[Slackbuilds-users] Why I''m leaving Slackware (was: Re: I would like librsync and rdiff-backup updated (to 2.3.2 and 2.0.5 respectively))

Ricardo J. Barberis ricardo at palmtx.com.ar
Mon Dec 19 19:52:01 UTC 2022

(Repliyng from an adress which is actually subscribed to SBo mailing list)
(And sorry for the long off-topic, feel free to skip it)

El sábado, 17 de diciembre de 2022 06:30:53 -03 Habs escribió:
> > Unfortunately I don't have much time to keep maintaining my slackbuilds
> > anymore, and I'll probably stop using Slackware altogether in the near
> > future, so feel free to take over maintenance of these two slackbuilds if
> > you can.
> It may seem impertinent to ask, but it is difficult to fathom :-), why the
> probability in stopping using Slackware altogether ?

Not impertinent at all, I just didn't have the time to explain myself properly 
at that moment :)

I'm a heavy KDE/Plasma user and I love the vanilla experience that Slackware 
offers, KDE 4 from 14.2 was old for my tastes but thanks to Eric (AlienBOB) 
providing newer versions I kept slacking.

When Eric stoped providing Plasma 5 packages for 14.2 I moved to -current, and 
after 15.0 came out I had to decide to stay on that version (with probably no 
more updates to Plasma) or keep running -current. I opted for the latter.

Now, I have a lot of slackbuilds installed, and I even try to maintain a few, 
but -current and SBo are proving to be a hassle to maintain, mainly due to my 
little time to dedicate to those matters (like manually keeping track of 
dependencies, build order, etc).

But now I'm spoiled by the "rolling release" concept!

So I'm looking for a suitable replacement: Void looks nice and is not as 
bleeding edge as Arch.

I don't mind systemd, so an Arch derivative is not ruled out yet, maybe some 
curated Arch-based/-derived distro (KaOS maybe?), or even openSUSE Tumbleweed.

I'm even considering Fedora (the KDE spin) as a sort of semi-rolling distro.
Actually, Chakra Linux used that concept but unfortunately they closed shop a 
few months ago.

Anyway, I'll still follow Slackware's progress and will keep donating to Pat's 
Patreon because I still believe tha Slackware plays an importan role in the 
Linux ecosystem.

And who knows?
Maybe I'll come back (again) to Slackware in a few months/years :)

Ricardo J. Barberis
SysAdmin & IT Architect
Cloud & IaaS
La actitud es todo

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