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I know you are a Dead-Head, and I am a country music kind of guy. I am by no means a Slackware expert, but I do consider myself a competent Slackware user. I love camping, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors in general. I do cling to my guns and religion, as well as Bob and Slackware. Do you think I am an anomaly in the Slackware Universe?
* It appears that some of the Slackware base users have a sense of entitlement as exhibited in some other threads on LQ and elsewhere; Do you feel that they are right for feeling this way? If not, please explain.
* What is your opinion on the majority or reviews that tend to keep some potential Slackware users from making that move?
I'll keep it to 3 questions for our beloved BDFL Pat. Hopefully you can fit them in if they are not on the list already. Thanks.
Have you considered a succession plan such as a Slackware Foundation, similar to Mozilla, Libreoffice, etc.? I think this might alleviate some fears about Slackware's longevity. After all, none of us are getting any younger
With the rapid pace of kernel and system development, is there a way Slackware can set up a slim branch for older hardware. Its was tricky getting 13.0 and 13.1 running on my old Pentium III 256MB DRAM laptops, 13.37 just won't boot. There are a few minimal Slackware derived distros out there, but I am not so much pleased with how they generally buggered the result. It would be nice to be able to run the latest and greatest, in particular since some newer apps won't compile on older Slackware.
I caught your interview in Hacker Public Radio. Besides the Grateful Dead and incense, what other musical genres do you enjoy? Hobbies (gardening, chess, soccer, etc.)?
Last edited by kingbeowulf; 04-21-2012 at 12:30 AM.
sorry Tommy, I don't know about your needs, I'm just speaking IMHO, but on my slackware64 here everything 32bit I have to run is already covered by alienbob's multilib packages, and I really need this stuff only on a few of my installations: the others run pure 64bit or 32bit operating systems...
or maybe are you speaking about a single distribution for the two archs together? I don't think that is possible.
(this doesn't mean, obviously, that you can't run slackware for i486 also on x86_64 processors )
Why are there so many questions about subjects that are either from 'the recent week' or 'captain obvious'?
- Future of Slackware, since there was a little glitch with the web server, a longer period without updates the past few months, and some rumors about 'what if'
- Questions about next releases
I would turn the question around: Hey Pat, Since the release of 13.37, which has been a great and welcomed release, you must have enjoyed seeing everybody so happy with the way things were going, with the per-release beta's with all sorts of special numbers and all, and the userbase all happy. Did you and the team have a special celebration with 'kodak' moments and all? Or was the fun really in getting stuff together, and has the release been a milestone and after this the team drops in a big empty hole, the after-release-dip?
What flaws have you, since the last release, found in slackware, and what might we expect in a future release? EricH is working on KDE, and -current is now packet with a more recent release, but XFCE development has 'halted'; no updates here. Will we see updates on XFCE anytime soon, or has the current development of e.a. KDE lead to a new focus?
And: The Slackware Store is the main income. Are there options for European users to not sponsor postal services but actually support Slackware?