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Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby linicks » Sat Sep 12 2015 - 11:29:51

I just received this e-mail:

Hi Nick,

I'm happy to say that we would like to add Slackware to
https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/. Please could you let me have a
definitive URL for us to link to (it needs to be for a version that works
with the Pi 2)? We also need something to use as a logo that works against
a single-colour background.

Best,

Helen


OK, so Exaga if you cn supply me the above information, you are in business!

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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby Exaga » Mon Sep 14 2015 - 11:39:08

Nice one Nick, good news.

The URL to link to what? As for a logo, http://arm.slackware.com/images/bluepiSW.jpg should suffice.

I hope they are not expecting a pre-configured image like Raspbian.

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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby linicks » Mon Sep 14 2015 - 17:45:07

OK, they wanted a link to the download/install page. I have sent the main rpi.fatdog URL and the image you supplied above.

I suppose its now:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

watch this space.

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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby Exaga » Mon Sep 14 2015 - 19:10:25

linicks wrote:OK, they wanted a link to the download/install page. I have sent the main rpi.fatdog URL and the image you supplied above.

I suppose its now:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

watch this space.

Nick


It depends on what they want and expect. Slackware (as you well know) isn't a ready made operating system that you can point and click to get working in 5 minutes. They might actually find they learn something about the operating system and what it contains from installing Slackware ARM, instead of just whizzing through raspi-config and rebooting. lol :D

Thanks for the heads-up Nick, as always. Very much appreciated and very cool is the time and effort you've put in. :ok:
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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby linicks » Mon Sep 14 2015 - 20:51:14

Exaga wrote:
It depends on what they want and expect. Slackware (as you well know) isn't a ready made operating system that you can point and click to get working in 5 minutes.

Thanks for the heads-up Nick, as always. Very much appreciated and very cool is the time and effort you've put in. :ok:


Well, my really terrible e-mail I sent to the poor girl when I saw they added Windows 10 seems to have really worked.

Have a read of the bloody nonsense:

http://ms-iot.github.io/content/en-US/w ... eNotes.htm

My point was that if they endorse a closed source propriety system like that, what excuse is there to not include anything else?

It worked :)

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*EDIT* Reading that all the through for the first time:
The MinnowBoard Max and Raspberry Pi2 may be extremely slow to boot up on the first boot when using some 8GB class 10 SD cards. Slow boot times may be over 15 minutes. Subsequent boots will be much quicker on the affected cards (3416260). WORKAROUND: Do not use the affected cards.
:shock:

HAHA - having a bloody laugh? My Pi's boot in 15 seconds or less :D
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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby Exaga » Mon Sep 14 2015 - 23:46:31

Even if they have endorsed a closed source propriety system while ignoring more suitable solutions (e.g. Slackware ARM) and providing no reason(s) or excuse(s) for their stance on the issue, the Raspberry Pi Foundation would be foolish to turn their nose up at Microsoft's offer to support Windows 10 IOT on the Raspberry Pi 2. It will no doubt afford them some serious clout in appropriate business circles to have Microsoft within their portfolio and, of course, a generous amount of prestige too!

Arguably, the interest generated from having the latest and greatest version of Windows running on your arm device (incidentally, which is currently flawed in many areas) could also be complimented by having the oldest surviving still maintained and most stable/reliable/secure Linux distro available too; Slackware (incidentally, which is currently flawless in every area).

I can honestly affiliate with those Linux users who say, "I'm not touching Slackware because it's just too difficult!" and that's fair enough. Slackware isn't everybody's idea of Linux perfection. But to deny that it's an operating system which isn't really meant to be run on a specific device (i.e. the RPi/RPi2) because it's 'too hard to install' or 'too old to learn' or 'difficult to find support for' is just ridiculous when people have been successfully running Slackware ARM on the RPi for over 2 years now (thanks to Dave Spencer :love: ), and on the RPi2 since approx. 2 weeks after its release. Support for Slackware is massive, especially on LQ where some of the Slackware dev's and contributors would put rocket scientists to shame in a Mensa quiz!

Slackware has taught me so much about Linux that I could not have gained from any other distro. It's the perfect Linux learning tool. If the RPi is meant to be an educational device on which kids at school can play and learn then why not offer them the best education possible? I find it very easy to use Debian, Ubuntu, or most other Linux distros because I am familiar with what Slackware has taught me. Although, admittedly, the first thing I usually do in any GUI distro is drop to the command prompt. Old habits are certainly the best in this particular case. lol

Damn, I'm ranting again aren't I? Sorry. :geek:

What the RPi Foundation need to appreciate is that Slackware ARM is not for NOOBS (every pun intended). :lol:

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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby linicks » Tue Sep 15 2015 - 19:41:44

There was an ol;d joke going around that "Ubuntu" is a South African word that means "Slackware is too hard".

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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby Exaga » Wed Sep 16 2015 - 00:23:14

"Use Debian and learn Debian. Use Ubuntu and learn Ubuntu. Use Slackware and learn Linux!"

Although this is an old Internet aphorism it's actually quite factual. :D
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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby Exaga » Fri Mar 25 2016 - 01:44:42

... and months later we are still waiting for the RPi Foundation to recognise Slackware.
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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby linicks » Sat Mar 26 2016 - 14:47:59

Yes, I gave up after being promised the rpi fatdog site would be added.

When bloody windows 10 was added after the promise, I gave up and said to my contact that I wouldn't bother her ever again.

There is some sort of alternative motive going on.

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Re: Adding Slackware Arm on official Pi download page - YES

Postby Exaga » Tue Apr 26 2016 - 16:39:37

linicks wrote:Yes, I gave up after being promised the rpi fatdog site would be added.

When bloody windows 10 was added after the promise, I gave up and said to my contact that I wouldn't bother her ever again.

There is some sort of alternative motive going on.

Nick


Nick... NO SHIT! :D
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