[nSLUG] Debian X server help.

Paul Boudreau pbx at eastlink.ca
Wed Mar 3 13:44:20 AST 2004

Donald Teed wrote:

>On Wed, 3 Mar 2004, Paul Boudreau wrote:
>>If I knew someone who HAD TO HAVE Evolution, first I
>>would try to talk them out of it. Then I'd tell them to
>>install Slack without Gnome, download dropline-installer
>>and an hour or so later they'd have a fully functional
>>Gnome desktop with Evo. Problem solved.
>That might work.  Dropline was suggested for other reasons,
>but there was a request to use KDE as it was felt that Gnome
>has a bit more overhead in resources and file space.
>However I don't want to lose sight of the general issue, of
>which Evolution for Slack 9 was merely one example.  I also
>had dependancies for ogle that wouldn't compile, an ICQ client
>that wouldn't compile, a bug in Gnumeric that Patrick himself
>said was busted with no solution for 9.0, and possibly more
>issues I can't recall right now.  The basic situation is that
>Slack isn't the best distro for this type of purpose, just
>as Gentoo isn't the best distro for someone who just wants to
>surf and read email on their machine and has no desire to learn
>any CLI.
>Slackware is minimalist and that is what it does best.
>Like a 2 cycle engine people like it because it is easy to
>know all of the parts, manipulate all of the pieces and get
>things set up for specific duty machines.  What it doesn't do
>best is offer a solid path to providing and maintaining
>hundreds of packages (you need to go to all of those 3rd party
>sources for updates when packages didn't come with Slackware).
>And maybe that is why it is called Slack!
>--Donald Teed
>nSLUG mailing list
>nSLUG at nslug.ns.ca
I believe it's called Slackware because of this man.
Debian may have 1000 developers, but Slackware
has got Bob Dobbs.


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