A "Point Release?"

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A "Point Release?"

Post by Artim » 21. Feb 2021, 10:54

Hi!

I'm returning to Salix after a bit of an absence. After a brief IRC chat I installed from the Xfce Live iso downloaded from Sourceforge. Nice 'n' easy, even for me. But I ran into a little trouble trying to update it and searched the forum to find the answer: Repository Mirror from the System menu. The answer was not to be found in either the Wiki nor the Startup Guide. If this had been my first time trying Salix out, I might have given up, assuming the project to be "abandoned."

I suggest a new up-to-date .iso be published right away! And some time be spent on the Wki and Startup Manual. I wish I knew how to help, other than to donate and promote the project on my blog.

Thanks!

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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by gapan » 21. Feb 2021, 20:44

Not worth the trouble. A new release (even a "point" one) requires considerable resources and time with rigorous testing. I'd rather spend that effort towards 15.0.
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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by Artim » 22. Feb 2021, 02:59

Yup, I understand, I think. Even a remaster of the current iso is a major pain in the rump. Is the same thing true of the Wiki and the Startup Guide? It took a whole day to get Salix up-to-date and fixed up the way I like, just stopping to search the forums for solutions (and finding them every time!). Not that one whole day is all that bad, really, it's just that I've been spoiled by the babysitter distros where it's all done for you - but at the cost of heavy, bloated, extra stuff that wastes space and eats up processor power. Thanks for this amazing distro!

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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by djemos » 22. Feb 2021, 08:33

In the meanwhile if you want to taste the upcoming 15.0 slackware (slackware 15.0alpha1) download slackel 7.4 (salix testing) openbox edition which is stable as rock (i use it every day as my main OS for productive use), even it is based on slackware testing and install it in a hard disk or an external ssd or usb stick using the live installer. Details here
Then only need to type the following lines to upgrade to latest slackware 15.0alpha1

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sudo slapt-get -u
sudo slapt-get --upgrade
sudo slapt-get -i aaa_base glibc glibc-solibs glibc-i18n kernel-firmware
to upgrade to the latest kernel and also update grub type
If have done the installtion in internal ssd or hard disk

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sudo install-upgrade-kernel upgrade huge
If have done the installtion to an external ssd or usb stick

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sudo install-upgrade-kernel-ext-usb upgrade huge

can also have xfce
( to see what will be installed)

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sudo slapt-get -i --install-set xfce -s 

( to proceed to installation)

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sudo slapt-get -i --install-set xfce

sudo chmod 644 /usr/bin/slim (to use gdm)
sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/slim (to go back to slim)

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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by Artim » 22. Feb 2021, 11:03

Actually I got the Whisker Menu already and the latest versions of several softwares in Salix already, all I need. I was simply suggesting an update so that people don't assume - as many of us did - that the Salix project has been abandoned.

Though I'm sure Slackel is awesome! I haven't played with it yet, but I'll have a look. I love Openbox! Super-ultra-mega lightweight. I always added a dock/panel to it just for grins.

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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by Bird » 22. Feb 2021, 12:25

If the Salix team would be a bit more dodgy here, they might actually profit from that. The project is called "dormant" on Distrowatch (https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resou ... strostatus), because there weren't any new releases for two years. Change the background image or so and call it 14.2b or 14.2.1 or 14.2+729. I don't care, I only care about my computer being reliable. And Slackware-based systems achieve that without constant major releases.

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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by gapan » 23. Feb 2021, 19:42

Frankly, I don't care at all if distrowatch calls salix "dormant" or anything else. It's also really easy to game the distrowatch ranking system and appear to be "popular". I don't care about doing that either.
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Re: A "Point Release?"

Post by PelleB » 25. Feb 2021, 13:47

Updating Slackel it turned out a package "glibc-solibs" does not exist, maybe aaa_glibc-solibs? That one was updated by the upgrade command, so it should not be a problem (I think).

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