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Bruce Hill 09-02-2009 05:57 PM

Interview with Eric Hameleers: Why You Should Try Slackware
Here is a fine Linux Magazine interview with Eric Hameleers (aka Alien Bob) following the port of Slackware to x86_64.

bgeddy 09-02-2009 06:29 PM

Thanks for the information Bruce. An excellent article. Thanks also to Eric for a most informative read and for all the effort put in with Slackware 64. Top notch stuff.

Eric mentions CLFS which I have built along with LFS many times. To anyone who's interested in how distributions are created I would recommend having a look at a version of LFS as an instructional exercise.

mlangdn 09-02-2009 06:31 PM

Thanks for the link - I really enjoyed the read!
Very interesting on how close we came to not having Slackware64. Eric's misfortune was our gain.
I feel somewhat guilty now about being happy.

Chuck56 09-02-2009 06:44 PM

Thanks for the link. Good read and congrats to Eric for the well deserved exposure.

escaflown 09-02-2009 07:05 PM


Slackware assumes you are smart!
: so true ...

Alien Bob 09-02-2009 07:07 PM

I am glad you all like it so far...


niels.horn 09-02-2009 07:37 PM

Thanks for pointing us to the nice article!
And thanks to Eric for giving us the background information :)

hitest 09-02-2009 07:39 PM

Thanks for the link, Bruce! I enjoyed Eric's interview a lot. :)

zbreaker 09-02-2009 08:16 PM

A very nice read. Indeed, not to make light of your surgery Eric, but "no pain,no gain" would really seem to apply here. And we slackers have all gained much with this port. Sincere thanks for your work....I am enjoying Slackware64 13 very much....and deciding to keep it multilib for now.

clw54 09-02-2009 08:22 PM


When you login for the first time after a fresh install you will end in the console instead of X. No assumptions are being made about what your intended use for Slackware is.
That's it exactly. The others always put me into X, which I didn't want. Slackware doesn't, and I'm grateful. Good interview.

brianL 09-02-2009 08:40 PM

Hi, Sleepless In Oldham here. Good interview, a nice change from the cliche-ridden brief articles we get from Linux Format about Slackware.

48 years of age (yeah, shocking)
Wait 'til you get to my age, then you can start worrying - not that I ever do. :)
From the interviewer:

Thank you again for your time and for all your hard work!
And so say all of us!

GrapefruiTgirl 09-02-2009 08:46 PM

I enjoyed reading that!

Of course most Slack users are accustomed to seeing your name inside Slackware scripts, ChangeLogs, etc., but the interview has the effect of (how to best describe it?) sort of figuratively 'putting a face to the name.'
Some plain English conversation, as a small & welcome diversion from the usual context where we see your name: "<package-name> upgraded to..", or "Thanks to Eric Hameleers.."

Thanks Eric :)
Thanks Bruce, for posting the link.

glore2002 09-02-2009 09:29 PM

Nice article. Congratulations Eric! (from the other side of the world: Buenos Aires, Argentina)! and Thanks for your great and permanent contributions to the Slackware community.

BrZ 09-02-2009 10:19 PM

Thanks for the link, nice interview. Some of you earned my respect and sympathy not only for the technical knowledge, but for the true dedication. Slackware64 is all I expected when read the news for the first time. Thanks Eric.

modprob 09-02-2009 10:59 PM

Thank you

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