In the mood for something new

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Fri Nov 26 19:08:30 UTC 2021


Ok, I had fun playing with Fedora for a few days, ran Coconut again for 
a couple of hours, but I just had to get back on slint, which I have now 

All my stuff just works, which is the way I like it.

Warm regards,

Brandt Steenkamp

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On 2021/11/26 16:05, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hi Kyle,
> answers after inline after the quoted lines
> > RPM packaging format, a plugin-based modular package management tool
> > along with graphical package management
> I have used Mandrake nearly 20 years ago, it already used RPM ;)
> Slint uses the simple package format from Slackware and use the slapt-get
> package  tool to manage the packages. It includes the gslapt graphical
> front-end, handles dependencies resolution and notification of updates 
> on the
> desktop. No Slint users requested more so far.
> > the copr system including semiautomatic serverside builds
> Very nice, but do most end users need that?
> To build packages from the building scripts repository 
> Slint includes the slapt-src application, very easy to use.
> > the choice of a release cycle or a rolling release model,
> Well, that looks nice however reading the messages in this list
> and elsewhere I am not sure that every user be happy with that...
> Anyway my preferred release offer by FreeBSD, which
> also offers a choice between two branches:
> I think that most of our users would not like a rolling release model, 
> so Slint
> follow semi-rolling model: releases are made on the basis of 
> Slackware, but
> then a lot of software a kept up to date including all the ones needed 
> for
> accessibility, as shows this ChangeLog:
> > snapd and flatpak installable from official repositories or installed
> > by default
> Well, I am not fond of these packaging systems. Anyway flatpak can be 
> get from
> as I just did (honest: had to fetch manually 
> source
> tarball of two deps due to broken links in the scripts, but not a 
> daunting
> task).
> > not a derivative distro
> I didn't plan to create a derivative distro, but Patrick Volkerding 
> didn't
> accept to include in Slackware the stuff needed to internationalize  
> it and
> make it accessible, that's why I had to. I won't complain, being fond of
> system integration.
> > far more software applications available from all of system 
> repositories,
> > third-party repositories that can be added easily
> By far not as many available packages as for Debian ;)
> I am impressed also by FreeBSD's ports and packages collection. It 
> contains a
> lot of Linux software, really a lot often up to date.
> > all the newest software versions with support for the
> > latest compilers, toolchains and system libraries, no need to hold back
> > new upstream software because a toolchain or compiler is out of date
> While it is true that we have a very old gcc and glibc (waiting for 
> the release
> of Slackware 15 to upgrade), this have rarely been an issue here (read 
> our
> ChangeLog to check).
> > broad and diverse community support
> Well, our mailing list is pretty active and can provide answer coming 
> directly
> from the guy who maintain the distribution and packages all software 
> in its
> repositories. Try that with Fedora ;)
> >systemd, which I happen to like
> I don't feel a need for that. sysvinit in Slint works pretty well, and 
> no user
> ever requested to replace it by systemd.
> I really like the init system used by FreeBSD though.
> > and Pipewire and Wireplumber installed by default, although these do
> > still have their bugs.
> Well, we will have that in next Slint version.
> This being said, Slint may not be for users looking for the most 
> bleeding edge.
> Bottom line: I am always eager of feedback to enhance Slint.
> So my friend your next mission, if you accept it, is to install Slint 
> (possibly
> on a removable device, including a good SD card if your firmware can 
> handle
> booting from it) and report all found issues.
> All needed information is in the HandBook:
> Cheers,
> Didier
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