Slackware 11.0 Release Candidate 4

Slackware 11.0 Release Candidate 4 is out! This release sees kernel 2.4.33.3 included as the default. Soon after RC4 was made, Patrick made another small update to the ChangeLog:

Sun Sep 3 19:59:47 CDT 2006
a/udev-097-i486-8.tgz: Fixed a missing ‘[‘ in rc.udev. Thanks to
guilherme for pointing out the error, and to J., who found the missing
‘[‘. (It had fallen off my desk and ended up under a table)
kernels/System.map: Forgot to gzip a bunch of these. Thanks, Steve’o.

This should definitely be the last RC before Slackware 11.0 final is released. In the past two or three Slackware releases (10.0, 10.1, and 10.2), we’ve only seen 2 or 3 release candidates. I suppose there’s a chance we’ll see RC5 this time, but I’m thinking this RC4 will be the last. Probably see Slackware 11.0 final within a week and a half or so.

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Slackware 11 Beta

Isn’t it about time for Beta 1 of Slackware 11 to be released? I’d surely think so, especially with all the updates being made to the slackware-current changelog lately. I was thinking that Patrick would take a chance and make 2.6 the default kernel in Slackware 11, I don’t think that’ll happen now. 2.4.32 or 2.4.33 will most likely be the default kernel found in Slackware 11. I say this due to the changes that have been made to the kernel 2.4.32 packages in -current.

I’ll continue waiting patiently for Slackware 11 Beta 1…

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No Windows Vista Rewrite

Some news place in Australia claimed an inside source at Microsoft told them 60% of the existing Windows Vista code would have to be rewritten. This news had the techie bloggers pretty excited today.

Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company “scrambles” to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN.

Alec Saunders brings the obvious to light in his post. The “obvious” of course being the logistics of such a project.

What utter crap! 60% of Windows is millions and millions of lines of code. You can’t rewrite that much code, and ship in January. Maybe January 2009 if a 60% rewrite is needed, but not January 2007. Perhaps Microsoft is in denial, and Vista will never ship, or perhaps reporter Dave Richards is a tad too quick to jump on “the sky is falling” bandwagon.

There’s absolutely no way in hell they could ship Vista by Jan 2007 if they had to do 60% of the code again. They probably should do it though, just base it off Linux or BSD and they’d be good. heh.

Microsofts Robert Scoble
says the 60% code rewrite claims are bogus. Thank you Robert, my mind is at ease.

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