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I guess I probably shouldn’t be too surprised, because I knew that Pat Volkerding has been working with my least favorite desktop environment and it’s been in /current for a while now. But I guess a part of me still was holding out a childish hope that Slackware 13.0 release would be KDE 3.5.10.

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lozz

4 years 46 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago

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Fluxbox, the answer?

I agree, KDE4 is a complete dog - the ruination of any distro that takes it on. To make things worse, KDE3.5 has been allowed to go downhill and the repositories have not been kept up, with many favourites either, missing, or converted to KDE4 non-functionality.

I've tried Xubuntu, but it was too limited. I'm currently using the Gnome Ubuntu, but you have to spend the first week shovelling all the M$-Mono back out the door.

After reading this, I think I'll give Fluxbox a try at solving my post-KDE desktop problems. Even if it's not perfect, it can hardly make things worse.

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Mr_Shifty

4 years 46 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago

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Yep, Fluxbox.

Fluxbox is indeed an excellent choice. It's very flexible and very user friendly.

I've worked out a way to get KDE 3.5.10 to work on Slackware 13.0 (link here), but I'd be a lot happier if this was just made the default again. It's frustrating as hell that we have to go through this kind of BS just to have a usable desktop environment on SLACKWARE, of all things.

At any rate, I figured that someone had to say it, might as well be me. Thanks for reading.

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lozz

4 years 46 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago

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Slackware applications?

Are Slackware applications as limited as some people say?

I was all ready to shift to Slack 12.1, when Kubuntu was going downhill with KDE4, but I started hearing that only a few applications would run on it, then Slackware started planning on KDE4 as well, so I dropped the whole idea.

Some pretty smart IT blokes were encouraging me to switch to Slackware a few years ago.

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Mr_Shifty

4 years 46 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago

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re: Slackware applications?

Limited? Not sure what you mean.

Slackware is Linux; if you fulfill the dependencies of an app, you should in theory be able to install anything on a Slackware box that you can on a Debian box, or a Red Hat box, or an Ubuntu box, et al.

Many application packages are geared toward other distros; but Slackware includes a tool to convert RPMs to slackware packages (called, appropriately enough, "rpm2tgz"), and in my experience, it works pretty well.

There are several sites that also provide packages of many, many apps specifically for Slackware, (slackbuilds.org, linuxpackages.net, and slacky.it come to mind).

So no, I wouldn't say that Slackware applications are any more "limited" than any other distro.
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