Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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RE[2]: But why Ubuntu?
by Morgan on Thu 11th Oct 2012 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE: But why Ubuntu?"
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Slackware 2.0 was my first distribution, but which users outside OSNews type of users, get to use it on the desktop?

Well I used it long before I was an OSNews regular, so... ;)

I get what you're saying though.

When Pat decides to stop doing it, Slackware will die, it is that simple.

I don't know about that. I have no insight into the inner workings of Pat's mind, of course, but I would like to think that he has a plan for core contributors like Eric and Robby to take over in his absence. It has a large enough user base to continue thriving, though I don't doubt there would be changes. A lot of the way the distro works is a reflection of Pat's personality and philosophy. I think that's one reason the distro tends to mesh very well with certain people and confuse the hell out of others.

I think there's definitely an age barrier too; most of the people in my tech circles who have even heard of Slackware are over 30 years old. That's not to say that all younger people are clueless about old distros, but those of us in our 30s and older grew up in the same era as Pat and probably had similar experiences with computers. Slackware was not the first GNU/Linux I ever tried, but it was the first one I could get to work properly on my hardware, and that was due to how it just kind of made sense to me. I came up with DOS, CP/M and the TRS-80 so I wasn't afraid of the command line.

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RE[3]: But why Ubuntu?
by tidux on Thu 11th Oct 2012 22:21 in reply to "RE[2]: But why Ubuntu?"
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Strangely enough, I had the same experience with Slackware hardware support when I first switched to Linux, and I wasn't even in kindergarten when Pat forked SLS, let alone installing operating systems. My Athlon XP based system happily ran Slackware for years when nothing else would boot on it.

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RE[4]: But why Ubuntu?
by Morgan on Thu 11th Oct 2012 22:32 in reply to "RE[3]: But why Ubuntu?"
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Glad to see someone from your generation with a genuine appreciation for good software. ;)

Honestly, I think if I had slaved away at it long enough I could have gotten Red Hat (or Corel or whatever I was trying to run at the time) to install properly. But those distros just seemed so obtuse and Slackware was much more straightforward.

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