Slackware has the answer to all
… perhaps even to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Just kidding of course. From today’s ChangeLog.txt for Slackware “current“:
Sun Mar 27 08:28:47 UTC 2011 There have been quite a few changes so we will have one more release candidate: Slackware 13.37 RC 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716. Very close now! But we'll likely hold out for 126.96.36.199.
Well there you have it. The answer you all have been looking for, all that time!
The list of changes is again pretty long. It shows that “declaring a Release Candidate” has a good reason. People ask from time to time, why these release candidates? Thy are nothing similar to what the bigger distros use in their progression towards a stable release. Things like “feature freeze” and “show stopper bugs” are used in Slackware development too, but you won’t see those mentioned in the ChangeLog. They are not relating one-to-one to any of the Release Candidates. Instead, the first call of a Slackware Release Candidate causes many people to try and install Slackware-current for the first time in a development cycle. Not many people are anxious to use a development release, especially since all of us keep repeating “when you are running -current, we expect that you know what you are doing, and that you are able to fix a suddenly broken system by yourself (with the help of the community)“. The Release Candidates are a sign of stability for those people. And we need all of you to help with the final stage of development! All these new people testing the pre-release result in many bugs found and forgotten features requested, and this causes a surge in the stabilization process which makes Slackware the rock solid distro we all know.
Multilib fans (slackware64), pay attention!
A new kernel again (188.8.131.52) and as the ChangeLog.txt says, there will likely be one more before the final release of Slackware 13.37. This means, you get a recompiled multilib version of glibc from me – and there will be another recompile if we see yet another kernel update.
Grab the updated multilib glibc packages from the usual locations:
- http://slackware.com/~alien/multilib/current/ (primary site)
- http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/people/alien/multilib/current/ (fast mirror)