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UserLocal.com: Interview with Slackware Linux developer David Cantrell

Dec 23, 2000, 12:34 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to keskoy for this link. ]

"David Cantrell is a core team member for the Slackware Linux Project. In this interview you will learn how David got his start working on Slackware Linux, what his role as a Slackware developer is, and he will explain to us about his two new applications protopkg and autoslack, plus other various topics of interest are touched on."

"Q. What is your role in porting Slackware to the SPARC? How far along is the sparc port and what are the major issues that still need to be worked out?

A. I'm heading up the Slackware SPARC port. The port is mostly complete at this point, I'm finishing up some installer stuff at the moment, but it boots now, installs itself, and X even runs (3.3.6 or 4.0.1, your choice). The port is currently in private beta, but I'll be moving to -current status on ftp.slackware.com soon."

"Q. Autoslack and protopkg are 2 fairly new applications being developed mainly by you. Both are specifically geared towards Slackware and hold incredible potential. Could you briefly explain what each does, how far along they are, and what your short term and long term goals for each are.

A. Keeping our machines running -current is extremely important, as we need to be able to test the latest additions on a wide variety of machines. Since this is something I do almost daily, I decided to write a tool to handle it for me. Using the CHECKSUMS.md5 files that we provide in the distribution, autoslack will look at your machine and a distribution tree of your choice and tell you what packages can be removed, upgrade, or new ones that can be installed. Optionally it can download those packages and/or perform the actual package operation. ..."

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