[nSLUG] kernel setup stack overlaps lilo

Paul Boudreau pbx at eastlink.ca
Sat Mar 13 13:30:28 AST 2004

M Taylor wrote:

>On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 11:59:41AM -0400, Paul Boudreau wrote:
>>I'm just glad that we have a choice of numerous versions
>>of Linux, all of which do some things better than others.
>>In a world of "Free" software where SuSE sells for $250
>>million U.S., and Red Hat is a billion dollar company and
>>Oracle and IBM are spending wads of money, I find it
>Free as in freedom, not as in cheap-skate.
>"Selling Free Software Can Be OK!"
>Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Inc. fund a lot of development of key GNU/Linux 
>system software including the linux kernel, XFree86 (and freedesktop.org),
>the autotools, GCC suite, rpm, Cygwin, bzip2, glibc (GNU libc), various HA
>components, KDE, GNOME, and likely dozens more (I suspect but am not
>certain about Apache and Samba). Perhaps you also missed the XFS, JFS,
>and High Availability (HA) components that IBM and SGI has released as
>Open Source and/or Free Software.
>>refreshing that Slackware has never sold out and remain
>>true to the spirit of the whole thing. People like Patrick
>>Volkerding, Klaus Knopper and others are what drives
>>this whole engine, not the lawyers and salesmen at IBM.
>I know Patrick Volkerding made a few dollars from the Walnut Creek
>CD-ROMs distribution. I think Patrick has had less of an impact and 
>written less open-source software than Marc Ewing. In fact I think
>Patrick's lack of "business sense" or ability to attract funding has
>hindered Slackware to get the funding to improve Slackware beyond a
>bunch of files on CDs (or floppy.img files). I do not know anyone who
>uses Slackware in a large scale environment (more than 10 machines),
>and over its life time Slackware has had some serious lag between
>releases, not been as vigilant about making security fixes available,
>and not help push GNU/Linux beyond a Minix/Unix clone into a modern
>OS. I use and recommend distributions to help reduce the amount of
>work to install and maintain a system, and I think Slackware is beaten
>at that by nearly every other 'major' GNU/Linux distribution out there.
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I stick to my guns, take a look at what one guy with no
business sense has done. I've read that Slackware could
be as much as 15% of the Linux market. That's a lot of
It's the no-bullshit factor that I like.
If you don't like it, don't use it.

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