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I am being laid off by my employer, IBM. Jobs in the Netherlands move to lower-wage countries like Poland and India, while IBM changes course towards a “cognitive” future in which there is less interest in the traditionally skilled technical IT jobs. Unparalleled (because forced) job cuts in the Netherlands are the result of that change […]

Bear is working for its money

This is the bandwidth graph of the last 24 hours for my “bear” server, which I could rent thanks to donations made after the old “taper” server kept buckling under the load of serving Slackware Live ISO images. Since I made the new Slackware 14.2 data available 24 hours ago, the server has been pushing out 1.67 Terabytes of […]

Ten years of

 This week marks the tenth anniversary of Many of us will remember the time when a true Slacker did not bother herself with build scripts. The “configure && make && make install” mantra was at the forefront of everyone’s mind when it came to installing new software. Slackware made this possible. Unlike the other […]

Stable 1.0.0 release of liveslak

Yesterday on the final day of my short holiday (of sorts) I prepped and released version 1.0.0 of my “liveslak” project. It is stable and the bugs that were reported (plus some more) have been taken care of. The “1.0.0” marker is not the end of its development of course. It means that I consider the project production-ready. […]

Slackware Live Edition – final testing please

My gut feeling tells me that I should announce a stable release of my “liveslak” project soon. I have implemented much more than I set out to do from the beginning, and no bugs have surfaced for a while. So it was time to stamp a final beta number on the liveslak sources and generate new Slackware Live […]