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The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...

robw810 Re:BRAZIL - São Paulo (920 comments)

I'll agree that São Paulo has good pizza, but there's some place in New Orleans that has better. Sadly, I can't recall the name of either establishment :/

more than 4 years ago

Three Lawmakers Ask For Enforcement Against Leak Sites

robw810 Re:Republicans for Powerful Government!!! (316 comments)

The Democrats and Republicans are only different with respect to how *far* they want to crawl up your ass and what they want to do once they get there.

more than 4 years ago

Slackware 13.0 Released

robw810 Re:Suggestion for slackware team (252 comments)

Gee, who gives a rat's ass. If popularity was worth a tinker's damn, then we'd all just use Windows.
If you want a distribution who enjoys being the Keeper of the Toilet Paper, then fine - use it - but leave the rest of us alone.

about 5 years ago

Slackware 13.0 Released

robw810 Re:Purpose (252 comments)

I won't say this for sure, but my first reaction is "YDIW." If one follows the instructions for upgrading from one release to the next, there won't be an "critically damag[ed] libraries" or "reinstall[ing] from scratch" at all. Granted, the docs are generally better since the 11.0 days (sorry, I have to toot my own horn with that), but even before then, they were good enough.

about 5 years ago

Slackware 13.0 Released

robw810 Re:Suggestion for slackware team (252 comments)

Heh, maybe I'm being dense (perhaps that's excusable after the last few weeks), but I'm not convinced that you're disagreeing with me. Anyone who is familiar with unix/linux at all, or is looking to switch to unix/linux, will immediately recognize Slackware as a linux-based operating system. Perhaps I wasn't clear about it, but my main point was "If grandma doesn't recognize Slackware as being a unix-like OS, then grandma doesn't need to know."

about 5 years ago

Slackware 13.0 Released

robw810 Re:Suggestion for slackware team (252 comments)

Quite frankly, if you don't know what it is, then you're not ready for it, so it doesn't matter.

about 5 years ago

MS Money Poll

robw810 Re:What about Moneydance? (291 comments)

Agreed on moneydance - I've been using it since 2004. It's a java app, but it doesn't seem "heavy" at all, and the great benefit here is that I can run it on my linux machines, my wife can run it on her Windows machine, and we can both use the same data file (which is on the home network file server).

more than 5 years ago

64-Bit Slackware Is Alive

robw810 Re:Is it still for geeks only? (164 comments) -- last update was 20 February 2009 :-)

This isn't definitive, but lots of "patches" aren't patches -- they're upgrades to later releases due to upstream not providing actual patches. Sometimes that's not a problem (the new release actually is ABI-stable with the older one, or the fix is easy to backport), but in other cases, the choice is either to "fix" the security problem (which often isn't *much* of a problem anyway) or to *break* the application/library (or something else that uses it).

Generally speaking, if a security issue is serious *and* it affects a network-facing service *and* it's feasible to fix, then it's fixed in $release/patches/


more than 5 years ago

64-Bit Slackware Is Alive

robw810 Re:Is it still for geeks only? (164 comments)

Nah, there's not really a policy, and I'm not sure I can even put the decision making process into words :-) Let's just say "a long time" and leave it at that -- last I checked, Pat was still pushing occasional patches for 8.1.

more than 5 years ago

When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education

robw810 From a linux-aware HS teacher... (1589 comments)

Wow. Just damn.

There's just no way to defend this sort of behavior by the teacher in question - decisions based on ignorance are almost surely bad...

That being said, I'm a high school science teacher, and I'd be *thrilled* to see a student passing out linux cdroms. Perhaps I'm an edge case though -- I'm on the development team of an "old" linux distribution and have started a linux user group at the high school where I teach :)

more than 5 years ago



Slackware for x86_64!

robw810 robw810 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

robw810 writes "From

[tap tap tap]... Is this thing on? ;-)

Ready or not, Slackware has now gone 64-bit with an official x86_64 port being maintained in-sync with the regular x86 -current branch. DVDs will be available for purchase from the Slackware store when Slackware 13.0 is released. Many thanks go out to the Slackware team for their help with this branch and a special thank you to Eric Hameleers who did the real heavy lifting re-compiling everything for this architecture, testing, re-testing, and staying in-sync with -current.

We've been developing and testing Slackware64 for quite a while. Most of the team is already using Slackware64 on their personal machines, and things are working well enough that it is time to let the community check our work.

We'd like to thank the unofficial 64 bit projects for taking up the slack for us for so long so that we could take our time getting everything just right. Without those alternatives, we would have been pressured to get things out before they were really ready.

As always — have fun!

Pat and the Slackware crew"

Slackware 12.2 Released!

robw810 robw810 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

robw810 writes "The anxiously awaited Slackware 12.2 release is now upon us — here's the blurb on the home page:

That's right, it is once again time to announce a new release of Slackware. With a shiny new kernel, many package updates, and the newly added ability to install from a Samba share, we bring to you the latest in the stable Slackware 12.x series. Slackware 12.2 ships with the Linux kernel, the Xorg 1.4.2 X server (with many driver, library, and application updates), Xfce 4.4.3, KDE 3.5.10, simplified wired and wireless networking with wicd in /extra, package upgrade management with slackpkg moved into the main tree, support for non-usb-storage digital cameras through libgphoto2, pm-utils (tools to support suspend and hibernate through HAL), and much, much more. This release brings the system up-to-date without compromising stability or compatibility with the 12.x series.

More details may be found with the official announcement

If you like Slackware, please consider supporting the project by picking up a copy of Slackware 12.2 from the Slackware Store. The discs are off to replication now and pre-orders are being accepted for the official 6 CD or 1 DVD set. Also by popular demand, we now have black T-shirts with the original Slackware logo for sale. Check 'em out!

Thanks are due to the Slackware crew, the developers of, the fine folks on, IRC, and everyone else who pitched in to help make this another great Slackware release. We couldn't have done it without your help.

As always — have fun!

Pat and the Slackware crew

On a related note, we at have just opened up our 12.2 offering, so enjoy!"

Link to Original Source

robw810 robw810 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

robw810 writes "More than 7 months after Slamd64 10.2b, and timed to coincide with the release of its parent, Slackware 11.0, Slamd64 has now reached a very mature and stable stage. Fred Emmott's Slamd64 is an unofficial port of Slackware for x86_64 systems. Get it from a mirror near you!
Also from the Release Announcement: Due to Slamd64's increased maturity and stability, I will be producing security updates for Slamd64 11.0, even after -current is branched again; if you want notification of these, please sign up for the slamd64-security mailing list at

Highlights of this release include:
-Updated to gcc 3.4.6, and now including gcj; unfortunately, including gcj has forced me to drop -m32 support, as this seems to be incompatabile with gcj. I'll be looking for ways to work around this for the next release. In the meantime, I recommend using a Slackware chroot for compiling 32-bit binaries.
— Added Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Seamonkey 1.0.5
— Updated to udev 097; If installed, udev now replaces hotplug, and is much faster.
— Now only one kernel is needed — huge26.s, based on
— Added pcmcicautils, amarok (KDE media player), qca and qca-tls (adds jabber support to kopete), git and mercurial (version control systems), and Ruby
— Includes KDE 3.5.4, XFCE, Apache 1.3.37 and mod_ssl 2.8.28
— Includes PHP 4.4.4 in slackware/n/ and PHP 5.1.6 in extra/
— Lots of packages from Slackware that were missing in Slamd64 have been added; see ChangeLog.txt for a full list.
— Also, be sure to read the Release Notes and Changes and Hints pages before installing/upgrading."


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