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At 12:33 16/12/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 12:22:31PM +0000, Ray Kelly mentioned:
> > However, Slackware as a distro, while seriously less than ideal for
> > deployment in a large scale production environment (I think Debian wins
> > there), is probably as good an "advanced" Linux training tool as is
> > possible. There's bugger all frills to it & it _forces_ the user to know
> > their environment at a relativly low level. Also I've generally found
> > that once an admin can configure a slackware box to do X, Y & Z. They're
> > at home doing it on anything that's not NT based. all that being said,
> > do I use it myself? No I don't, cause it's a pig to configure :)
>> Very true. In fact, there are few tools that can teach someone the value
>of a decent packaging system more than Slackware. But arguments like "It's
>good *because* it's crap" don't work with me.
That wasn't Ray's argument though. His argument was Slackware is good for
learning Linux as it forces you to understand the underlying system
stuff. One of the problems Windows has isn't that it's crap, its that
the people who run Windows boxes are clueless, and often thing because they
can point and click around the Windows 9x control panel, that somehow makes
them experts. RedHat and other OSes have loads of nice configurable
GUIs, but there is going to come a point when knowing GUIs isn't
enough. Slackware is a good tool for those who really want to learn linux.
For those of us who want to run a multi system environment, we're idiots if
we use Slackware.
T. - who has several legacy Slackware boxes *shudder*
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