2021-09-18 17:20:29 UTC
Yes, I fear this group is dying.
If it is so, it'd be a pity.
I'm just a lurker, I am reading it since decades, learning a lot,
can't contribute something because as a mere user,
perhaps I am one of a dying kind ... mere user seeking for a slim
easy to manage distribution ... slackware just works for me
(I tried Ubuntu Debian Fedora even Caldera which exists no more
all of them for me not wanting to rant too complicated)
(this perhaps because I like the command line and editors like Vim
and I see no inconvenience editing lang.sh by hand, on the contrary)
and it is really easy to manage, a real all-purpose distribution.
OK Slackware is an OS, not a religion. Never mind. I pay my share
Switched to Slackware current because my new notebook would not
accept the 14.2 installation DVD. OK my fault, I did not download
the latest version, just used the original DVD. But Current was rock
solid so everything ok.
There once was a guy with the signature "Ubuntu - an African word meaning
'Slackware is too hard for me ' " I never got that joke. For me Slackware
has _always_ been easier to manage.
Asking myself why it has this fame of being "difficult" or "only for
experienced users" guys I am a "dau", a german word for "dümmster
anzunehmender user", american SCU "silliest credible user" and after I
admit after a more or less steep learning curve I am at ease.
Last word about the "steep learning curve". I'm 66 years old. When I
started with Linux, that was SuSe 4.* . Later I learned, that SuSe was a
Slackware clone haha! At that time, a lot of things had to be done on the
command line and I really really was *no* programmer, I was a male nurse.
And I got along.
These GUI things don't make things easier. They are just eye-candy.
Perhaps this is my history - do I really belong to this century?
At the age of 12 I learned the mechanical type-writer of my own free will.
People nowadays do not seem to realize what formatting levels you can do
with a simple mechanical typewriter, and then with text editors like emacs,
vim, or joe, which was my first one. Looking from this perspective,
perhaps things are different.
Excuse me for the verbosity.
Perhaps someone who is looking out reads this.