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Old 05-11-2016, 01:54 AM   #1
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What happened to Slackware

Why are there no new versions of Slackware Linux beyond 14.1 2.5 years seams a little long

regularly maintained does not help me since I do not know how to do it.

14.2 is in preparation is not much help ether as it is not ready for download.

All the other versions came out faster than this

I hope it is just a few more days since it is over a year late

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Old 05-11-2016, 04:04 AM   #2
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Did you check out the Slackware forum here?

Have you noticed 14.2 is in preparation?

Slackware does not practice the so-called "running distribution" policy. Slackware is released when it is ready and rock solid. The most stable and robust distribution needs its users' patience, but it is very well rewarded. I can assure you that.

Well, a few more days now until 14.2 and I hope you'll understand what I mean.

One more thing is that Slackware is so damn good that you don't mind waiting for it. It actually is quite exciting.

Anyway, if you wish to have a bleeding edge Slackware you can still use Current. Then you don't have to wait for releases.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:06 AM   #3
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Be sure that everything is alright. If you check ChangeLog you will see that there are regular updates to -current tree and development is going on. Don't forget that there exists a classical answer to the question "When will the next version of Slackware be released?" -- "When it will be ready".
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:56 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by John.R.Aye View Post
Why are there no new versions of Slackware Linux beyond 14.1 2.5 years seams a little long
You say that, but to me it sounds refreshingly sane. I don't want to update my OS every 6 months, every 9 months, or every year. The past 2.5 years have been productive and stable. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Having said that, of course, I can't wait for 14.2 ;-)
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:08 AM   #5
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Slackware 14.1 has been regularly maintained. Last update was Tue May 3 19:35:56 UTC 2016.
Yes, the next Slackware version has been baking for a long time, but is now at 14.2 release candidate 2 since Fri Apr 15 20:37:37 UTC 2016. Changes are now confined to LTS kernel upgrades, security fixes and rough edge buffing.
It has been a long wait, but there have been many upheavals in the open source world since 14.1 was released. I believe that a sweet point is nigh that will allow a new stable Slackware release. My Slackware-current installs are depressingly boring, just running smooth and clean. I do not doubt that Slackware 14.2 will be a landmark release.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:50 AM   #6
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Slackware is named that way because it is slack, not earnest nor eager to roll --it is only released when it is ready. And when it is "ready" it means the word literally ready to rock n roll year after year and you don't have to worry. Today in a laptop I still run a Slackware v. 12 and I don't remember if it ever broke, it was my working horse for years.

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