Silence is golden they say. While I’ve been quiet, I haven’t been still. I’ve been slowly cleaning up scripts, packages, and doing testing for aarch64 things as well. Buried in my /staging dirs is a partially up-to-date GNOME 43 for aarch64 Slackware, once 43.6 goes officially live, I will likely put up the repo. I’ve been holding off sorting things into subdirs locally, trying to give it the feel of dependency tracking without actually having dependency tracking. Not sure if I’ve succeeded or not, or if that will transpose into the repo. gcs43- x86_64 is currently up-to-date, (except for webkit) and I’ve added “Shotwell” – the photo album organizer, which I swore was already here, but wasn’t. I’ve also added the VoIP dialer, “gnome-calls”. This is mainly for the mobile focused OS, but I figure, it should be packaged, as surely someone would find it useful.

I’ve been playing with some other distros, primarily ones with alternate init systems. Artix with OpenRC (from Gentoo), and I plan to try a Void install out as well. I had a less than successful attempt with Crux, which runs perfectly in VMs but I’m having issues getting it to go on baremetal. I really want to get into Crux a bit, as it looks really appealing to me, so hopefully I can work it out. I hate walking away defeated. Anyway, trying all these systems out, I get homesick very quickly, and always breathe a sign of relief when I boot back into Slackware, where everything is sane and perfect.

Tomorrow I’ll try and push out new GNOME 43 & 44 ISOs, I really should automate this, but I never do. Automation creates mistakes that go unnoticed, and I hate fixing things 😉

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