Patreon account for Patrick Volkerding’s Slackware

Hi Slackware supporters, fans and users.

Patrick Volkerding has confirmed on LinuxQuestions.org that the Patreon account “slackwarelinux” is actually his.

Everybody who wanted to support Slackware after it became clear that the Slackware Store had not been paying Patrick and family for a long time, but was not prepared to create a PayPal account in order to donate money: there is now an alternative.
Patreon is a community site where “Patrons support the creators they love in exchange for exclusive membership benefits“.
I don’t know whether Pat will do stuff like “exclusive benefits” considering the fact that he already gives away Slackware Linux for free since 26 years… anyway, he created a page there where you can setup a monthly recurring payment of one dollar or more – whatever you can spare. Payment methods are either PayPal or credit cards.

if you do not have a credit card and do not want to use PayPal either, you can still send money through regular postal mail. Pat’s address can be found in the initial post here: https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/donating-to-slackware-4175634729/

So, check out https://www.patreon.com/slackwarelinux and consider helping Patrick and family to keep Slackware alive.

24 thoughts on “Patreon account for Patrick Volkerding’s Slackware



  1. Hi Antoine,

    I have a day job and do not need a Patreon account. I use whatever donations I receive to pay the for local (build-) and online server hardware, domainnames and electricity bills, but it remains a hobby 🙂
    Serious money should all go to Patrick.



  2. I don’t care if they are exclusive updates or not but I’d really like it if Pat communicated more about the roadmap for Slackware.


  3. Hi Eric,

    I believe that the problem lies much deeper than this.

    For example, at http://slackware.com/support lists companies for Slackware support, about half of which are no longer extant:

    Multi User Solutions in Georgia’s Website is non-existent, and their phone number is ‘disconnected and no longer in service’.

    Red Access Corporation in Boston does not have a link to a website at all, and the voice phone number is answered by a fax machine.

    Bill Schaub’s site, “Steuben Technologies”, has been taken down, with links to the old site for archival purposes, and a couple of blogs.

    https://Slackware.com redirects right back to http://Slackware.com.

    Under “Get Slack”, the store.slackware.com link is still prominently displayed, although it’s a dead link.

    Nowhere on the site can I find any reference to the Patreon link or any mention of how to support the continued development of Slackware with donations.

    I don’t want to bother going into the history of the site makeover, which amounted to simply updating it from cgi to PHP and cloning the look (IIRC), but seriously, it’s way more than long overdue. At the very least, links to support the Slackware Linux project NEED to be on that page. Your blog here, as much readership as it has, in reality, only actually reaches Slackware folks that subscribe already and know where everything is already. When someone stumbles across the project’s page, it does indeed look like an historical record/placekeeper of something that used to be.

    Ian Murdoch, Mark Ewing, Mark Shuttleworth, and many more – “What’s in their wallet?” Even Salix has a prominently displayed ‘Donate’ link on their home page.

    This is quite simply a result of an extremely poor marketing philosophy that needs to be changed yesterday. All of my clients were always required to purchase one CD set or DVD for each one of the Slackware machines that I deployed and maintained for them, at the very least, but now, even that (what we thought was) tangible revenue channel has vaporized.

    A search on “donate Slackware” returned links to LQ, Robby’s blog, Reddit, etc…

    With all of the tiny FOSS projects enabling their devs to make a comfortable living with LiberaPay, PayPal, and Patreon donations, and now even GitHub creating a channel for that, Why is it that we’re still insisting on living in the floppy disk days of presence?


  4. Originally Posted by volkerdi View Post
    Yes it is. I was going to wait to announce it until I had a few more planned updates done in -current that would be getting things closer to an initial 15.0 beta release, but since it’s been spotted in the wild I’ll confirm it.

    That means KDE5 will not be part of Slackware 15?, or still there is a possibility for its inclusion?


  5. All questions about Patrick’s motivations and/or roadmaps should be directed at Patrick. I will not involve myself in these discussions, it’s Pat’s call to make.
    I do have my own opinion about it all and will keep that to myself.


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  7. Quoting Eric:
    “I don’t know whether Pat will do stuff like “exclusive benefits” considering the fact that he already gives away Slackware Linux for free since 26 years… ”
    Brilliantly put, having access to the Slackware repo is a benefit exclusive enough for me. Will set up a monthly contribution.


  8. Thanks for posting this. Somehow this popped up on my news feeds. I didn’t know the situation till now and realized I needed to contribute something for the past years I couldn’t afford to. I haven’t really used Slackware for a while now or follow linuxquestions, but I do check the homepage a few times a year for any word on updates. This project has been so invaluable to many people. Thanks for your contributions as well.


  9. Slackware is an important distro, that is why I must say that I am not happy with the delay of Slackware iterations. 14.2 was years ago and much has happened in the software landscape since then. I understand, Volkerding had health/financial/whatever issues. FreeBSDMall was not paying him, got it, Vokerding had a full time job he had to deal with, understood. In that case, he needed to pass the leadership role to someone who could manage Slackware the way it needs to be so it can come out at least once a year. When Volkerding is ready to take the reins, give it back to him right away. But Slackware users had to wait until this mess had to be cleared up before we can get moving again. Slackware must march on regardless and we should be on version 17 or whatever by now. If the Slackware model is dependent on Volkerding and no meaningful progress can be made without him, then the model must be re-examined. If I had built something like Slackware that many depended on, I would want the same thing. The users come first. From what I can see, the users do care about Volkerding, and that must also be built into the model, but steady iterations must be a priority.



      1. I would prefer Patrick Volkerding continue for as long as he breathes, but a more regular release schedule please and thank you.


    1. What ‘mess’ is it that you find so irritating? Had Patrick abandoned maintenance competely I could understand your rant, but there has been about 75 upgrades/patches to 14.2 so far during 2019, and if you want to move faster, there’s -current with over 50 upgrades (not counting kernel upgrades) in August only.
      As far as I can see, Slackware is managed exactly the way it needs to be.
      I wouldn’t mind seeing a stable Slackware 15 arriving, but I’m confident that it will when ready.
      Your words “When Volkerding is ready to take the reins, give it back to him right away” puzzles me (to be honest, I also find them impudent). Who, in your opinion, has a mandate to remove the reins from his hands and give them back to him?


      1. KG Hammarlund, that is your opinion and you can do as you like. For you, Slackware is about Volkerding, and that is fine. For me, it about the user and serving the user. I understand that Slackware takes-its-time, but if you review the historical release schedule and see the last two years, the gap is inexcusable. You think it is impudent to be serve the user first, that’s fine. Enjoy your cult of personality.


        1. Slackweary, you don’t know anything about what slackware is for me and your attempts at secondguessing are embarrasingly erroneous. End of.
          My apologies to Eric for taking up blogspace with this pointless exchange.


          1. @KG Hammarlund

            Bit of a cult thinker, aren’t you? How dare anyone question or voice concern! Sacrilege!


    2. Your post is abrasive on several levels but I still want to give you a short answer.
      Patrick does not have a daytime job which pays the bills. Slackware is his full-time occupation. If no money is made through Slackware, then Pat needs to live off his reserves, and those are finite.
      You think that “users come first” in Slackware country… Well bud, how long have you been using Slackware? That is some big fat misconception that this would be as simple as the users determining the course of Slackware’s development. You are missing all kinds of layers of truth and relevance here.
      Have you donated to Slackware or bought DVD’s in the past? Good on you! Will you donate now? Even better. In the meantime, Patrick will continue developing Slackware the way he sees fit.


      1. @alienbob I can be abrasive when people are abrasive to me as the Hammarlund person was. When it comes to Slackware, going the ad hominem route does not address the issue. Again, it becomes something of a cult when you dare question the leader and suggest they put the project consideration foremost and then get backlash. If Volkerding, or Torvalds, or Chef Boyardee has hardships that affects the quality and/or frequency of the output, then I am sure there are qualified people to look after things until the situation is sorted. That’s the whole point being made. Focus on that.



  10. As a long-time Slack user, I have to agree that @tallship is totally correct. The website is a nonsensical MESS from another era that needs a total restart. We\’ve also been waiting far too long for 15.0. I used to be proud to tell people I used Slackware but now I\’m too embarrassed to mention it. I\’m personally in the \”slow and stable\” mentality but Slack is moving SO slow that even -current (which I\’m on) feels like riding a snail. If it wasn\’t for Eric\’s contributions (mostly KTown & SBo) I\’d have switched already.

    Pat and Eric both have said they have health issues and I think it\’s time they let more of the community who have resources offer to be involved and turn Slack in to a team effort that will leave a lasting legacy that won\’t disappear when their wheels totally come off. Not even Linus runs the show on his own any more; it can be done. The project needs more than just money to survive!

    At the moment Slackware is on a slow march towards total irrelevancy and this makes me very sad.


    1. Hi Gold Orchid
      >the website is a nonsensical MESS from another era that needs a total restart.
      I do not agree. For me the information is accurate.
      >We\’ve also been waiting far too long for 15.0.
      Could you explain what you would like see in the new version of Slackware?
      Myself, ‘m happy with things they are now.
      Security updates are done regularly. Kernels are easily updated. Software outside the distribution are easily installed (and removed) by using scripts from Slackbuilds.org. Installation scripts are transparant and can be adjusted for newer versions.
      So community involvement is done through installation scripts. A uthors of these scripts can be contacted personally.
      That one person can maintain the distro is a good thing. If a distribution depends on a whole community for keeping the internal processes working it becomes vulnerable.I prefer micro distributions instead of huge all inclusive distributions.


    2. Slackware mentioned on Devuan conference
      https://www.dyne.org/the-first-devuan-conference/
      Paul Torfs at Wageningen University introduced me to Slackware in the 90’s
      I have some evo 610c laptops running devuan at my school
      Coming year I will introduce Slackware to my first year students on some newer machine,s 11x HP 530, 6x HP/Compaq nx7300.
      I expect easier system maintenance in class, handing out a stick of tgz files in case of updates. I have only 52 kbs available at my network at school. I’m excited to try slackware out in class. Probably will result in some posts in Linuxquestions soon. Grts F.P..


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