Re: Server optimized distro
From: Davorin Vlahovic (nrubA_at_ylf.krs.ref.rh)
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 18:18:28 +0200
On 2005-07-07, SINNER <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It offers no bells and whistles, sticking with a text-based installer
> and no graphical configuration tools. Where other distributions tried
> hard to develop easy-to-use front ends for many common utilities,
> Slackware offers no hand-holding and everything is still done through
> configuration files. Because of this, Slackware is only recommended
> to those novice users who intend to spend some time on learning about
> A completely new to Linux user is not _likely_ to choose this as
> their first distro today as there are so many other quicker ways to
> get started.
I started with Linux sometimes around 1996. It was Slackware. It
had been distributed by a local computer magazine (Pc Chip) on a cd-rom.
In a week I had everything working, and working great. Being born in
1982., by 1996. I was 14. So, if a mere 14yrs old can do it using an OS
that has tons of docs on a foreign language and none on his...
Next distro I tried was Debian. It also came on a Pc Chip cd-rom (about
a year later). This time it came with a three page install manual as an
article within the magazine. But, apart from working with dselect,
everything was the same but wrapped in another packaging. The principles
stayed the same.
And that is the "magic" behind the "learn something, don't use wizards".
In a flash you can switch and not even notice it. Then it doesn't matter
if you're installing windows with GUI, slackware with TUI, SuSe with
YAST2 or NetBSD over a serial console connected to a networked computer
in a small town on the other side of the planet (or, on the, hopefuly,
near planet :) ).
> I personally would rather have a working box to learn
> from than to learn by getting the box running.
I, personally, would rather have a law that says that people without
at least a seminar in basic computer literacy should not even be able to
buy a computer. Then no such stupid remarks would have ever been written
because 10-15 minutes from booting the computer with 1st slackware cd
you can have a fully functioning computer, ready to work with everything
you can slap on top of it.
Yes, assuming the newb knows how to read.
> Much less frustration
> and a greater chance of sticking with it. It is user friendly by your
> definition only after youve learned how to use it.
It was user friendly from the moment I ran the "boot.bat" file. Just
follow simple instructions. You don't need a 1024x768 GUI to read what's
on the screen.
A lot of people bitch about a text installer - but what's the difference
between a 1024x768 GUI with pretty fonts and the same in 80x25 text mode?
Super-duper mouse action for selecting options? Nonsense.
-- Uspjesne regije, tvrtke, muskarci i zene znaju da je uvijek bolje biti prvorazredna verzija sebe nego drugorazredna verzija nekog drugog.