Slackware vs Ubuntu: Old vs New

Hello Everyone, this is a comparison and their pro’s and cons of Ubuntu & Slackware


Slackware is a old linux distrobution that is very powerful, customizable, and fast.

It runs on a fairly new 2.6 kernel, KDE 3.5.9 and it uses pkgtools as its package manager

pkgtools has no dependency checking, repositories or any form of auto getting software unless you manually download it off of the internet.

Slackware gives you ultimate customization powers, a unix feel, and very easy and customizable installer.

Slackware is a DVD Only Distrobution


  • Fast Install (15 Minuites)
  • Very Customizable
  • Easy Package Management (As long as you know where to look)
  • Very very fast
  • Stable
  • Comes with a bunch of extra software on the dvd that you can choose to install at any time


  • No Dependency Checking
  • No GUI Installer
  • Not very user friendly
  • Not very colorful
  • Lots of work to setup
  • Lack of Packages

Where to get Packages: has by far the most packages than any other website is another one that has plenty of packages doesn’t have an incredibly large number of packages but it still has some

If you still can’t find a package you can always use rpm2tgz to convert a rpm to a .tgz (Slackware Package).


Ubuntu is a very user-friendly, gnome based linux distrobution. It has a great userbase and theres plenty of tech support for it too. It’s a great linux distro for someone who doesn’t like messing with Linux too much.

It uses apt-get and gui frontend synaptic for package management. it has dependency checking and great repositories.

Ubuntu lets you custimize but not nearly as much as Slackware does.


  • Great Support
  • Looks Good
  • Gnome (I like gnome better)
  • Stable


  • Not as customizable as Slackware
  • Doesn’t feel like Unix
  • Slow
  • Slow Installer

If you have a lot of time and enjoy messing with linux then go with Slackware. If not then go with Ubuntu

Ubuntu Website –

Slackware Website –

Ubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu 8.04

Slackware 12.0

Slackware 12.0


1 comment so far

  1. probabilityzero on

    I think the main difference between Slackware and Ubuntu is the ease of use. Ubuntu is often nearly as customizable as Slackware if you know what you’re doing, but once you hack it apart enough you lose the user friendly-ness. As for the “unix” feel, I know some people who refuse to use modern GUIs, even on their desktop. I, for one, prefer modern desktop environments like Gnome and KDE, but I’m also quite fond of minimalistic window-managers like Fluxbox, which run well on both Slackware and Ubuntu. Since you can get either distribution to use any window manager or desktop environment you want, the look and feel shouldn’t be too different on the outside. Underneath everything, Slackware is much more unix-like, but the average desktop user shouldn’t really have to bother with that very often.

    I think most people should go with Ubuntu for their desktop, even if they’re familiar with Linux. People with lots of experience with *nix operating systems (network administrators, etc) might feel more at home in Slackware, but for a desktop user — no matter how advanced — there’s no reason to deliberately pick a distribution that is harder to use when they’ll never see the benefits of it (other than bragging about being more “l33t” or something like that, but I’ve never seen the point of that).

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