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Old Yesterday, 07:49 PM   #841
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I love and respect all that Patrick and the team of under appreciated contributors have given this community, even those "invisible" members. I have donated a few times but always on a "one time" basis despite that I really would have no essential problem if Slackware became a subscription only distro. It's not that that is actually practical and enforceable, but at least in principle I heartily accept it would be worth it. However if I'm, and I suppose anyone, going to auto pay on a regular basis I would need to know the range of effect more than I apparently can today. I'd need to know Patrick's health is solid or not - physically and financially on the low end and that he isn't sipping Pina Colada's (or custom beers ) poolside more than a few weeks per year.

I do get it that Patrick is at once eminently more available and visible than any top individual of any other distro is and also a very private individual. I'm quite sure he had little grasp back in the 90s where Slackware would drag, lead, and propel him by 2020, but does anyone know how he fares these days? Most of all, even if he just abandoned Slackware altogether (perish the thought!) I would still like to know he is healthy and still excited by his creation. I'd very much like to see him and The Team generously rewarded for their great and important work and sacrifice.

Sorry if I'm just rambling like an old man, but then again, I am one.
 
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Old Yesterday, 08:12 PM   #842
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Pat always has been rather private and rightfully so. There is an extended development team. I am guessing if Pat's health deteriorated he would inform members of the team. My view is "no news is good news."

Pat owns the trademark to Slackware. I don't know how that would unfold if Pat stepped down or retired.

There is no need to be a regular contributor. Annual or occasional help is fine too.
 
Old Today, 05:48 AM   #843
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I have a standing payment of one dollar monthly towards Pat. What if thousands of users would as well ...
 
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Old Today, 06:34 AM   #844
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every now and then i just send 20-30 EUR via PayPal. That's it
 
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Old Today, 08:58 AM   #845
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I have a standing payment of one dollar monthly towards Pat. What if thousands of users would as well ...
Nice! I was paying $3.00 per month on Patreon. This month I'm switching over to Paypal and I will make a $40.00 payment that I will repeat annually.
 
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Old Today, 10:00 AM   #846
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Pat owns the trademark to Slackware. I don't know how that would unfold if Pat stepped down or retired.
Well, at the end of the day that is up to Mr Volkerding.

I could imagine the setting up of a vehicle similar to the one that OpenBSD set up when that project had a major funding problem some years ago. A legal vehicle would also allow the sale of subscriptions to companies (c.f the RStudio IDE for the R statistical environment. Free or you can pay $995 per year for a licence - invoice issued by a commercial entity &c)

But I am content to continue the informal arrangements we have at present which do have the merit of preserving options for Mr Volkerding.

I have a Patreon monthly payment set up for the UK equivalent of a 'hipster coffee' per week, which is my estimation of the 'utility' of Slackware to me as an individual end user. I can just let that roll out indefinitely without any action on my part.
 
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Old Today, 01:10 PM   #847
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... and that he isn't sipping Pina Colada's (or custom beers ) poolside more than a few weeks per year.
Welp... given a laptop and wireless network he could *both* sip Fine Beers *and* output more Slackware stuff at the same time.
I would be totally fine with that.


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Most of all, even if he just abandoned Slackware altogether (perish the thought!) I would still like to know he is healthy and still excited by his creation. I'd very much like to see him and The Team generously rewarded for their great and important work and sacrifice
Given the rate of updates for Slackware these days I would doubt he's not a good bit excited at the very least.

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Sorry if I'm just rambling like an old man, but then again, I am one.
We're all going in that direction it might seem (ok, I should only speak for myself here).


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Old Today, 01:17 PM   #848
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Welp... given a laptop and wireless network he could *both* sip Fine Beers *and* output more Slackware stuff at the same time.
I would be totally fine with that.
Yeah I prolly shoulda added "on the Riviera", Cote d'Azur, or even Ibiza


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Given the rate of updates for Slackware these days I would doubt he's not a good bit excited at the very least.
I should hope so. Current is amazingly solid and promises the very best release to date... but then I may have thought that with each new release

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We're all going in that direction it might seem (ok, I should only speak for myself here). Thanks. KarlMag
Well each day we are all one day older but you're right... we are also on a trajectory in a "gravity" field.
 
Old Today, 01:46 PM   #849
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Yeah I prolly shoulda added "on the Riviera", Cote d'Azur, or even Ibiza
Hehe... doesn't matter, given lappy and 'net


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I should hope so. Current is amazingly solid and promises the very best release to date... but then I may have thought that with each new release
Well.. I don't think you are or have been wrong on that

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