[Slackbuilds-users] Proposal for Slackware category in SBo

Barry Grundy bgrundy at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 01:17:13 UTC 2018

On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 2:27 PM, <klaatu at mixedsignals.ml> wrote:

> Rich's recent question (from which I learned much) made me think that
> maybe there ought to be a "Slackware" category in the SBo repo.
> A "Slackware" category would contain applications that are useful only in
> Slackware. That is to say: there are applications that are useful across
> Linux, and then there are tools that are designed exclusively for Slackware
> (usually package management, often based on either Slackpkg or SBo). Tools
> that are useful in BOTH Linux and Slackware would *not* appear in this
> category.
> Here are some examples. See how many of them you knew existed, and how
> many you know about but think more people might need help finding:
> * sbopkg
> * sboui
> * sbbdep
> * slackpkg+
> * sport
> * sbotools
> * [insert your favourite obscure Slackware/SBo script or app here]
> It seems to me like hiding great Slackware-specific sys utils harms
> discoverability, and mixing them into other, broader categories serves no
> purpose anyway. Sure, sboui might be a System tool, but let's face it: it's
> a Slackware "addon" that nobody knows to look for, and it's not just a
> system tool, it's a Slackware tool. Why not create a category we can all go
> to when we have questions like Rich's, and see what cool script or
> application one of our colleagues has written to scratch the itch?
> Can anyone think of a reason this would be harmful, or not helpful?

Just my $.02, but I really like this idea.  It partially solves the "you
don't know what you don't know problem" with things like sboui and hoorex
(that I dearly love, but only recently discovered).

I've been thinking for awhile now about asking to add a category for
"Security" and related.  But I could'nt think of an obvious reason to make
it worth asking other than "it would be nice to have everything in one
pile".  A Slackware category makes sense and has obvious benefits.

Barry Grundy
bgrundy at gmail.com
bgrundy at linuxleo.com
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