A sbopkg GUI

An interesting post appeared in LQ, announcing a graphical user interface for sbopkg based on PyQt. It is described as being similar to the Synaptic Package Manager, just simpler. The developer is Gernot Walzl and his web-page contains a lot of interesting stuff, among which the sbopkg_gui can be found.
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Precompiled third-party packages

Many Slackware users avoid installing unofficial precompiled packages on their systems. I find this understandable, since there has never been (IMHO!) a big and trusted repository for third-party packages. I used to install just a couple of packages provided by AlienBob (like LibreOffice and some of its dictionaries) and then compile everything else from SlackBuilds.org. Read the rest of this entry »


SlackOnly as a main third-party repository

I decided to try using SlackOnly as my primary source of third-party software. My system is Slackware64 -multilib and all settings below take this into account. I manage the official Slackware updates and AlienBob’s multilib layer with slackpkg, complemented by it’s extension slackpkg+. Read the rest of this entry »


Slackonly: an update

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. Read the rest of this entry »


Dependencies calculator

I came across this interesting discussion at LQ, introducing a new tool called HooRex (a pun for “who requires”). The program scans the SBo repository and determines dependency relations between packages in both directions: Read the rest of this entry »