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Slax's Recent Release: A Tale of Challenges
Last week marked a significant milestone for me as I released the latest version of Slax. Slax, for those unfamiliar, is a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system with modular approach and outstanding design. However, like any software release, it wasn't without its challenges.
The Slackware Hiccup
In my enthusiasm to refine and optimize, I made a last-minute decision to remove the devel-tools module, which I use during preparations of Slax based on Slackware. Little did I realize that this module housed crucial libraries for the X panel (xfce4-panel). As a result, the Slackware version of Slax faced issues. It's an unfortunate example of the unforeseen consequences that can arise from even well-intentioned changes.
The Debian Dilemma
While the Slackware version had its problems, the Debian version wasn't without its own set of challenges as well. A leftover whiteout file (.wh.*) in the chromium module led to an unexpected behavior. It gave the appearance as if the entire /root/.fluxbox folder had vanished into thin air. Consequently, the default fluxbox configuration was initiated, which was not the intended outcome. For users familiar with Slax, this was a noticeable and unintended shift :)
Rising from the Challenges
Acknowledging these issues, I immediately set to work. It's essential to understand that in the world of software development, challenges are not setbacks but opportunities to refine, learn, and grow, right? :) I'm pleased to announce that both the issues have been addressed and rectified. Updated ISO files have been released to ensure users get the best experience possible.
Moreover, the Debian version of Slax has been updated to version 12.2. and the Slackware version has been updated to align with Slackware current.
Releasing software is a journey filled with excitement, anticipation, challenges, and learning. The recent release of Slax was no different. I'm grateful for your feedback and patience!
As usual, enjoy the new release, which you can download from www.slax.org