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Comment: Re:Bullshit! Slackware is very much alive (Score 1) 88

by grandmofftarkin (#40049883) Attached to: Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community

Stuff like this doesn't inspire any confidence whatsoever. "A few days" has turned into a year.

The best you can do is link a page written by an equally uninformed user? Nice evidence. The poster doesn't even know about slackpkg being part of Slackware. No need to manually download and install packages, or use a web based package browser. Slackpkg does all of this for you.

SUSE used to have a site called Webpin that allowed you to search through the contents of packages that broke around the release of 11.4. Yet even openSUSE 12.1 the menu item is still listed.

http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/458432-webpin-non-functionnal-suse-11-4-a.html

And remember - this is the recommended package browser linked to from the slackware.com home page.

And remember - this is the recommended package browser linked to from YaST, SUSE's official package manager. Tell me how is this different??

Comment: Are you claiming SUSE is dead as well? (Score 1) 88

by grandmofftarkin (#40049859) Attached to: Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community

Your obsession with this online 'package browser' is slighlty odd. It is just a contributed nicity. Not an official part of the project. If you want to search the contents you use slackpkg (like a Debian/Ubuntu user would use apt-cache or apt-file). If you don't have Slackware installed yet, look at the MANIFEST and FILELIST files within the directory structure on your mirror of choice.

As a side note, SUSE used to have a site called Webpin that allowed you to search through the contents of packages. There is even a Webpin menu item in YaST (SUSE's official package manager). Then out of the blue around openSUSE 11.4, Webpin stopped working and was no longer maintained. Yet even in openSUSE 12.1 the menu item is still listed.

http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/458432-webpin-non-functionnal-suse-11-4-a.html

So tell me, do you go around claiming that SUSE is dying as well?

Comment: You seem to be ignorant of the facts altogether (Score 1) 88

by grandmofftarkin (#40049835) Attached to: Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community

Updates to -current happen in spurts after much internal testing by the core team. Updates to stable happen only if there is a security problem with a packages. The Moz updates are due to security fixes in their releases. Also Slackware itself doesn't have that many packages comparative to distros like Debian. So what you see isn't bad at all and largely expected.

It may come as as shock to you if you use a distro that is forced on a regular release cycle and hence ships with lots of broken packages because it will need constant updates just to get it working. This isn't the same with Slackware. It is stable so needs very few updates, pretty much security only. That is one of Slackware's primary benefits. Your problem appears to be ignorance.

LibreOffice is not included in Slackware's official repositories, so you are just talking crap there. The most popular third party repository is SlackBuilds It has the latest version: http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.37/office/libreoffice/

Comment: Wrong again (Score 1) 88

by grandmofftarkin (#40045687) Attached to: Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community

Since May 13 2011 until now, -current has had 728 packages rebuilt, upgraded or added. 435 of those have been within the last 2 months.
My source? http://ftp.uninett.no/linux/slackware/slackware64-current/ChangeLog.txt (a decent mirror if you are looking for one)

The link you provide is equally uninformed since it stated,

"Slackware does not have an apt-get (Ubuntu), portage (Gentoo), or some other variant to allow automatic pulling from an approved repository. Instead, you browse and download .tgz listings and run their pkgtool utility."

Yet it does have such a tool. It is called slackpkg and it is included in the default install. In many ways works slackpkg works just like apt, other than not automatically dealing with dependencies.

When the next release does come out (and it will) perhaps would you care to post back here to admit your mistake. Since I'm guessing it would be a little hard for you to swallow your pride and do it right away

Comment: Bullshit! Slackware is very much alive (Score 2) 88

by grandmofftarkin (#40043729) Attached to: Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community

Please update your list - slackware is dead. No new release in more than a year, the "updated package browser" that was supposed to take a couple of weeks has also been missing in action for more than a year, the server has had many outages (it's currently responds to pings, but no page loads), and the few mirrors don't have much in the way of security and other updates (2 - 3 dozen packages in the last year, depending on the mirror).

I haven't logged in to /. in ages but I couldn't let this crap you have posted go without a comment. Are you simply trolling or do you genuinely believe this? Slackware does not have a set release cycle. It releases WIR (when it is ready). It has often taken more than a year. Look back at its release history and you will see this. To be honest I don't know what "updated package browser" you refer to but if you want to scan available packages use "slackpkg search" like everyone else. The development branch (-current) has received plenty of updates of late and even the latest stable (version 13.37) has had security updates eithin the last month (most recently wicd was upgraded to 1.7.2.4 on the 9th). If you used a mirror that doesn't reflect this, find a better mirror, just like you would with any other distro.

Yes there have been issues with the websever running Slackware but this bears little or no relation to the project itself. People don't receive updates from www.slackware.com, they get them from the various mirrors. These mirrors are generally the same ones hosting other popular distros.

If you want further evidence, see PatVs own comment here on /.:
http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2816335&cid=39828905

Comment: Why has Opera been removed from the summary? (Score 1) 321

by grandmofftarkin (#28983255) Attached to: HTML 5 Canvas Experiment Hints At Things To Come

The slashdot summary reads "With the arrival of FireFox 3.5, Safari 4 and the new betas of Google Chrome, browsers support some great new features including canvas and the new audio/video tags".

The original summary from the linked site reads, "With the arrival of FireFox 3.5, Safari 4 and the new betas of Google Chrome and Opera, browsers support some great new features including canvas and the new audio/video tags".

Why has the poster or Timothy gone to the trouble of editing out 'Opera'?

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