Sunday, March 29, 2015

10 Years of Using Slackware

This year marks 10 years of using Slackware. My first connection with Slackware started when i bought my first laptop, Acer Travelmate. At that time, i was a Mandrake/Mandriva user and i love it. I have been using Mandrake/Mandriva since 2002 and i also joined the localization project of Mandrake/Mandriva and got a VIP status as well. It worked well on my desktop, so when i got my laptop, i wanted to use it.

Unfortunately, it didn't work well on my laptop. It installed perfectly, but when i rebooted it always end up with a kernel panic. Since i need an OS inside the laptop, i decided to try other Linux distribution at that time. I had plenty of choices, but most of them failed to be installed. The only Linux distribution that worked at that time was Slackware 10.2. I decided to install and use Slackware as my main OS even though i never use it before and i had no idea what Slackware was.

In just short time, i decided to stick with -current and since then, i'm always following -current development branch, thus i don't need to reinstall again everytime new version gets released. During my journey, i learned about third party repositories and eventually SlackBuilds project. I started as a user and my first contribution to SlackBuild was in 2010 (5 years ago). This is my first commit and it was guvcview. I met many people during my journey with Slackware, SlackBuilds, LQ, and many other communities around Slackware. I also founded ID-Slackware community and many people gathered around. I never thought we have a lot of Slackware users in Indonesia. Nowadays, we have more than 500 members in our mailing list and the number keep growing.

On March 2013, i joined Chess Griffin to work on MATE Desktop SlackBuild project (MSB) project. It was a great project and i still maintain that project (we are hoping to get MATE 1.10 released this year). In late 2013 (around November), i was asked by Robby to join as SlackBuilds admins and i accepted. It was an honor to join with the rest of the admins such as Robby Workman, Eric Hameleers, Erik Hanson, Matteo Bernardini, Niels Horn, Heinz Wiesinger, David Somero, Michiel van Wessem, and others.

On April 2014 i started my CSB (Cinnamon SlackBuild) project and so far i'm pleased with the result. I'm planning to release a new version of CSB when next Slackware has been released due to unsatisfied dependencies which limit my effort to bring newer version to -stable users.

In 2015, we have passed over 5000 scripts in SlackBuilds project, which is an amazing milestone. We hope to achive 6000 this year. Big thanks to all maintainers who actively maintain and submit more packages to ease other Slackware users who wanted to install packages not provided by Slackware official repository.

It's been a great 10 years of great Slackware experience and i'm still loving it. Hopefully we will see another great release of Slackware (probably 14.2) from Patrick this year.

New KDE 5 release

KDE lovers, you are going to enjoy this news. Eric Hameleers has just published his latest KDE 5 packages, consisting of KDE Framework 5.8.0, Plasma 5.2.2, and Applications 14.12.3 plus the latest updates of the KDE 4 Long Term Support (LTS) packages kdelibs, kdepimlibs, kdepim, kdepim-runtime and kde-workplace for Slackware-Current users.

The highlights of this 5_15.03 March release are:
  • KDE Frameworks have been updated to 5.8.0 (includes two new Frameworks: KPeople and KXmlRpcClient)
  • KDE Plasma has been updated to 5.2.2 (bugfixes only)
  • KDE Applications have been updated to 14.12.3 (bugfix release, no new KF5 ports)
  • KDE Extragear was updated with version 2.9.1 of the Calligra office suite
  • The “deps” directory for this release contains two updates to stock Slackware packages: libwpd and grantlee. These version bumps are required by the new versions of calligra and kdepim respectively
  • And there’s two new “deps” packages as well: librevenge and libodfgen. Both of those are required for the new version of libwpd
As always, please read the accompanying README for instructions on installation/upgrade procedure. Some notes:
Upgrading to this KDE 5 is non-trivial. You will have to remove old KDE packages manually. If you do not have KDE installed at all, you will have to install some of Slackware’s own KDE 4 packages manually

Go get them from these mirrors:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Security Update: samba

One security update has been released for Slackware 14.1 and -current users. The affected package is Samba which is now upgraded to 4.2.0.

In -current, things are moving slowly but sure. Pat is upgrading wget, mozilla-firefox, and patching Google Chrome SlackBuild and also remove dangling symlink in util-linux package.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

digiKam issue (solved)

First of all, i'm the maintainer of digiKam in SlackBuilds Project and i want to share some issue about digiKam and how to solve it.

Since few releases ago, i could never make digiKam running on my -current computer (it worked fine in -Stable Slackware releases). It always segfault when i tried to run it even though it didn't complained during build process. I discussed with the maintainer of digiKam, but we couldn't get the real answer, so i just removed digiKam in my computer.

Few days ago, i wanted to try again with the latest digiKam 4.8.0 that has just been released, but apparently it wasn't fixed as well. I tried to debug it more thorough using gdb and then i saw some portions of the results that it linked to Qt5. I remember that the maintainer of digiKam once said to me that digiKam still use Qt4 and not yet Qt5 (the work of porting to Qt5 is an on-going process though).

I do installed Qt5 since i installed KDE 5 from Eric Hameleers as well in my desktop for testing purposes, so i thought this could be the reason why there's Qt5 code in the dump results. It turns out that opencv is picking up Qt5 since there's a condition check on opencv's CMakeLists.txt

cat modules/highgui/CMakeLists.txt | grep -i qt5 
if(HAVE_QT5) QT5_ADD_RESOURCES(_RCC_OUTFILES src/window_QT.qrc) add_definitions(${Qt5${dt5_dep}_DEFINITIONS}) include_directories(${Qt5${dt5_dep}_INCLUDE_DIRS}) list(APPEND HIGHGUI_LIBRARIES ${Qt5${dt5_dep}_LIBRARIES}) add_definitions(${Qt5OpenGL_DEFINITIONS}) include_directories(${Qt5OpenGL_INCLUDE_DIRS}) list(APPEND HIGHGUI_LIBRARIES ${Qt5OpenGL_LIBRARIES})

Based on this results, i tried to remove Qt5, rebuild opencv and then followed by rebuilding digiKam and now it works again. I have added a note in digiKam's README as well just to warn other users.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Security Update Firefox and Thunderbird

Two security updates for Slackware 14.1 and current has been released and that are Firefox and Thunderbird. This is a regular security update that has been regularly pushed by Pat for Slackware 14.1. Firefox in 14.1 still follows the ESR release, while Thunderbird is following latest release.

Meanwhile, in -current there are several updates:
  • vim and vim-gvim: upgraded to 7.4.640
  • gdb: Upgraded to 7.9
  • nmap: Upgraded to 6.47
  • glew: Rebuilt to include libGLEWmx
  • Fluxbox: Upgraded to 1.3.7
  • xChat: Don't force to use SSLv3

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Poll Results and New Poll

I know it's VERY LATE to post the result of the poll, but i will just do it anyway. From 87 voters, almost 3/4 (72%) said that they are interested to try the new KDE Framework and Plasma 5 and i can see the big enthusiasm on Eric's blog, just by looking at the comment section. It's live and you can discuss many things you found on the new KDE 5.

I will also post a new vote for the next two months and that's about the PHP version will be used in next Slackware release. We only have 3 candidates: 5.4.x, 5.5.x, or 5.6.

Pick your vote!!!

EFI and GPT Fixes and KTown Update

Shortly after the big change, some users spotted some problem when using the newly generated ISO based on  the latest update. Pat quickly released a fix, including introducing 2 new packages: lilo-24.1 and util-linux-2.26 which should have better functionality and also fixed some problems with date time in Slackware as mentioned in several threads in LQ (part 1, part 2, and part 3).

If you are KDE fans, you might be delighted that Eric has pushed his latest KDE 5 updates to his KTown repository. It's tagged 5_15.02 and it consists of KDE Frameworks 5.7.0, KDE Applications 14.12.2, and Plasma 5.2.0. He also pushed some updates in extragears. Please read the README for instructions on how to install and upgrade to this version. It requires some spesific steps for this version, so please take some time to read it before blindly upgrading your systems. Remember that this packages are meant for Slackware-Current users only.

Not only KDE 5, Eric also managed to push LibreOffice 4.4.0 update as well. This is a major version and it includes lots of new goodies. For complete reference, please refer to the Release Notes.

I have been quite busy lately, especially during this week, so sorry for the delay of the article and i'll just make a recap of it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Security Update: Seamonkey, Patch, and Sudo

Pat has released three security advisories for both -stable and -current releases of Slackware. He also push some updates to -current which is quite interesting to see as most of them are basic toolchains.

Here's the recap of the security advisories:
  • Seamonkey is upgraded to 2.32.1 for Slackware 14.0 up to current
  • Patch is upgraded to 2.7.4 for Slackware 13.0 up to current
  • Sudo is upgraded to 1.8.12 for Slackware 13.0 up to current
There's one non-security update in -stable which is btrfs-progs which is now upgraded to 20150213 and also includes the missing header that was reported by Vincent Batts last year. This should enable docker to be built on -stable release.

More exciting things happened in current. Pat has again updated glibc version in current to the latest version: 2.21. This means next Slackware release will jump from 2.17 (used in Slackware 14.1) to 2.21. That's 4 major release. In the past, normally it jumped 2 versions ahead, but this time it's 4.

Along with the glibc updates, Pat also updated some core packages, namely:
  • aaa_elflibs: rebuilt (due to readline update)
  • btrfs-progs: upgraded to 20150213
  • coreutils: upgraded to 8.23
  • e2fsprogs: upgraded to 1.42.12
  • kernel-firmware: upgraded to 20150212git
  • kernel-*: upgraded to 3.14.33
  • sharutil: upgraded to 4.15
  • sysvinit-scripts: rebuilt to make some process runs in background and icon search optimizations
  • util-linux: upgraded to 2.25.2
  • guile: recompiled against readline-6.3
  • parted: upgraded to 3.2
  • readline: upgraded to 6.3
  • ntp: upgraded to 4.2.8p1 and patched rc script not to save system time to hardware clock.
More updates are expected in the future :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Security Update: glibc

Pat acted fast on fixing and updating glibc that is vulnerable to GHOST bug (known as CVE-2015-0235). He updated all glibc in supported Slackware releases: 13.0 up to 14.1. Slackware-current is not affected since it already uses glibc-2.20 which is not vulnerable, but he took this chance to update the timezone to the latest information (tzcode2014j and tzdata2014) and rebuilt all glibc packages.


He also update mozilla-firefox to the latest version 35.0.1 and also patch to 2.7.2

KDE 5 (Plasma 5.2.0 and Framework 5.6.0) For Slackware Users

Eric Hameleers again has worked hard to build, test, and package latest KDE releases, which includes Plasma 5.2.0, Framework 5.6.0, and Applications 14.12.1 for Slackware (current) users. This is another milestones for KDE team as more and more applications are ported to use the new Qt 5 and QML technology that enables them to push new features and overcome many limitations from previous releases.

There's one warning about this release: it will replace your KDE installation if you happened to like or enjoy KDE 4.10.5 available in default Slackware installation or if you follow previous release of KDE 4.14.3 from Eric as well. Make up your mind before proceeding and take precaution steps before.

If you are ready to plunge to the new experience, please take some time to read the README written by Eric to make sure your upgrade experience will not be disrupted and ended with a broken system. The changes in this release is quite huge compared to the previous KDE 5 releases from few months ago.

Please grab the latest KDE packages from this mirror sites below:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Security Update: samba

New security advisory has been released for Slackware 14.1 and current only, affecting samba that is being used as AD DC (Active Directory Domain Controller). Samba has been updated to 4.1.16 to fix this problem.

Current is progressing slowly with only 3 new packages introduced in this batch:
  • gdb upgraded to 7.8.2
  • alpine upgraded to 2.20
  • imapd upgraded to 2.20

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Multiple Security Advisories Released

There are 4 security advisories released for slackware today and they are:
  • seamonkey: Upgraded to 2.32 for Slackware 14.0 and newer
  • freetype: Upgraded to 2.55 for Slackware 13.0 and newer
  • mozilla-firefox: Upgraded to 31.4.0esr for Slackware 14.1 and 35 for -current
  • mozilla-thunderbird: Upgraded to 31.4.0 for Slackware 14.1 and current
In -current itself there has been a slow pace of changes:
  • gcc is upgraded to 4.8.4
  • libtool is upgraded to 2.4.4
  • kernel stock is upgraded to 3.14.29

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Security Advisory: openssl

New advisory has been released and this update fixed many many security problems in openssl library. This update is backported to earlier Slackware release, back to Slackware 13.0, but in two different version. Slackware 13.0 up to 13.37 will receive 0.9.8zd, while Slackware 14.0 up to -current will get 1.0.1k.

Nothing interesting in -current besides a new fluxbox which is upgraded to the latest version which was released few days ago. I guess you will have to wait longer for the big surprise from Patrick :)