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This is very good news . As to switching back to windows, that would have been a bit too dramatic, I think if Patrick wasn't on the helm, Slackware development would have continued but probably in a different manner.
Yes, it is very good news. I just wish we could get independent confirmation of it, though. Can somebody phone his mother or something? Or maybe Jim of linuxpackage.net could verify the info for us.
Sometimes low-life journalists (of whom I know a few) manage to lure public figures out of hiding by intentionally floating a rumor. The idea is that the public figure or his publicist will feel compelled to respond to set the record straight.
(1) Volkerding abducted by ____ (fill in the blank: space aliens, Al Qaida, Symbionese Liberation Army, suspected Microsoft terror squad, etc.)
(2) Volkerding to replace Dave Letterman
(3) Volkerding to head Homeland Security, suggests banning Windows, adopting Linux
(4) Volkerding hired by Microsoft, shuns Linux community; salary said to be 9 figures
(5) Volkerding in scuffle with NBA stars
(6) "Computers are tool of Satan," declares Volkerding, moves to Alaskan wilderness
Pardon the attempt at comic relief; I guess this isn't really very funny. Patrick, just take care of yourself, finish healing, and re-emerge whenever you feel like it. My Slack system is still working just fine, and I'm not in the least tempted to jump back through the Window.
Well... since I am a new convert to Slack 10, I definitely want Pat to get well and come back soon... I really really love Slack and by extension have a great deal of respect to a man who has made this possible. So, cheers Pat.
The little news item doesn't give any details at all. I wouldn't believe it until Pat himself puts up a little note somewhere. He gave us details on his condition, he'll certainly give us an update if he's truly on the mend.
I'm not trying to be negative, just saying not to count your chickens before they hatch.