Slackware Rant

Yes, this is a rant. pure, unaltered hate and bile to follow:


Check out the first sentence on the Slackware "General Info" page:

The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table.

Does anyone using slackware actually believe this? How is a distribution that has no graphical installer, no network-enabled package managment and a severely restrictive list of packages available on the default install easy to use? How is slackware more advanced than a distribution that provides proper package managment services?

I guess when they say "while retaining a sense of tradition" they mean "feels like you just stepped into a time-warp into the Linux distros fo yester-year".

I guess it's fine for those of you who want the massochistic rituals of using Linux in the early 1990's (I was there: been there, done that, bought the T-shirt). The the sane members of the human race who want a proper Linux distribution I strongly recommend something else.


I think I need more practise at ranting - that was pretty tame really, but I feel better, whcih is the most important thing.