State of the "Slackware Nation"
Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2001 by mRgOBLIN
I have been talking to Patrick regarding the Slackware forums as well as the state of Slackware itself.
Please note I do have Patricks permission to make this "Official Announcement".
First thing is the Forums--
Speculation has been growing as to why the links to the slackware forums have been removed from the main page... The real reason is as many have guessed that the increasing level of trolling and childish antics by a few people have made maintaining the forum a very unpleasant and time consuming job. There is currently a thread in the development forum titled WTF where Patrick has stated that the Forums will have to be taken down unless a better (read: more Troll resistant) solution can be put in place. Patrick asked for suggestions and or volunteers to help with this. Suggestions REGARDING THIS TOPIC ONLY should be posted to that thread (I'm not including a link for obvious reasons).
One suggestion is to have "Moderators" and "User Accounts" but Patrick feels that this could only be implemented on a seperate box (forum.slackware.com) to avoid the possibility of a vulnerability in the forum software compromising the security of slackware.com... problem with this is that he has used up all the spare rack space at the Co-Location facility. So if you are GENUINELY in a position to help with this then maybe email Patrick directly.
First I'd like to say that people really need to have faith in Patrick and his devotion to Slackware, I know some of you begin to wonder when you don't see any obvious signs of development for a while but things are still moving even if it doesn't appear to be from the outside. This is a direct quote from Patrick himself today
"So anyway, in spite of the spouting off of trolls, Slackware development continues, and I've got absolutely no plans to ever discontinue *that*."
I personally think that this removes any questions posed by the "Is Slackware dead team"
If you are wondering what Patrick is doing when not battling trolls and conversing with Goblins
.. he is currently working on the packaging system to get upgradepkg cooperate with the new long-filename format and working out a few of the "quirky little bugs" still lingering in pkgtool and associated utilities.
Well that's about it... lets hope a suitable solution can be found for the forum problems and that we "The Slackware Community" can keep a positive attitude and give "The Man" some space to continue to develop the Finest Linux Distribution known to geek-kind