The oldest extant distribution, Slackware focuses on a sort of straightforwardness. It's not "light" or "easy", it is what it is. It's not cripplingly-difficult like Gentoo or Arch Linux. Using it is a little taxing on the mind, but doesn't actually require a whole lot of deep understanding. It's install was straightforward.
Using it, I feel "closer" to my computer.
|Distribution||Last tested||LiveUSB||Package Management||Rolling Release||systemd?||Ease|
|Slackware||2016-03-25 - 14.1||text installer||partial + third-party||security||No (1, 2, 3)||"other"|
- Build your own packages with CheckInstall.
- Slackware native package management
- Slackware package managers
- Because Slackware 14.2 64bit and 32bit had freezing issues
- Because Slackware 14.2 32bit kernel updating was an intimidating prospect, and, as I recall, whole-disk encryption was annoying.
- Because Devuan was based on the strong software base of Debian, disk encryption would be easier, and like Slackware it doesn't have systemd.
- 2016-11-07 - Slackware 14.2 64bit and 32bit had freezing issues and were abandoned.
- Slackware 14.1 32bit
- 2016-03-26 - Lubuntu was my immediately-previous distribution.
- 2005-04-13 - 10.0
- late 1990s - Slackware was my first distribution.
- (then I used various Linux distributions)
- Afterwards I think I used PCLinuxOS.
- Slackware was my first distribution in the late 1990s.
Slackware reviews has earlier reviews
2016-03-26 - Quick overview ∞
Weak because of
- No liveUSB
(Get a Slackware-based distribution for that: partial list.)
See also liveslack[doesn't exist]
- The complexity of updating the kernel.
(Learning is hard.)
- No repository of extra packages, and dependency resolution
(Use third-party resources.)
- A bootloader that requires boot-repair to fix for Lubuntu and perhaps other distributions.
(Some might consider this a strength.)
- No liveUSB
Strong because of
Documentation and Help ∞
- The revised book
- From May 2003, but it may contain useful tidbits.
Slackware Forums ∞
- Officially-recognized linuxquestions.org forum
- LinuxPackages - Slackware Forum
- An old archive of previous messages from the old slackware forum.
Slackware Mailing Lists ∞
- announcements and security mailing lists
- Slackware Info Page - Mailing Lists
- https://groups.google.com/g/alt.os.linux.slackware [ 1 ] was http://groups.google.com/group/alt.os.linux.slackware/topics
Slackware Resources ∞
Slackware Links ∞
Slackware Software ∞
- For installing from source and making reusable packages.
- Creating your own packages.