Slackonly: an updatePosted: 2015-05-16
Slackonly is a repository for Slackware packages, compiled from the scripts at SBo. Compilation is done by the excellent slackrepo tool, which ensures the building of clean packages. SlackOnly is not an official repo and is not affiliated with SBo. A year ago, the project was in its infant stage: only several categories were ready and only for the x86_64 architecture.
Now, the repo seems to have grown tremendously. Packages covering all categories are available for both 14.1-x86 and 14.1-x86_64, and work has started on 14.1-arm and current-x86_64, as well. I exchanged couple of emails with Panagiotis (the maintainer) and he provided me with a brief overview:
- Last updated: Sun Apr 8 14:09:45 UTC 2015
- Number of packages: 4522
- Total compressed packages: 14.24 Gb
- Total uncompressed packages: 44.18 Gb
- Last updated: Sun May 11 03:19:56 UTC 2015
- Number of packages: 5125
- Total compressed packages: 35.2 Gb
- Total uncompressed packages: 77.3 Gb
For a comparison, SBo has 5223 entries as of 10 May 2015. This means that Slackonly 14.1-x86_64 covers almost everything. Keep in mind that some programs are available for x86 only! There is a list of missing packages in the end of this post.
The usefulness of such project is apparent. There are packages at SBo that just take too much time to compile from source. An example is QT5, another one is UniPro Ugene… even Inkscape in the recent years has become a huge package to build. Therefore people with a more modest hardware can benefit from it.
A major problem (IMHO) is that the Slackonly project lacks a transparent quality check of the packages. There is no team of trusted moderators that will do the assessment. That being said, I have installed a package or two from Slackonly, without any issues. Also, it seems Slackonly is still a one-man project, which is an enormous amount of work. It’s amazing how many packages are ready!
As a conclusion, I find the project promising and hope to see it expand and prove that it is a trustworthy source of third party packages.
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EDIT (16 June 2015): Added a line about the tool used to create the repository, thanks to Slalik.