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Encyclopedia > Patrick Volkerding

Patrick Volkerding (born 1967) is the founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution. Slackware users (Slackers) often refer to him as The Man, as a token of respect whilst Slackware critics refer to him as Lord Volkermort. He is the Slackware Benevolent Dictator for Life. Volkerding earned a BSc in Computer Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1993. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Slackware was one of the earliest Linux distributions, and is the oldest distribution still being maintained. ... A Linux distribution is a Unix-like operating system comprising the Linux kernel and other assorted free software/open-source software, and possibly proprietary software. ... Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL) is the informal, slightly tongue-in-cheek title given to a respected individual in the open source development community who sets general directions and makes final calls in certain situations within the scope of a given project. ... BSC is an abbreviation for: Science and technology Bachelor of Science (usually written BSc), an academic science degree Base Station Controller, a subsystem in a GSM mobile phone network Binary symmetric channel in coding theory Binary Synchronous Communications, a data link protocol developed by IBM in the 1960s Basic Spacing...   Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is a four-year, public university and part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) located in Moorhead, Minnesota. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Patrick Volkerding at Linuxworld 2000 NYC
Patrick Volkerding at Linuxworld 2000 NYC

For a short while, Chris Lumens and others have assisted his work on Slackware. Unfortunately, due to lack of adequate funding (due to the sale of Walnut Creek to WindRiver software) these people had to be let go. For the last couple of years Patrick Volkerding manages the Slackware distribution with the help of many unpaid volunteers and testers, based all over the world. Volkerding manages to bring out occasional new releases of Slackware. Image File history File links Patrick Volkerding at Linuxworld 2000 in NewYork City. ... Image File history File links Patrick Volkerding at Linuxworld 2000 in NewYork City. ... LinuxWorld Summit is a conference that focuses on Open Source and GNU/Linux solutions in the IT-sector. ...



Patrick is a SubGenius affiliate/member. The use of the word Slack in "Slackware" is an homage to J. R. "Bob" Dobbs: "..I'll admit that it was SubGenius inspired. In fact, back in the 2.0 through 3.0 days we used to print a dobbshead on each CD." [1] J. R. Bob Dobbs The Church of the SubGenius is a satirical pseudo-religious organization, originally based in Dallas, Texas, which gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s subculture, with a large presence on the Internet. ... Look up Slack in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Slack has several meanings: The pursuit of Slack is a central belief of the Church of the SubGenius. ... J. R. Bob Dobbs J. R. Bob Dobbs is the pipe-smoking figurehead of the Church of the SubGenius. ...


According to a post on Slashdot [2], Volkerding wrote in his ChangeLog [3] that he experienced an undiagnosed health issue in 2004. [4] Diagnosis (from the Greek words dia = by and gnosis = knowledge) is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

On 2005-11-22, Patrick's wife Andrea delivered their first child, a girl, Briah Cecilia Volkerding. [5] 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Volkerding is frequently the subject of misinformation and disinformation, e.g. that he is a "Satanist" [6] who programmed subliminal messages into his software. Such disinformation can be safely dismissed. Misinformation is information that is incorrect, but not because of a deliberate attempt to mislead. ... Disinformation, in the context of espionage, military intelligence, and propaganda, is the spreading of deliberately false information to mislead an enemy as to ones position or course of action. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A subliminal message is a signal or message designed to pass below the normal limits of perception. ...


  • Linux System Commands, ISBN 0764546694

Published by IDG Books/M&T Books; April 2000. This article is about the year 2000. ...

  • Linux in a Box for Dummies. ISBN 0764507141

by Volkerding, Patrick; Reichard, Kevin. Published By Hungry Minds; 19 April 2000 April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ...

  • LINUX┬« Configuration and Installation ISBN B00007FYEC 1998
  • Linux in Plain English , Hungry Minds Inc.; May 15, 1997

1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Other Media

  • Instalacion y Configuracion de Linux - (CDROM)

Eric Foster Johnson, Kevin Reichard, Patrick Volkerding; Anaya Multimedia ISBN 844150816X 1999-06


  • Linux Journal interview with Patrick Volkerding, 1994
  • The Slackware Linux Project, official site
  • SubGenius Foundation

  Results from FactBites:
Patrick Volkerding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (249 words)
Patrick Volkerding is the founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution.
Volkerding earned a BSc in Computer Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1993.
During 2004, Volkerding fought a chronic and dangerous bacterial infection possibly caused by actinomyces.
Slackware - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1746 words)
The first Slackware release, 1.00, was on July 16, 1993 [1] by Patrick Volkerding, founder and lead developer.
This was explained by Patrick Volkerding [2] as a marketing effort to show that Slackware was as up-to-date as other Linux distributions, many of which had release numbers of 6 at the time.
In 2004, Patrick Volkerding became seriously ill and the future development of Slackware became uncertain.
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