johnny121b

The author of Slackware: hanging on by a thread?

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I thought some of you might be interested to know- the author of Slackware is in a bad financial situation.  It's my understanding Slackware is the basis for UnRAID, one of the oldest maintained Linux distros, and apparently is almost a 1-man-operation.  I've supported UnRAID by buying extra licenses in the past, and I think the author of its underpinnings should probably also be worthy of our gratitude as well.  I have no connection with him in any way, and if this is inappropriate somehow, I won't be offended if my post is removed, but I think this is worth putting in front of everyone here.

 

Forum discussion that introduced the issue to me.

TLDR- see pages 1, 11, 31 (as of this writing)

 

Another mention on distrowatch

 

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Very sad, what bothers me is that he states he had an agreement for profits from "The Store" of 60/40 if after 1 year he has not seen any real money why did he not demand accounting?

and at 2 years I would be filing a lawsuit.

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Good post. It's easy to believe that the maintainers of the bigger Linux distributions have companies and sponsorship deals to make sure they can live a decent live while spending their time on their pet projects.

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A real shame really, Just sent a few bucks to his paypal ... Maybe @limetech could have a talk with the guy ? Maybe sponsor him ?

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13 hours ago, Altheran said:

A real shame really, Just sent a few bucks to his paypal ... Maybe @limetech could have a talk with the guy ? Maybe sponsor him ?

 

I dunno how big the UnRAID market really is, but I doubt L/T is rolling in cash.  I figure the user base here can probably make a bigger difference than L/T.  I do know Slackware/UnRAID has been a significant part of my hobby life over these last several years.  The notion [that he's received nothing directly for the benefits I've enjoyed] didn't seem right...so I wanted to do something beyond just money from one guy.  Together, we could make a difference.

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