Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 23rd Jan 2005 04:11 UTC
Slackware, Slax Slackware 10.1-Beta1 is now released for those who want to upgrade to the -Current tree. The final version is expected soon.
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Major let down
by Anonymouse on Sun 23rd Jan 2005 11:59 UTC

Well, I have to say I can't trust Slackware any more.
After using Slackware since version 8 and being very happy with it, I must say the recent events brought some conserns.
First of all, communicating via changelog is fine for a home-grown, hobby, amaturish app, but not for an enterprise class OS distribution.
There should have been clear announcements on Slackware.com site about all the events and also a solid, and quickly implemented procedures as to who takes over with Slacware if Pat is not able to maintain it.
In particular, and this is what shocked me most, there was no word about security updates. Not on Slackware.com not on Linux packages, nowhere at all.
If I didn't dig through forums on several sites I would have had no idea where to look for security updates.
One could even deduce, from Slackware.com that Slackware is a dead, unmainained distro.
There should've been clear announcements about workgus and slacksec on both Slackware.com and linuxpackages.net and they should have been kept at the top of the news section.
If Pat wants to act like a "lone star sherrif" , so be it, but that's not the way to run a distro that so many people depend on.
I was going to oder next version of Slackware but I'm tired of playing a detective trying to figure out what's going on and where the next security update will come from.
I'll be looking for an alternative distro like Debian or Gentoo instead and save my money for someone who actually cares about their users.
I do wish Pat good luck and hope he recovers from his illness.