The Ultimate "When Will The Next Slackware Release Arrive" MegaThread
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Ah, hope springs eternal. I didn't think this post would inspire the Slack 11'ers to recite their wishlists again! hee hee.
Re: J.W.'s reply:
Slack is Pat's project, and it's entirely his call as to when he determines a new release is warranted. Random speculation about the timing of a new release might be fun, but the bottom line is that it will come out when Patrick decides it's ready to come out
J.W., you are quite correct about "random speculation", but that wasn't the gist of my post. It just seemed to me that since this was, literally, the Official Slackware Forum, that this was the site where direct links to Patrick could be found. Sure, it was just a guess, but hey! When I searched the forum for information, it appeared to be... well... quite a bit less linked to Patrick and the developers than I thought. And that's fine. There's no harm in trying to ask the question and see if anybody who has some good info has a loose tongue and willing to give some cryptic info (aka: rumours). I do this in my job all the time. I need to be ahead of the game. And the regular talkers aren't talking, who do I ask? Others who are in occasional earshot of the talkers. They can provide those tidbits that allow me to do analysis and predict schedules for my own schedules.
We provide very limited installation support and technical support to our users through email, and only if time and resources allow. Probably the best place to turn for free support from the Slackware user community is the Slackware forum on LinuxQuestions.org:
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This site runs our favorite Slackware questions forum. If you have general Slackware-related questions or need help, this is a great place to join in discussions with a user community that's friendly and eager to help.
Nowhere does the above statement, pulled directly from the Slackware website, state that LinuxQuestions.org is the official Slackware forum. I think Pat is just trying to say that these forums are an excellent place to get assistance in Slackware-related issues. As you can see, he mentions that you can get community support here...it doesn't say anything about him collaborating with this site.
If Pat doesn't tell us, we don't know. This site is an 'unofficial' Slackware support forum...that doesn't mean we know everything the distro author does. I'm definitely not trying to run you off but you can wait just like everyone else here, or start using one of those distros that have release schedules, which Slackware doesn't have, for good reason.
Yeah, Slackware and Slamd64 are two separate distros.
On that note (I don't mean to hijack), I wonder when Pat is going to address an official 64-bit version of Slackware. He can put it off only so long, IMO. Right now, 64-bit share isn't as prevalent as 32-bit but it's moving pretty quickly. Sooner or later, people are going to be wanting a 64-bit version of Slackware from Pat. I wonder if, once Slamd64 gets more polished, Pat and Fred will talk and maybe a merge will take place.
While many people here have 64 bit systems already and certainly many more by the end of the year, there a plenty of Slackware machines with PII, PII and 32bit PIV class processors that will remain in use for some time.
I have only just scrapped the last of my 486,P1 and Pro machines.
I cannot see Slackware going 64 bit for a couple of years yet.