[Slackbuilds-users] Updates - 20170204.1

King Beowulf kingbeowulf at gmail.com
Sat Feb 4 19:59:49 UTC 2017

On 02/03/2017 11:06 PM, Nicolas Kovacs wrote:
> Le 04/02/2017 � 01:26, Willy Sudiarto Raharjo a �crit :
>> - libreoffice 5.3.0 for binary repackaging and 5.2.5 for source compilation
>> - letsencrypt warning should now be gone, after pyOpenSSL bump thanks to
>> Kikinovak's investigation.
> Kiki Novak has another suggestion to add for LibreOffice. In my
> experience, users of LibreOffice want a *stable* application, not the
> latest and greatest riddled with bugs.
> I'd do the opposite: provide 5.3.0 for the adventurous folks who compile
> it, and stick with the hassle-free repackaged 5.2.5 for mere users.

'Kiki' and others raise a few good points. Here are my 2 cents:

Given Slackware's goal for, and, yes, reputation as, a stable, solid
Linux distribution, then SBo should have that goal as well.  There will
always be those who dabble in -current and so treat Slackware as a
"rolling release."  That's fine.  However, I think most of us rather
prefer stability over wiz-bang newness.

My preference, as a maintainer, is that SBo does not succumb to "version
creep" and sticks with STABLE packages that are as bug free as possible
given the nature of F/OSS. Since I use most of the packages I maintain,
I do not need the hassle of constantly upgrading and troubleshooting
some weird lib breakage.  Bluntly: I've got shit to do. (This list had a
discussion previously about how some maintainers are a bit "slow" to
update so we do not need to re-hash that here.)  My preference is to
only upgrade to fix bugs or add vital functionality.

In the case of LO, it may be a good idea to read AleinBOB's recent blog

A solution to "newness" may be to have a branch of SBo-current that
tracks Slackware-current.  That way SBo-stable can be kept free of
multiple versions of newer packages until we can work out the bugs and

Ok, I've ranted enough.  Too much time one my hands lately..

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