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On Sat, 31 Jan 1998, Rick Jones wrote:

> > If people read manuals, we would not need SEUL.
> Not true.  Why is Debian more popular than slugware even with
> experienced Linux users?  They know what they're doing and could deal
> with the manual configuring and such, but prefer to use a distro that
> does the right thing to begin with so they can drive on with what
> they're doing.

I think the reason is sysadmin overhead.  To add a new program to
Slackware you go to Sunsite, grab the source, read the README and aniy
install files. Edit any config and Makefiles for your configuration.
Compile it, install it, REMEMBER where all the pieces go for future
upgrades/modificiations, etc and hope that some other program does not
step on its pieces and/or knows where to find this program's pieces.

With debian ... dpkg -i <packagename> and you are done.  Red Hat is just
as easy.  It is nearly impossible to properly remove Slackware "packages". 

With a system using a package manager, you spend less time on system
administration and more time getting some productive use out of the
system.  Slackware is a great system if you goal is to learn Unix system
administration ... it requires a lot of it.

George Bonser 
If NT is the answer, you didn't understand the question. (NOTE: Stolen sig)
Debian/GNU Linux ... the maintainable operating system.