about the rotten press you give Slackware....

Richard Laager rlaager at wiktel.com
Fri May 11 18:18:22 EDT 2007

On Fri, 2007-05-11 at 23:59 +0200, Anders Juel Jensen wrote:
> I just read the rotten press you throw at Slackware on the Pidgin site, so..

To my knowledge, we don't have anything of the sort on the Pidgin
website. If I'm wrong, please provide a URL. You're probably thinking of
comments in the IRC chat room. These are based on our experiences there,
not some random hatred towards your favorite distro.

> B: The Slackware package system is just the way the slackware users like it: 
> Simple and powerfull.. if you know what you are doing (which slackers tend to 
> do)

The people that "know what [they're] doing" are not the problem. It's
the novice users that have Slackware for whatever reason and run into
problems because of its lack of dependency resolution (See your own
point A.), among other things. We tend to see "broken SSL" type issues
with Slackware, as an example. These sort of problems do not happen as
frequently on other distros. Additionally, distros with good package
management (e.g. Debian and its derivatives) allow us to say things
like: "Run apt-get build-dep gaim", which solves the problem easily.
Asking someone to manually depsolve or to "install everything" is just
plain ridiculous. 

> D: Your personal views on Slackware/pkgtools is pretty much beyond the scope 
> of the development of Pidgin, as it will never be you who have to compile the 
> official Pidgin packages. That is job solely rests on the shoulders of the 
> Lead Developer of Slackware.

The problem is that users come to us with support questions, frequently
having compiled a newly-released tarball themselves.

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