Sep 302012

Yikes! I am still getting used to Slackware 13.37 and all of a sudden, a new version, 14.0 is available! Same for Joomla… looks like Joomla 3.0 is out.

Neither updates are trivial. For Slackware 14.0, at the very least I must be mindful of properly updating the multilib packages to ensure that all 32-bit programs on my 64-bit server continue to run. As for Joomla, the update may be straightforward but will it break my customized templates? Perhaps I’ll stick to 2.5.x versions for now; they will remain supported until sometime in 2014, so I have plenty of time to test things. This is why I have test systems I guess…

Slackware, incidentally, is not only the oldest surviving Linux distribution still in active maintenance, but the second oldest of all distributions. It was a direct replacement of its predecessor, SLS, and I have been using Slackware ever since the demise of SLS. In other words, for about 18 years. In fact, I switched to Slackware not long before I established my domain name and first permanent Internet connection in 1994. My server back then? Why, an old 386SX desktop computer with 4 megabytes (yes, mega) of RAM and two MFM hard drives: one, a 70 MB drive, the other, a 40 MB one.

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