Sunday, May 8, 2011

What's Next?

Slackware 13.37 has been proven to be a stable and secure release. But that won't stop Slackware development towards next release (even though we might not see the next release in short time). Slackware is evolving as the upstream goes since it tries to deliver a complete Linux distribution that is up to date without sacrificing it's motto of keeping it simple, secure, and stable.
I have no idea what will the next Slackware codename be. It could be 14.0 (back to the old Slackware naming style) or probably it will use the current SLACKWARE_VERSION.KERNEL_VERSION naming just what we have in Slackware 13.37. What i'm quite positive is that it will be a major upgrade, so it will have a Slackware version of 14.

So here's what i had in my mind about what should be in the next Slackware release. Remember that this is my personal wishlist, not Pat's mind, so the final outcome will definitely NOT 100% accurate:
  • KDE 4.7.x
  • XFCE 4.8.x
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.40.x/2.6.41.x
  • Python 2.7.x/3.1.x
  • Perl 5.14.x
  • Glibc 2.13/2.14
  • Completely removal of HAL and replace it with udev and udisk
  • Slackbook 3.0 (this is out of Slackware development, but it's still related)
  • Removal of Bittorrent (it's outdated and no longer updated since 2008)
  • Support of GRUB 2.0 (1.99 currently the latest release)
If you have any good ideas for next Slackware, please write it down in comment area. Hopefully Pat sees your ideas and who knows he might include it in the next Slackware Goodluck

Update (15 May 2011): Added Perl 5.14 as a new wishlist as it has been marked as stable and a .1 release will be out in a month, which is enough to mark it as stable for production usage.

Update (15 May 2011): Added GRUB 2.0 support in /testing. The latest release is GRUB 1.99 which is just released by Vladimir Serbinenko. I personally never used GRUB, but other users prefer to use GRUB instead of LILO, so it's a good idea to support them as well big hug