Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 09:39 UTC
Slackware, Slax Patrick Volkerding, Slackware's maintainer, announced that Slackware 10.2 is going into beta: "I think it's time to consider this to be mostly frozen and concentrate on beta testing in preparation for the Slackware 10.2 release, so there won't be too many more upgrades and additions."
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10.2
by jackson on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 12:51 UTC
jackson
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2005-06-29

It's been pretty clear ever since the -current changelog entry of July 14 that PV was going with 10.2:

bootdisks/*: Regenerated bootdisks with "Slackware 10.2" label.

Having 2.4.31 as the default kernel is really no big deal. I had no idea how to compile a kernel until about 6-8 months ago when I switched to Slackware after using other distros since 2001. There are several excellent slackware-specific guides out there, plus these great free books:

http://slackbook.org/
http://www.slackbasics.org/
http://slackersbible.org/

I never grasped the concept of Slackware's ease of use and simplicity until I really gave it a go. Now, I love it. Everything works, all apps you could ever need are either included, found at linuxpackages.net, or compile perfectly without problems. While Slackware's package management tool "pkgtool" does not check dependencies, it really does not need to. I've only run into dependencies twice -- once when compiling cpufreq utilities and once when compiling gphoto2 and both times the sites for those apps clearly stated what also needed to be built, so it was a piece of cake.

I use GNOME and yes, it's not included, but I've used both GWare and Freerock GNOME and they are both easy to install and clean in that they don't replace major packages like dropline does, although I know many slackers that use dropline without any issues whatsoever.

If you've never tried Slackware, I suggest that you give it a shot after 10.2 is released.

Thanks, PV, for your continued excellent work!!

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