Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Godfather of Slackware

Just got word that the Slackware Godfather (Patrick Volkerding) is not doing well. He has been the maintainer (and creator?) of Slackware Linux, one of the oldest distributions of Linux and far and away one of the most stable/secure Linux distributions.

He has been posting updates on how he has been doing, seems to be heart related. I can say this guy is really nice, met him in person, no; but way back (like 1996?) when I installed Slackware he helped out with a few problems; considering the amount of mail he probably got (and no doubt still gets) I was quite grateful. The staying power and popularity of Slackware (almost always in the top 10) is also testament to its core linux goodness. Hope he gets better soon.