Home > Slackware, Slax > Slackware 11.0-RC4 Released Slackware 11.0-RC4 Released Submitted by lost 2006-09-03 Slackware, Slax 35 Comments Patrick Volkerding has just released Slackware 11 RC4. Take a look at the changelog for more info. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 35 Comments 2006-09-03 12:55 pm flanque Subject says it all. ’nuff said. 2006-09-03 1:05 pm Sphinx First line in the changes makes me pause to wonder: Sun Sep 3 01:46:42 CDT 2006 I wasn’t planning a Slackware 11.0 release candidate 4, but here we go. 2006-09-03 2:31 pm case Patrick is unfazed by our anticipation for the Slackware 11.0 release. When it reaches a solid level of stability only then will he kick it out the door. I have checked his change logs nearly everyday for the past few months and his rebuilding process is slow but complete. Picture someone eating a bowl of rice one rice kernel at a time. How long can you watch before you just get up and walk away. 2006-09-03 2:36 pm twenex I agree. Give the guy a break, he’s a One Man Distro Organization. 2006-09-03 2:59 pm Morgan More than that, he’s done something that many other distros with entire committees have failed to do: Make a consistently stable distro that is easy to install and maintain. Everyone always compares Slackware to the BSDs and Unix in general for stability, but Slackware has the bonus of being user-friendly without breaking that stability. I’m not into hero-worship by any means, but I would consider Pat to be the role model for any project manager out there. 2006-09-03 4:16 pm WorknMan Everyone always compares Slackware to the BSDs and Unix in general for stability, but Slackware has the bonus of being user-friendly without breaking that stability. Ok, Xandros and Linspire are user friendly – Slackware is not. There is a reason why the Slackware derivative (can’t remember which) likened its user friendliness to a coiled rattlesnake. That being said, once you do learn it, it becomes pretty simple and stays that way, because it doesn’t change a whole lot over the years, which is a good thing. 2006-09-03 4:20 pm deanlinkous Not user friendly….more familiar. Learn something that is different and it will be “user friendly” too. 2006-09-03 6:39 pm WorknMan Not user friendly….more familiar. Learn something that is different and it will be “user friendly” too. I define user friendly as something you can pick up on simply by looking at it. That ain’t Slackware Granted, that doesn’t mean the just because something is user friendly doesn’t mean that it’s easier to use than something that’s harder to learn, yet much more efficient once you get a handle on it. 2006-09-03 7:39 pm deanlinkous I define user friendly as something you can pick up on simply by looking at it. I might could live with that definition. But I would argue that the definiton leaves out every operating system that exists. Only if somoene has used a OS, watched people use a OS, or at least read about a OS are they able to actually use a OS. 2006-09-03 4:25 pm twenex It *is* user-friendly – it’s just choosy about it’s friends. 2006-09-03 5:02 pm Morgan I guess I should have clarified…I meant Slackware is user-friendly compared to the BSDs and commercial Unix. In the purely Linux world, Slackware is definitely for intermediate-to-advanced users. It’s also a good distro for the beginner who wants to broaden his understanding of the technology under the GUI hood without being completely overwhelmed. 2006-09-03 8:37 pm Paiter Slackware is the only self-contained, deeply thought distribution out there. (that I know of) Curses (actually dialog) interface, which save time to the developer so he can concentrate on the code itself, avoidance of all waste-of-time-and-money features such as boot splash screens, etc. And very nice add-ons (checkinstall, etc) which work flawlessly. Patrick sees clearly when everyone is confused. Ditching gnome was a smart move, since it is available as an add-on. Keeping everything under control is another one. Packing Netscape 7.2 a while ago when Mozilla was not ready yet was a sign of a practical man. Slackware would not exist as it is now if Patrick worked with a large group. Lots of people help, but he is in-charge. I would only wish that he could pack the ICC and IFORT compilers. FreeBSD does it. Finally, Slackware is VERY user-friendly. More than SUSE, for example. All you have to do is read. If you know how to read, then Slackware is for you. You have VERY well written books available for free. The Slackware book itself, but also nice others such as http://shilo.is-a-geek.com/ and also http://www.slackbasics.org/ Finally: Slackware doesn’t change what works for the sake of it. It worked in 1997, why shouldn’t work now? 2006-09-03 4:18 pm deanlinkous The role model for any (one-man project)project manager out there. He did it his way…and makes no apologies for it. Very impressive! 2006-09-03 3:07 pm gilboa … and I use it daily (on low-end machines that can’t hold Fedora), but the slow release of 11.0 is killing the 3rd party packaging community, which in-turn, makes life with Slackware a lot harder. Thankfully Dropline is still active – Gilboa 2006-09-03 3:17 pm SlackerJack Will do it all for you, you get dbus, HAL and all the gnome deps downloaded, built and installed. Dropline does replace shadow packages and I dont like that. I think 11.0 may replace my gentoo since it comes with a 2.6.xx kernel at install time now. 2006-09-03 3:58 pm jbalmer From the changelog … I wasn’t planning a Slackware 11.0 release candidate 4, but here we go. a/kernel-ide-22.214.171.124-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to Linux 126.96.36.199 sata.i kernel. I wonder why the slackware team is shying from using the 2.6 kernel and sticking to the 2.4. As far as kernel is concerned, the newer the better – or is it ??? And more over, it has been over a year since 2.6 kernel has been released. 2006-09-03 5:10 pm Morgan If you look back through major version changelogs, you’ll see that Pat is wary of jumping headlong into new territory, especially where the kernel and major system packages are concerned. His focus seems to be on stability and security first, features after. Kernel 2.6 has indeed been around for a while, but it is still under heavy development and I doubt it will replace 2.4 as the default in Slackware until Slackware 12 at the least. Kernel 2.4 is mature and very stable at this point, and I’m going to continue to use it as my default with a 2.6 installed for testing. Once I personally feel 2.6 is ready for primetime, I’ll go with it on my box (likely well before it is default in the official release), and thanks to Pat it will be very easy to do this. 2006-09-03 4:05 pm jbalmer Disregard my earlier comment. I was a bit too hasty in commenting about the 2.4 kernel :/ . Further down, the changelog has the 2.6 kernel also listed which is the newest one. 2006-09-03 4:15 pm CrazyDude0 My take: If you are a software engineer and want to live a better life and provide your family necessary comforts (as all other engineers, lawyers, doctors) do, please stay away from GPL. Stallman is such an A’Hole man. Wish he was never born. Stallman’s take on proprietary software: That’s unethical, they shouldn’t be making any money. I hope to see all proprietary software wiped out.That’s what I aim for. That would be a World in which our freedom is respected. A proprietary program is a program that is not free. That is to say, a program which does respect the user’s essential rights. That’s evil. A proprietary program is part of a predatory scheme where people who don’t value their freedom are drawn into giving it up in order to gain some kind of practical convenience. And then once they’re there, it’s harder and harder to get out. Our goal is to rescue people from this. 2006-09-03 4:26 pm deanlinkous I know it is F$%%$ing insane isn’t it! Crazy! Illogical! You must be right…..oh wait. If that is all linux is about then would anyone be making a distro? And would Pat still be doing it ever since he started over ten years ago? Could it be about something else besides just money? Software is a very important part of our life and how we progress in so many ways. Don’t you think you should have access to that or should we leave it up to companies to manage our innovation and progress? 2006-09-03 4:29 pm twenex Fanatical. Unhelpful. Wrong. Off-topic. Go away. Edited 2006-09-03 16:30 2006-09-03 4:32 pm CuriosityKills I agree with you CrazyDude. RMS is pretty insane in his thinking. I wonder when he would ask all doctors should be free because medicine is a basic need of life. I started using and releasing my work under BSD due to this long time back. At least that promotes our software industry and brings innovation. I hardly see any innovation in Linux world except every few days a new distribution:) go go goooooooooooooooooooooooooo BSD…. 2006-09-03 4:41 pm CrazyDude0 Thank you. This is my point too. Here in America, a doctor charges between 90 to 300$ for 30 minutes. How can i afford it if i develop software for GPL? The OSS guys take RedHat as an example but my question is, what innovations has RedHat brought on table? How much money do they donate to universities? How many developers can OSS based company hire and provide salary to? If nothing, popularity of GPL will eventually kill software industry for sometime until the industry itself discards it…which is bound to happen sooner or later. If software engineers can’t make much money, new students will lose interest in software and eventually this industry will stagnate. If i knew that I couldn’t make money in software, i wouldn’t have joined this industry because no matter what, we all need money for a better life. 2006-09-03 5:11 pm Luis GPL (and free software in general) is not evil in any way, though it might well be ahead of it’s time and therefor seem like a weird (ill?) exception. However, it’s not about money, but about freedom. A programmer can still charge you $300 for programming something for you even if the final code is released under a free license. What if a doctor finds a cure for some cancer of for AIDS and refuses to share it and charges $30000 for it to patients? Do you thing that’s GOOD because he can earn money with his innovation? What abou those who can’t pay for it? Not to mention that it would have been impossible for him to find that cure if not for ALL the work during years and centuries of other people. His innovation would be surely based on other’s innvation. Life’s about sharing, and Free Software promotes sharing. The fact that other industries don’t share alike doesn’t mean that Free Software is ill. And please don’t say that without patents there would be no innovation because it’s been like that for centuries before patents and we’ve done fine. 2006-09-03 4:50 pm twenex One is perfectly at liberty to charge for GNU software. Or not. Same with BSD. BSD? Innovation? Don’t make me choke on my coffee. 2006-09-03 7:36 pm deanlinkous Trying to attack something that a person does not obviously understand is pretty pointless because it comes across as just that… RMS has said that what goes for software does not apply to every industry or occupation. Software is unique in that it is not truly a NEED at all yet it is something that affects us all. THAT is truly unique wouldn’t you say? And you want that left to corporations? 2006-09-03 5:43 pm h3rman CrazyDudeO to CuriosityKills: “Thank you.” The internet is a free place (so far), you don’t have to thank anyone for agreeing. I won’t suggest that behind these two names there’s one and the same person, as Curiosity’s “real name” seems to be “Dude”, so leave it at that, and anyway it doesn’t matter. But it does seem the Dude is pretty desparate. Why do you fear the GPL so much that you think it’s going to put you out of business? If that’s really what you fear, I respect that. But why worry? As you said, if you can’t find “GPL”developers because noone pays them (fiction), you’ll make bad software and the proprietary software will be better and sell better (may well be fiction, too). The problem could be here in this quote of yours: “If software engineers can’t make much money,…” . It’s the word much here that seems to be the key. If just enough money isn’t enough, if it has to be a lot all the time, go invest in some hedge fund and whine over caviar prices with the shareholders. I can’t imagine any programmer freak, you know the people that write the greatest code, to be in it just for the money. You know, Mozart wrote the crap for the money, and the greatest stuff for fun. Rather, people that really love programming share code to be helped so they can enjoy their own programs faster. They’ll keep programming even if they won’t get paid. But they are. Let’s get back to topic. 2006-09-03 5:49 pm Sphinx and joined the very same day. No matter, I as an artiste’ would gladly program in the streets for free. Some just don’t see it as an art form, sad yes but the world needs house painters too. 2006-09-03 6:30 pm Brandybuck That being said, once you do learn it, it becomes pretty simple and stays that way That’s the true definition of user friendly! 2006-09-03 7:15 pm deb2006 No, thanks. I have respect for his work but I need GNOME (yes, in the distro itself, not from some third party source). And it still is a riddle to me why it’s excluded solely on Slackware. Manpower? 2006-09-03 8:01 pm Luis Yes, manpower is one reason for Gnome not being supported by Slackware. By the time support was dropped, there were other third parties also providing Gnome for Slackware users and doing a good job at it. So Pat Volkerding probably thought that it was unnecessary to keep dedicating more than half of his time to Gnome while others were already doing it good enough. So really, why do you need it in the distro itself and not from a third party? What makes the difference for you? 2006-09-03 10:29 pm jholt538 I’ve tried building gnome myself. After three days of chasing down dependences I gave up. it was the most counterproductive and unfriendly group of programs I have ever tried to build. with all the circular dependences and such. 2006-09-03 7:54 pm happycamper I get excited everytime there is a new slackware release. I think Patrick V. is one of the last true open source software engineers out there, because he has been developing slackware,the oldest distro, from day one. 2006-09-03 11:53 pm gehersh > I define user friendly as something you can pick up on simply by looking at it. So have you found your BimboOS yet? 2006-09-04 5:46 am aGNUstic Why would Dell have 20,000 plus Linux servers worldwide? I can back that up with a solid source.