Showing posts from September, 2008

CD Forum Linux 8.10 Love Released

Well, it's three months (one day to four months) behind the actual schedule (it was scheduled to be released last June), but it is finally released (after i pushed the developer a little bit ). Without further ADO, here's CD Forum Linux 8.10 "Love" Edition.

It's a LiveCD (Slackware based) which contains offline version of Indonesian Linux Forum. It's part of ID-Slackware community effort to help people who doesn't have bandwidth luxuries and dedicated Internet access to access the Forum all the time. We tried our best to reduce the ISO file size at an acceptable level for a complete Linux distribution without sacrificing the users conformance.

The first edition was released at December 2007 and it was scheduled to be released in six month cycle, but we're a little bit late on this release. Sorry for that. One of the biggest effort was to minimize the ISO size (see the changelog below for HUGE Reduction on ISO size) and also upgradin…

Single Fix for Firefox

One single fix for Firefox has been pushed on the -Current and also in the -Stable tree due to problem on password management. Very quiet weekend it is...
Sun Sep 28 00:24:10 CDT 2008
xap/mozilla-firefox-3.0.3-i686-1.tgz: Upgraded to firefox-3.0.3.
This fixes a bug in firefox-3.0.2 where saved passwords did not work.

Security Update: Thunderbird

When Firefox gets an update, usually it will be followed by Thunderbird or vice versa. It's because they shared lots of components together. So following Firefox's update, here comes thunderbird update this weekend:
Fri Sep 26 22:38:32 CDT 2008
Upgraded to thunderbird-
This upgrade fixes some more security bugs.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Security Updates: Firefox, SeaMonkey

Two security updates were released just now by Slackware Security Team. They are packages from Mozilla, Firefox and Seamonkey. Users running 2.0.0.x of Firefox is suggested to upgrade to 3.0.x version.
Thu Sep 25 22:23:52 CDT 2008
Upgraded to firefox-3.0.2.
This fixes some security issues:
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

This release fixes some more security vulnerabilities.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Emacs Update

Today, Emacs gets updated on -Current branch along with Curl and Flex. Fontconfig gets some minor tweak to fix bitmapped fonts in some cases.
Mon Sep 22 20:13:52 CDT 2008
d/flex-2.5.35-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to flex-2.5.35.

e/emacs-22.3-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to emacs-22.3.

n/curl-7.19.0-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to curl-7.19.0.

x/fontconfig-2.6.0-i486-2.tgz: Fixed /etc/fonts/fonts.conf to keep it from preferring bitmapped fonts in some cases. Thanks to Piter Punk.
This post also marks my 500th post on this blog. It's been two years since my first post on this blog. It describes why i choose Slackware for my laptop and migrate the desktop as well. Since then, this blog is growing and receive more and more readers. Right now, it has been known by many Slackware users around the world even though i never published it explicitly. Thanks to all of you guys this blog still exists. I really enjoyed updating this blog.

I also wanted to say thank you to Patrick J. Volkerding who has devoted his time to m…

Welcome Old Logo

The classic logo didn't last long evidently. It was just replaced by the old logo which has "Linux" instead of "Classic" text under the big Slackware. Welcome home, we have been waiting for your arrival

Small Update on Weekend

It seems that no day for resting for the Slackware maintainer. Three updates were coming to -Current today. Two packages was upgraded and the other one was recompiled to add gstreamer support in Pidgin (we had gstreamer included few days ago). Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Sep 20 22:25:35 CDT 2008
a/coreutils-6.12-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to coreutils-6.12.

xap/pidgin-2.5.1-i486-4.tgz: Recompiled with gstreamer support.

extra/slacktrack/slacktrack-2.00-noarch-1.tgz: Upgraded to slacktrack-2.00. Thanks to Stuart Winter! :-)
Just to remind you all, that there's an OVERVIEW document on the /extra/slacktrack directory which covers the overview of what Slacktrack is.

Have a nice weekend

Slackware Classic

A new logo has come up on the -Current changelog today, called Slackware Classic. It's like the original Slackware logo, but they changed the word "Linux" into "Classic". I hope it will make many people happy since some of them doesn't like the flippy logo after all (by looking at the vote results on the right side of this blog). Well, it's not just logo updates, but also a small updates on l/ and xap/ directories as well. Here they are:
Sat Sep 20 15:15:49 CDT 2008
l/gnome-icon-theme-2.23.92-noarch-2.tgz: The previous package was missing 3354 symlinks to alternate icon names. Thanks to Tom Nardi for letting me know about the new --enable-icon-mapping option.

l/libpng-1.2.32-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to libpng-1.2.32.

xap/imagemagick-6.4.3_6-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to ImageMagick-6.4.3-6.
This, like the previous package, fails when "convert foo.eps foo.png" is tried. It's not a Slackware problem (I see it elsewhere when searching), but the imagemagick …

More Libraries Updates

Following the libraries updates yesterday, more updates on l/ directory on today's update. ALSA packages has been upgraded to 1.0.17 while some packages from /testing has been moved to the official packages (it was dependency packages for KDE4). One package added, which is gtkspell and Pidgin was recompiled to add support for this application.

Have a nice weekend with Slackware-Current
Thu Sep 18 20:00:58 CDT 2008
ap/alsa-utils-1.0.17-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to alsa-utils-1.0.17.

l/alsa-lib-1.0.17a-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to alsa-lib-1.0.17a.

l/alsa-oss-1.0.17-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to alsa-oss-1.0.17.

l/enchant-1.4.2-i486-1.tgz: Moved from /testing/packages/kde4/deps/.

l/gtkspell-2.0.14-i486-1.tgz: Added gtkspell-2.0.14.

l/libraw1394-2.0.0-i486-1.tgz: Moved from /testing/packages/kde4/deps/.

l/liboil-0.3.15-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to liboil-0.3.15.

xap/pidgin-2.5.1-i486-3.tgz: Recompiled against gtkspell-2.0.14.

xap/xlockmore-5.26.1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to xlockmore-5.26.1.


Many Mini Updates

Lots of mini updates (except for XFCE) have come out in today's update on -Current. Most of it are libraries Check it out:
Thu Sep 18 01:54:28 CDT 2008
d/bin86-0.16.15-i486-1.tgz: Removed.

d/dev86-0.16.17-i486-1.tgz: Added dev86-0.16.17 (replaces bin86 package).

d/git- Upgraded to git-

d/intltool-0.40.3-i486-1.tgz: Added intltool-0.40.3.

l/atk-1.23.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to atk-1.23.5.

l/cairo-1.6.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to cairo-1.6.4.

l/gmime-2.2.23-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to gmime-2.2.23.

l/gnome-icon-theme-2.23.92-noarch-1.tgz: Upgraded to gnome-icon-theme-2.23.92.

l/gtk+2-2.12.12-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to gtk+-2.12.12.

l/icon-naming-utils-0.8.7-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to icon-naming-utils.

l/librsvg-2.22.2-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to librsvg-2.22.2.

l/pango-1.20.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to pango-1.20.5.

l/pycairo-1.6.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to pycairo-1.6.4.

l/pygobject-2.15.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to pygobject-2.15.4.

n/bluez-utils-3.36-i486-3.tgz: This might actually work now. :-…

Midweek Updates

Midweek updates from Slackware makes your life cheerful
Wed Sep 17 02:45:35 CDT 2008
a/gawk-3.1.6-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to gawk-3.1.6. Thanks to Grant Coady.

ap/vim-7.2.018-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to vim-7.2.018.

n/bluez-utils-3.36-i486-2.tgz: It seems --enable-all is no longer a valid ./configure option for this package, and everything needs to be enabled individually, so several utilities and config files were missing from the previous package. Thanks to Tom Nardi for the help with this.

n/bind-9.4.2_P2-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to bind-9.4.2-P2.
This version has performance gains over bind-9.4.2-P1.
Additional BIND /patches packages are available back to Slackware 8.1.

xap/vim-gvim-7.2.018-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to vim-7.2.018 (GTK+ add-on package).

CrossOver Chromium

Thanks to Ariya Hidayat for his post about CrossOver Chromium, a free linux port of Google Chrome (the official version from Google hasn't come out yet). As usual, it was ported using Wine and they have provided the application in several format (rpm, deb, and also sh for other Linux distro that doesn't use RPM or DEB). I used Slackware, so i choose the .sh format.

To install it, simply add execute permission and execute it:
chmod +x

The above screenshot is the example of this blog running on CrossOver Chromium. As you can see, it's not 100% perfect, as the status bar is floating like that. If you want better version, then i suggest you to wait for the official Linux version from Google.

Huge Updates

As said on FB, Pat is trying to get the updates out of his testing machine and he did it. Look at the -Current changelog and you will see lots of updates here on -Current branch. It's dominated by KDE 4.1.1 though. Happy Downloading
Mon Sep 15 20:35:43 CDT 2008
a/acpid-1.0.7b1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to acpid-1.0.7b1 (this version does not flood /var/log/messages).

a/e2fsprogs-1.41.1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to e2fsprogs-1.41.1.

a/etc-12.2-noarch-1.tgz: Do not set LC_ALL POSIX in /etc/csh.login. Not only is this the wrong setting, it isn't even in the proper file. :-/
Thanks to Jim Diamond.

a/sysvinit-scripts-1.2-noarch-24.tgz: Shut down acpid cleanly on halt/reboot.
Erase any /usr/share/icons/icon-theme.cache that should not be there.

ap/gphoto2-2.4.2-i486-2.tgz: Fixed uncompressed manpage.

ap/nano-2.0.9-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to nano-2.0.9.

d/clisp-2.46-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to clisp-2.46.Thanks to Stuart Winter for the updated build script.

kde/amarok-1.4.10-i486-3.tgz: Patched for new libmtp…

More Entertainment Features

More entertainment and multimedia features in the latest update in -Current. Sox has been upgraded to 14.1.0. From the slack-desc, here's the description:
Sox is universal sound converter, player, and recorder.Second update is a new package for visualization in Amarok. It's has been discussed in LQ and only in few hours, new package shipped

Third update is all about the famous XMMS application. Yesterday, it suffers from DoubleSize mode and today, it is fixed.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Fri Sep 12 17:26:34 CDT 2008
ap/sox-14.1.0-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to sox-14.1.0.
See the documention for changes to the command-line options.
Thanks to tasos and misiu for the update suggestion.

l/libvisual-plugins-0.4.0-i486-1.tgz: Added libvisual-plugins-0.4.0.
These create some cool special effects with Amarok.
Thanks to Darrell Anderson for suggesting the addition. :-)

xap/xmms-1.2.11-i486-2.tgz: Patched to fix the doublesize option.
Thanks to Patryk Krawaczynski, Keith Richie, and Catali…

XMMS Re-Added

In March 18 2007, Pat decided to remove XMMS from Slackware official package and hoping for newer version of XMMS (which is XMMS2). Here's the changelog (taken from XMMS's website):
xap/xmms-1.2.10-i486-3.tgz: XMMS developers: THANK YOU for your years of dedication. We look forward to considering a new GTK+2 based design some time in the future. (Package removed).
What do you know? After one year without any *BIG* progress on XMMS2, Pat decided to re-add XMMS again on -Current today. It's still broken on "doublesize" though. Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Thu Sep 11 16:02:24 CDT 2008
xap/xmms-1.2.11-i486-1.tgz: Added xmms-1.2.11. This is an audio player that is similar to audacious, but uses about a third of the CPU power.
Please note that "doublesize" mode seems broken -- if it is enabled, XMMS will crash, and then will not start again until $HOME/.xmms is cleared out.
Any patch for this issue would be appreciated.
Welcome back XMMS!!. I know m…

Start on Development

Time to move on onto the next Slackware-Current development by the release of huge pile of updates today (over 90 packages released). New packages are also available on this update, including sqlite, which should make zenmap-gui one step closer to work again, gphoto2, xdg-utils, and gstreamer.

Here's the notes from Pat and more might come up in a few days:
Thu Sep 11 00:49:16 CDT 2008
A few updates... more to come.

a/glibc-solibs-2.7-i486-11.tgz: Recompiled against Linux

a/glibc-zoneinfo-2.7-noarch-11.tgz: Rebuild from tzcode/tzdata2008e.

a/kernel-generic- Upgraded to Linux
We are bumping the kernel within the 2.6.24.x series for now rather than leaping for 2.6.26.x immediately for sereral reasons. First, we know that it works within the existing framework, and the config files did not need major changes (only CONFIG_SECURITY_FILE_CAPABILITIES was changed to =y for libcap support). Also, we know that the kernel headers are usable for compiling glib…

Security Update: PHP

A new PHP package has been released for Slackware 10.2 and 11.0 to fix security issues. This might be the last PHP series supported, so those who still loves PHP 4, please get ready to upgrade to PHP 5.x. Here's the email from Slackware Security Team:
[slackware-security] php (SSA:2008-247-01)

New php packages are available for Slackware 10.2 and 11.0 to fix security issues. These releases are the last to contain PHP 4.4.x, which was upgraded to version 4.4.9 to fix PCRE issues and other bugs.

Please note that this is the FINAL release of PHP4, and it has already passed the announced end-of-life. Sites should seriously consider migrating to PHP5 rather than upgrading to php-4.4.9.

Here are the details from the Slackware 11.0 ChangeLog:
Upgraded to php-4.4.9. This upgrades the bundled PCRE library to fix security issues, as well as fixing a few other security related bugs.
See the PHP4 ChangeLog for more de…

KDE 4.1.1 Arrives

One week after KDE 3.5.10 comes up, another release has been made by KDE team. This time, a monthly update to KDE 4.1.x series, which brings KDE 4.1.1 on the surface. This series will be updated monthly until they get to KDE 4.2.0 which is schedduled to on January 2009 (good idea to start a new year with better desktop manager).

In overall, KDE 4.1.1 brings this better performance and many bug fixes found on KDE 4.1.0 relased last month:
Significant performance, interaction and rendering correctness improvements in KHTML and Konqueror, KDE's webbrowser User interaction, rendering and stability fixes in Plasma, the KDE4 desktop shell PDF backend fixes in the document viewer Okular Fixes in Gwenview, the image viewer's thumbnailing, more robust retrieval and display of images with broken metadata Stability and interaction fixes in KMail For full detailed changes, please see the Changelog. I have a feeling that this version will be added to /testing soon after Pat compiled the so…

Pidgin Update

Pidgin 2.5.1 has been out for a few days and i have been using it on my desktop, but today it is available on -Current tree. It's quite a quick release from the developer compared to other releases which usually took more than a month. Probably because there were some critical error found on 2.5.0, so they had to make a fix on it.

By the way, Pidgin 2.5.1 has SOCKS proxy support, so if you are behind the proxy, you can try this version and let's hope it works behind the proxy. Pidgin is known to be unfriendly with proxies, but let's hope that myths will end by this version

Here's the small changelog today:
Tue Sep 2 15:26:09 CDT 2008
xap/pidgin-2.5.1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to pidgin-2.5.1.

Security Fix: Samba

Samba package has been upgraded to fix permission on -Current (-Stable and older version of Slackware were not affected as this package only being released on -Current). Here's the changelog:
Tue Sep 2 02:11:27 CDT 2008
n/samba-3.2.3-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to samba-3.2.3. This fixes a security issue where group_mapping.ldb was accidentally chmod 666 (only in -current, as all previous Slackware versions use the Samba 3.0.x branch which is not affected). This build also adds the mount.smbfs wrapper script for mount.cifs, and a link to the wrapper from /usr/bin/smbmount. This may fix some of the issues that people were having mounting SMB filesystems.
Note that SMBFS is considered obsolete now, and using mount.smbfs really isn't any different in function using the wrapper than using mount.cifs directly. For more information on the security issue, see:
(* Security fix *)
Since this security issue only affects the unreleased devel…

PV on Facebook

Guess what? PV is on the Facebook. You can add him by searching or by looking at his account here. I was introduced by Robby Workman. You can see his latest photo (it's quite rare to find his photo on the Internet).

So, if you are Slackware users and have Facebook account, you can add him . I'm not sure how he got there, but you can contact him directly talking about Slackware. He's updating his status quite frequent. The current status is working to make Samba print.

Welcome to Facebook, PV

New Poll: Slackware Logo

As you might already know, Slackware has changed the logo into a "flippy" logo which was made by Mark from Senile Felines Design. It's called Ambigram and sometimes it's even hard to read when you are not used to it.

So this month's question is about the new logo. Whether you like it or not, it's up to Pat to decide whether he will use the old one or the new one on the next Slackware release. Remember guys, it's just a vote

Poll Results

Well, another month, that means another poll results from Slackblogs. Last month's question was about OOo inclusion on Slackware's official tree. We 94 voters last month and here's the final results:

Yes, definitely 58 (61%)
No, people can use other source like Slackbuilds 29 (30%)
I don't use OOo, so it doesn't matter for me 7 (7%)

Most people would love to see OOo included on the Slackware. So far, people get it from SlackBuild as they already provide the SlackBuild script to convert the RPMs files into tgz so it can be easily be managed by pkgtools. I myself uses rpm2tgz to convert the files and so far, everything works just fine here.

FYI, building OOo from source it's really something painful. You have lots of requirements and lots of settings before you can start compiling (it doesn't count error on the compilation phase). If you don't believe it, try looking at this page. This will give you a head start of what the build process like.

One thing that m…