| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 278, 17 November 2008
Welcome to this year's 45th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! DistroWatch Weekly was first published in June 2003 as a publication summarising the happenings in the distribution world on a weekly basis. Now, 5½ years and 278 issues later, an era is about to end. The publication that has been growing in stature and influence, needs a new editor, a person (or two) with fresh ideas, eager for new challenges, ready to report about the latest technologies in an unbiased manner. If you think you can fulfil the criteria, please read below for the official "position vacant" notice. In the meantime, please accept our apologies for missing an issue last week. We hope to bring you more quality articles, authoritative news summaries, and all the usual goodies you've come to expect from your DistroWatch Weekly in the future. Happy reading and thank you all for your continued support!
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DistroWatch Weekly - end of an era
I published the very first issue of DistroWatch Weekly (DWW) on 9 June 2003. The introductory instalment was followed a week later with a somewhat "beefier" one, covering JAMD Linux, a distribution that was gathering some momentum in those days. Like many other one-man projects throughout the history of Linux distro development, JAMD disappeared a few months later without a word of explanation or any sort of apology. But these were the kinds of topics that DWW was hoping to bring to the attention of the readers: presenting a new, interesting distribution, giving space to distro developers to explain their work, evaluating the growing number of products vying for our attention, and providing opinions on the current issues. In other words, it meant to serve as a discussion forum on an otherwise facts-only news and reference portal.
For over 5½ years I've never involuntarily missed a single issue - until last week, that is. That was when I found myself confined to bed, for a second weekend in a row, with some nasty infection that made it impossible for me to even look at a computer screen, let alone write articles that tens of thousands of visitors would want to read. As a result, I decided to cancel last week's issue and get myself plenty of rest instead. In the days that followed, I also decided to resign from the position of the editor of DistroWatch Weekly.
Yes, you've read it correctly - I will no longer write DistroWatch Weekly. The reason is quite simple: writing a publication that is read by such a large number of people is a stressful affair. One needs to select an interesting topic, then present it in an authoritative, yet non-confrontational manner - a task that often requires a lot of balancing. Then there is the news section, which is usually just a round-up of events of the past week, but it needs to be compiled and proof-read, and this too takes time and effort. And then there is the deadline factor - as we start approaching Monday around 9 o'clock GMT, I watch with amazement how all of a sudden the site's traffic goes through the roof. It is as if all the visitors were screaming - hey, where is my DWW? All this, week after week after week...
And yet, I think that DWW should continue. Without it, DistroWatch is just another soulless database, not unlike Freshmeat - useful for sure, but hardly an exciting place to visit. Besides, wouldn't you miss all those good, spicy forum fights we've had the pleasure and misfortune to witness over the years?
So here it comes - the official position vacant notice. DistroWatch is looking for a new editor of DistroWatch Weekly. A successful applicant would be someone with knowledge of (and enthusiasm for) Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris and open source software in general, with good writing skills. The duties will be simple - to compile and publish a new issue of DistroWatch Weekly every Monday, complete with a lead story, a news summary, and all the regular columns. For this work I am prepared to offer US$150 per issue (I hope to bring this up to US$200 per issue once the current economic slump is over and online advertising picks up again, but it looks like it may still take a while). Interested applicants should email their applications with links to their articles, blogs, etc. (if available) to distro at distrowatch dot com.
Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to everybody who has contributed to the success of DistroWatch Weekly over the years. I don't intend to disappear from public life completely, but for the foreseeable future I'd like to go through my long and growing to-do list to improve the site and to implement some of the often-requested features. Of course, you can still count on me bringing you the latest release news and to keep all distribution pages up-to-date. With luck, we could have a new DistroWatch Weekly, written by a new editor, next Monday, but a lot depends on how fast we can find the right person(s) for the job. In the meantime, have a nice week and thank you all for your continued support!
|Released During Last Two Weeks
Solaris 10 10/08
Sun Microsystems has announced the availability of an update build of Solaris 10, release 10/08: "Sun announced the latest version of the Solaris 10 operating system - Solaris 10 10/08. The new version builds on the core strengths of the Solaris 10 to help customers maximize asset usage and systems performance, manage datacenter complexity, preserve business continuity and reduce costs. Solaris 10 10/08 includes numerous product updates and enhancements, several of which were done through the OpenSolaris community. New features in Solaris 10 10/08: the ZFS file system has been enhanced with recent work from the OpenSolaris community; Solaris 10's virtualization technologies, such as Solaris Containers, have been enhanced with new features; Sun and Intel continue to collaborate to help ensure Solaris 10 will support Intel's latest Intel Xeon processor line." Read the release announcement and press release for further details.
ComFusion is an Ubuntu-based live DVD featuring out-of-the-box support for a variety of Compiz Fusion effects and a Mac OS X-like user interface. The latest version, 2.0, was announced today. Built from Ubuntu 8.04, ComFusion 2.0 brings a choice of two desktop environments - GNOME 2.22.1 (default) and Xfce 4.4.2, both with complete support for Compiz effects and with a Mac OS X-style Wbar for quick access to popular applications. Other features include enhanced support for wireless network cards, a variety of Compiz Fusion utilities and scripts for downloading restricted media codecs, inclusion of several Google Applications, Skype and other non-free software, a collection of games, office and development software, support for English, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages. For more information please read the release notes (in Spanish) which provides a detailed list of included applications and other features.
ComFusion 2.0 - an Ubuntu-based distribution with a heavily customised user interface
(full image size: 378kB, screen resolution: 1280x1024 pixels)
Sabayon Linux 3.5.1
Fabio Erculiani has announced the release of Sabayon Linux 3.5.1: "Sabayon Linux has released an update for the 3.5 branch. The primary focus of this release is to provide a version that is current with the Entropy repository for the 3.5 branch. This will alleviate the updating that is currently necessary after installing Sabayon Linux 3.5. Since this is primarily a maintenance release, Sabayon Linux recommends that users who already have an installed version of Sabayon Linux 3.5 wait for the release of Sabayon Linux 4.0 to update their installations. Distribution features: Linux kernel 2.6.26 with extended wireless, laptop (UMPC, like Eee PC), file system (Unionfs, Aufs, Squashfs, ext4, NTFS-3G) support; out-of-the-box hardware detection, input devices, GPUs, wireless; outstanding easy-to-setup 3D desktop, gaming support, thanks to Compiz Fusion 0.7.8 and a set of free top-tier games included or available; X.Org server 1.4.2 (7.3), KDE 3.5.10, GNOME 2.22.3, Entropy 0.23.8." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details.
An updated release of SystemRescueCd, version 1.1.1, is out: From the changelog: "Updated the standard kernels to Linux 188.8.131.52 with Reiser4; updated the alternative kernels to Linux 184.108.40.206 with Reiser4; updated the speakup kernel modules; updated TrueCrypt (encryption program) to 6.0a; updated NTFS-3G to 1.5012 (NTFS full read-write support); updated GParted to 0.3.9; updated the e1000 network driver (with protection against corruption); updated 'Offline NT Password & Registry Editor' ('ntpasswd' boot entry); fixed option 'skipmount' which was broken; the network driver r8169 is back in the standard kernels; added support for Firewire 1394 which was missing from the kernel; added ntfsreloc 0.7 (deals with moving NTFS file systems); added network drivers: atl1e, at76_usb; added firmware for Ralink rt73-based WiFi USB adapters."
Ultimate Edition 2.0
Glenn Cady has announced the release of Ultimate Edition 2.0, a desktop distribution and live DVD based on the recently released Ubuntu 8.10: "Ultimate Edition 2.0 has been released. Ultimate Edition 2.0 is built based on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, it is loaded to the hilt with themes, wallpapers, icon sets, GDM login screens, and usplashes. If you have a 64-bit processor I highly recommend the 64-bit edition. This release has all the goodies you have come to love with previous editions pre-added and a few new ones. It has a newer kernel and all updated as of release date pre-installed for your convenience. Compiz Fusion works right off the live DVD without drivers." Read the full release announcement for further details.
Ultimate Edition 2.0 - featuring an attractive dark theme and various other enhancements
(full image size: 651kB, screen resolution: 1280x1024 pixels)
Clonezilla Live 1.2.1-17
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 1.2.1-17, a Debian-based live CD designed for hard disk cloning and partitioning tasks: "Clonezilla live 1.2.1-17 (stable) released. This release is based on Debian 'Lenny' with Linux kernel 2.6.26. Changes: a simplified Chinese interface was added; an option to reboot or shutdown after clone is finished was added; hardware and software information is saved in a Clonezilla image; an option to generate MD5 or SHA1 checksums after an image is saved was added; running on serial console ttyS0 is supported; some more information will be saved in image directory; when restoring an image, image name and target device are chosen first, then advanced parameters; a new option '-z1p' was added to support parallel gzip program (pigz) to compress image for SMP machines; machine product name is shown before restoring image...." Read the release announcement and release notes for more details.
BlankOn Linux 4.0
BlankOn Linux is a distribution created in cooperation between the Indonesian Linux User Group and the Indonesian Ubuntu community. Its primary goal is to deliver a desktop-oriented Linux distribution with full support for the Indonesian language. The latest version, 4.0 "Meuligoe", is based on the recently released Ubuntu 8.10, with Linux kernel 2.6.27 and GNOME desktop 2.24. Some of the features incorporated in the release include: popular GNOME applications, such as The GIMP, Inkscape and GnuCash are included in the default install; out-of-the-box support for MP3 and other widely-used media codecs, as well as encrypted DVDs; custom theme and artwork. The release is available in three formats: as an installable live CD, as an installation CD, and as a minimal live CD (with AbiWord and Gnumeric replacing OpenOffice.org and Epiphany replacing Firefox). Please read the release announcement and release notes (both links in Indonesian) for further information.
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Development, unannounced and minor bug-fix releases
- Fedora 10-preview, the release announcement
- FreeBSD 6.4-RC2, the release announcement
- FreeNAS 0.69-rc1, the changelog
- OpenSolaris 2008.11-rc1, the release announcement
- Linux Mint 6-rc1, the release announcement
- TinyMe 2008.1-beta1, the release announcement
- SimplyMEPIS 8.0-beta5, the release announcement
- Elive 1.9.15, the release announcement
- Debian GNU/Linux 5.0-rc1, the release announcement
- openSUSE 11.1-beta5, the release announcement
- TrueBSD 2.0-rc2, the release notes
- Big Linux 4.2
- Ophcrack LiveCD 2.1.0
- Absolute Linux 12.1.13
- Guadalinex 5.0
- Damn Small Linux 4.4.9
- CRUX 2.4 (PowerPC)
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Jesse Keating has published some thoughts on the next release of Fedora, version 11. Due to delays in delivering Fedora 10 and in considerations for the upcoming release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (which will be based on Fedora 10/11), there will be a slight departure from the usual early May release: "We're mostly interested in the end date of Tuesday May 26th. The intra-schedule dates are given mostly for reference, and we'll still need to spend some time vetting them against trade shows, holidays, etc. We'll also be filling in all the other details that you typically see in a Fedora schedule, once we reach an agreed upon strategy for F11/F12." For more information please see the Fedora 11 proposed release schedule here.
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Summary of expected upcoming releases
New distributions added to database
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New distributions added to waiting list
- CAINE. CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is an Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution created by Giancarlo Giustini as a project of Digital Forensics for Interdepartmental Centre for Research on Security (CRIS), supported by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The CAINE forensic framework contains a collection of tools wrapped up into a user friendly environment. Furthermore, it introduces novel features - it aims to fill the interoperability gap across different forensic tools, it provides a homogeneous GUI that guides digital investigators during the acquisition and analysis of electronic evidence, and it offers a semi-automatic process for the documentation and report compilation.
- Canaima. Canaima is a Venezuelan Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. It is designed as a solution for the computers of National Public Administration in accordance with the presidential decree number 3.390 about the use of free technologies in the National Public Administration in Venezuela. The project's web site is in Spanish.
- Progex. Progex is a new Ubuntu-based distribution and live DVD. It includes a large collection of programs that were manually configured so that the user can do almost anything out-of-the-box (including audio and video editing) and without spending time configuring after installation. Progex was born so it can be the most complete distribution and to serve all kinds of end-users.
- RsLive. RsLive is a Debian-based live CD. Its main features are: BusyBox GUI; virus and spyware scanning; writeable access on NTFS file systems; memory test (Memtest86+); GParted; the CD is usable with a null modem cable (serial) only. The distribution's web site is in German.
- Suriyan Linux. Suriyan Linux is a distribution based on Kubuntu and targeted at Thai-speaking users. This project is focused on fixing Thai-related problems, including translations in Qt4/KDE4 and in Debian/Ubuntu GNU/Linux platform in general, and Thai localisations for KDE. All deliverables are sent to upstream sources, and are included in a KDE-based Linux live CD for Thai desktop users to try out Linux/FOSS with Thai support. The project's web site is in Thai.
- VortexBox. VortexBox is a complete CD ripping and media server solution based on Fedora. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files, and download the cover art. VortexBox will then serve the files to network media player such as Logitech Squeezebox. The file can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OS X system.
- WeakNet Linux. WeakNet Linux is an Ubuntu-based live DVD containing a variety of security tools. It is designed primarily for penetration testing, forensic analysis and other security tasks.
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DistroWatch database summary
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And this concludes the latest issue of DistroWatch Weekly.
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1 • Good Luck (by William on 2008-11-17 06:57:10 GMT from United States) |
Lad, sorry to see you resign but I'm sure you are doing the right thing. Good luck with all your future endeavors
2 • thanks! (by Matt Dymock on 2008-11-17 06:58:57 GMT from Canada)
As as avid reader of Distrowatch Weekly, and a frequent user of the site in general, I just want to say thanks for all your hard work, Ladislav. You've done much to advance the progress of Linux, BSD et al. and I for one appreciate it very much. DWW will be poorer (but hopefully not for long :-) without you. Cheers, and thanks again!
3 • End of an Era (by Selket on 2008-11-17 06:58:57 GMT from China)
Hmm its sad to see that this will be maybe the last issue. This website is one of the reasons why mondays didnt suck THAT hard. But i guess all good things have to end someday.
4 • sad (by randomguy on 2008-11-17 07:00:55 GMT from United States)
oh my, well i will miss you. good luck on what you plan on doing next. keep us posted.
5 • Thank You! (by Konrad on 2008-11-17 07:05:47 GMT from Sweden)
Thank you so very much. You will be missed greatly.
6 • Good luck and all the best (by Alan on 2008-11-17 07:13:33 GMT from United Kingdom)
As a distro hopper for the last year or so DistroWatch Weekly has been essential reading each week. Thanks for the great work, wishing you all the best, Chears Al
7 • thnx (by cornel panceac on 2008-11-17 07:24:30 GMT from Romania)
thank you very much, we'll all miss you a lot!
8 • Thank you Ladislav Bodnar! (by Chris Maaskant on 2008-11-17 07:28:08 GMT from Netherlands)
In the early years (some 7 years back) of me discovering linux this site with its news on the latest developments of distribution has been essential in me enyoing and discovering linux.
No other site has kept me interested enough to visit at least once a week.
I wish you all the best and fully understand your decision.
9 • mmm! (by Astaroth on 2008-11-17 07:29:24 GMT from El Salvador)
Thanks for all the past DWW and your effort Ladislav!
A (humbble) suggestion... a crisis is an opportunity to do innovations too... maybe you can hire two, three or more persons to make DWW and alternate them in the way... or put more than one article per week...
10 • Hats off to Ladislav (by Jesper on 2008-11-17 07:29:52 GMT from Sweden)
It is with great sadness I read about your resignation, and so I wish to thank you for your outstanding work over the years. I have read every single issue of DWW ever since I first found Ubuntu back here in 2004, and they have all been great. I thank you once again, from the bottom of my heart, and I wish you the best of luck with any and all future endeavors!
11 • Hmmm (by parkash on 2008-11-17 07:31:40 GMT from Germany)
It won't be the same without Ladislav... I hope the new editor is as good though, and I shall be happy to keep on reading DWW ^^
And, on other things... OMG! 7 new distributions added to the waiting list, from which 4 are Ubuntus, 1 Fedora and 2 Debians! C'mon guys! I'm not trying to criticize here, but... Oh well, ok, I'm criticizing... I'd like to see something new (I'd do it, had I more experience). I mean, I like fedora as it is, I don't see the use of a modified version of it, as well as any other (with few exceptions, such as Sabayon).
Buuuuut whatever, just my humble opinion.
12 • Best of luck for your future (by naveen on 2008-11-17 07:32:29 GMT from United States)
Thanks for giving us DWW for so long, made distro hopping kind of fun
Will definitely miss you
13 • Thanks & Good Luck (by Rob on 2008-11-17 07:33:37 GMT from Australia)
Distrowatch is the first site I check each day & I'm one of those that can't wait to read Distrowatch Weekly! Thanks to Ladislav for all your hard work in organising this excellent site. Rob.
14 • What you did for me personally. (by Jon Mason on 2008-11-17 07:37:49 GMT from United States)
A couple years ago you responded with a lengthy response to a private email that I sent you. This gave me such an ego trip that such an important person in the Linux world would listen to my ideas. Although my choice of distributions has changed numerous times during the past five years, Distrowatch has remained a constant. Moreover, Distrowatch is the place for me to go in my perpetual search for the perfect Linux.
15 • goodbye, thank you & good luck (by Eddie on 2008-11-17 07:41:07 GMT from United Kingdom)
having been a regular user/visitor to distrowatch since ermmm about 2002( has it really been that long!), have to say DWW has been one of my favourite features, thanks for all your contributions & hard work & good luck
16 • Thank you for your work (by Bernhard J. M. Grün on 2008-11-17 07:49:33 GMT from Germany)
I think I read all of your DWWs over the last 5 1/2 years but I never commented one of those issues. Not because I did not had any comments but because I did not want to write too much in a public forum (like Mark Twains advice ;-)). Now it is time to say thank you to you - a thing that I should have done earlier already. It was a pleasure to read every issue, every distro presentation and every other line of text out of your mind.
THANK YOU for all your work for this great site.
Bernhard J. M. Grün
17 • :( Thanks! (by jorge on 2008-11-17 07:54:48 GMT from Spain)
Loved the DWW!!! :(
18 • Merci (by Vincent on 2008-11-17 07:57:45 GMT from France)
Thank you very much for your unmatched job, Ladislav.
19 • thank you (by twodogs on 2008-11-17 08:01:05 GMT from United States)
you will be missed. take care of yourself ;)
20 • DistroWatch Weekly - end of an era (by Dr.Saleem Khan on 2008-11-17 08:04:47 GMT from Pakistan)
It`s sad and a real loss for all of the DW readers that you have decided to resign from the position of the editor of DistroWatch Weekly.I apprehended this last week when you suddenly cancelled the last week DW and I sent you an email too regarding why you cancelled it.
I fully understand the level of stress keeping up with the demand of mainting the DW "endlessly", the bashing and verbal assaults from time to time by many readers for which you had to use Mark Twain`s quote to stop them but this happens...
I wonder if there would be someone as suitable like you to replace you but lets hope this happens as DW should continue.
Wish you best of luck and thanks for providing me/us with yet another nicely written DW in all these years.
21 • Thank you ! (by Lionel Debroux on 2008-11-17 08:06:12 GMT from France)
Thank you for your work on DWW over the past five years and a half (that's a lot !). I've read most issues since the summer of 2005.
I hope you've recovered from your infection.
If stepping down from the news editor position enables you to spend more time on other aspects of DW, or something else in the FLOSS community, you're still doing good ;)
Thanks again :)
22 • Thanks for the work you've done (by PP on 2008-11-17 08:10:04 GMT from United Kingdom)
I've read DWW since it began. It has been my 'monday linux fix'. So thank you for all the work. I have really enjoyed it! I hope we find a good new editor!
23 • Thanks for the great work! (by Ash on 2008-11-17 08:11:18 GMT from Germany)
Your commitment is really appreciated. Great work and hopefully find a successor soon!
24 • Thanks! (by speedyx on 2008-11-17 08:21:49 GMT from Romania)
I really appreciate you excellent work and your balanced and uncompromised opinion.
Please select someone like YOU!
25 • Thank you (by avih at 2008-11-17 08:23:09 GMT from Israel)
I've been reading DWW every week for quite a long time. It's been my main source of .. well.. distros news :) and it was great at that! Well done, thank you, good luck, and I do hope this monument will keep living.
26 • Best of luck (by Rahux on 2008-11-17 08:25:48 GMT from Australia)
You've done an incredible job on both this website and DWW, I will be sorry to see it end (in its current form), but it is always more important to take care of yourself. I know the decision must have been difficult. I hope you are feeling better and I wish you the best always.
27 • Thanks! (by Glenn on 2008-11-17 08:35:38 GMT from Canada)
Thanks for all your hard work over the years. I've really enjoyed DWW. I wish you the best.
28 • Thanks! (by Stefano on 2008-11-17 08:41:04 GMT from Italy)
Thanks a lot for your goood work for this long time!
29 • Best Wishes (by michael on 2008-11-17 08:44:37 GMT from United States)
Thank you Ladislav. Thank you very much!
I can only add myself to the list of people that really enjoyed the DWW every Monday and it made the days so much brighter!
Since you have posted the job vacancy one gets to think 'how hard can it be, why is he offering money, I will do it (even for free)'. But then again you think further and you notice all the details in a DWW and all the effort that must have been behind it. And all the effort you have put into this over the last years.
I will give it a deeper thought to offer you some articles, however I guess it won't be easy to publish engaging content every week when you have a regular job to do.
Which gives me even more reason to thank you for your passion of every DWW in the past years!
All the best wishes for you,
30 • Well done! (by Willie on 2008-11-17 08:44:59 GMT from South Africa)
Thanks for you dedicated service to the community. I am sure your decision is the right one and hope you achieve all that you aim to.
31 • Best wishes (by SiteVisitorOfOld on 2008-11-17 08:56:12 GMT from Australia)
Having been a reader of this site for at least 3 years, it's always a great place to read about the comings and goings in the Linux world.. and the weekly tirades of linux fans has always been amusing.
Great job Ladislav! Hope your replacement is a good one! Good luck with your future endeavours.
32 • Thanks for a great site (by Not-a-Doctor on 2008-11-17 08:59:30 GMT from Canada)
Having used Slackware (the results of another one-man effort) as my base distro for many years now, your site has been a great time saver. The information provided here has provided insight as to what all those numerous offspring, progeny, mutations, etc have evolved into without having to waste time trying every one just to find an ideal answer to a specific problem on a given day. While one can figure some distros targets from their names (eg- System Rescue and RIP), other really useful projects might have been left in oblivion from the general users if not for Distrowatch (eg - Helix Linux). User comments have been informative as well (although it has been disheartening at times to see the continuing "GUIfication" trend. Nothing wrong with gui's but when you get a distro like Xandros killing any attempt to directly edit relevant scripts, well....). Anyway, as a central place to go to first for links, opinions, rants, debates, etc., this was my first choice.
Opinion #9 above seems good. Perhaps some sponsership might be in order. Due to the nature and content contained here, I don't know that a profit-based company is a candidate, but perhaps some computing department a a university could have upper-level students provide support here for course credits. It would take some work load off your shoulders, as well as providing them (the students) with hands-on experience of using a REAL OS (ie- not windoze) and interfacing with the public.
Hopefully my incredibly unreliable internet service (problem is carrier, not the ISP) will hold up long enough for me to stay tuned without having to resort to an internet cafe.
So, anyone else out there have any other suggestions to remove or distribute workload and keep this site going? After all, the whole open source movement IS about community!
33 • Best Wishes (by RichardS on 2008-11-17 09:04:10 GMT from United Kingdom)
Thank you Ladislav for all your time, effort and expertise. I do hope that you make a swift recovery.
Thanks also for the DW site which has introduced me to so much of interest in the Linux world.
34 • Thank you! (by Naresh V on 2008-11-17 09:08:03 GMT from India)
Thank you for your work so far. As someone rightly pointed out, Mondays were a lot better because of you.
I'm sure lots of people are going to apply for the post and you'll pick the best one(s).
35 • That's a tall order (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 09:15:55 GMT from United States)
Wow, someone knowledgeable about FOSS _and_ able to write in an unbiased manner about it... can't be done, no matter what one says someone will disagree with it, usually vehemently.
36 • Many thanks (by Bruce on 2008-11-17 09:19:40 GMT from United Kingdom)
Many thanks for all your hard work. Best wishes for the future.
37 • THANKS (by Stijn on 2008-11-17 09:19:41 GMT from Russian Federation)
It's sad to see you go!
Distrowatch is my first stop when looking for a new distrib, and one of the first sites I open every morning. And DWW is an entertaining and interesting read every monday.
Thanks for all your hard work! And good luck with your future projects!
38 • Thank you for all! (by Bayjan on 2008-11-17 09:25:24 GMT from Netherlands)
Thank you for all! I was reading DWW frequently for last years, because DWW taught me a lot, especially, when it comes to distro selection.
Thank you again for all your effort and wish you success in you future plans.
39 • Thank You! (by Giovanni Alora on 2008-11-17 09:26:38 GMT from United States)
This is really unbelievable, sad. Thank you for all your effort for the last 5 1/2 years. We will miss the original DWW Editor.
40 • Big shoes to fill (by Pascal Riendeau on 2008-11-17 09:27:42 GMT from Canada)
I've been a avid reader since 2003, and DWW was my doorway to the world of Linux. I can't believe it's already been 5 years. Many thanks for all your hard work! Whoever takes your place will certainly have big shoes to fill!
41 • Thank you. (by jjthomas on 2008-11-17 09:29:52 GMT from United States)
You have done an awesome job. Thank you. Good luck.
42 • best wishes! (by shieraz shah on 2008-11-17 09:30:21 GMT from Pakistan)
well, as they say: all good things have come in a limited quantity! i am sure this was the best period of DWW. the other editor may do it better but no one can replace THE LADISLAV.
43 • Whew!!!!!! You are back (by Ninad Bapat on 2008-11-17 09:38:05 GMT from United States)
Missed DWW last week and did not find any note about why the issue was missed or maybe I missed that announcement too.
Hey thanks you are back.
My weekly dose of distro news continues
Mondays will be great again.
Keep up the good work
44 • Leaving? (by DevilsAdvocate on 2008-11-17 09:38:17 GMT from United States)
Yep.. when the going gets tough...
45 • Good job, Ladislav ! (by Caraibes on 2008-11-17 09:44:36 GMT from Dominican Republic)
I have been an avid DWW reader since 2004. I enjoyed it a lot, and thank you for your good work !
I am confident you will heal soon, and keep on doing a good job !
Best of luck to the new editor, I will read DWW every monday morning.
46 • end of an era (by Mihai on 2008-11-17 09:49:24 GMT from Romania)
Thanks for an open road to Linux! Good luck in everything! Hope that DWW goes on!
47 • Thank You! (by Ray Baquirin on 2008-11-17 09:49:46 GMT from Asia/Pacific Region)
Ladislav, thanks for all the great work you put into Distrowatch Weekly. It is essential reading for me on Mondays. Good Luck and God Bless!
48 • Thanks for the great job so far. (by Oz N at 2008-11-17 09:51:35 GMT from Germany)
I really like DWW while it lasted, I always found it useful, and I hope it continues.
49 • Thanks (by mig on 2008-11-17 09:57:28 GMT from Italy)
for your great work! Hoping to see DWW again in the near future!
50 • No subject (by Grobsch on 2008-11-17 10:00:15 GMT from Brazil)
Ladislav, good luck. I hope you can get a good replacement, perhaps Susan can help you allthough she has tuxmachines.
51 • Thank you !!! (by John on 2008-11-17 10:03:08 GMT from Belgium)
You've done a great job for the 'open source community'. I enjoyed every monday the quality of your writing...the end result was an awesome DWW...we're gonna miss it !
52 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 10:04:59 GMT from Germany)
back in 2004 DW and especially DWW got me into this wonderful world of FOSS, and I eventually started studying Computer Science. Since then I haven't missed one DWW, and I'd like to thank you for every single one of the from the bottom of my heart!
53 • No subject (by alie at 2008-11-17 10:05:50 GMT from Singapore)
LAD, GOOD LUCK.
54 • many thanks! (by darvacan on 2008-11-17 10:10:59 GMT from Italy)
Your precious work has made me discover the beautiful linux planet. Thank you very much, Ladislav! And best wishes for the future!
55 • thanks Ladislav (by greenpossum on 2008-11-17 10:11:34 GMT from Australia)
Thanks for the great work you have done. I know how it is when one gets tired of the same thing week after week, and you have every right to want a change. Let's hope that a keen person steps up. In the meantime get well soon and enjoy a well-earned holiday from DWW.
56 • Ladislav.... (by Eric on 2008-11-17 10:15:06 GMT from Canada)
Ladislav man.... this is sad news... sure everyone is feeling like shit lately and this will be the end to a true legend... REMEMBER your site has brought windows newbies into the Linux world, the constant refreshing of the page, the enjoyment of helping the site recover from bad days. I wish you didn't have to retire, but maybe a break of a month would do you well. But as long as this site is the gateway drug to the BSD's and extra manual distros like slack and gentoo.
Man I'm gonna miss you... You were the best mofo on the net concerning distro neutrality!! Hopefully u can get the DW server back on FreeBSD tho :P PEACE OUT!!!!
57 • Thanks! (by mootjes on 2008-11-17 10:15:55 GMT from Europe)
I would like to take the opportunity as well to thank you for all the work done.
58 • Sincere thanks (by John on 2008-11-17 10:16:33 GMT from Australia)
Sincere thanks for your hard work and dedication to this site. It is THE site to visit for all the latest and greatest.
You deserve a back seat ride. Enjoy the journey.
59 • Good look (by verdegal37 on 2008-11-17 10:20:20 GMT from Spain)
Just thank you for your work and good luck to the next editor.
60 • Thanks (by Ivan on 2008-11-17 10:22:09 GMT from Australia)
Thanks Ladislav for all these years of hard work! Wish you the very best for your future endeavors!
61 • Sorry to see you go.......... (by okubax on 2008-11-17 10:31:56 GMT from United Kingdom)
Thanks Ladislav for all these years that you have spent writing on DWW....I've never missed your weekley column until last week that is...lol.
You have awakened the 'penguin' spirit in me.
62 • Many Thanks (by John Lloyd on 2008-11-17 10:49:49 GMT from United Kingdom)
I think I have read nearly all of the DWW's since they came out and look forward each Monday to reading the next issue. So many thanks!
63 • sorry to see you go.... (by Dante on 2008-11-17 10:58:38 GMT from Netherlands)
I am sorry to see you go but I can imagine it is a lot of work doing everything yourself. So far you did a great job!!! And I always liked reading DWW.
Good luck in finding a new guy/girl for the job and if you you find anybody you can always reduce frequency of publication (DW2W or DWM :)
all the best,
64 • thanks (by G Rajesh on 2008-11-17 10:59:29 GMT from India)
I deeply regret your departure, Mr Ladislav. Anyhow, your personal life is also very much important. Hope you've felt the same way we all feel about this news. My heartful thanks and wishes to you .....
65 • re 63 (by Dante on 2008-11-17 11:01:37 GMT from Netherlands)
I meant `can`t find anybody`
66 • I will miss you Ladislav (by Jim on 2008-11-17 11:11:58 GMT from Hong Kong)
Thanks Ladislav for your incredible contribution to us Linux lovers. You will be greatly missed by us all.I check Distrowatch everyday to keep up to date with what's happening in the Linux World.All the best for the future.
67 • Thanks Ladislav (by Cervantes on 2008-11-17 11:16:22 GMT from Spain)
Thank you for these years of Distrowatch. I have read Distrowatch Weekly since 2003 and it was useful to me to change from Windoze to Linux. Thanks again and good luck.
68 • Thanks! (by El Enano on 2008-11-17 11:16:27 GMT from Argentina)
Well, Ladislav, this is sad news for all of us... But of course, I have to thank you for all these years of tremendous work you've done...
Every monday morning, DW is the first website I visit, even before my first cup of coffee. And every issue of DWW has been a pleasure to read.
Thanks again, and I wish you the best of luck!
69 • No subject (by The Wyzz on 2008-11-17 11:17:45 GMT from United States)
thank you very much, we'll all miss you a lot!
70 • Thanks! (by Stefan Schmitt on 2008-11-17 11:19:43 GMT from Germany)
As a regularly reader of your DWW for almost two years now I want wo thank you for all the great work you've done!
Since two and a half years I'm learning and using Linux daily. Some months after getting into Linux I found your site and thanks to your RSS-feed I don't miss a single release or update!!!
Again, thanks a lot for all the years of supporting Linux! I'll keep reading DW and I hope you'll quickly find a suitable successor who's able to follow your great footsteps.
71 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 11:24:42 GMT from Slovenia)
72 • Ladislav Contribution (by Brooko on 2008-11-17 11:26:54 GMT from New Zealand)
From myself, and also on behalf of the Mepis Community , I'd like to extend our thanks and best wishes. Over the years you've done an excellent job pointing non-linux users in the right direction, and also giving the wider linux/bsd community a great meeting place, and a chance to learn about each other's communities, distros and achievements.
You've earned a rest Ladislav, and I hope you will find someone to take the reins, as the linux world would be a poorer place without DW IMHO.
I suspect I would not have found Mepis without your site - and for that you have my personal thanks. All the best for whichever direction you take. Your contributions to DW will be missed.
73 • Thanks (by kanzy on 2008-11-17 11:26:57 GMT from Italy)
Many many thanks Ladislav!
74 • thanks (by rob on 2008-11-17 11:32:45 GMT from United States)
thanks for all the years of maintaining this site. i've been hitting this place ever since i first heard of it back in 2003 and with all your summaries i finally installed my first linux only system in 2004 and i haven't looked back since.
75 • You're a Classy Person, Ladislav.. (by Jerry B. on 2008-11-17 11:34:08 GMT from United States)
..I'm sure you'll make certain that your standards are upheld with your choice for new editor(s) for DWW.
Please post in here as often as possible to let us know how you're doing.
76 • el duderino ! (by Oz on 2008-11-17 11:36:22 GMT from Pakistan)
As a regular reader of this weekly for almost 5 years, its doesn´t feel so good to hear that ur leaving the editorship. The thought that behind all that yapping was 1 person, even though suzy did fill in for you at times, but that 1 man dimension to the site in way as befitting to a linux site. After all most distribution are/have been one man show for quite sometime. Anyway after all these years, today I did take time to image search for the geek behind this site. Dude u look quite normal.
Hope to see u around.
77 • thank... (by shiddiely on 2008-11-17 11:42:00 GMT from Malaysia)
Terima Kasih Ladislav...
78 • Thank you! (by Martin on 2008-11-17 11:51:56 GMT from United Kingdom)
Many, many thanks from yet another avid reader of Distrowatch Weekly - absolutely essential reading for Open Source enthusiasts! Long may it continue to report in it's
unique way on all things Linux/BSD.
79 • Sorry to see you go (by Allan Cairns on 2008-11-17 11:52:26 GMT from Australia)
It won't be the same without you Ladislav. Whoever picks up the reins has big shoes to fill.
80 • No subject (by lalala on 2008-11-17 12:02:59 GMT from United States)
What's the matter Ladislav? Did you run out of ubuntu spam to post or distros to ban from the site? Good riddance, DWW won't be missed.
81 • Thanks (by Chris on 2008-11-17 12:03:49 GMT from United Kingdom)
Thanks very much, Ladislav. Hope that you feel better soon.
82 • Thanks a lot! (by ceti on 2008-11-17 12:24:54 GMT from Brazil)
Thanks for the excellent readings through all these years.
83 • No subject (by bob on 2008-11-17 12:25:45 GMT from United States)
Oh. Now I can barely see to type. Thank you for all your efforts; you gave us a reason to look forward to Monday. Mostly, thank you for your contributions to the FOSS movement.
84 • Thanks (by shamaz on 2008-11-17 12:26:00 GMT from France)
Thank you mister. T'was a long ride eh ?
85 • Hats off (by DeniZen on 2008-11-17 12:26:05 GMT from United Kingdom)
Ladislav - Many Thanks. And may luck be with you wherever you roam,
86 • editorial (by milty walker on 2008-11-17 12:26:34 GMT from United States)
Great job. We really enjoy your fine work and understand the need for a rest.
87 • Thanks a ton for your contribution! (by KaruppuSwamy T on 2008-11-17 12:55:04 GMT from United States)
I am a regular reader of DWW which makes my Monday enthusiatic. We miss you a lot. But I appreciate your open hearted decision of leaving the DWW to fresh guy, which will make it more active.
Thanks a ton for your service!
88 • Thank you for DWW (by Omari on 2008-11-17 12:58:18 GMT from United States)
I don't always agree with your opinions, Ladislav, but I always looked forward to reading them. You never slid into being a troll. Thanks for all the issues and I hope your successor matches your standards.
89 • You will be mised! (by lefty.crupps on 2008-11-17 13:01:19 GMT from United States)
Ladislav we will miss you; all the best to you. Oh, and feel better!
90 • DWW will be missed (by Fernando on 2008-11-17 13:01:42 GMT from Brazil)
Just adding one more entry to thank you for all the good job you've done through these more 5-and-more years. I will surely miss my weekly dose of news about the Linux/BSD/Unix distributions.
All the best for you on your new endeavours :-)
91 • No subject (by Reidar on 2008-11-17 13:11:12 GMT from Norway)
I tip my hat to the job you have been doing, providing the excellent DWW all this time! Although I understand your decision completely, I must say that I will definitely miss it, and I hope someone good will take the challenge. Soon! Monday morning is not the same without DWW!!!
92 • Thanks for everything (by SFN on 2008-11-17 13:19:12 GMT from United States)
As so many have said, it will be sad not seeing you helm DWW any longer but I can certainly understands your reasons.
Here's hoping someone can step forward who is up to the task.
Good luck with everything.
93 • Will miss you (by Billamama on 2008-11-17 13:23:01 GMT from India)
Will miss you! nuf said
94 • A lot of thanks!! (by Orofino Francesco on 2008-11-17 13:29:49 GMT from Italy)
Dear Ladislav, I want to tell you a very big "THANKS!!" for the work you have done untill now, I appriciated it a lot... I think all of us will miss you in DWW...
Ps. I'm sorry for my english, but I'm Italian!!
95 • Thanks for the memories (by Alan B. Cohen on 2008-11-17 13:33:53 GMT from United States)
I'll miss your comments and reporting every week, but since DW is still here, I'll still be looking forward to seeing your work. And, more importantly, I hope you've beat that infection! Best of luck with both work and life.
96 • Thanks Ladislav (by Gigi on 2008-11-17 13:35:15 GMT from India)
Updated http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distrowatch.com. It was the least that I could do.
Thanks Ladislav for all the great work you have put in for DWW. As many have said over and over, DWW is synonymous with monday for many of us. Five and half years, 278 issues later, you do deserve a break. Best wishes for you to recover your health soon.
It's also good to see no flamewars on the comments section after a long time ;-)
97 • Three cheers for Ladislav (by DG on 2008-11-17 13:38:37 GMT from Netherlands)
I can't even keep up with the developments in the few tools that I follow,
so I can really appreciate the amount of time and effort that it must take
to keep abreast of the changes in all of the various Linux distributions as
they are announced each week.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to share that knowledge with us.
My Mondays are going to be a bit flat now...
98 • DWW favorite read (by Jason on 2008-11-17 13:47:34 GMT from United States)
DWW is my favorite read. I'll miss it while it's gone.
99 • DWW (by Bryan Douglas on 2008-11-17 14:00:03 GMT from United Kingdom)
DW is a great site and the DWW is always interesting, thanks to you.
100 • A couple of quotations... (by E.G. on 2008-11-17 14:04:32 GMT from Mexico)
"If you do a good job for others,
you heal yourself at the same time,
because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)
- - -
"There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
101 • End of an era indeed (by crawancon on 2008-11-17 14:08:07 GMT from United States)
I literally had to take a doubletake.
I guess I did not see that coming.
Right Man. Right Time. Right Idea.
Those three things are what propelled you from 2003 to 2008.
While I don't specifically recall the JAMD article, I do remember the craze of Knoppix and "STD" and, distro-speaking, I was probably on Redhat 7.3 "Phoebe" when DW first appeared. I believe DW overtook ISONews for crown of distrohopper's favorite sites.
I hope it represents a positive time in your life.
While I can think of 5 or more great ideas that may or may not improve the weekly section, I'm sure i'd be a dismal failure at trying to maintain the balance between bias, fairness, and honest reporting. I don't think I could have the tolerance of dealing with the "Oh yeah? but my distro is better 'cause..." emails/comments/etc. You have usually taken the high road with some of the more "colorful" arguments.
You fought a good fight, Mister Bodnar.
I can't believe it ends like this. The "Technical darwinism" that seems to unfold before our eyes year after year has not yet declared a true winner. What does the future hold? With those like Ladislav at the helm of this site, it appeared at least, that wise old men were guiding us down the path of victory or enlightenment. Maybe some users took this site too seriously. Maybe some didn't take it seriously enough.
I hope that, where ever life takes you, you can take the gratitude from this community and those you've helped with your great idea and feel a sense of accomplishment. It all boils down to the fact that you, Ladislav, did _something_ that benefited those around you on this pale blue dot. Thank you.
102 • Maybe I can help. (by anonymous on 2008-11-17 14:09:01 GMT from United States)
I have always enjoyed Distrowatch.... Very nice pub.
While I am SURE I could never carry the whole banner, maybe I can
help out in some way?
FWIW - I'm BSE(EE), MSEE, PE - near Concord, NH.
That said I do mostly low-level embedded stuff. I kicked Microsoft out
many years ago and GREATLY enjoy reading DISTROWATCH.
I think a section on OPENWRT type issues might be a nice addition
to your fine PUB :).
103 • Once again: Many many many many thanks. (by dwijef on 2008-11-17 14:10:15 GMT from Indonesia)
Well, after all of this months reading and enjoying DW & DWW, i guess it really is the time for me to actually write something.
Thanks Ladislav. I really appreciate what you have done with this site. It is THE FIRST place i go when i need some infos about any distro. It helped me understands the linux world better.
Well, yeah maybe my tuesday will be a little bit flat. I live in Indonesia, so i receive my DWW on tuesday morning. I even enjoyed the comments page. With all the erratic rants and even sometimes the bashing from people around. (Not that i like bashing though). I really get to know persons like Martin Ultima, Adam Williamson, Clement Levebre, Dr. Saleem Khan, even Beranger, Dick Cheney, Landor and all of those guys I cannot afford to mention. Where are those guys anyway?
Well, I hope you find someone just as enthusiast and spirited like you.(Doubt it ;P)
Once again, many many many many thanks, Ladislav-senpai. Kudos to you.
Oh yeah, nice to see Blank-On finally arrive. Though I'm not of an Ubuntu fan, maju terus dunia IT Indonesia.
104 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 14:10:31 GMT from Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Ladislav, Distrowatch Weekly was probably the only good thing about mondays. Your articles will be missed. Hopefully you will find someone suitable for the honor of writing DWW that is as unbiased and thorough as yourself. Good luck and cheers, long live Distrowatch.
105 • No subject (by mthei on 2008-11-17 14:25:44 GMT from Canada)
This site was crucial in introducing me to Linux in general and helping me find that perfect distro for my every day use. Thanks for all of your hard work.
106 • Best wishes (by Andy Axnot on 2008-11-17 14:28:05 GMT from United States)
Wow, Ladislav, this is very sad news for us DWW readers, even, or perhaps especially, those of us who have had small disagreements with you over the years.
Very best wishes, whatever you decide to do.
107 • Best Wishes (by Nikhil Sinha on 2008-11-17 14:32:43 GMT from India)
Thank you very much, loved reading DWW every Monday. Best Wishes!
108 • Thanks (by Kevin on 2008-11-17 14:33:59 GMT from Canada)
I'm sorry to hear that you won't be continuing on with DWW, as it has been a staple of my Monday mornings for some time now. DWW has always been interesting and informative and I would like to thank you for all of the time and effort you put into it.
I think that Astaroth had a good suggestion in possibly finding more than one person to write DWW. That would help alleviate the pressures in maintaining it.
109 • Thanks (by Jared on 2008-11-17 14:34:37 GMT from United States)
I'm a better person because of your contributions. Thank you.
110 • Bye. (by Rotter Robert on 2008-11-17 14:34:58 GMT from Czech Republic)
True...."End of an era indeed" for several years i take a look every day at DW...So take care.
111 • Good luck! (by Pyrrhus on 2008-11-17 14:39:12 GMT from United States)
Thanks for all your hard work on DWW - we all look forward to what you'll be putting out next!
112 • With gratitude (by relativ on 2008-11-17 14:42:14 GMT from United States)
As many other readers here have posted, I have read every DWW since the beginning... If I was on holiday, I always read the archives upon returning to my PC. DWW is the single best thing about Monday morning!
Thank you for all your efforts in bringing us this weekly report. I hope you find someone soon to take over, but it will never be quite the same. You will be missed!
Three cheers for Ladislav!!
113 • Farewell distro watcher (by Anton Kobzev on 2008-11-17 14:43:04 GMT from Russian Federation)
Thank you Ladislav!
DW is one of the 5 sites I visit every day. Thank you for your work. I hope this DWW will not be the last one and the new brilliant writer will step in.
But, please, do not forget to remind us about you from time to time in a form of a short article or message published at DW. Your opinion has become weighty during these years.
Hope you will recover from your illness smoothly.
114 • Transition Fund (by D. on 2008-11-17 14:56:15 GMT from United States)
I have been a fan of this site from the beginning. It's great to see this outpouring of respect/support for Ladislav.
I have an idea... I would be willing to donate a few dollars to a transition fund to help Lad switch to a new direction and help pay for new writers. He has been so generous over the years... giving thousands of dollars to open source projects... let's give a bit back.
If anyone else thinks this is a good idea, please chime in. Someone could set up a Paypal donation site or something. We've all been enjoying DWW for free for years, now it's time to pay our subscription fees.
What do you think, gents?
115 • No subject (by Mikhail on 2008-11-17 15:07:49 GMT from Russian Federation)
Is it possible that you don't quit but introduce payed subscription similar
to that of Linux Weekly News (http://lwn.net)? DW is a _great_
resource and I am sure it won't be that way w/o you.
116 • DWW (by Brian on 2008-11-17 15:09:44 GMT from United States)
I Love DWW, thank you so much for all the years you spent on it. We all appreciate it and understand what you are doing.
117 • distrowatch weekly (by mark on 2008-11-17 15:11:43 GMT from United States)
I love your weekly news sorry to see it change
but if it does I think you should make it more
distro'ed as in more people in the pie
until you get your editor
how about taking chunks from people
and call it the weekly news
just my 2 cents
it was nice while it lasted
thanks for a great effort
118 • Ladislav (by jack on 2008-11-17 15:11:45 GMT from Canada)
The transition fund sounds like a good idea
119 • DWW (by Verndog on 2008-11-17 15:11:46 GMT from United States)
What can I say that hasn't already been said. Well one thing or two.
A couple of things could happen:
(1) You change your mind.
(2) Someone else takes over and resumes DWW as usual.
(3) You decide to publish DWW as DWM - a monthly or quarterly.
Thank you Ladislav for all your continued effort. It's not like your sailing off into the sunset. Also just missing an article or two is not that big a deal.
Once someone else has taken over the helm you might realize how much you miss it.
Best of luck in however this DWW continues and looks like in the future.
120 • Progex (by whocares on 2008-11-17 15:16:41 GMT from Finland)
Does it have realtime kernel and how its different like ubuntustudio. New themed Ubuntu once again? wow
121 • Thank you (by Fernando Gracia on 2008-11-17 15:17:42 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, I just want to say thank you for all your hard work and effort during all these years. Your weekly newsletter has been a our source of informayion and knowledge about the Linux world and we learned a lot over the time. I wish the best for you and for Distrowatch.
122 • Thanks (by Rune on 2008-11-17 15:19:36 GMT from Bangladesh)
Thanks from a faithful reader since the first issues ...
123 • We will miss your commentary (by Jeffrey on 2008-11-17 15:22:11 GMT from United States)
Sorry to see you moving on. But I understand. Thank you for all the time and effort you poured into this site. Great Work! Best wishes to your future!
124 • DWW (by zetor on 2008-11-17 15:28:56 GMT from Sweden)
I am going to miss DWW,been reading it since the beginning.
Hope you find someone to continue the work!
125 • Comments about editorials (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 15:29:19 GMT from Canada)
Editorials are opinion pieces by the editors. While some may disagree with what is said, it is the opinion of the editor.
Ladislav, you've done a good job of being the editor here for so long and its sad you have decided to step down. Seeing the many heated discussions every Monday morning was a good thing. For those of us that read it regularly it provided an insite into some of the other views about the Linux and FOSS worlds that we may not have seen in quite the same manner.
Opinion pieces make people think. Thinking is a good thing. I'm quite sure some of the discussions that went on here have actually helped to shape some of the projects that are listed especially those that wanted to reach a larger audience.
I admitedly haven't always agreed with you but that doesn't mean I didn't like the articles or the site. This site is a wealth of info on most linux distributions and a starting point for many new to the linux world. Choice is also a good thing and I don't think we'll ever see the day where 1 distribution or OS is king. They can be king for a day but things are constantly changing and evolving.
I hope you reconsider and continue to write the weekly articles. I've been following this site since the beginning and will continue to do so and have always looked forward to the DWW's on Mondays.
126 • Thank you ! (by Arturo on 2008-11-17 15:29:21 GMT from Mexico)
From a big fan of DistroWatch, thank you for all the hard work you have put into DWW.
Get well soon please amigo
127 • Thanks (by Glenn on 2008-11-17 15:30:44 GMT from United States)
Best of luck. Now you may find time to get "reacquainted" with your wife and family?? I hope somebody steps up to continue DW . It's definitely THE Site for keeping abreast of linux distros.
128 • OpenSuSE 11.1 B5 (by Anon E Moose on 2008-11-17 15:34:22 GMT from Canada)
I suppose this is off-topic, given the theme of most of the comments this week.
I tried the KDE 4 edition of beta 5, and all I can say is the team was wise in not naming this as a release candidate. Chronic plasma crashes on 2 test systems make it entirely unusable. KDE 4.1 is much more stable on 11.
Both systems have run of the mill ATI chips. Nothing fancy. And this was the default config. Heck, it was crashing during the install, even.
I'm going to grab the DVD and give Gnome a try.
Looking forward to this release, though. Now that we have a few SuSE servers up my distro-hopping days are over, for better or worse, as I focus on this one.
129 • Dank u wel! Merci beaucoup! Vielen Dank! (by capricornus on 2008-11-17 15:35:08 GMT from Belgium)
As a daily visitor from Belgium where I live and the Netherlands where I work, I know the stress you' re going through maintaining a website. My heart is full of thankfulness, because of you, Ladislav, I enjoyed testing all the goodies you presented here with a humor not to be copied. May the force be with you.
130 • Thanks!! (by Udo on 2008-11-17 15:49:37 GMT from Germany)
Let's digg this and find a good new editor ASAP.
It has been a wild ride. Thanks Ladislav!
131 • It is UNANIMOUS!! (by Rick D on 2008-11-17 16:03:39 GMT from United States)
Everyone agrees on this forum!! You are universally loved!
Thank you for the years that you have out into the making of DWW!
Although someone may step in to fulfil the role, no one can ever replace the original Ladislav!!
132 • Thank you for everything, Ladislav (by Kenji on 2008-11-17 16:13:33 GMT from United States)
As a distro-hopper for over 5 years, I have to say that my journey would not have been the same (or as much fun) without Distrowatch and DWW.
A million thanks!
133 • Thanks for being opinionated. (by gaslightjoe on 2008-11-17 16:20:41 GMT from United States)
From the beginning, I marveled at the appearance of a brand-new issue every week with useful opinion, evaluations, and reviews. Unlike some commentators, I will miss your unique, no-apologies point-of-view. When I found DW, I was looking through a lot of distros for something to run on my crappy hardware. Your insights directed the search. These days I've, settled on ubuntu, for good or ill, but I still read DW for the news releases about new distros with differing creative motivations. I hope that facet of DW never changes.
134 • You never find out until you die... (by Jay Wilson on 2008-11-17 16:22:34 GMT from United Kingdom)
... how much people liked you.
And you never find out until you move how much your neighbours appreciate you. Obviously I've had experience of the latter but not the former.
Well, if you've taken the time to get to post 132+ then please remember to thank people for what they do while they're still doing it. Don't wait until it's too late.
Ladislav - take some time off to polish that halo!
135 • Thanks for all of the work! (by Saul on 2008-11-17 16:27:01 GMT from United States)
Thanks much for all of the hard work! DW Weekly and your entire site have greatly expanded my knowledge of linux. You provide a great service. I'm happy that you're looking forward to continuing administering the site, and I'm sure that you will select a great candidate to continue your excellent work editing DWW.
136 • Many Thanks !!! (by IMQ on 2008-11-17 16:27:18 GMT from United States)
For the excellent work you had done over the years to keep DW a great site to visit.
I, a long time reader since the early days, come here everyday for news of new releases and every Monday for a good read on DistroWatch Weekly.
Although it's sad to see you resign from the post, I feel a little relief that you didn't close down DW. That would be the ultimate doom day for many of us loyal readers.
Anyway, again thanks for creating one of the greatest sites on the net.
137 • Thank you Ladislav (by Gahe on 2008-11-17 16:33:19 GMT from Honduras)
I started using Linux about 3 years ago, basically without any help except from sites such as Distrowatch, since I still don´t know any other linux user in my hometown. I'm very gratefull to you Ladislav
138 • Thanks for all of your efforts! (by Brian Masinick on 2008-11-17 16:33:36 GMT from United States)
I have appreciated reading many issues over the past five years, and I have found many additional distributions to test thanks to these pages. I have enjoyed the diversity of opinions expressed here and thank you for your role in providing this useful service.
139 • Many thanks Ladislav (by REMF on 2008-11-17 16:37:27 GMT from United Kingdom)
Been DWW for years now and always enjoyed it, good luck with whatever comes next.
140 • Thank you for all your hardwork and for Distrowatch (by Antonio Olivares on 2008-11-17 16:40:18 GMT from United States)
Thank you Ladislav for all the great work you do. I hope you find an energetic person that can also do what you have done for the past several years. Visting Distrowach on Mondays is a pleasure and all thanks to you.
I hope you get well soon as well :)
141 • Thanks (by octathlon on 2008-11-17 16:43:24 GMT from United States)
Thanks Ladislav for bringing us DWW all this time and for wanting to keep it going by hiring a new editor(s).
I would like to see an article from you in the future recapping how things have changed in the distro world from when you first started DWW until now.
142 • RE: DistroWatch Weekly - end of an era (by Ernesto on 2008-11-17 16:46:40 GMT from Argentina)
I'm @ GMT-3, so usually DWW is already published by the time I wake up every Monday.
I just wanted to say that you did a great job and I hope you find someone who's up to the task.
Thanks and best luck.
143 • Just thanks (by Andri on 2008-11-17 16:50:31 GMT from Italy)
thanks for your efforts man
144 • THANKS (by david d on 2008-11-17 16:59:24 GMT from United States)
Thanks for making all my Monday mornings a lot better.
145 • Thank you! (by matei at 2008-11-17 17:01:07 GMT from Romania)
Thank you so much for all the great and hard work you've put into this site!
146 • I'm Gutted (by Barnabyh on 2008-11-17 17:02:51 GMT from United Kingdom)
Thank you for the hard work of 5 years of distrowatch and your unique style and angle of presenting things. It certainly made this site into something special and the communities (using plural to include the BSD's and Solaris) would have been poorer without it. The only site I would make an effort to return to every Monday if possible, even while in Africa, in road side shack internet cafes.
Good luck and best wishes to the next person. How about a DW monthly by Ladislav?
Take care of yourself mate.
147 • Gracias (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 17:05:43 GMT from Spain)
Thanks Ladislav for your hard work.
It's impressive to read how many peaple around the world respect you and your work, please take care.
148 • loss to Linux, et. al. (by Wanda on 2008-11-17 17:12:29 GMT from United States)
All the comments are so right. Thanks for all your great work.
I'd really like to help, but I'm like so many here: don't have the background needed.
All the best in your future!
149 • No subject (by Davey on 2008-11-17 17:21:00 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, I guess it took this shock to bring into focus what an extraordinary force you've become in the free/open software universe. You were exactly the right person who came along at the right time with the ability to take a geek/boring topic like software and make it into an exciting and necessary weekly technodrama. You will have a place when the history of this era's technology has written.
Thanks for all you've done and for being so good at doing it. It's been a privilege reading your creation.
And take care of that health thing.
150 • No subject (by Chuck on 2008-11-17 17:38:29 GMT from United States)
Thank You for all your time and effort, it will be missed.
I was kind late to the linux game, and would have given up after trying my first distro if not for distrowatch.
Good Luck, I hope your health improves.
151 • It's been said before but, Thanks (by Ottawa on 2008-11-17 17:43:46 GMT from Canada)
DWW would be missed if someone couldn't be found to take on the challenge. Lets hope that doesn't happen.
152 • Thank You (by Kornel Dluhi on 2008-11-17 17:49:16 GMT from United States)
You did a great work, thanks.
153 • Thanks (by Sankaran on 2008-11-17 17:53:57 GMT from India)
I will miss your DWW so much. Take care
154 • Thank you! (by Sam on 2008-11-17 17:54:03 GMT from United States)
I've been a regular DWW and DW reader/visitor for a few years now. Always appreciate the work put into this effort. Best of luck with your future plans!
155 • Thanks for your hard work (by JLT on 2008-11-17 17:54:57 GMT from United States)
I've been a distro-hopper/checker for many years.
I still have my JAMD iso
Your site has always been the most informative on LINUX OSes (and others) about the latest versions available, new features, and links to their sites.
Of the utmost importance is of course YOUR HEALTH!!!!!
Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!
Your tenacity in the efforts for this site is greatly appreciated.
But remember, even a mule has to hear a "WHOA" occasionally!!
We are confident that you will select the best path/help/people to insure the continuation of DW and DWW.
YOU DA MAN................
Thanks again .......... JLT
156 • Thank you (by Paul on 2008-11-17 18:04:46 GMT from United States)
Thanks Ladislav for all your hard work. It has been my Monday lunch-time weekly activity to visit DWW and catch-up on the latest. Your efforts will be missed.
157 • Thank you (by Andrew on 2008-11-17 18:09:29 GMT from United States)
Thanks Ladislav, I've been a distro hopper for years and this is definately one of the best Linux websites. I only started reading DWW earlier this year, but every edition was a joy to read. Every monday I'd be excited to read your article in computer science. It was something to get excited about, especially since mondays are otherwise pretty weak.
On the topic of changing writers, maybe you could split the work up between a few different people. Maybe instead of one long main article, you could have a few shorter ones and then the normal news section and new distribution section. I think that would be pretty solid.
Either way, I hope your health returns. Best wishes.
158 • Thanks Ladislav!!! (by ezsit on 2008-11-17 18:20:43 GMT from United States)
I have been reading and enjoying Distrowatch and the Weekly News for years. Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication, I have always appreciated your site and the news. I will miss your editorial skills and look forward to a new editor to maintain the Weekly News. Thanks again. Best wishes and best of health to you.
159 • Thanks for Happy Mondays (by Jason on 2008-11-17 18:28:04 GMT from United States)
thanks for your efforts. I've have only been visiting this site for about 6 months now and it has helped me much finding distros :) Good luck with all you do.
Thanks for making Mondays much more tolerable
160 • Thanks Ladislav!!! (by Rictec at 2008-11-17 18:29:51 GMT from Portugal)
i read this every week
thank you and good luck
161 • Thanks for all the fish, er, Distrowatch Weeklies! (by Gnobuddy at 2008-11-17 18:31:50 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, thank you very much for all the DWW's you've written over the years. I'm fairly sure you singlehandedly turned me onto to just about every Linux distribution I've used in the last eight years. That's a fairly long list, and a few of the highlights include Mepis, Puppy, Kororaa, Gentoo, Kubuntu, and Slackware.
162 • Thanks for all the Linux/BSD knowledge (by Sergio on 2008-11-17 18:35:17 GMT from Mexico)
Hope for better things to come to you.
Thanks to distrowatch I got fully into the Linux world, trying all the posible distros I could, and getting a grasp of how everything moves in the Open Source Distributions world.
163 • Thanks! / Canaima (by drizake on 2008-11-17 18:49:45 GMT from United States)
Like so many others have said, thank you so much for Distrowatch. I read DWW every Monday and stay up on the comments all week long. I know it must have been a difficult decision to step down as the editor.
Here's an idea. How about connecting with a CS professor (or professors) at a school (or schools) and having him or her assign the students the opportunity to write reviews for DWW? You could select the best one or two each week to be the main columns...
Also, I was pleasantly surprised to read about Canaima. Many countries have Ubuntu variants (un)officially supported by the government. This one is based on Debian and is in response to a presidential decree (I'm hoping by Mr. Chávez himself). Rock on!
164 • Thank you Ladislav you have enlightened us all (by Bill Savoie on 2008-11-17 19:00:05 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, you have done the world a lot of good. Software was fun back 30 years ago, but then a wave of greed took everything private. Being Open was the answer, Linux, GNU, BSD, and the Internet. Unfortunately progress was slow. I love the vi editor, but it is not everyone’s cup of tea. Distrowatch created a new level of being open across distributions. Ladislav introduced us to his wit and speculation and it was irresistible to many including me, stuck in my cubical. What made Ladislav good, was that he had fun with it. He then infected us with his feelings, some positive and some negative, so we were hooked too. But he was having fun and that brought us back week after week. I have been watching since the beginning. It has been home on my browser for years.
I am 62 and retired last May. I love retirement. I am writing a book. Life begins when we stop doing what we are told. It is the beginning of true freedom. Life is short and you cannot take your money with you. Ladislav is making the right decision. We can’t be selfish in our use of his time. Thanks Ladislav, may your future reflect the good you have created here. Thank you.. Bill Savoie
165 • You are awesome! (by Isaac on 2008-11-17 19:01:38 GMT from United States)
Dear Ladislav, thank you so very much for your hard work as editor and founder of DWW and DW. I started to put the fun back into computing only recently, but your editorials have been wonderfully informative and helpful, and I will miss them. I believe there are few that can match your experience, writing ability, and balanced nature, but that you will find them if they are there.
This site has always felt very warm to return to, so I'm glad that you will still be her architect and caretaker. I wish you the best, in your health and your adventures to come.
I applaud you! :-)
166 • Goodbye DWW! (by Dan MacDonald on 2008-11-17 19:02:32 GMT from United Kingdom)
I too want to offer my utmost gratitude to Ladislav for keeping up DWW for as long as he has. It was surely an essential read for anyone seriously interested in free software and has been an important highlight of my (our) Mondays for years now. I would REALLY miss it if it was to go dodo!
I really don't think the importance of distrowatch and DWW to the free software movement can be understated. Even if Ladislav never contributed a single line of code to an open source product, by providing such excellent services he has been as big an aid to its development as pretty much anyone I feel. I'm talking Linus/RMS/Sunsite/Freshnews/DW 'pantheon of the FOSS Gods' level. Never mind all the donations he's made to important FOSS projects as a result of this site.
Just as important as DWW is this comments section. Yeah, we've seen our share of arguing, bitching, lying, plugging and stupidity here but DAMN I've learned a lot from posting comments and questions here. There is a rich goldmine of computing knowledge in the readership of this periodical.
Hope you get well quick Ladislav and I hope someone can do as good as job at DWW as you did- keep up the stellar work with the guts of DW when you feel up to it again.
Lots of Linuxy love from the UK :)
167 • No subject (by Dick Cheney on 2008-11-17 19:11:18 GMT from United States)
Thanks for your hard work for all these years. Distrowatch was an important part of my journey away from Windows.
We all get tired of our projects, so I hope you will enjoy your new freedom to work on other things that you find more interesting. (And I look forward to seeing a better site and some new perspectives in the process.)
168 • Goodbye! (by Nnyan on 2008-11-17 19:11:59 GMT from United States)
Hearty thanks for all your time and efforts with DWW. It's a sad day to see you go and you will be missed. Good luck with life and hopefully some day we'll see you back.
169 • freshMEAT, sorry (by Dan MacDonald on 2008-11-17 19:19:05 GMT from United Kingdom)
freshnews is a fantastic site to but its just an automated news feed tracker so I can't include it in the 'Online Linux Resources Pantheon of THE GODS' which also includes
and of course, distrowatch.com
There have been and are other important Linux sites (like sunsite as I mentioned already) but these days those a pretty much the only three sites you'd need to get a good footing in Linux land.
A fundamentalist DW reader ;)
170 • Much Too Early For A Eulogy (by Hawkeye on 2008-11-17 19:25:13 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, there is Friday the 13th as a symbol of dread and bad luck. Now Monday the 17th will have a similar place in my future thoughts.
Without your well organized website, and timely commentary on the gamut of open source community happenings, I would still be stumbling around, and cursing regularly, as a disgruntled Windows user. About five years ago I found Distrowatch and a wonderful, informative, and helpful journey began.
For me, the journey started by visiting and researching ALL 100 of the top distros that existed at that time. What an education that was, in itself! But DWW was the cherry on top of this 'technical banana split'. DWW was a timely, pertinent, well-balanced commentary on the current activities within this wonderful community. It added perspective to my exploration of raw, disorganized data.
After my initial research, I began as an unabashed distro-hopper (live cd/dvd's only, thank you). It was the confidence and information obtained from DW that allowed me to 'dual-boot' as a first step. I have been Windows free for about 3 1/2 years now. I know there are many of your readers that still use Windows as a 'dual-boot', or even exclusively; that's all good by me. But for my computing experience, the day Windows left my computers was a truly liberating experience. Your website, and the immeasurable hours you spent making it the well structured, timely centerpiece for open source information was my starting point; it is, and will remain (hopefully) my internet homepage.
I wish you good health and a long and great satisfaction as you move toward a new chapter in your life.
An unabashed fan,
171 • Shame! (by Graeme Lockett on 2008-11-17 19:29:04 GMT from New Zealand)
I just wanted to say that I have enjoyed reading your weekly for many years now. I did think it odd last week that there wasn't one. Your successor has large shoes to fill and I wish you well in what ever you do next. Positive health vibes heading your way.
172 • WIERD (by Frank on 2008-11-17 19:29:34 GMT from United States)
Hey First time in so many years thar ther is no bashing no angry notes, No one is fighting or trying to prove that the dristro they use is the best. this is fantastic!!
wish it will remain that way for ever and we start to work together
best wishes to Ladislav and we all hope to hear from you soon
173 • wow... (by Unissakävelijä on 2008-11-17 19:36:17 GMT from Finland)
I haven't commented anything here ever, but always enjoyed reading distrowatch weekly & other visitors comments.
You did great job. Well earned rest :)
174 • Muchas gracias Ladislav! (by Mac on 2008-11-17 19:44:03 GMT from Mexico)
Muchas gracias Ladislav por el fabuloso trabajo que has realizado durante años. Deseo que recuperes tu salud y que tengas la mejor de las suertes.
Estaré pendiente de DWW.
Saludos desde Veracruz, México.
175 • No subject (by matyas on 2008-11-17 19:46:33 GMT from Argentina)
Thank you very much for all this years of DWW
176 • DWW (by Richard on 2008-11-17 19:48:59 GMT from United Kingdom)
Thanks for doing the newsletter, much appreciated.
Have a nice break.
177 • No subject (by bhrich902 on 2008-11-17 19:49:39 GMT from United States)
thx for the site, and get well man 8)...
178 • Thank you so much (by PastorEd at 2008-11-17 20:11:15 GMT from United States)
I was saddened to read of your decision to stop editing DWW. I've been an avid weekly reader ever since that first JAMD article. Distrowatch Weekly has been my Must-Read Monday event ever since. I'm sad to see it go.
More to the point, I'm sad to see YOU go as its editor. Thank you for all of your hard work through these past years. It was greatly appreciated.
GBYLBT, Pastor Ed
179 • For everyone else there's distrowatch (by technosaurus on 2008-11-17 20:18:22 GMT from United States)
technology news = $50
distro news = $50
howto articles = $50
Ladislav's take = priceless
180 • Just one word (by Nobody important on 2008-11-17 21:05:51 GMT from United States)
181 • Thanks and hope for DWW in future! (by Xaser on 2008-11-17 21:08:59 GMT from Costa Rica)
First of all!, Thank You very much for such great efforts along long years! I remember that I found DW by the #6 DWW was published and remember that I was checking the past issues, and since then, DW is one the place that week after week I looking for info (even from my cell phone connection 3 years ago when I had to recover in hospital from a motorcycle accident), info always new, always nice and always usefull!...
Thanks You very much for such great contribution and work for LiNUX comunity, I really hope You could be very well so soon, and hope that Your generous offer may make some good guys to take the chance fo continue Your good work and DWW may continue in future.
Thanks again and best regards!
Pura Vida from Costa Rica! :-)
182 • Your departure (by macondo on 2008-11-17 21:27:55 GMT from Panama)
Ladislav, you will be missed buddy, thanks for doing such a good work, a man has to do what a man has to do. Time to pass the torch, i hope Robert Storey applies for the job.
183 • Gentoo overwhelming arrogance (by Anonymous on 2008-11-17 21:32:46 GMT from United States)
Can't get a monthly newsletter out in 5 weeks if at all, documentation servers down, the corporation in disarray, and only one release a year.
But they have the balls to put themselves into the ntp configs for the server pool!
These guys need training wheels not control of the wheels of time...
184 • Thank you !!! (by jeff_Brasov on 2008-11-17 21:37:54 GMT from Romania)
This site and the monthly "My Linux" was the one who open my eyes about the beauty Open Source.
Also this site was one of the fastest in browsers loading.
Excellent site !!! Outstanding information and articles !!!
Thanks for all who make this site possible.
I hope ( just like Led Zeppelin "The Song ) site remains the same.
185 • End of an Era (by Ned Niswander on 2008-11-17 22:25:21 GMT from United States)
Thankyou and Bless You! I hope that you will be well ASAP. DWW was always the brightest part of my Mondays. Something to look forward to that was interesting and educating at the same time. Linux has made computing fun for me, and DWW was very informative and helped ease the learning curve. Your work has been much appreciated. Best Wishes!
186 • Sad to See You Go (by James Herring on 2008-11-17 22:36:24 GMT from United States)
It is with regret that I see you sign off on Distrowatch Weekly. Your newsletter has been one of the few things I look forward to on Monday. It is with your supplemental news on what's happening with the development and release of distros that I have been ever the more informed about what's been going on in the world of Linux. Were it not for Distrowatch Weekly, I wouldn't have known about many things going on with Linux distro developers and the distros themselves. I wish you the best in your future plans and hope that the successor to the editing position of Distrowatch Weekly can do just as good a job as you did.
187 • filling the void on home use of Linux (by james on 2008-11-17 22:44:27 GMT from United States)
Thanks, Ladislav, and best wishes for your future.
I just want to make one point about why I think DistroWatch Weekly is so important. Much of the media's coverage of open source and Linux/BSD -- both dead tree and electronic -- centers on business use and servers. For my money, the best Linux mag around is Linux Format, yet it too seems oriented toward company CIOs and developers. There is scant attention given to Linux as a real alternative on the desktop for non-geeks. Now even Mark Shuttleworth himself would admit that Linux on the desktop has a ways to go, and certainly that's part of the reason for Linux's low profile. However, there are two other factors at play: (1) the incongruence of a free good in a capitalist system and (2) the software hegemony of Microsoft.
DistroWatch Weekly fills that void. The features are timely, comprehensive and unfiltered. You may not agree with all of the opinions expressed (I don't), but the forum promotes dialogue, and dialogue leads to progress. I hope the next caretaker of DWW respects the legacy that Ladislav has built and always keeps it a beacon for ordinary people who want to stop hating their computers and look to open source as a way to do it.
188 • What Else? (by Craig on 2008-11-17 23:15:30 GMT from United States)
The first thing I always did on Mondays after work was to read DW Weekly. I don't know how I'll keep up if there's no successor. Thanks so
much for your dedication to open source. Good luck; and CHIME IN every once in a while, will ya?
189 • No subject (by Landor on 2008-11-17 23:18:01 GMT from Canada)
I wasn't shocked by this in the least...The writing's been on the wall for some time I do believe, even more so with your comments over the last couple months.
I placed a wager with the lad today if there would be a DWW this week and he won, lucky bugger :)
I hope if DWW does continue that you remain a vocal participant in the comments section here as I'd honestly miss some of our quibbles :) I also hope that if someone else takes the reins that they display the same kind of intelligence and latitude you have in regard to exchanges here, either directed towards you, or just amongst others.
I may not have agreed with you (on numerous occasions lmao) but I have to say I respected how you handled yourself intelligently, but more so, kept to the topic and not the person, which really is the sign of an evolved person in my opinion.
Although, I hope from time to time you've mumbled "asshole" as you've read comments posted here over the years. ;)
Ladislav, Keep You Stick On The Ice...
( oh and gimme a big kiss!! lmao :) )
190 • DWW (by Matthew Kenny on 2008-11-18 00:20:13 GMT from United Kingdom)
DWW and sites alike that you linked to is what got me started to get into linux. Its such a same that this is your last issue but I bet you'll enjoy some rest :-)
191 • Ladislav, thank you for your hard work on DWW (by Caitlyn Martin on 2008-11-18 00:30:07 GMT from United States)
Ladislav: Thank you for all your hard work on DWW. It has been appreciated. I hope it continues under a new editor. I also hope you will continue to maintain the rest of the website. The quality of your work speaks for itself.
192 • Thanks (by Zac on 2008-11-18 00:39:21 GMT from Australia)
Thanks Ladislav for all your hard work. You have made a priceless contribution to the Linux/BSD world. You should be proud.
193 • Thank you, Ladislav! (by bjm on 2008-11-18 00:44:56 GMT from United States)
I am just writing in to say thank you for all your hard work that you dedicated to the weekly articles. I looked forward every Monday to read your weekly articles. This website is largely responsible for not only my interest in Linux or BSD, but to many others was well. I have never posted here before, but I felt the need to thank you for the contribution that you gave the community. I wish you the best and good luck in all of your future endeavors.
194 • Thanks (by Todd on 2008-11-18 00:56:48 GMT from United States)
I am another one of the reasons there was a traffic spike Monday morning. I am always amazed at how you managed to find distro news that was interesting but not already covered by other media.
Thanks for many years of satisfying my distro news fix
195 • Thank you very much! (by awong on 2008-11-18 01:14:21 GMT from Canada)
Thanks for all your hard work. Your site helped me to find an alternate OS that I use 95% of the time now. Your efforts have been a tremendous help to many and I wish you the best in your future endeavours. I've always enjoyed DW and it is now one of my favourites in my bookmarks. Hope to see you around DW...
196 • Thanks (by Wisconsin on 2008-11-18 01:28:38 GMT from United States)
I have learned much from DW and DWW. It has been my main connection to FOSS. This is the best site for getting Linux on the desktop.
197 • Site like no other... (by Esldude on 2008-11-18 01:34:56 GMT from United States)
When I wanted off the Microsoft train, it was Distrowatch that allowed me to do it.
It was DWW that kept it a place to visit regularly.
You may have affected more people than you know, and a positive contribution it was.
Not much else to add other than count me among those saying a big THANK YOU!
198 • What will be different (by trotter1985 on 2008-11-18 01:49:43 GMT from United States)
Everyone who has been reading this site over the past months/years
wishes you great happiness and success. Now what comes next.
I sincerely hope it will continue to be a spirited discussion of the
merits (and relative merits) of one distribution/architecture vs another(s).
This is how we learn.
I gain nothing from a posting: I installed Linux Distro XYZ
and it crashed my network/graphics/wireless/etc/ It sucks and anybody
who says otherwise sucks.
Why not: Here are the reasons why I think distro XYX is particularly nice,
and here are the concrete and reproducible failures of this same distro.
So life moves on. The King is Dead. Long live the King.
Long live Ladislav!
William T. Trotter
199 • Thank You and Good Luck (by duck at 2008-11-18 01:54:01 GMT from United States)
This has been one of my favorite web pages over the years. Distrowatch has made the linux world accessible, friendly and exciting.
200 • many thanks (by jaslar on 2008-11-18 02:11:40 GMT from United States)
I understand something about being burnt out. But you, sir, have provided a truly extraordinary run of extraordinary quality for a long time.
No one ever hears this enough: THANK YOU.
201 • What can i add? (by Bbig at 2008-11-18 02:12:18 GMT from Germany)
Thank you much for the time and effort!
I always awaited your DistroWatch Weekly eagerly. So i just wanted to express that i understand your decision, but it is still sad to see you resign.
It won't be the same without you, Ladislav.
202 • Thank you!!! (by dedi on 2008-11-18 02:15:16 GMT from Australia)
Thank you and all the best!!!
203 • Thank you (by Frank on 2008-11-18 02:35:50 GMT from United States)
Thank you Ladislav for all your hard work and the help you have given to the open source community. Good luck!
204 • Thank you (by Becky on 2008-11-18 03:05:36 GMT from United States)
I've spent much of my computing time in last two years learning linux instead of fixing Windows thanks to you.
205 • Thankyou. . . . . (by Riichard on 2008-11-18 03:28:32 GMT from United States)
Thank you Ladislav for the comprehensive work you have done in maintaining and updating the Linux information on this site. I've been using Linux for about 6 years and this site has been the one I have frequently visited for information concerning all of the upcoming developments in all of the Distro's. Sad to see you go. Wish you the best of success in your new endeavors. I'm hoping your successor is every bit as good as you have been in keeping us all informed. Thank you once again.
206 • YATY (Yet Another Thank You) (by DanceMan on 2008-11-18 04:10:19 GMT from Canada)
Distrowatch has become one of the sites I check regularly. It's an essential resource for both the newbie and more experienced desktop linux user. Thanks for creating it and all the work it takes to maintain it. Your effort has touched thousands around the world.
There comes a time when a person has to make changes and look after other aspects of life. Good luck. I hope the results work out as well as DWW has for all of us.
207 • Ladislav, you left the bar of standards pretty high (by Andrew P. Dickerson on 2008-11-18 04:16:32 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, your fair unbiased writings truly showed week after week. It was clear from day one that a great deal of effort went into assembling, gathering, consuming and then processing mountains of information and presenting in a way that is current, timely, informative, relevant, inspiring, cutting edge and intellectually fun.
There is no site bar none that did what you did week after week. I am sure the entire Linux, BSD, GNU and Open Source community are applauding the excellent work, commitment, high ethical standards and support of these systems that you gave in the most professional and genuinely sincerest way possible. Many readers come to appreciate your honest and fair publication. We've seen companies like Gartner Group do a "180" on many of their stories, most likely getting a payolla from Billy G. and company. But you held the line and kept the bar of standards mighty high without never selling out. For this I am truly thankful.
Great Job Ladislav!
208 • Good bye (by Diego on 2008-11-18 04:32:50 GMT from Colombia)
Thank you so very much for everything. Distrowatch will not be the same without you... I wish you well!
209 • Thanks (by straykat on 2008-11-18 04:34:51 GMT from Australia)
With my first comment to DWW it is to say thanks to Ladislav for his DWW & the knowledge disseminated through DWW , DW & other places.
210 • Thanks! (by tom on 2008-11-18 04:37:36 GMT from United States)
DWW has been great. I bet there are some really important things on that to-do list. What should we expect from such a person? I can hardly wait to see what's next!
211 • Many Thanks (by Erwin on 2008-11-18 04:51:35 GMT from Philippines)
Thank you very much for keeping up the site for as long as you can. Get well soon. Take care. Best Wishes.
Do not go gentle into that good night....
212 • Now Is Not The time (by tdpct on 2008-11-18 05:07:35 GMT)
I am very sorry to hear about your decline in health. I went through a similar thing all of last week, where I could not even work at the computer screen. Screaming headache, dizziness, etc. Doc said it was viral and put me on pills for Vertigo. Thought for sure I was done for. Great to see the outpouring of support for DW and Ladislav. At times I'm sure it seems like a thankless job - but you making this exit notice has sure brought out how much DW means to people - including myself. I really think you should try to hang in there. The current economic condition is hard for a lot of people and losing someone that provides such a great service to the Linux community only adds to hurt. There is nothing more than we would like to hear thank to have you reconsider and stay in the fight on the front lines. With struggle goeth ease Ladislav. Try to find the strength to give us all another 5 years.
213 • thanks (by Michael Bannier on 2008-11-18 05:26:11 GMT from China)
Let enjoy this opportunity to thank you for your website and the weekly newsletter.
Keep up the good work and looking forward the next editor.
214 • Thank you Ladislav (by Alvin Quah on 2008-11-18 06:14:20 GMT from Singapore)
Ladislav, thank for your contribution to the DWW every monday for the past 51/2 yrs. I have followed your site since the opening days until you introduced DWW. Since then, Monday has never been the same. As we are GMT + 8 here, i will sometimes watch your latest news on Linux industries in the wee hour of Tuesday. Seriously, it has become a part of my life. Coming in to work in the early hour and the first thing i fired up is opera with DWW as the first page to view. My interest in Linux expand because of your effort in providing us with the latest news daily. Sad to see you step down but it has been hard on your health as well. Take care and we miss you..........
215 • No subject (by areuareu on 2008-11-18 06:56:06 GMT from France)
Reader almost from the first issue, I have sometimes cursed the empty discussions in DWW comments, disagreed with the author, helped (a little), but I have never missed my monday after-lunch reading (here in France, DWW appears at lunch time). I hope that, under Ladislav's benevolent dictatorship, DWW will continue to keep us informed in such a professional manner. And, Ladislav, feel free to write one issue from time to time, you will always be welcome!
216 • Thank you (by hosemanuel on 2008-11-18 07:05:52 GMT from Spain)
I think all the good things have already been said. So I just want to thank you for such a great time every monday. Your writing will be missed.
217 • I will not keep my mouth shut, and feel free to consider me a fool (by dubigrasu on 2008-11-18 07:34:55 GMT from Romania)
...finding a new editor and such...nonsense. Distrowatch was (is?) Distrowatch because of Ladislav. Without him it will not be the same. Don¨ṫ fool yourself with the new Distrowatch. This is the end. It will be just another linux site. That because (among other things) he was truly impartial and objective. But how much ingratitude a man can handle? For doing a great job, he was lately more an more criticized by all kind of morons,(constructive criticism they say). How would you feel about this? Yes, it is a health problem, but I think that also ( although he is to kind to say it) he is just sick and tired of us. Maintaining DW, and in return being paid with hate and stress, that is not a fair trade. Linux sites are galore, but DW was unique.
Don¨t do it Ladislav, please reconsider, take your time, get well and get back, one way or another.
All the best...
218 • Thanks & thanks! (by Yasser on 2008-11-18 07:38:46 GMT from India)
Firstly, thanks for all your dedication and hardwork in bringing this beautiful weekly to our desktops every week.
And secondly, thanks for giving us fans this ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL chance to take your prestigious place!
Wow I can't even overstate how much I'd love to be the editor of this beautiful mag! Cheers and we shall miss you!
219 • Thanks (by Vinze on 2008-11-18 08:08:53 GMT from Netherlands)
Thanks Ladislav for your commitment and patience!!
It must have been hard sometimes with all those "fools" like Landor (he still keeps his stick on the ice).
Wish you all the best.
220 • No subject (by Tervel on 2008-11-18 08:47:48 GMT from Austria)
I really enjoyed your amazing work every week since 2004. The Weeklies and the comments helped me to learn a lot about Linux und free sofware but not only. Some very bright minds shared there opinions with the rest and I am thankful for that too.
I wish you all the best!
Ladi for president ! :)
221 • Why not one more for old time's sake.... or RE 219 (by Landor on 2008-11-18 09:20:31 GMT from Canada)
My comment here regarding evolution was further strengthened by your post!
Keep your stick on the ice..
222 • You will be missed (by arno911 on 2008-11-18 09:21:06 GMT from N/A)
Never has anybody in any forum deleted that many posts of mine. though im not posting much here :)
I really dont think it will change much, with another Editor / Moderator. but. it will be different. it wont be you...
I will miss you. For sure.
I hope you get better soon and recover completely from your hard weeks in bed, and that you get the things on your todo-list done to your satisfaction.
223 • Flame wars (by davecs on 2008-11-18 09:50:56 GMT from United Kingdom)
The boy stood on the burning deck
While other's stoked the flames
Can't think of anyone else who could have done it.
Will miss your wise leadership.
I hope that all Linux users everywhere can stand united in future irrespective of distro!
224 • Thanks (by David Smtih on 2008-11-18 10:14:12 GMT from Canada)
Thank you for maintaining such a great resource for the community. It has been my gateway to exploring the world of distros from mainstream to obscure, and I've tried many after reading about them here first. Hopefully that will continue.
With the Weekly, you always managed to remain 'above the fray', reporting good and bad developments of interest to the community with equanimity, and I don't think you can be accused of ever stoking the bizarre and embarrassing partisan enthusiasms to which some fall prey.
Your voice here will be missed, and here's hoping you are able to find a worthy successor. PLEASE COME BACK! OH GOD! DON'T LEAVE US!
225 • No subject (by greenLegs on 2008-11-18 10:16:15 GMT from France)
Thanks for your great job, my entry door to Linux.
Your column will be missed; may you have a satisfying life.
226 • No subject (by zipi dachimp on 2008-11-18 11:06:47 GMT from Canada)
if I can't be first, I can be last!
this site is read every morning, coming from Xandros 1.0 to my favorite mint 4.
this site has enabled me to proclaim (with apology):
"windoze free, windoze free, thankgodalmighty, I am windoze free"!
thank you, ladislav.
227 • Resignation not accepted. (by St0ragebear on 2008-11-18 12:39:28 GMT from United States)
I'm sorry Ladislav, but I cannot accept your resignation at this time. Maybe next year.
Seriously though, I come to this site *every* Monday to read your work. You have a lot to be proud of. Thank you for everything you have done for the community.
228 • suggestion (by drizake on 2008-11-18 12:43:06 GMT from United States)
Let's say there isn't a DWW every week anymore. Could we still have the comments section each week for everyone to chat about the week's releases and announcements? DWW is great, but I only read it on Monday. It's the comments section that I turn back to for the rest of the week. :)
229 • Distrowatch Monthly (by chemist on 2008-11-18 13:39:02 GMT from Germany)
A few posters said it before:
What about a Distrowatch Monthly?
I think that sometimes the writing of a weekly issue could be an absolute horror, especially in times when there is almost nothing to report. :-)
230 • Thanks and Good Luck (by Albert on 2008-11-18 13:49:48 GMT from United States)
As a regular reader, I would like to express my gratitude for all your hard work to provide such informative column. I enjoy reading the DWW.
Thanks and Good Luck
231 • Thanks (by Daniel on 2008-11-18 14:49:16 GMT from France)
Thank you Ladislav for all your great work for DWW ! I'll continue visit and read the future editions because I'm sure you'll find a great successor. Linux is more than just an OS it's passion, and I'm sure there will be many enthusiasts that will apply for your position.
Good luck and take care !
232 • your journalistic efforts (by linuxdog on 2008-11-18 15:37:28 GMT from United States)
your journalistic efforts are to be admired. your standard is evidenced in your writing as always excellent.
just operating distrowatch is a full time job so i will be looking foward to'whoever is the next publisher of distrowatch weekly.
233 • We will miss you!! THANKS FOR THE YEARS OF LINUX!!!! (by Robert on 2008-11-18 15:44:23 GMT from United States)
I have to say that when I first started down the road of Linux it was full of thorns. It was a winding road leading you in some cases no where fast. There were not a lot of options and where could you find this LINUX? I bought my first box set of Suse discs for $90 and it was not very laptop friendly then.
I could not give up on Linux as my hate for Windows and the virili I was exposed to had crashed several previous cpu's. I was surfing and found the oasis I had been looking for. Here it was, all of the information on various Linux distro's and not only a list but reviews, reader comments, EVERYTHING Linux in one place where a complete newbe could make sense of things and make Linux work. As others have said this is the only site I check daily at least once and sometimes way more than that. Your idea and contribution to the open source community CAN NOT be UNDER APPRECIATED.
I have seen Linux grow through the talent and effort of many individuals whom I will never even meet. You are one of those people. Without your site I do not think Linux would have had the same oppertunity for growth as it did. I think it is also a great benefit that Windows has been so bad and Apple not soo great that Linux along with the great work of Mepis, specially before the likes of Ubuntu made Linux freely available and usable for anyone. Now that there is Mandriva One, Ubuntu and the many wonderful derivatives, even Fedora is pretty easy to use now, that the hurdles to adopting Linux are less and less each day.
I hope that you do well in what ever roads you follow. We fully support any decision you make including continuing to write for DWW! :)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your years of service to a community of Linux users like myself of which I am very grateful to be a part of.
234 • farewell (by ti on 2008-11-18 16:00:50 GMT from United States)
I echo #8's comments. I read almost every week. You are definitely good at what you do. I wish you well in any new endeavors.
A lot of important things have happened here in the last few years. There is a good chance we have already seen Linux and BSD (thank you, by the way, for including BSD in DistroWatch) position themselves as a real alternative to Windows, it thrills me weekly that we might see (and, perhaps, contribute to) the end of MS's tyranny over so much of the tech world. We've seen Debian, Slackware, and the BSD's continue undeterred. Ubuntu has appeared and forced everyone from a trot into a gallop (and Mint added flavor), Fedora and openSuse emerged, Sun opened Solaris (and brought Java and OpenOffice to bear as well), Novel bought Suse, Mandrake climbed from bankruptcy, merged with Connectiva (and produced a really impressive distro). We saw SCO stab at the heart of Linux and miss. We watched Gentoo ride it's roller-coaster and Sabyon be born in full armor. Mepis, Puppy, and PCLinuxOS (among others) have shown how much difference even a single dedicated developer can make, PC-BSD and Desktop BSD have brought BSD much closer to the desktop...
Well, you saw it all and wrote about it all with some pretty impressive skill and dedication. And we all really appreciate this, whether we regularly admit to it or not. Whether central to Linux or just on the fringe, we'd be fools not to look to DistroWatch first.
I have a feeling that "the fun" may indeed be coming back to computing and at least a percent or two of this goodness is due to you for providing a shared focus, honest without being artificial, for so many different viewpoints, during a time of such amazing change. There is a good chance that, a year or three from now we'll be looking back, reading one of your articles and saying "There! That's when it all changed for the better." Time will tell, but we have every reason to be optimistic.
Farewell and best wishes to you.
235 • End of an Era? (by Bill Julian on 2008-11-18 16:03:16 GMT from United States)
I hope not. As a relatively new Linux user Distrowatch has been a great source of news. I can only applaud our editor!
But once a week is a killing assignment for any single person. Unless a staff is assembled to maintain that load, once a month or once every other week is far more reasonable.
The "Weekly" (whether weekly or ??) really is valuable. Let us hope it can continue in some form.
236 • THANK YOU !! (by phloid sirrah on 2008-11-18 16:45:21 GMT from United States)
get well and stay well !
& thanks for DistroWatch.com
237 • Thanks a lot. (by Alvin Pandrya on 2008-11-18 17:05:34 GMT from Singapore)
Been reading DWW since 2004 and really sad to see it end like this. It is irony that DWW that cures many ppl's Monday's blue actually brings the blue to the author himself. Well, perhaps it is time for you to do yourself a favor :).
On a related note, I believe there will be many passionate ppl willing to stand up to help in any way or another even without the money incentive. I am also interested to know why are you looking for only a single editor for DWW? Perhaps you can involve more people in the process which might balance the load and possibly make the contents richer (something like Arch newsletter).
Just my 2 cents, anyway. Once again, thank you so much for your valuable contribution to open source community.
238 • Distrowatch and me (by Darkman on 2008-11-18 17:10:04 GMT from United States)
I began reading Distrowatch in 2004 and for those 4 years, I have read it almost every week. I can't imagine my "computer" life without it. It is one of the most significant factors in my continued use and enjoyment of Linux. Distrowatch pulls all of the many parts and pieces of the open source world together into one place.
I hope there are those who will step forward and provide the weekly commentary. Regardless, thank you, Ladislav.
239 • Added To The Waiting List (by Landor on 2008-11-18 17:10:58 GMT from Canada)
Here goes something controversial....
I am literally shocked at the people who are applauding Ladislav for his great work and claiming that he is the one person to introduce them to Linux and such, then they act as if he's leaving for good, or talking about the "site maintainers". My God, do they really even know anything about DistrooWatch? Seriously...
Antoher controversial topic...
Anyone notice the core base of the distros added to the waiting list? Only 1 was Fedore based, the rest were Debian/Ubuntu based.
When Ladislav spoke of his original article(s), he mentioned how the latest and greatest new-buzz-distro rode off into the sunset so to speak. I wonder how many of those will disappear as well.
You have a lot of stats Ladislav, do you have any stats on what distros went into the waiting list to only disappear quickly, or over a short period? Also, what those distros were based on?
Those are some stats I personally would love to see if you do.
Keep your stick on the ice...
240 • this is sad.. (by Fabzter on 2008-11-18 17:19:04 GMT from Mexico)
I read distrowatch since 2003. I find very sad to know you are leaving since i've been reading the weekly news for 5 years now.
Luck man, you made my monday's mornings a little bit more bearable.
241 • Thanks a lot, really (by Paolo Filippelli on 2008-11-18 17:23:07 GMT from Italy)
It's always sad when you realize that something is arrived to an end...DWW has accompanied my Mondays over the past three years, and the work you did, as much as the efforts you spent for DW....are simply priceless.
Thanks a lot, Lad, and i gave you my best wishes for the upcoming future :)
242 • Massive thanks (by Steve on 2008-11-18 18:04:10 GMT from United Kingdom)
your work and website has been a massive enabler for the OS community, to my mind clearly contributing to the excellent standing of OS / Linux today.
And so useful! Who would want to go back to trying to grub around a handful of distro homepages? How would people get to hear of something new and worthy, how would they know what packages and revisions were in a distro - without your efforts? There is a bunch load of work in this site.
Plus... dozens of smaller distros have been brought to light and have grown, simply because there is Distrowatch to report that they have been released. Each and every distro gets equal billing at the top of the page (my FF has DW has homepage, so I can see what's going on).
This visibility has accelerated innovation and distro-awareness across the world - which is why MS is now playing catch-up. Anyone who can boot a live CD can see -right now- how a run of the mill Vista box takes off and shines with a modern distro! Some of that progress, that ability is due to DW being able to keep (what might otherwise be a scattered set of) developers switched into what's happening, who's come out with something new - and reader comments have quickly highlighted if a new distro is any good. Yes, these things would come in time - but we have the benefit now.
DW has been a "force multiplier", key to keeping the wider community in touch - and is of great worth!
I can only applaud your work - and hope that you will appear as a guest editor from time to time...
243 • No subject (by Stefan on 2008-11-18 20:07:17 GMT from Germany)
Thank you Ladislav for so many years of hard work !!!
Your efforts have been the motivation for me to having a look on so much interesting projects ...
As you told it's DWW what makes the difference.
It's good to hear that you will continue to care for the database part.
And i hope you can find an editor that will addict us as you did ;-)
And all the best for you personally
244 • Thank You! (by Steve Harris on 2008-11-18 20:12:24 GMT from United States)
I'm a newby to Linux but have enjoyed your articles and use DistroWatch.com and DistroWatch Weekly as my primary link to what's happening in the world of Linux. It has also opened my eyes to the wonderful world of open source software.
245 • No subject (by John on 2008-11-18 20:30:45 GMT from Canada)
End of an era indeed... I started with Linux using Slackware back in 1994 and have been an avid distro hopper ever since. And Distrowatch has been THE place to come for great Linux info for as long as I can remember. It's just one of those things that you just take for granted, DWW and its always interesting and useful news and reviews and the endless supply of cool new distros to try out.
Congratulations on your achievements and thanks for all your hard work.
246 • Thanks for all your efforts (by Warper on 2008-11-18 20:58:12 GMT from Ecuador)
It is very sad to hear you will not be writing the DWW anymore. For me this space served as a very useful guide for getting deeper into linux world. Through this I knew about Knoppix and served me to show other people what linux was about. This laso served me to decide which distro to put into my laptop and also my wife's. I understand you have your reasons and I respect them.
Get well soon and I sincerely hope you come back sometime later on.
247 • No subject (by ned on 2008-11-18 21:17:19 GMT from Austria)
Dear Mr. Ladislav,
as one of those responsible for your site's traffic going through the roof on monday morning, and that since DWW's day one, I want to say thank you for these 5 1/2 years - almost can't believe it was really that long a time ...
you've more than deserved a rest.
Wishing you all the best for the future, and thanks once more for DW and DWW.
248 • 207 Unbiased? (by Miq on 2008-11-18 21:17:29 GMT from Sweden)
"Ladislav, your fair unbiased writings truly showed week after week. It was clear from day one that a great deal of effort went into assembling, gathering, consuming and then processing mountains of information and presenting in a way that is current, timely, informative, relevant, inspiring, cutting edge and intellectually fun."
While I agree in that a lot of effort was put into each issue, and I personally enjoyed Lad's writing style, I think few people not already sharing his views and biases would consider him "fair and unbiased". Though everyone has the right to their opinion, preferences and voice, Lad f.i., has favourite distributions and dislikes KDE.
I hope that the new editor unlike Lad CAN be neutral, fair and unbiased while providing entertaining and informative readings. Though DWD has been interesting, that would in fact be a step up and better for Linux.
249 • Thank You! (by Alexander Staidl on 2008-11-18 23:15:51 GMT from Germany)
Thank you for your great work during the last years!
250 • RE: 248 (by Landor on 2008-11-19 01:04:35 GMT from Canada)
I would have to agree, but I'm sure that every person here would be hard pressed to disprove the same themselves. I also don't believe we will find someone who could completely hide a bias in "everything" they wrote about.
One person that has always amazed me is Susan Linton in this regard. Her like or use of Gentoo is well known and although I don't go to tuxmachines very often (sorry Susan :X), I've never encountered her talking about it. I'm sure if I dug deep I'd find something (maybe) but needless to say, I believe she's very professional in this regard.
Speaking of favourites...I "think" I read once (somewhere) Fedora and or Redhat was Ladislav's.....I'm most likely wrong on this though. But if I'm not, we've hardly see a lot in regard to either of them here.
Keep your stick on the ice...
251 • Thank you very much! (by Paul Brown on 2008-11-19 03:01:42 GMT from United States)
I'm awed by your ability to produce the weekly update and maintain the site year after year. Thank you for your dedication to the project.
Your desire to step aside is perfectly understandable, and I wish you well as you redirect your energies and hand over the reins. Good luck, and thanks again for all your work!
252 • No subject (by tux on 2008-11-19 03:21:43 GMT from Argentina)
good luck friend, i will miss you DWW
253 • Thank you for dedication (by Dave on 2008-11-19 04:07:24 GMT from United States)
Thank you for all that you have done for the Freedom community. Now it is time to take a well deserved rest. You have created a hard act to follow. Know that your efforts have not been in vain.
Good luck to you, and your future endeavours.
254 • This Ain't No Funeral ! (by RollMeAway on 2008-11-19 04:44:23 GMT from United States)
The way I read it, Ladislav isn't going anywhere!
He is just sick and tired of the weekly commitment to write something to
provoke discussions in this group.
We don't need the review of distros released last week, just look on the main page for that.
Upcomming releases could be left out as well, the dates are seldom met anyway.
Please do list any new distro added to the list. Otherwise they might be missed.
If nobody wants to write an editorial, start the discussion with something like:
"Please discuss your experiences with any recently released distributions."
This discussion seldom stays on the editorial content anyway.
RollMeAway ....is one of my favorite Bob Seger songs:
"Sick of what's wrong and sick of what's right
I got on my big two wheeler and rode clean out of sight"
255 • Re: 248 (by APD on 2008-11-19 05:10:43 GMT from United States)
Mig, when writing or leading anything you are bound to step on somebody's toes. You can't please everyone all of time but you try to be fair as possible. Bush has been applauded by some and booed by others. Obama will also be booed by some and cheered by others. Balancing fair coverage is like a three ring circus while maitaining focus on the topic at hand and sorting through the B.S. so that facts may be presented clearly and not with personal feelings.
I don't ever remember hearing Ladislav saying that's my favourite or I use that one. He gave us informative info that allowed you to be the judge. The human element is what makes the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times and DWW great. No one is perfect. What you would suggest is we dump raw stats about all distros in a computer and out pops a fair an unbiased colum, come on, please. That would be a pretty boring read.
You might expect some colums from PCMAG to be skewed because many them have corporate suit sponsors. You might also expect reporters from Philly favoring the Phillies in every category in the MLB WS and rightly so because that is their home team. For someone outside that area it might look like bias.
But when someone puts his reputation on the line before a global audiance like Ladislav has done you can bet he will play right down the middle as he has done. Let's say you used something like "TinySofa" then maybe yes you might feel the coverage is biased, but then you might ask yourself, "what has that distro done lately?" It hasn't made much news, it's release cycle is slow, you are not getting any change notes from them and because of that it may not get mentioned that much if not at all. Is this biasis really? Some might say yes others would say no.
I myself do a lot of distro hopping with no particular loyalty to one over another. So from my perspective I saw no week after week in your face blatant bias. Just goes to show you, you can't please everyone. Even Jesus had doubters and nay saying critics.
Mig, I'd love to see your weekly blog @248 and do it for six years and whatch how many enemies you make. But the exact opposite has occured for Ladislav, I am sure he has made many friends all over the world. It appears Ladislav has recieved a landslide of well wishers including myself. So Mig, show some respect at the very least.
256 • Using linux (by Ian on 2008-11-19 06:42:31 GMT from United States)
I've used Linux for 10 year. Every time something comes along that allows me to use it more, I do. I've figured out how to get most of the things a 66-year-old disable retiree wants to do: with some effort, watch CNN Live feeds, FoxNews Strategy Room, use various Windows media formats (and even there, I'm told I'm breaking some law or something).
The the word processing with Linux, the we browsing, the email, the home networking, the networked printer, has always been easy. I'm grateful to the Linux community for the distributions, for the help I've received, and for the free (as in beer, and as in ideas) assistance to my fixed income.
But the Web has become increasingly a streaming environment, anf for old farts like me, that's important, to fill the remains of the day.
For a while, I was a fighter, that is, I'd battle to get Microsoft-centric things to work, without using WINE or some other after-market product. I'd search and struggle to get something to work, and sometimes, I'd just do without.
But I'm just an average guy and I'm tired and when I want access something, I don't want to spend a lot of time and energy getting there anymore. Because I don't have a lot of time and energy left.
For most chores, Linux (in my case, Ubuntu) is robust enough, and in many cases, more robust that Windows. But when I want to sync my old Plam, or watch a movie on NetFlix, or anything else that Linux can't yet do, I swallow my pride and boot up Windows, and it really pisses me off, because I know Microsoft is a monopoly, that open-source is a better model, and that somehow I'm disloyal to those who've been loyal to me
But I no longer have the energy to figure out how to tactfully break the law, or look up some hack on some obscure Website.
Until Linux figures out a way to do EVERYTHING Microsoft does, as quickly and as well, the vast majority of people are going to keep using Windows all the time. And I'm going to have to keep using it some of the time. And Linux is going to keep being a desktop also-ran. That's not Linux's fault, but it's so damn sad.
257 • NetFlix (by re@256 Ian on 2008-11-19 07:52:58 GMT from Romania)
quote: ¨I got a virtual copy of XP SP2 running on VM Ware Player that runs Netflix instant watch no problem.¨
from : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=620640
better than nothing...
258 • All the best and thanks a lot (by Justin Joseph on 2008-11-19 08:00:45 GMT from India)
Thank you for your great work.
Distrowatch was and will be a great source of information for all linux fans like us. Since we are having a different time zone in India, me and my friends mail(IM) each other as soon the distrowatch weekly appears in distrowatch(probably sometime on Monday evening)
It was indeed a great pleasure reading Distrowatch weekly all these years.
Wishing you all the best for all your future endeavors.All the best.
259 • religion and distros don't mix (by Glasiad on 2008-11-19 09:48:26 GMT from United Kingdom)
I groaned when ubuntu christian edition came out and now I notice an ubuntu islam edition surfaces. Predictable I suppose - but ridiculous nevertheless.
The intolerance of religious viewpoints is totally out of sync with an open source and highly configurable operating system.
Religious software to download and install? Sure. But an entire operating system based on a religion for public proselytization? Pathetic!
260 • Ubuntu ME and CE (by Jerry B. on 2008-11-19 12:09:15 GMT from United States)
You're a very naive, narrow minded person, Glasiad, as I read your little rant about Muslim and Christian editions of Ubuntu.
They are clearly stated to be for those who wish to have certain software included which filters various web content for the believer, as well as software which the believer uses for study.
It is no more "proselytization" than a religious bookstore in your community; those who wish to go in and acquire products from those stores will do so, and those, such as yourself, will steer clear.
Your attitude about this subject is both sad and unfortunately shared by many non-thinking people. Ironically it seems to be YOU doing the "proselytization" albeit of a negative sort.
261 • @255 (by Pseudonym on 2008-11-19 12:33:40 GMT from United States)
But when someone puts his reputation on the line before a global audiance like Ladislav has done you can bet he will play right down the middle as he has done.
I wouldn't say that is "putting his reputation on the line." For that he would have to take a stand for something, like calling on the X.org developers and kernel developers to stop breaking API's or calling out Ubuntu's shipping of Beta software in a stable release.
To re-iterate, his reviews were good but he didn't do anything that could even possibly be construed as "putting his reputation on the line" it would be better phrased as "here is the party line, stick to it, don't cause problems, get people to click on the ads, give projects money." He did a good job at that :)
262 • All the best Ladislav (by josue on 2008-11-19 13:31:03 GMT from Canada)
I really enjoyed reading your posts all of this time, I hope you have a good recovery from your sickness.
God bless you
263 • Only if you believe! (by PhantomTramp on 2008-11-19 13:56:31 GMT from United States)
If you believe this to be true, vote:
264 • Ref#256 Ian 66 year old... (by Verndog on 2008-11-19 16:11:12 GMT from United States)
Ian, I feel somewhat the same same as you, EXCEPT I don't feel that I have betrayed anyone. I use Windows mostly for Skype. Skype was worthless under Linux until version 2. It still is a far cry from Windows Skype. It least it now will work without drop off's. Ekiga also now works with my web-cam. It was a hit and miss affair.
To be fair though. It has a lot to do with hardware, and I thought I picked correct web-cam for Linux. I didn't.
Some things you just can't do under Linux, and visa versa. I tried at the begining of the year to remove Windows completely. I couldn't, but 90% of the time, I use Linux.
And by the way, I'm 64 years old...
265 • Thank you (by John at 2008-11-19 20:26:27 GMT from United States)
Thank you for all of your hard work in writing the DistroWatch Weekly I've always enjoyed and been impressed with your writing. Stay healthy and best of luck to you!
266 • End of an Era.. (by G. Rasmussen on 2008-11-19 21:07:02 GMT from United States)
Along with thousands of others, I too will miss your weekly contribution to the world of open source operating systems Lad. Hopefully the vacancy you create in stepping aside will soon be filled with someone of similar insight and abilities, but only time will tell for sure. Good luck with everything you focus on in the months and years to come..
267 • Suggestion (by bkoz on 2008-11-19 21:19:35 GMT from United States)
Perhaps an editorial board, where the responsibility is shared among a small group so they don't get burned out.
268 • JAMD (by monkey on 2008-11-19 23:18:19 GMT from New Zealand)
JAMD joined some ex-lycoris members and formed Ares Desktop. Due to internal mayhem, that project die just as quick as it started.
JAMD becoming invloved with Ares was well published at the time, I seem to recall distrowatch mentioning (could be wrong).
269 • thanks for all the effort (by ric_man on 2008-11-20 00:25:16 GMT from Australia)
Ladislav, Thanks for all the work and effort in producing DWW. I'd love to help out, but I think the shoes are too large to fill. Your presence in DWW will be missed... Ric
270 • Distro Watch is Dying (by anonymous on 2008-11-20 01:57:31 GMT from United States)
271 • Awesome (by mt_deb on 2008-11-20 03:26:44 GMT from United States)
First off, Ladislav. my sincerest thanks go out to you. If it was not for DWW I would not have had all the fun that I have trying new distros. Now, second, I have noticed reading all the posts this week that there has been a small handful of trollish comments. Not ONE of us felt the need to respond ( although I admit I did sit on my hands for one or two) GREAT JOB! Yep, that's the way to do it.
Ladislav, may you always be happy in whatever you do.
272 • RE: AWESOME! TRULY! (by Landor on 2008-11-20 10:23:12 GMT from Canada)
"Now, second, I have noticed reading all the posts this week that there has been a small handful of trollish comments. Not ONE of us felt the need to respond ( although I admit I did sit on my hands for one or two) GREAT JOB! Yep, that's the way to do it. "
Isn't that a response in itself?
Trollish is a new word, is that like Reubenesque, or Hitleresque even? Sort've, kind've, maybe being a troll, but not really?
Hey, the Gentoo freak got to make his last bash for the comments section (thus far) so why not allow people to disagree with some of the points being spoken of here, is that not what the comments section has always been? Debating instead of blowing sunshine up everyone's asses in a perfect Barney "I love you, you love me" world.
Trollish indeed, your comments on the topic of being "Trollish" is trolling in itself.
Keep your stick on the ish...
273 • THANKS! :-) (by macias on 2008-11-20 12:07:58 GMT from Poland)
What I can say -- thank you very much for delivering such a good reading as DWW. I enjoyed every issue of it.
So, thanks and best wishes for you, Ladislav.
274 • Comet on the rise :) (by Verndog on 2008-11-20 15:47:27 GMT from United States)
I guess it's fitting that this has become the most commented DWW ever. 274 and counting! Rarely do we get to even 200, let alone pushing 300.
It will be interesting in the coming weeks weather we will be able to comment at all or will DW take a completely different approach.
This is also a milestone, in that the man himself, Ladislav, has not commented. A lot of the comments so far remind me of a wake or funeral instead of something new about to occur.
Maybe it is a death of sorts. A death of an era...
275 • Death of a Salesman (by Landor on 2008-11-20 17:12:13 GMT from Canada)
the summer of 2007 we had quite a few, normally over 200 if I recall. I was concerned with the fall in numbers for the last 6 months or so, it hit a dip there.
I had hoped Ladislav would comment on the stats I asked about.
I do have to agree with someone though which would make this more of an actual wake than something new to occur. No DWW would turn the site, although a really detailed one, basically a commonplace information/news site. I can't see the logic behind making such a move, especially when numbers were low as he said for ads. I also wondered how the monthly article in LXF would do in regard to no DWW as well. Shrugs..
Keep your stick on the ice..
276 • No subject (by Rob Morehouse on 2008-11-20 20:23:47 GMT from United States)
Wow, been an avid fan for years Ladislav, thank you for all the great work, good luck in the future.
277 • Big thank you (by feralert on 2008-11-20 20:46:55 GMT from Spain)
I think I had never before written any comments in your page although i have been a reader for ages, but i couldn't resist to thank you so much for your great effort and wish you the best of lucks.
278 • "keep your stick on the ice" (by Todd on 2008-11-20 21:14:26 GMT from United States)
It's a distraction, egomaniacle little momma's boy thumb-print on the wall mentality.
Landor, too late for you to grow up, but perhaps you can pretend to grow up. Just try it once; no "keep your.." No signature. No thumb-print on the wall for mommy.
Other choice: just read in here, don't post at all. Now *there's* a good choice for you.
279 • re 278 (by Anonymous on 2008-11-20 21:23:16 GMT from Germany)
Todd, I've got one sentence for you:
Stick your ice in your keep.
280 • Ref#278 (by Verndog on 2008-11-20 22:51:17 GMT from United States)
Is Todd short for toddler ! It sounds like it with that nonsense you just posted.
281 • Ladislav Moving On (by Dave on 2008-11-20 23:43:39 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, Thanks for your hard work. Not being a comp sci guy myself, I've learned a lot here, and even tried a few distro's.
I wish you all the best in your next adventures, and best of luck to the next editor.
282 • Ladislav , Ulteo (by glyj on 2008-11-21 10:20:20 GMT from France)
We all thank you for your great work.
This is not the end of distrowatch of course
I can't help waiting for the next DWW edition....Did you already found a new editor ?
Why is there nothing about the new release ? because it's not a distro ?
PS: "Vive Mandriva !"
283 • Merci (by Simon on 2008-11-21 12:53:55 GMT from China)
This might be the 283th thank you you get Ladislav, but you deserve it... Back in 2004 I start reading your DWW and it was (almost ;-)) great each time.
284 • Linux Format Column? (by tmb_ayebe on 2008-11-21 15:16:19 GMT from Ireland)
Thanks for all the great DWWs. It's been great to read them I wish you well for the future. I also enjoy your Linux Format column - will you still keep writing that?
Thanks again - you're the man.
Steve from Ireland.
285 • @259 and Thank you (by zak on 2008-11-21 18:20:35 GMT from United States)
"The intolerance of religious viewpoints"
Such as yours, perhaps? I haven't heard such fervor on from a religious person for some time. Where did the "free" in "free software" go, anyway?
Back to the matter at hand, thank you Ladislav for your work here. DWW made my Mondays a little brighter. Thanks you.
286 • To a gentle man (by William Roddy on 2008-11-21 19:16:24 GMT from United States)
What would a wise man do? This has always been a litmus test for right thinking. I believe that Ladislav has always performed and responded in the way a wise man would.
I think we have all been bless to benefit from the work of a person who is ahead of the curve, who has done what journalists should do, by being dispassionate in his reportage, and who has always had the best interests of readers of his community foremost in his mind.
We have had the privilege of knowing a gentle man. There are so few left. They are the unsung heroes of the world.
Distrowatch is important. Exceptionally so. It would be difficult to imagine open-source and Linux, where it might be today, were it not for the unique efforts of Ladislav.
So, to this gentle, far-seeing, generous man, I add my thanks, best wishes, and hopes for fair winds and following seas.
Thank you, Ladislav. Thank you.
287 • Thanks Ladislav (by Jim on 2008-11-21 20:07:55 GMT from United Kingdom)
Like many here, I really look forward to and enjoy DW weekly. Thanks for the time, effort and amazing commitment you've shown over the years. I appreciate it.
288 • Thanks so much Ladislav (by Guy on 2008-11-21 22:47:59 GMT from United States)
From a relative newbie...thanks so much for DWW and DW :)
289 • Thanks (by Martin on 2008-11-21 23:17:48 GMT from Netherlands)
Though I still don't use Linux much, Monday has been "Distrowatch weekly" day for me for quite some time (a professional needs to keep up to date and all that). DWW has always been informative and a great read as well. I can understand your decision, but am sorry to see DWW-as-we-know-it to end. OTOH, too much/too long of more of the same isn't good for anyone. I hope your future plans will turn out as you hope they will. Thanks for all you've done, and best wishes for the time ahead.
290 • hypocrisy? (by energyman on 2008-11-21 23:36:57 GMT from Germany)
Ubuntu Christian Edition
Ubuntu Muslim Edition
but why not
Ubuntu Satanic Edition
291 • 255 & 271 - Retain the linux cohestion (by Miq on 2008-11-22 00:06:58 GMT from Sweden)
mt_deb (#271), since I am one of the few that has written anything but thanks I assume you considered my post trolling. Criticism is always allowed and desirable, and mine was respectful. Trolling is flaming for the sole purpose of stirring up a storm.
APD (#255), thanks for the long reply. (Btw, the nick is "Miq" with a Q). I appreciate your constructive comments. I will not touch on political or religious analogies, so instead first of all, I would like to say that it is possible to recognise a good wine or whiskey (and conversely, bad ones [not saying that either DWW or Lad is bad]) without necessarily be interested or even capable of making it myself. Secondly, of course it is difficult to spend six years on something and remaining detached enough to retain neutrality. Thirdly, let's be clear, Lad deserves all praise for persisting with the huge undertaking that DWW has been.
That said, consider this: the more central and established a channel becomes the more responsibility and accountability it gains, whether it wants to or not. DistroWatch and DWW has become one of the central fulcrums in Linux society, especially for unbiased information, and as such can't afford to be a source of division or must at the very least state its preferences openly and indisputably. This is even more critical when concerning aspects volatile or already constituting schismatic divisions. KDE and Gnome, like it or not, are such (though they should not be), and Ubuntu is another.
Today we have a situation where Linux is growing, with increasing numbers of immigrants. Then it is even more important to accentuate the Linux principles that /choice is good/ and /contribute back/, and not fall into bickering over which whatever is better.
Thus, I hope that future DWW will be written with this thoroughly in mind, and opinionated or outspoken articles are balanced by the "other" view or clearly marked as such. (My personal dream article would be Adam Williams and Shuttleworth each being allowed to state their positions and concerns).
As for participating, I would be happy to partake in collaborative articles, especially on my specialist topics user interfaces and accessibility.
292 • "energyman" (by Todd on 2008-11-22 00:36:50 GMT from United States)
"290 • hypocrisy? (by energyman on 2008-11-21 23:36:57 GMT from Germany)
Ubuntu Christian Edition
Ubuntu Muslim Edition
but why not
Ubuntu Satanic Edition
Oh.. I see, "from Germany." You miss Satan, don't you.
293 • @292 (290) (by geebox on 2008-11-22 00:38:42 GMT from United States)
.. yes the germans have always been so very concerned with fairness in the world.
294 • -- (by tom madison on 2008-11-22 05:35:44 GMT from United States)
muslims and christians have there own distro
satanic ed with free music is bad?
p.s satan isnt real
295 • Thank you and see you soon (by tmc on 2008-11-22 07:25:05 GMT from Hungary)
Ladislav, thank you for DW and DWW. You helped me to enter in the linux universe. Giving me points of reference, DW was a compass to find my way. Now looks like my distrohoper era ended, and I am a satisfied arch user. Due to this, I can live without DWW, but can you live without us? I can't believe. Take a rest and come back, at least monthly. We'll be here waiting for your articles.
Wish success for your successor :)
By the end of the year I would enjoy reading a big big interview with... you about your private life and DW(W) historical - known or unknown - moments or whatever you or the interviewer consider to be interesting.
Usually I don't write, so let me ask now for a printer friendly solution of DWW and Comments. I'm travelling with bus to my workplace and use to read a book or magazine. Since I don't use win I don't buy win mags (the hungarian linux magazine is dead). Instead - after reading DWW - I'm printing daily the DWW comments and/or reviews. By the way, I'm missing RSS for Latest reviews.
God bless you, Ladislav whatever you will do in the future.
296 • Religeous Linux (by Todd R. on 2008-11-22 18:35:39 GMT from United States)
I would like to see a Christian Science Edition of Ubuntu.
If something goes wrong or does not work, all you have to do is "know the Truth" and it will be fixed without touching anything. No need for tech support ("doctors").
297 • Thank you Ladislav! (by Fractalguy on 2008-11-22 18:59:04 GMT from United States)
I have been reading and using DW since 2004 to help me track the Linux scene. Although I have finally settled with Debian distros like sidux, I used PCLinuxOS for several years and still have it on one of my 6GB hard disks. My first distros for use were KNOPPIX 3.3 and Mandrake 9.2 followed by Mepis and then PCLinuxOS. But I used DW as a guide for finding many other interesting distros like BeatrIX and DSL. As I type, I'm using Xandros on ASUS 701 (in use for nearly a year now as my main machine).
I can, of late, continue distro hopping now that I got an old used IBM Thinkpad A30 with its optical media. This allows, with DW help links, catching up on my distro CD collection (Ubuntu and Mint make great live CDs). I do find the front page most useful, showing the latest releases. And the data base of distros and this Comments page have made DW a great Linux focal point.
Cheers to you Ladislav and to all.
Fracta L. Guy
298 • No subject (by m. francis on 2008-11-22 23:04:17 GMT from United States)
Every loyal reader of DWW should commit to a dollar a month to this outstanding site. It's all about support, people!
299 • Thank you for converting a windows user (by Matt Parry on 2008-11-23 01:55:08 GMT from New Zealand)
I first used Knoppix, and found your website. From there I learnt what a distribution was, what a GUI was, what freedom was. Without your site my eyes would still be shut.
Thank you for your website
300 • #00 and not a word (by Verndog on 2008-11-23 04:09:02 GMT from United States)
300 comments and not a single word from Ladislav. I guess the end is here. This is a first.
Do you guys remember the other iso site that went belly up. It too was around for several years. It was there before DW. I was sad when I learned of its demise. But now I can't even remember its name...
301 • We all need you Ladislav (by nedvis on 2008-11-23 09:14:13 GMT from United States)
OK, Ladislav, I know you're not tired and that you certainly need some rest, but let us believe it's not going to take forever for you to
come up with new ideas on how to keep up with that wonderfull world of Linux.
Let me think of your decission as of sign of maturity and growth
but not a sign of exhaustion or lack of power.
We all need you , buddy!!!
302 • @Tom Madison (by mika480 on 2008-11-23 14:10:41 GMT from Italy)
Neither god....in my opinion...
303 • Thank you Ladislav (by Trice on 2008-11-23 14:16:27 GMT from India)
Have been a reader of DWW for quite a while. This site made me discover the whole spectrum of distributions out there. I have always visited this site to track the latest release of distros of my interest, through DW.
Your contribution has been immense.
I hope you get well soon. Wishing you the very best in your future endeavors.
Thank you once again.
304 • Clonezilla 1.2.1-18 (by Verndog on 2008-11-23 16:40:57 GMT from United States)
It was a little confusing to find the change log for the new Clonezilla update.
I found it under the testing branch. Just in case someone else uses this fine program. It's my newest best backup program:
- Based on Debian Lenny repository on Nov/22/2008. Newer kernel 2.6.26-10.
- Bug fixed: When creating recovery iso/zip with "ocs-sr -x", the reboot/shudown/none option was asked twice. Thanks to Jean-Francois Nifenecker.
305 • #300 #301 (by Glenn on 2008-11-23 16:56:54 GMT from Canada)
I opine that he has reached a state of burnout. It became more evident when, irregardless what he posted in DWW he was quickly attacked on some of the most trite points. Sure he made goofs but then he is not a highly trained developer, skilled in all aspects of Linux etc. (well not that I know of anyway). Often the arguments became ad hominum.
Ladislav a few months back did issue a plea for help and one, only one, person did so. That was John Frey. It did not take long before he was getting whacked also and again, for trite points. They missed the whole point that John was trying to make. Some of those who post often in here are quick on the trigger to make a big deal out of Ladislavs errors but have not contributed their own reports as Ladislav had specificall asked them to do.
Ladislav, not long ago said he was tired and making mistakes and would somebody help him out with the reviews.
I think he is tired and fed up and I do not blame him. Now there is an outpouring of lament and praise for him now that he has pulled away. Bit late for that.
Oh, well thats human nature and nothing we can do except deal with it as we can.
Despite its less than stellar side, it has served us well.
This anyway is my thinking on this and I may be completely wrong. if so please insert the flames here (__________________________________). I need the mto roast my coffee beans... ha ha ha ha ha
306 • CRUX PPC 2.4 is a major release (by ppc_addon on 2008-11-23 23:12:39 GMT from Italy)
ehy dude, CRUX PPC 2.4 is a major release...
307 • DWW Editors (by Mellosonic on 2008-11-24 04:44:55 GMT from United States)
Ladislav you've paid your dues and deserve a break...I would be glad to help out by writing an article a month about Linux And Multimedia...I could give you the latest from a multimedia engineer's standpoint and do some reviews on Multimedia Production Linux Distros and Linux Multimedia Production Programs....If you are interested - email me at email@example.com ...
I'm also a consultant on a new up and coming audio production distro called Rocxshop - check it out at http://rocxshop.com - and for an up to date list of Linux Multimedia Production Distros visit http://www.mellosonic.com/index_files/linux.htm ....Hope all is well with you and if I can help let me know - just like open source - it's free...peace/mello
308 • E160G Three/Huawei hsdpa-3g-modem Linux success (by Observer on 2008-11-24 05:22:13 GMT from Australia)
NetworkManager Applet 0.7.0 - Auto GSM network connection works using LIve-CD openSUSE 11.0-Gnome, and should work on other distros using same version (or later) NetworkManager.
309 • RE: 305 (by Landor on 2008-11-24 07:42:43 GMT from Canada)
Gelnn did you ever feel it was important to ask these people why they didn't write any articles?
I was one that he called out a couple times and I refused, for a couple reasons. One I honestly stated, my bias in regard to Gentoo. The other I kept to myself. But since you brought it up I'll happily add why then I'll explain another thought of mine on this topic, that fits with the former.
The secondary reasoning for declining was the fact that Ladislav earns his complete living off of this site. We the visitors of Distrowatch are what provides him this living. He has also a monthly running article in LXF magazine due to this site which he earns money from I do believe. I'm sure he would not run the site at it's current level, and write the article for LXF if he was not making the money to allow him to do it solely. Why would I or anyone else write an article for someone to profit by that we didn't? If he had stated, Landor, you write me an article for X-amount of dollars regarding Gentoo, I may have dropped the secondary reason but still would've declined on the first.
I don't have anything against the man at all. I want to make that clear. I think it's great that he can find a way to make his living by doing something he loves, and make enough that he can also enjoy vacations and support other projects in the community via donating to them. It's a win-win for everyone. But quite a few others make it seem like he is a benevolent philanthropist solely.
I personally believe that this site hinges on DWW as much as any other aspect, as it's what makes it far different than other sites. Without it, it won't be as prosperous as it had been and will decline. I can't say it will disappear. That's just my own view on it of course, based on my own experience with business in general, but doesn't make it accurate.
For the record too, as I previously stated, I do hope if DWW does remain in some fashion that Ladislav continues to comment here because I find his opinions a rare treat that actually have substance and intelligence instead of the plethora of ignorant and lacking posts from the many.
Keep your stick on the ice...
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|• Issue 796 (2019-01-07): FreeBSD 12.0, Peppermint releases ISO update, picking the best distro of 2018, roundtable interview with Debian, Fedora and elementary developers|
|• Issue 795 (2018-12-24): Running a Pinebook, interview with Bedrock founder, Alpine being ported to RISC-V, Librem 5 dev-kits shipped|
|• Issue 794 (2018-12-17): Void 20181111, avoiding software bloat, improvements to HAMMER2, getting application overview in GNOME Shell|
|• Issue 793 (2018-12-10): openSUSE Tumbleweed, finding non-free packages, Debian migrates to usrmerge, Hyperbola gets FSF approval|
|• Issue 792 (2018-1203): GhostBSD 18.10, when to use swap space, DragonFly BSD's wireless support, Fedora planning to pause development schedule|
|• Issue 791 (2018-11-26): Haiku R1 Beta1, default passwords on live media, Slax and Kodachi update their media, dual booting DragonFly BSD on EFI|
|• Full list of all issues|
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