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Taking Up the Slack(ware) - page 4

Catching Up with Slackware 8.1rc2

  • June 6, 2002
  • By Kurt Wall

Unfortunately, Joe Lunchbucket might conclude that he has too much hand editing and tweaking to do for Slackware to be right for him. If so, he'd be losing out. I'd personally like to see Slackware adopt a more user friendly installer and also have the chance to configure X, sound, and a printer during the installation. I can live without these features. Maybe Bubba can't. It's up to Patrick Volkerding and the Slackware community to decide whether or not that's a problem.

For my money, Slackware 8.1 is, without a doubt, the best Slackware yet. It's fast, new, shiny, has that wonderful new car smell, and is coming soon to a mirror site near you!

Kurt Wall first touched a computer in 1980 when he learned FORTRAN on an IBM mainframe of forgotten vintage; things have only gotten better since then. He has written all or parts of seven books about Linux and UNIX programming and system administration, is working on his eighth, and is the technical editor for over a dozen other Linux- and UNIX-related titles. Currently, Kurt works for TimeSys Corporation in Pittsburgh and lives in South Park, Pennsylvania.

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