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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Security updates
by puntdraad on Mon 24th Jan 2005 13:59 UTC

Security updates.

Recent history:
Nov 16th 04: We didn't hear anything from Pat for a while and then he announced he was seriously ill, not able to handle any security updates or any updates at all. So he published some news in the changelog of -current, his usual way of communicating with users. Short after that (Nov 25th) he mentioned updates were available through the GUS group.

Then he told us (through the changelog again) he was back, issuing a large update for -current and that we soon could expect security updates for stable versions. So the GUS group and Slacksec stopped issuing updates. This was Dec 21st 04.

Then OSnews placed an IRC log with news from Slackware maintainer Pat. I posted a comment about security updates for stable and one of the replies I did get was from one of the maintainers. He told that the were talking with the GUS group about issuing updates again.

Since Dec 21st, we did see updates for -current. We did not see anything happening to the stable versions of Slackware yet. Not on the GUS site, not on and not on Slacksec.

So I expect updates from them (GUS/Slacksec) soon.

My point is that Pat was telling us on 21st Dec he will update stable versions soon, but we did not see/hear anything about those updates. If he cannot manage it due to his illness, that's okay. HIS health condition is more important then Slackware. But why not _communicate_ about it so others can take over the updates.

I'm not sure I will install Slackware 10.1. If things don't get better regarding security updates and communication I might switch to a maintained distribution for my server.