


I tried Minix, but rogue wouldn't compile, so I tried Linux and have been using it ever since.


Wow, you must be a big fan of rouge.

Happy B Slack!

Like many here I'm sure... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461392)

I have fond memories of downloading (what seemed like) 850 floppy disk images and feeding them to the install program, group by group (good ol' A, AP, D, N, etc :-))

I remember the moment that darn old Dell (486/25 something or another) fired up and there, lo and behold, was "login:"

Nowadays I'm an OS X user, but I still have that old soft spot for Slackware!

Okay for retro purposes (5, Funny)

Jack Wagner (444727) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461393)

I can't, in good faith, offer slackwear up as an option to any of my clients though. They need a world class installation and they need cutting edge features like Gnome 2.2 and Mozilla 1.4.

Sure, slack is fun to dink around with and it's nice for a sense of history and all that but today as a business about the only distro I can quote out is Linux 9.0. In todays market customers want support and they want to see a product comes in a box with decals and installation books. Fortuen 500 companies don't really care about the "cool" factor.

Warmest regards,
--Jack

Re:Okay for retro purposes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461454)

Who exactly distributes Linux 9.0, and where can I get it?

Re:Okay for retro purposes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461491)

Yeah, Linux 9.0 rules... What the fuck are you talking about?

Re:Okay for retro purposes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461496)

Hmm...Tell me more about this "Linux 9.0".

Re:Okay for retro purposes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461499)

What's your real job?

Re:Okay for retro purposes (1, Funny)

aes12 (580531) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461507)

I'm hoping this was supposed to be funny... Otherwise, you're WAY overpaid. Linux 9.0? LOL

Re:Okay for retro purposes (3, Informative)

bmj (230572) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461518)

I can't, in good faith, offer slackwear up as an option to any of my clients though. They need a world class installation and they need cutting edge features like Gnome 2.2 and Mozilla 1.4.

Download Slack 9. It's got more cutting edge software than my RedHat 8 machine at work. Gnome 2.2, KDE 3.1, Mozilla 1.4. You name it...

O_o (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461519)

Fortuen 500 companies don't really care about the "cool" factor.

Guess spellcheckers aren't all that cool either, eh Sparky?

Re:Okay for retro purposes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461548)

Wagner LLC Consulting Co. - Getting it right the first time

Linux 9.0?
Fortuen(sic) 500 companies?

First time, indeed.

MOD PARENT UP +5 FUNNY!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461640)

Cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your comment ... like the body or the subject!)

Uhhhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461555)

The latest Slackware IS Linux 9.0.

Re:Uhhhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461573)

You're even dumber than he is.

Re:Uhhhh... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461629)

Yet he is still not as fucking stupid as all the idiots who have to reply to an obvious troll to point out that there is no such thing as "Linux 9.0" like they're some fucking bright bulb in a lighting shop. Jesus H. Christ, trolling isn't an art any more, its like shooting into a crowded room with a blunderbus.

Thinking about it, maybe its time to start shooting into rooms with blunderbuses. We'll start with every single fucking idiot who replied with the exact same amazing "insight" before we move on to the Christian fundementalists.

Re:Uhhhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461753)

the anonymous coward... PACKS YOUR FUDGE

Re:Okay for retro purposes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461604)

So uh.... how's that consulting company goin' for you, Jack?

Re:Okay for retro purposes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461740)

10 bites on a formula troll is pretty damn good.

Re:Okay for retro purposes (4, Informative)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461608)

Have a quick google for Dropline Gnome then. You'll get by far the slickest and most current distribution of Gnome there is, specifically for Slackware, and it comes with Moz 1.4.

Though you'll find Pat keeps everything very much current all by himself; take a look at slackware-current.

Re:Okay for retro purposes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461649)

You rode the short bus to school, didn't you?

Re:Okay for retro purposes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461693)

Oh, do you recognise him?

Troll or poor sense of humor? You decide! (2, Insightful)

slackingoff (690210) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461689)

Without going into a huge rant about how completely wrong the poster is on every point he attempts to make, I think all enlightened Slackware users should step back and ponder whether this shmuck is trolling or just has a really bad sense of humor.

For a quick rebuttal of the normal arguments RedHat users and their brethren use against Slackware, you can refer to my handy-dandy already composed never-sent reply [darktech.org] to this message I found on Google. To sum it up: If you don't think Slackware is a serious distro, you probably don't have the ability to properly maintain a Slackware system. You'll just have to sacrifice the serious Slackware advantage for a.. less serious distribution.

Re:Okay for retro purposes (1)

donutz (195717) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461708)

Sure, slack is fun to dink around with and it's nice for a sense of history and all that but today as a business about the only distro I can quote out is Linux 9.0.

Last I heard, there was no "Linux 9.0" distribution. So much for your sig of getting it right the first time. Best of luck with your endeavours.

Mod point (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461396)

One mod point, down the drain modding down a AC.

PS/2! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461408)

PS/2 mouse support! Truly, Slackware has reached the cutting edge* of computing.

*as of the mid-1990s

Good reusable announcement (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461429)

From the initial Slackware release announcement :

There are two main disk series, A (13 disks) and X (11 disks).

In a not-so-distant future, Linux distros will also come on 13 disks. Only not on floppy disks. That's how much GNU/Linux has evolved since the early days ...

Halfway there (1)

ansible (9585) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461712)

Debian 3.0 came on 7 CDs. Actually 8 if you include the international version of disc 1.

And then there are the source CDs...

The future is now. Time to start using DVDs. Now if all the business with DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW was sorted out...

hurrah! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461453)

slackware... PACKS YOUR FUDGE

The Best Distribution (2, Insightful)

turgid (580780) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461456)

For me Slackware is the best Linux distribution period. It's the first one I tried back in 1995 and I've yet to find one that's better. Slackware is compact yet comprehesive, stable, simple ans user friendly. If you're an old-timer like me and you don't mind a non-GUI installer, Slackware rules.

Bah Humbug! (2, Interesting)

paul.dunne (5922) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461472)

Shut up! Stop making me feel old! You'll be celebrating the anniversary of MCC's (that's MCC as in Manchester (university) Computer Centre, not Middlesex Cricket Club) mini-distribution next -- or SLS...

Linux newbie's log, stardate Thursday 9th June 1994:

"Installation of SLS Linux system [sic]: disks a2-4, b1-8, c1-2, c3 (partial), d1-, t1-3. Disk s1 was corrupt."

And I never looked back...

However, looking over that old notebook now, I see it did take me until December of that year to get my head round sendmail enough to have working mail!

Still Running (1)

bpland (529369) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461483)

I started using Slack in 1994 ver 3.1 and I'm still using it today (well version 8). I'm running it on an IBM Microchannel server model 9595 at 90 Mhz. Slackware is rock solid and I hope it stays that way. Happy Birthday slack my old friend.

Installed on a ZIP disk (5, Interesting)

luugi (150586) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461487)

Slackware was my first linux distribution. I used to work at "Bureau en Gros" ( I think it's "Business Depot" in english). I was working in the computer section and this guy ask me about Linux. I thought it was a game at first. But then he told me that it was something new and cool but very complicated. I found the CDs for him in bin. That same day I got myself a copy and wanted to install it on my computer. By then I just thought it was an application. Reading on, I realised that I need a different partition. I read up on it and installed my first Linux system on a 100 Meg zip disk. It was the coolest thing for me. I spent most of my time trying to figure out how to do the simplest things but it was really fun. I had an slow computer at the time ( Pentium 60Hz) and the newer games didn't install on my computer anymore so I had to find myself another way of having fun.

And now I get paid to program device drivers on Linux!

Re:Installed on a ZIP disk (4, Funny)

BabyDave (575083) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461551)

I had an slow computer at the time ( Pentium 60
Hz)

No silly, you're supposed to put the clock speed there, not the frequency of your AC supply ...

Re:Installed on a ZIP disk (1)

luugi (150586) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461588)

I had an slow computer at the time ( Pentium 60Hz)

No silly, you're supposed to put the clock speed there, not the frequency of your AC supply ...


Oops! I still have a lot to learn. :)

Many peoples first (4, Interesting)

smcavoy (114157) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461527)

Like many, Slackware was my first distro.
Oh what hell it was to get it installed, being that I knew very little about hardware.
Many years later, I laugh at how trivial the setup is now. But had I not had the slackware experience all those years ago, I would probably be a MS monkey, instead of a Linux Geek.

Thank you Slackware (Patrick and all).

The only thing I would change.... (2, Interesting)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461536)

...about slackware is what I would change about most linux distros I have used...

Upgrades do not work as smoothly as they ought to
work needs to go into some code in the upgradepkg utility that can migrate the settings, rather than plopping down a new copy of the file and saying you might have to look at it....

Gentoo, my other favorite distrobution suffers from the same problem...

And yes I know if I really want this feature I oughta code it myself and submit patches etc....
I'm to lazy, and my real job takes more time tahn I'd like, so between work and having a life I just haven't got the time...OK...OK

Re:The only thing I would change.... (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461632)

The one other thing that Slack doesn't offer out of the box is PAM. Not that hard to set up, but you have to recompile a lot of sources and be meticulious with your setup.

As always, Slack makes it really easy to shoot yourself in the foot. That's why it's so fun.

Re:The only thing I would change.... (1)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461690)

Upgrades do not work as smoothly as they ought to work needs to go into some code in the upgradepkg utility that can migrate the settings, rather than plopping down a new copy of the file and saying you might have to look at it....

Sorry, but this has not been my experience at all. Have you ever tried Dropline Gnome [dropline.net] for Slack? It's perfect (or as close to it as anything I've seen recently) and Todd does an amazing job at keeping pkgs up to date for the installer to handle. Try it out. A non DT based option would be Autoslack [slackware.com]

as for

Gentoo, my other favorite distrobution suffers from the same problem...

I really have to disagree with you. I run ~x86 on 3 boxes, and 1 x86 (stable) and haven't had any issue updating. emerge -uD world and all is new. I use etc-update to update my settings and all is good. Pehaps it's not perfect (sometimes ebuilds are broken) but it's the easiest distro to 'fix' if you ask me. I've done my time with RH/MDK/Deb/F-bsd and now only run Slack/Gentoo.

P

My First Time... (5, Funny)

nfdavenport (599530) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461542)

I remember my first time with slackware way back when in college. I couldn't download it, because I needed to get linux up and running in the first place so I could dial-up to the CS modem pool and PPP. So I went the bookstore, bought a huge stack of floppies and tried 3 times to copy all the distro disks before I got it right - back and forth all day to campus.

Problem was I was copying *.* instead of * to the each floppy having come from a DOS background. That wasn't nearly as bad as blowing my $800 monitor the next day trying to setup X timings. Ahh, the good old days.

Slackware 1.1.2 (4, Informative)

subuni (264682) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461559)

While it's not v1.0, you can download Slackware v1.1.2 at http://linux.ka.nu/ [linux.ka.nu], as well as some other historic Linux distributions (Debian 0.91, SLS 1.05, and MCC Interim 1.0+)

My first, and still my Favorite (2, Flamebait)

vofka (572268) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461560)

Slackware Linux was my first introduction to Linux way back in 1995, when I installed it on my Toshiba 486DX/25 Laptop, though it had reached Kernel 1.2.something by then!

I still prefer slackware to this day, particularly where I need to tweak and change things quickly and easily - it doesn't have any of the "newbie-helper" kruft which the big-brand distro's have, which tends to hinder more than it helps after a while. It is a small, fast, reliable distribution well suited to both Desktop and Server work.

Heck, I still run an old Slack-3 installation on a 486SX/25 with 12MB of RAM, a 250MB HDD, a 120MB HDD and a couple of ISA NIC's as a router, Firewall, Mailserver, Webserver, DNS server and some other odds-and-ends - though it has had a few upgrades (kernel, glibc, etc) over the years, it's still the same basic setup!

Way to go guys... :)
Keep up the fantastic work...

Tooooooootally scared...... (2, Informative)

botzi (673768) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461575)

Jeeez.....look up your titles, plz... For a moment I thought that Slack 10 is out, and I even didn't bother to read any further and instead rushed to the slack site to see what's in it....well, as you already suppose I didn't find much....
Next time you may include a "(no pun intended)" in the title, to avoid scaring the shit out of people imaging how 50% of the /. crowd is already downloading _the_ distro...

Talk about a hare-brained law. (0, Offtopic)

mmol_6453 (231450) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461576)

21 computer, enables 3rd parties to store data on that com-
22 puter, or use that computer to search other computers'
23 contents over the Internet.''.


They're making search engines of any sort illegal. Think about it.

Hopefully.... (5, Informative)

dook43 (660162) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461592)

Slackware users and experts can make a vow, on Slackware's 10th birthday, to be more helpful to new users and Linux newbies. Many a new Linux user has been turned away from Slackware because, although a geek friend might have pointed it out, there is no help or regard for the newbies. RTFM/RTFD!!! is the most common phrase heard in #slackware on many different IRC servers everywhere. This is the same situation for Debian. New users to Linux who want an extremely powerful distribution, complete with friendly help and knowledgeable users who aren't afraid to help a newbie, even if they ask a duplicated question, should check out Gentoo [gentoo.org].

Re:Hopefully.... (0, Flamebait)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461731)

OMFG, I didn't realize it was a Gentoo troll until the very end.

Do you get money for every convert, like the baptists?

Slackware packages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461603)

One of the remarks that usually comes up about Slackware is the "gotta compile everything yourself" issue. Not true. [linuxpackages.net] Slackware still kicks Red Hat's butt in the "just works out of the box" contest.

I started with Slackware 2.0... (2)

Noryungi (70322) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461605)

At least, I think that's what it was. It came with the first edition of "Linux Unleashed".

Today, several years later, I am still using Slackware, version 9.0, on several computers of mine, and it's still one of the best distros around. (And yes, I have tried Mandrake, Red Hat, Caldera and several BSDs)

Thanks a ton to Patrick Volkerding... May your slack prosper and grow forever more!!

Now it's a jolly good distro! (2, Funny)

Eudial (590661) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461611)

Now it's a jolly good distro!
Now it's a jolly good distro!
Now it's a jolly good distro!
Now it's a jolly good diiistrooo!
And so say all of us.
And so say all of us.
And so say all of uuuuuss.

Maybe they need to change the name.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461623)

As a professional consultant for a major Fortune 500 software company, I've recently gotten involved in the whole open source phenomenon as started by Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman with the release of the GNU/Linux operating system (or is it Linux? I'm not too sure on this point).

Anyway, after having compiled a report on the commercial viability of open source as an alternative to closed source in the e-commerce/b2b world, I've become quite interested in Linux myself, and thanks to a handy Corel Linux distribution, consider myself to be someway to becoming a "guru" as people here like to call themselves.

Anyway, my point is that Slackware, as a distribution, doesn't give out the professional image that Linux is trying to gain at the moment. On one hand, you've got respectable players like Red Hat, Corel and SCO pushing Linux's corporate image to new levels of respectibility, but on the other hand you've got a distribution named "Slackware", hardly the name your tech-savvy CTO wants to represent a core part of their enterprise solution.

The whole name seems to give the distribution a half-finished, "slack" even, image, surely not one that's in anybody's best interest, whether they be the average long-haired Linux sysadmin or a suited CTO looking for the next big thing. And this image taints all of Linux.

No, whilst Slackware may produce a decent distribution, they definitely need to think about a name change to ensure continued acceptance in the increasingly corporate-driven Linux market.

Re:Maybe they need to change the name.... (1)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461760)

[...]they definitely need to think about a name change to ensure continued acceptance in the increasingly corporate-driven Linux market

I don't think that's is the goal of the distro. As for CTO's not wanting to use it, I guess it all depends on your CTO's exp with the distro. I use Slack at work and they see what it can do, that's the value, not the name. As for you saying whilst Slackware may produce a decent distribution, does not do it justice. It's always been one of the most stable Linux's, as well as one of the most well thought out, configuration wise. So ignore the name, and try it out.

CB

link your website to slackware (3, Interesting)

donutz (195717) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461626)

Webmasters: If you'd like to keep the awareness of slackware up, grab a banner from here: Slackware Propoganda [slackware.com] and link it back to Slackware.com.

Ironically.... (1)

simetra (155655) | more than 10 years ago | (#6461628)

It was when I was a Win95 support person for the evil empire that I was turned on to Slackare. This was back in... oh, 96 or so. My cube-mate turned me onto it. That was my first Linux distribution. I've since tried a few others, but always end up going back to Slack, and now enjoy 9.0.

Viva Slackware! Thanks also to my cube-mate, Pete.

Slack's birthday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461714)

Oh no! I didn't even get any presents!

My first linux distro.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6461764)

Well, I am not really an old timer.. my first Linux distro was either Slackware 7.0 or Slackware 7.1 Has been using Slackware since then. Now I have Slackware 8.0, 8.1 and 9.0 Good job Patrick.. Happy Birthday to Slackware.. may it always prosper.. Cheers!!!!
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