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Old 01-09-2012, 04:37 AM   #31
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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.
Maybe he wants to retire? Maybe he's had enough of maintaining Slackware? Maybe he wants to try Ubuntu?
 
Old 01-09-2012, 05:54 AM   #32
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No, he is debugging Windows 8, he has been discretely employed by Microsoft.

I am sorry to tell you the truth. I know, truth hurt sometimes.
 
Old 01-09-2012, 08:27 AM   #33
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Smile

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And then again, sometimes when there's been a long time between updates the next one is a doozey.
Yeah, that's what I am waiting for.
 
Old 01-09-2012, 08:28 AM   #34
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after all, Pat is sick? He left the Slackware?
No more slackware?

Is the truth so cruel, that can not be told by someone close to him?
 
Old 01-09-2012, 08:35 AM   #35
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Maybe he wants to retire? Maybe he's had enough of maintaining Slackware?)
I know I would have after 20 years.


The problem is not so much Pat taking more time away (I don't blame him at all for that), the issue is that no other members of the team have commit rights, so when he does take time for himself, everything stops. It's very reminiscent of what happened with the linux kernel before Linus appointed various lieutenants and handed over management of various subsystems to them . These days properly maintaining a linux distro is too big a job for just one man to do full-time, let alone part-time. If Pat is feeling a little burnt-out on Slackware then I'm not at all surprised. I see it as an organisational weakness.
 
Old 01-09-2012, 08:57 AM   #36
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Same thing happened a few thousand years ago.
The solution is clear.
We must build a golden calf.
 
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #37
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If there's any truth in any of the scenarios that we can all imagine, then surely we should leave the team insiders to handle whatever needs handling.

Besides, there's not been much compelling innovation since 13.37 came out. The new KDE may be an exception, but other new developments (OpenJDK, GTK3, orphaning of ConsoleKit vice systemd) have "World of Pain" written all over them. Security updates aside, right now is a good time for us all to chillax.
 
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #38
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Same thing happened a few thousand years ago.
The solution is clear.
We must build a golden calf.
Indeed. Moses was a single point of failure. If God had been a Sys Admin that wouldn't have happened.
 
Old 01-09-2012, 09:38 AM   #39
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Indeed. Moses was a single point of failure. If God had been a Sys Admin that wouldn't have happened.
Agreed
 
Old 01-09-2012, 10:35 AM   #40
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is, the cabalistic number 13! It is guilty!
 
Old 01-09-2012, 11:27 AM   #41
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You people just can't scare me like that. I just started using Slackware.

Regards.
 
Old 01-09-2012, 12:12 PM   #42
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Mr. Volkerding has been done "this" for about twenty years, and as others have pointed out, if he wants to take some time off
I don't think anyone would blame him, he has earned it. However, such a sabbatical should be announced and people appointed to take up the slack (pun intended) during his absence. To do otherwise is.... well....

OTOH, maybe he is planning a major overhaul of Slackware that will dazzle the world and bring mickeysoft to their knees in awe?

Only time will tell...

Last edited by cwizardone; 01-09-2012 at 01:05 PM. Reason: Typo.
 
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:48 PM   #43
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Where is Alien Bob ?
Looking at your web page, everything is fine with him.
 
Old 01-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #44
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Does Slackware need more developers to help out? Spread the burden of a few to the many? just thinking out loud.
 
Old 01-10-2012, 04:30 AM   #45
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Slackware has enough developers.
Keep your patience please, Slackware is alive and so is Pat. Updates to -current are in the pipeline.
As I explained in my blog posts and here on the forum, Pat needs to spend time on other things besides Slackware, hence the apparent lack of movement. Sometimes, priorities can shift, but they will shift back too!

Eric
 
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