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Old 01-07-2012, 03:46 AM   #16
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It's been a few weeks, any news on this issue?
 
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #17
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The lack of routine and regular security updates is getting eery.

I subscribe to the lwn.net rss feed. There are security patches being released every day. Many of the announced patches affect packages supported in Slackware, but no security updates from Pat.

I sent Pat an email that nobody was receiving security emails, but the lack of any updates at all in the tree is a bit discomforting.

I hope he is OK.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 02:54 PM   #18
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I subscribe to the lwn.net rss feed. There are security patches being released every day. Many of the announced patches affect packages supported in Slackware, but no security updates from Pat.
I have already whined a lot about the lack of communication of Slackware Inc. regarding security policies. I am not going to repeat my complains here, but I have basically decided to do the security updating by my own. However, most security patches that you will see released in other distributions do not really apply to Slackware vulnerabilities, or affect unlikely vulnerabilities, or are fixes so hard to apply that Pat might decide to not sacrifice stability for security. Of course, you don't have to like the way this works.

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I sent Pat an email that nobody was receiving security emails, but the lack of any updates at all in the tree is a bit discomforting.
No. The lack of updates without Pat telling the crowd that everything is all right is discomforting. I don't mind using a staled distribution if I am told there is a reason for it.

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I hope he is OK.
So do I.

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Old 01-07-2012, 03:33 PM   #19
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Of course, you don't have to like the way this works.
I offered a simple statement without an opinion attached. Don't read what I did not write.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 04:32 PM   #20
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...The lack of updates without Pat telling the crowd that everything is all right is discomforting. I don't mind using a staled distribution if I am told there is a reason for it....
Yes, a lack of communication can often fuel the fires of the rumor mill.
As I've probably said before, someone as talented as Mr. Volkerding can't be a mere mortal, so, maybe, (said tongue in cheek ) he has gone back to his home planet?

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Old 01-07-2012, 05:14 PM   #21
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Pat's twitter profile has something very strange:
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Patrick Volkerding 
@volkerdi Minnesota, USA
BDFL @ Slackware... for now
I'm getting worried.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 05:47 PM   #22
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Pat's twitter profile has something very strange:
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Patrick Volkerding 
@volkerdi Minnesota, USA
BDFL @ Slackware... for now
I'm getting worried.
That is hard to interpret and may mean a number of things.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #23
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That is hard to interpret and may mean a number of things.
Yeah, I was thinking about some of its possible meanings.
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BDFL @ Slackware... for now
Say the stress is in @ Slackware. That'd be tragic.
If the keyword is L, it's waaaay worse.
It could be that he no longer wants to be a D, but I don't know about that.
Funniest scenario would be if he no longer wanted to be benevolent - he could do many nasty things, like automatically implementing all of Lennart Poettering's ideas as soon as they're published and moving package management to .debs.
 
Old 01-07-2012, 06:06 PM   #24
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Yeah, I was thinking about some of its possible meanings.

Say the stress is in @ Slackware. That'd be tragic.
If the keyword is L, it's waaaay worse.
It could be that he no longer wants to be a D, but I don't know about that.
Funniest scenario would be if he no longer wanted to be benevolent - he could do many nasty things, like automatically implementing all of Lennart Poettering's ideas as soon as they're published and moving package management to .debs.
I won't speculate about what Mr. Volkerding may or may not do. I'll wait until I hear from the man himself.
 
Old 01-08-2012, 06:32 AM   #25
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Do you see what happens with the community when there is lack of information? It seems we have lit a dangerous fire here.
 
Old 01-08-2012, 08:02 AM   #26
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This fire has been quietly smouldering away for a while now, its just that people are starting to notice the smoke.
 
Old 01-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #27
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What makes me feel even more worried is the fact that Alien Bob and rworkman are silent about the situation, too. That would be a big relief if someone close to Pat could confirm that he is OK.
 
Old 01-08-2012, 02:28 PM   #28
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The lack of routine and regular security updates is getting eery.
The sky isn't falling yet.

See Mon Jan 2 18:45:08 UTC 2012 Current (pre-release) ChangeLog for ARM.
 
Old 01-08-2012, 05:31 PM   #29
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The ARM port is not maintained by Pat though
 
Old 01-08-2012, 10:26 PM   #30
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And then again, sometimes when there's been a long time between updates the next one is a doozey.
 
  


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