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April 12, 2019 — BarryK

The time has come for another rethink of where the effort is getting directed. I closed down the Quirky project as the effort was becoming too dispersed. The same thing is happening with the port of OpenEmbedded perhaps.

And then there is the forum. I haven't been reading it. If I can't do it justice to be regularly reading it and responding to posts, then it should not continue. So it hasn't, this is now read-only:

This thread in the Puppy Forum continues:

Regarding the OE port, yeah it is nice to have control of the entire cycle, from compiling source packages to deploying a final distro, however, a lot of work went into the Thud upgrade, and I am not happy with the result.

So, the OE port might get sidelined. Continue with the "Pyro" series of the OE port, probably for another couple of years. But the next step might be to return to building EASYOS from Slackware binary packages.

Slackware is one of the few distros that meets my criteria, such as no systemd, minimal messing around with the original package (directory layout, package splitting, config files, etc.) -- basically, Slackware is plain-vanilla-Linux, conservative in every respect.
Unfortunately, Patrick, the main guy developing Slackware, has had his own share of issues the last couple of years, and the next release of Slackware is slipping away.

Talking about slipping away, the SeaMonkey developers are having problems also. The Firefox developers are obviously on a trip, introducing new requirements for compiling, such as Rust and LLVM, and other architectural changes. There were even rumblings about forking SM, but that won't happen, as their developer numbers can't maintain such a fork, most likely anyway.

For me, it is going to become increasingly difficult to compile Firefox, and SM if it goes down the same route.

I don't want to get started on Rust... they claim that it is a systems development language. Ha ha, what a laugh. There are those of us who know what a systems development language really is, it is called C, or even ASM.
What these Rust-lovers really love, is the conveniences that rust brings, such as automatic cleaning up of open streams, and handling of concurrency, things that you have to do manually in C.
For a bit of coding convenience, they are embracing a monster. 

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