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 Feeling Official

Slackware 11.0.0 is really feeling “official” now for me. Yesterday, Patrick made an update to the -current ChangeLog stating he had bumped the /etc/slackware-version number up to 11.0.0. I had been waiting for him to bump that version number up. Now that he’s done so, I know Slackware 11.0 will be out soon. I am excited.

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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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Looking Ahead: Slackware 11

Crossposted from Slackware Blog.

Well, we’re getting closer to a Slackware 11 release. What kind of software goodies can we expect from this release? On May 31st, KDE released KDE 3.5.3, which has since been included in slackware-current. Unless KDE makes another release soon, I expect we’ll see KDE 3.5.3 included in Slackware 11.

Slackware 11 is still using a 2.4 kernel by default, with the 2.6.16.20 kernel in “testing”. Chess Griffin is guessing Slackware 11 will be released on June 25th. I don’t think that’s gonna happen, but Chess made that guess back in May. I am guessing that Slackware 11 will be released around August 11th. I say that because we haven’t even seen Slackware 11 Beta 1 yet.

I would expect to see a 2.6 kernel as the default kernel in Slackware 11. Having a 2.4 kernel as the default is something people like to poke fun at Slackware for. Now that kernel 2.6 has been around for a few years, I expect Patrick will set it as the default. Patrick will make the right decision, as he always has, no matter which kernel he chooses to set as the default.

Other new software that will be included in Slackware 11 is MySQL 5.0, Apache 1.3.36, PHP 4.4.2, Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.4, Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5.0.4, and X11 6.9.0. Now, this is software that’s currently included in slackware-current, so the version numbers may change slightly before Slackware 11 is actually released.

So far, it looks like we can expect a nicely polished release of Slackware 11, as usual. I’m just hoping Patrick decides to go with a 2.6 kernel by default.

On a somewhat releated note, this guy here at wordpress.com seems to be addicted to his Slackware box. Apparently it’s caused him to miss a few lunches, he’s having trouble dragging himself away from the beauty that is Slackware.

Somebody should drag me away from my PC. Ever since I installed Slackware on it, I could not get myself to stay away from the damn thing. My eyes are hurting, and my stomach is grumbling from missed lunches.

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