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Re: [vox] AOL in Negotiations to Buy Red Hat
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Re: [vox] AOL in Negotiations to Buy Red Hat

Eric wrote:
> Now I read that RedHat may be acquired by AOL Time Warner. I may 
take a
> look at slackware and debian.

If you want the total hands on experience, the Slackware may be the 
right choice for you. It has held to a slightly different design 
that other Linux distros. Pretty much every config file is hand editable 
(although there are programs for things like network config, but 
it is just as easy to do by hand). The package manager is minimalistic 
and works well with the old "./configure; make" style of installing 
programs. The only major drawback I see with Slackware is really 
a third-party vendor problem. Slackware does not use PAM or the same 
/etc/rc.d directory structure as other Linux distros. This can make 
it take a few more steps to install certain programs (like VMWare) 
which assume such exist. The /etc/rc.d issue is easy, just create 
the directories for the install, then migrate things to Slack's dirs.
The PAM issue usually involves recompiling source with a configure 
switch that tells it not to use PAM (openssh requires this if you 
get the source instead of the Slack package). There was a lull in 
Slackware development that led to the "is Slack dead?" rumors, but 
it turned out to be due to the head developer getting married. Since 
he's returned from the honeymoon, it seems development is back on 

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