!slackware nostalgics This got to be the most important post on the #Slackware forums for ages. That's why I'll quote the whole post by Pat Volkerding:

I told [the Slackware Store] to take [the donation link] down or I'd suspend the DNS for the store.

I've been mulling over exactly how to tell you all this, and I guess this is as good a place as any. The store has been ripping me off horribly, and I'm very nearly broke. I have no evidence that they've ever done anything with donations besides line their own pockets. I've not been paid any money by them in two years. That was upon the 14.2 release (and followed another long period of time with no income). The 14.2 release generated nearly $100K in revenue. The store gave me $15K, and later said that I was "overpaid".

When I agreed to set up the store, it was structured as a company where they owned 60%, and my wife and I owned 40%. I had not yet escaped California and would have quickly gone broke there with a house underwater had I not taken the deal. And 60% seemed fair, since the idea was that the company would be providing health insurance, paying for the production of the goods, and handling shipping and related customer service. And when my daughter was born and needed surgery and continuing medical attention I could hardly jeopardize our insurance in the days before the ACA. I was between a rock and a hard place like many residents of the US. Since then, the store has ceased to provide any benefits, and shouldn't even be getting a 50/50 split in my opinion, much less looting the coffers for 81+% (anything they want to spend money on is an expense, apparently, while any expenses I have to support the actual project come out of the peanuts they toss me). I only found out about how bad it really was last year when I finally managed to get some numbers out of them. I thought the sales were just that bad, and was really rather depressed about it. Another side note - the ownership of the 60% portion of the store changed hands behind my back. Nobody thought they needed to tell me about this. At that point I'd say things got considerably worse for me.

Still not sure how to move forward, but I have some hope that the community might think that my work is and has been worth supporting. If at all possible I'd like to get away from replicating physical media which seems to be a lost cause. T-shirts? Well, maybe, but I don't see that providing a reasonable income either. I'm wondering how Patreon would do. It would at least be better than nothing, which is where I am now.

Through all of this I have continued to work hard towards getting Slackware 15.0 released because I believe it will be by far the best release we've ever had, and because I'm dedicated to my work and the community that uses it. I've never really been in this for the money. At any given juncture (including now) I've had numerous opportunities that would support me and my family far better and would provide us with the things that we need rather desperately. I mean, I'm sitting here in a house with a giant hole in the roof, a broken door sealed with duct tape, and a failed air conditioning condenser that I can't afford to fix, my wife has been driving on a spare tire for weeks, my teeth need serious attention again, and I only just got a machine here with UEFI for the first time (bought a used machine... really out of my budget but it had to be done).

I'm open to suggestions at this point. As far as Slackware 15.0 goes, I've been testing PAM and Kerberos here and have given quite some thought to trying to get them merged (or at least in /testing) so that we can have proper support for Active Directory and NFS. Plasma 5 has been a consideration as well, although frankly it's grown much larger than GNOME was back when I decided that should be spun off for third party maintenance. If that's going in, we really need to analyze which dependencies would not be used outside of Plasma and stick all of those in the KDE series. I'm as tired of the pollution of the L series as the rest of you are.

"I did this 'cause Linux gives me a woody. It doesn't generate revenue."
-- Dave '-ddt->` Taylor, announcing DOOM for Linux

Source: https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/donating-to-slackware-4175634729/#post5882751
Episode 33 | This Week in Linux – TuxDigital


On this episode of This Week in Linux, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Slackware, Humble Bundle is running a “Linux Geek Bundle”, Microsoft makes PowerShell Available as a Snap, and we get a sneak peak at System76 Manufacturing Facility. We got a lot of App News this week with a new release of Latte Dock 0.8, preview builds for the music p...
there is no way to have my real name (defenders and not nostalgics)?! (in the posts)

since a long time updated, everything here is defenders, but in the posts appears this fucking name...argh
if you do not have permission to write in this forum, warn me!

Sometimes updates unpack the permissions.
Hey all,

Shouldn't this forum just be called "Slackware". Nostalgics sounds so old and dusty. IMHO Slackware is still a modern and relevant distro ;D

So I call for a vote: should the nostalgics be dropped from the name? (Ok, not to many people are following this forum anyway, so the result might not be very representative ;)


The Slackware Linux Project: Slackware Release Announcement

Yes, it is that time again (finally)!  Following a long period of
planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud
to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution
of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.2!

    We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements.  We've done our best
to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the
stability and security that you have come to expect.  Slackware is well
known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to
you in the condition that the authors intended.

    Slackware 14.2 brings many updates and enhancements, among which
you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available
today: Xfce 4.12.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and
easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with
kdelibs-4.14.21) a stable release of the 4.14.x series of the award-
winning KDE desktop environment.  These desktops utilize eudev, udisks,
and udisks2, and many of the specifications from freedesktop.org which
allow the system administrator to grant use of various hardware devices
according to users' group membership so that they will be able to use
items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage,
portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all
without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command.  Just plug and play.
Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.

    Slackware uses the 4.4.14 kernel bringing you advanced performance
features such as journaling filesystems, SCSI and ATA RAID volume
support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager),
and encrypted filesystems.  Kernel support for X DRI (the Direct
Rendering Interface) brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics
to Linux.

    There are two kinds of kernels in Slackware.  First there are the
huge kernels, which contain support for just about every driver in the
Linux kernel. These are primarily intended to be used for installation,
but there's no real reason that you couldn't continue to run them after
you have installed.  The other type of kernel is the generic kernel, in
which nearly every driver is built as a module.  To use a generic kernel
you'll need to build an initrd to load your filesystem module and
possibly your drive controller or other drivers needed at boot time,
configure LILO to load the initrd at boot, and reinstall LILO.  See the
docs in /boot after installing for more information.  Slackware's Linux
kernels come in both SMP and non-SMP types now.  The SMP kernel supports
multiple processors, multi-core CPUs, HyperThreading, and about every
other optimization available.  In our own testing this kernel has proven
to be fast, stable, and reliable.  We recommend using the SMP kernel
even on single processor machines if it will run on them.  Note that on
x86_64 (64-bit), all the kernels are SMP capable....
Development Release: Slackware 14.2 RC2

With the release of Slackware 14.2 quickly approaching, the project has released a second (and probably final) release candidate. The new development snapshot, Slackware 14.2 Release Candidate 2, includes a number of kernel fixes as well as an update to the latest version of the Thunderbird e-mail client. "Finally got some fixes we were waiting for in this new kernel. It's been almost a month since 14.2-rc1 so we'll call this Slackware 14.2 Release Candidate 2. Almost there. Get in any last-minute bug reports quickly." This snapshot also features a keyboard layout fix provided by Jean-Philippe Guillemin. The full list of changes can be found in the changelog....


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