exploder wrote:piratesmack, if you are enjoying Slackware that's cool. It's nice to learn some new tools and new package management systems. I hope you find your way back to Mint in the future. What got you interested in Slackware and what do you like about it? I have never tried Slackware myself so I would be interested in your thoughts and opinions. Like I said, I hope to see you back here and good luck with Slackware.
What I like most about Slackware is it doesn't try to emulate Windows in any way. I decided to start using it because I heard it was the oldest Linux distro still maintained, and also because I read that Clem started with it.
I love Slackware's package management system, it's really simple. It doesn't resolve dependencies for you (Slackware believes the system administrator should be responsible for that) or care about version numbers. For example, say you installed Firefox 3 and didn't like it. You could easily downgrade to Firefox 2 using the upgradepkg command.. It's also a lot easier to build Slackware packages than Debian packages, since the rules to make a "proper" Debian package are much stricter. A Slackware package is just a gunzipped tar file that automatically gets extracted to the root directory. In order make Slack package building easier, some people write Slackbuild scripts to automate the process:http://slackbuilds.org/
I also like that it's very stable. There is no scheduled release dates (kinda like Mint), each release is ready when it is ready. It doesn't always come with the latest software, it usually uses older versions that are very well-tested to ensure stability. And I find that since most of the work is done by one developer, there are less bugs. I can honestly say I haven't found one bug, I've never been able to say that about any distro I've used
It's also very fast. It is probably the fastest distro with KDE I've ever used. With KDE, it performs similar to Debian with Gnome on one of my old computers.
I also like how all of the desktop environments integrate very well. It comes with KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox, Blackbox, and a bunch of others I can't think of right now and Slackware works great with all of them.
I will still recommend Mint to all newbies.
Mint is the most user-friendly and out of the box distro I've ever used.
I'm actually thinking about buying one of those eeepcs, and I may run Mint on it since it seems to be pretty good with wireless.