Originally Posted by Rookie1337
@mushroomboy: If you don't try to customize Slackware during the install it is among the easiest distros to setup. The only main weakness if you can call it that was the lack of certain enhanced hardware support things like having nvidia drivers given to you by default or having wifi cards taken care of by default. Outside of that I didn't notice to much in it that made it more difficult. Sure the untaring and make /install thing is different from having something take care of things for you but I kind of liked it.
Right, base install and all that is fine. But I'm talking about advanced hardware setup, Nvidia drivers, and applications that don't have a slack package. What do you do with those? Considering Ubuntu/Debian have such a huge package base, users can get things with ease. Lets say I got Linux for Ardour? How do I go about setting up Ardour in Slackware, is it easier than Ubuntu Studio?
I mean, if the user hasn't herd about all these alternatives and he's got a person like enorbet2 pushing Slackware they might get overwhelmed. People don't like that, and so they will get put off by it. I'm not saying it's not easy now, but for a raw beginner it might be something they don't want. Heck, even I don't want to deal with it now. I've just recently tried 3 different slackware installers, a slax installer, and another slack based installer. All of them failed, giving me a non-responsive system. That pissed me off, a lot. I can't imagine a new user going into that, accidentally formatting everything, and then getting very angry. That's how stuff like Slackware/Gentoo go, you can't change that.
I don't even care if slackware changes, it really shouldn't as we need something advanced out there. I do think all the people who use a system for ever day casual purposes should use a larger distro. Yes learning on slackware is good, but having numbers in linux is even better. We need those user numbers to go up, and we need an easy way to count those numbers. If we start supporting stuff like the linux counters, install debian with it's statistics feedback, they can get better generated numbers. Those numbers will help us get our corporate backing and allow us to get the candy and treats we want. Metaphorically speaking, I don't want real candy.