Debian or slackware?

Steve Holmes steve at
Sun Nov 16 01:48:02 EST 2003

Yes, and if I may add, the boot process is pretty easy too.  If you
are booting from a CD, after everything stops spinning or whatever,
you should be at a lilo prompt; just type speakup.s
speakup_synth=<synth_name> and if your synth is plugged into the right
serial port (ttyS0 or com1), hit the enterkey and the system should
start booting and come up talking.  My machines don't boot from CD so
I have to copy out boot/root images onto floppies to ultimately do the
same process.  There's some good docs on the root directory of CD #1
that should help you further.

I cut my linux teeth on Slackware and still like it best.  I tried to
play with Debian a while back but ran into so many driver/module
compatibility problems with the available speakup enabled bootdisks, I
had to give it up.  I think the Debian package offerings and
maintenance tools are better but I fall back into my "box / comfort
zone" with Slackware.  Actually, Slackware has improved the package
tools a bit with version 9.1.

On Sun, Nov 16, 2003 at 01:38:34AM -0500, Jacob Schmude wrote:
> Hi
> Well, I've always liked slack, so I may be a bit biased here. IMHO, if you really want to understand the structure of linux, slack is the way to go. Almost all 
> the configuration is done through the config files, no fancy config tools that hide things from you. This is largely the case with debian as well. Slack also has 
> an easier structure than debian in my opinion, it seems to centralize all related files in one place, whereas in debian they seem, to me at least, to be all over 
> the place with symbolic links all around. Also, with debian, you really do need to know the names of the packages and what they do. With slack, just select 
> your package groups during install, use a full installation, and you're up and running. Again, I'm probably a bit biased, since my first linux run was with slack 
> and, no matter what other distros (debian, redhat, fedora, etc) I try, I always wind up coming back to slack in the end.
> You do need two cd images to install slackware, you can get them from:
> I find this is a relatively fast mirror to download the iso images from. You only need the first two disks, install-d1 and install-d2. The other two disks are source, 
> which you don't need.
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