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Robby Workman Answers a Few Questions on Slackware-13.37 Release

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Dear fellow Slackers! We are happy to publish another interview with Robby Workman, a Slackware developer and one of the leading mainainers of the project, he has kindly given us on the occasion of the Slackware-13.37 release. Enjoy!

It seems it was a long and winding road from Slackware 13.1 to Slackware 13.37, with a series of massive updates of the -current branch. What was the most hard work on the road? What didn't satisfy you all the time?

Off the top of my head, I don't recall anything being particularly difficult (it's all relative, of course) from an implementation standpoint; the difficulty was in deciding which versions of various components to use as a target (e.g. kernel, kde, xfce, xorg)—any change to any of these has potentially far-reaching effects on the remainder of the distribution.

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