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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RE: Anonymouse
by Michael Saunders on Sun 23rd Jan 2005 12:51 UTC

"First of all, communicating via changelog is fine for a home-grown, hobby, amaturish app, but not for an enterprise class OS distribution."

Since when has Slackware been an "enterprise class distro"? It has never claimed to be. If you're rolling out hundreds or thousands of Linux boxes in big business, you go with RHEL, SUSE etc.

Slackware is for people who can support it themselves. Pat has provided very swift security and bugfix updates over the years -- but it's a free product, there are no guarantees, and people who don't bear that in mind before installing are making the wrong choice.

"and quickly implemented procedures as to who takes over with Slacware if Pat is not able to maintain it."

This is covered in the ChangeLog. If Pat becomes unable to maintain Slackware, he has stated that a few trusted hackers can carry on the work. This is a wise decision; Slack's strength has always been in its single-leader organisation, so handing it over to a small group of trusted developers will maintain the distro's simplicity, performance and design.

IMO this is better than letting a whole community bicker and argue over the future of the distro -- it could become messy, fragmented and bloated.

Here's hoping Pat makes a speedy recovery and continues his work on what is, to me personally, the best distro out there. Very much looking forward 10.1 :-)