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Security Update: Seamonkey

Seamonkey packages has been upgraded to 2.0.1, the latest version which synchronized with latest Firefox release yesterday. Along with these packages, akonadi and liblastfm was rebuilt. I'm not sure why.

It's a small updates, so it won't take too long to get the updates on your system

Managing Ipod Using gtkpod

I have an iPod with me and i used to use Apple iTunes to manage it on Windows. Since i now completely wiped out Windows on my laptop and i never logged in to my Windows on my desktop, i need to find a way to be able to manage my iPod on Linux.

I have heard about gtkpod project since a long time ago, but i never tried to use it until yesterday. There's a SlackBuilds script written by Robby Workman on SlackBuilds project, so i just use the script to build the package and it runs perfectly

At first, i'm a little bit confused with how it works, but after some testing (i tested by wiping all my music collection on my iPod and adding a new one), i finally managed to see how it works and yes, it does works on my iPod. gtkpod has supported many kinds of Apple's iPod products, starting from the first generation up to the fifth generation of iPod, including iPod Touch. To see whether your version or not, please visit this page.

In general, gtkpod has successfully replaced iTunes for d…

KDE 4.3.4, Firefox, and Many More

Big bunch of updates happened today on -Current. KDE stock has been upgraded to KDE 4.3.4 and many libraries are upgraded as well. I'm quite surprised, since KDE 4.4.x will land on January/February and KDE 4.3.4 might be the last maintenance release due to developers are focusing on KDE 4.4.x release. Besides that, Firefox and many other applications are being upgraded as well.

There are two more libraries added on this updates as well.

Here's the complete list of Slackware-Current changelog today:
Thu Dec 17 20:51:37 UTC 2009
d/ruby-1.9.1_p243-i486-4.txz: Rebuilt.
Added deprecated headers needed to build kdebindings.

kde/amarok-2.2.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/k3b-1.69.0-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.

kde/kdeaccessibility-4.3.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeadmin-4.3.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeartwork-4.3.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-4.3.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-runtime-4.3.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-workspace-4.3.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.


K3B Upgraded

When Slackware 13.0 is released, K3B application was considered broken, thus Pat decided to put the old version of K3B on extra/ directory along with some old KDE 3 libraries so that people could use that version to have a working K3B.

Nowadays, people have reported that the version used in KDE 4 is working and today, the K3B on -Current has been upgraded again to the latest version of K3B, which is 1.69.0 Alpha 4. Even though it's considered Alpha version, but it's quite stable for daily usage, so give it a try and you will love it

Well, that's the only update for today.

Security Update: GIMP

GIMP has been upgraded to the latest version to fix security problem. Mozilla Thunderbird is also upgraded to 3.0, the latest version which has been released few days ago by Mozilla. Congratulations to Mozilla and enjoy the new applications.

Here's the -Current changelog:
Sat Dec 12 04:51:11 UTC 2009
xap/gimp-2.6.8-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
This fixes integer overflows in the image handling plugins that could lead to the execution of arbitrary code or an application crash if a malicious image is loaded.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

xap/mozilla-thunderbird-3.0-i686-1.txz: Upgraded.
Congrats to Mozilla Messaging on the great new Thunderbird release!

Security Update: ntp

NTP package has been upgraded to fix security problem, which was a denial-of-service attack involving spoofed mode 7 packets. This is the only update for today. I'm still waiting for KDE 4.3.4, even though it would be better to wait until KDE 4.4 is coming on Slackware-Current. I'm sure Robby and Eric are now testing the first beta version.

Security Update: Kernel

It's very rare to see Slackware released a security update on kernel packages, but today it happened. Slackware patched the kernel due to problem found by David Ford which can caused the system to immediate hang when it received an over-sized IP packets.

Here are the changes in -Current today:
Tue Dec 8 20:44:44 UTC 2009
a/kernel-firmware- Rebuilt.

a/kernel-generic- Rebuilt.
Patched a bug (CVE-2009-1298) where oversized IP packets cause a NULL pointer dereference and immediate hang.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

a/kernel-generic-smp- Rebuilt.
Patched CVE-2009-1298.
(* Security fix *)

a/kernel-huge- Rebuilt.
Patched CVE-2009-1298.
(* Security fix *)

a/kernel-huge-smp- Rebuilt.
Patched CVE-2009-1298.
(* Security fix *)

a/kernel-modules- Rebuilt.


Detecting 4GB of RAM

As you probably have known, i have bought a new desktop and laptop, both equipped with 4 GB of RAM, but i'm still using 32bit Slackware Linux, so there's a limitation from the OS to correctly detect 4 GB of RAM. In order to solve that, in most article says that we have to start using 64bit version.

That is the easy solution, but what happened if you are too lazy to reinstall and reconfigure everything? Well, if your processor support PAE, then you are quite lucky, since you only need to recompile your kernel and enable HIGHMEM64G config and it will try to enable PAE extension as well. When you are finished, the Slackware 13.0 will detect your 4GB of RAM. Look the results using free or cat /proc/meminfo

Development Application Updated

There are several updates related to development tools and also libraries on -Current today. Here's the changes:
Sun Dec 6 03:23:23 UTC 2009
a/sed-4.2.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

d/git- Upgraded.

d/python-2.6.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

d/subversion-1.6.6-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/libxml2-2.7.6-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/libxslt-1.1.26-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/neon-0.29.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

Small Updates on Ruby

Ruby packages has been updated to fix symlink problem. Please refer to the -Current changelog for the changes.

Security Update: BIND

BIND is (again) patched to fix security vulnerability. Along with this security update, some packages are upgraded as well. Have a look on -Current changelog below for more detail information:
Wed Dec 2 20:51:55 UTC 2009
a/xz-4.999.9beta-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded.

ap/rpm-4.7.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

ap/sudo-1.6.8p12-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Added --with-env-editor to ./configure flags so that users can do this: VISUAL=/usr/bin/pico visudo OR EDITOR=/usr/bin/pico visudo
d/ruby-1.9.1_p243-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/koffice-2.1.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Note that there's a _really_ ugly patch that was used to make this compile, otherwise it fails with this error: kis_jpeg_source.cpp:(.text+0x79): undefined reference to `jpeg_resync_to_restart(jpeg_decompress_struct*, int)' I would welcome any hints about how to compile koffice without this patch.

kdei/koffice-l10n-*: Upgraded.

n/bind-9.4.3_P4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
BIND 9.4.3-P4 is a SECURITY PATCH for BIND 9.4.3-P3. It addresses a potential cache poison…

Prediction Time

While -Current hasn't officially started, we have seen some changes in -Current tree for a while and i think it will keep going like this until eventually something break the compatibility with Slackware 13.0 towards 13.1 release.

Pat usually never decide a fixed date for Slackware release. He will release it when it's considered ready and stable enough for production use, so let's just take this month's poll to predict when will next Slackware 13.1 be released.

Please note that this is just a poll and it will not have any effect of the real release date of next Slackware (probably 13.1). The decision is still on Pat's hand.

Poll Results

November is past now. It's coming to December and that means poll is now closed and we come to this result:

< 15 minutes 18 (28%)
15 - 30 minutes 29 (46%)
30-60 minutes 10 (15%)
more than 60 minutes 6 (9%)

Almost 50% of the responders voted that they finished the Slackware 13.0 installation ranging from 15 - 30 minutes, which is the normal condition of Slackware installation. Under 15 minutes comes in second with 28%, which usually experienced by someone who are used with Slackware installation and they know what they are doing (and they love doing it so).

Keep in touch with a new poll for this month

Security Update: OpenSSL

OpenSSL has been upgraded to fix security discussed on CVE-2009-3555. Along with these update, several applications gets upgraded and rebuilt (and even removed).

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Mon Nov 16 18:56:26 UTC 2009
a/openssl-solibs-0.9.8l-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Disables SSL renegotiation.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

kde/mplayerthumbs-1.2-i486-2.txz: Removed.
mplayerthumbs has been merged into kdemultimedia in KDE 4.3.3.
It is recommended to reinstall kdemultimedia after removing this package.

l/seamonkey-solibs-2.0-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt.

n/nn-6.7.3-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt.
Patched to retrieve hostname from /etc/HOSTNAME, use gpg rather than pgp, and to use correct sizeof(long) depending on the system architecture.
Thanks to Aaron W. Hsu.

n/openssl-0.9.8l-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Disables SSL renegotiation.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)


New Laptop

Few days ago, i bought a new laptop, ASUS UL80vt. This is my second laptop after i bought the first one about four years ago. It was Acer Travelmate 4150NLCi. The old laptop is still working up to now, but there was some problem on the rotating pin which is used to rotate the lid. One of them is broken, so the lid is no longer stable even though it's still working.

On the afternoon, after finishing my class, i decided to find a new laptop and i found a good one. It come with a pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium and with a quite high-end specifications. If you are curious, check the information on Amazon but my hard disk is 500 GB instead of 320 GB listed on the page.

At night, i removed all Windows 7 partition, including the recovery partition, as i have commited to fully using Slackware Linux on this laptop. The installation works normally, except for some problem post-installation, so i repeated the installation step and this time, it's working normally.

Everything is dete…

libgtkmozembed gone in the latest seamonkey

The latest seamonkey package has removed a shared library called libgtkmozembed. This shared library is still available on the previous seamonkey build, so Pat rebuilt the package which has this library removed.

If you still need libgtkmozembed for any other application, you might reconsider to use Seamonkey 1.1.18 rather than upgrading to Seamonkey 2.0. I don't use Seamonkey on daily basis, so i have no problem using 1.1.18 instead of having problem with other applications due to removal of libgtkmozembed.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Wed Nov 11 21:17:19 UTC 2009
l/seamonkey-solibs-2.0-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
xap/seamonkey-2.0-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
As of version 2.0, SeaMonkey no longer includes a shared libgtkmozembed library, so the pkgconfig and header files for this have been removed from the package to avoid confusion over why trying to compile programs that use it no longer works. There's not really any way to avoid this issue --it's either upgrade SeaMonkey and …

Mozilla Packages Upgraded

Two Mozilla packages (Mozilla Firefox and Seamonkey) are upgraded on the latest -Current batch. The Seamonkey is now using 2.0, a major update from 1.x, while Firefox remains stays with the latest update, 3.5.5 which bring stability updates instead of security update.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sun Nov 8 04:14:58 UTC 2009
l/seamonkey-solibs-2.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

xap/mozilla-firefox-3.5.5-i686-1.txz: Upgraded.
Upgraded to firefox-3.5.5.
This fixes some stability bugs.

xap/seamonkey-2.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

Phonon Package Restored

On the last update, Pat removed Phonon package and it makes the sound system are unusable on some systems (including mine) and the system got muted. It turns out that Qt package is still missing Phonon files required by KDE. So the latest update brings those files back again by re-adding Phonon and rebuilt Qt with new option. This should bring the fix for everyone

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Nov 7 22:09:46 UTC 2009
l/phonon-4.3.1-i486-2.txz: Added.
Phonon in Qt is missing support files needed by KDE, so this package restores the missing pieces. The Phonon library, include files, and pkgconfig files will remain in the Qt package, as those are the most up-to-date versions. This package will contain the xine and gstreamer backends and other files needed by KDE. The gstreamer backend source is taken from the newer sources in Qt, not from the standalone Phonon.
Sorry about the misfire last time... this stuff should work. :-)

l/qt-4.5.3_063bded-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt.
Use -phonon -…

KDE 4.3.3 on Slackware-Current

Slackware-Current has included KDE 4.3.3 on the latest batch of updates today. The latest Java (JRE and JDK) are also included on this update. One interesting thing is the removal of Phonon package which is the multimedia package for KDE. On my system, Amarok won't play any MP3 files again after removal of Phonon, so i finally tried to install it again and it worked.

My suggestion is that if you are running rsync, have a backup of phonon package just in case removing phonon broke your Amarok .

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Fri Nov 6 00:22:35 UTC 2009
a/less-418-i486-4.txz: Rebuilt.
Patched to handle files of the form *.{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,n}.gz that are not gzipped *roff. Thanks to Mark Post.

kde/kdeaccessibility-4.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeadmin-4.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeartwork-4.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-4.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-runtime-4.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-workspace-4.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.


KDE 4.3.3 Released

A month has passed and now it's time for KDE to release their monthly updates to KDE 4.3.x series. The latest version of KDE is now 4.3.3 and it's a maintenance update which brings more translations and updates to many parts of KDE components.

The changelog will highlight the changes that happened since 4.3.2 release month ago. There hasn't huge change on this release as new features will be placed on KDE 4.4 which should be available on late January or early February 2010.

Let's hope it will be available on -Current soon.

New Poll

Slackware 13.0 has been released for some time and i wanted to know how fast does Slackware installation. So that comes up to a question of the next poll: How long do you need to install a fresh copy of Slackware on your machine?

Please give your vote

Poll Result

After two months since the last poll, finally it's a chance to announce the poll results. Two months ago, i asked what features that you think most interesting on Slackware 13.0. So here's the results:

Major Upgrade for Desktop Environment 48 (39%)
Newer Kernel for Better Hardware Support 41 (33%)
x86_64 porting 71 (58%)
Automatic Detection for X Org 39 (32%)
New .txz Format With Better Compression 60 (49%)
Improved Network Detection Through wicd 29 (23%)
Major Upgrade on Firefox 26 (21%)
Better Video Player with MPlayer 29 (23%)
Better Wireless Intel Driver 23 (19%)
Others (not mentioned in above options) 11 (9%)

We came up with x86_64 porting as the winner, followed by new .txz format with LZMA algorithm to reduce file size. It's no surprise, since x86_64 support has been requested by many people and there hasn't any official support for them until Eric came up and started this porting. Fred with his Slamd64 has done a great job in the past, but now, here comes the of…

Security Update: Firefox

Like i mentioned before, Firefox will definitely be updated and the update has arrived today. You can grab them in the Slackware-Current and also in Slackware-Stable tree.

Here's the -Current changelog entry for today:
Mon Nov 2 20:41:16 UTC 2009
xap/mozilla-firefox-3.5.4-i686-1.txz: Upgraded.
Upgraded to firefox-3.5.4.
This fixes some security issues.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Two Packages Upgraded

There are two packages that gets upgraded today, PyQT and sip. Both resides in l/ directory.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Oct 31 21:40:29 UTC 2009
l/PyQt-4.6.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/sip-4.9.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

GCC Packages Upgraded

GCC packages on testing/ are being upgraded to the latest one, 4.4.2. Please note that these packages are still considered unstable, so it's being placed under testing/ and not in d/. If you plan to use this packages, you are at your own, even though i believe the risk is quite minimum.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Fri Oct 30 23:37:47 UTC 2009
testing/packages/gcc-4.4.2/gcc-4.4.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

testing/packages/gcc-4.4.2/gcc-g++-4.4.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

testing/packages/gcc-4.4.2/gcc-gfortran-4.4.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

testing/packages/gcc-4.4.2/gcc-gnat-4.4.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

testing/packages/gcc-4.4.2/gcc-java-4.4.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

testing/packages/gcc-4.4.2/gcc-objc-4.4.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

QScintilla Rebuilt

QScintilla package has been rebuilt to fix missing PyQt bindings. This is the only update for today, but i believe Firefox 3.5.4 will come out in no time, since it contains several security fixes for nasty vulnerabilities on 3.5.3. Just wait and see.

Security Updates: Poppler + xpdf

Two security updates were released on Slackware-Current today. They are poppler and xpdf. Along with this two updates, several packages gets recompiled and updated as well.

Here is the latest -Current changelog:
Wed Oct 28 22:50:35 UTC 2009
kde/kdegraphics-4.3.2-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Recompiled against new libpoppler.

kde/koffice-2.0.83-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Recompiled against new libpoppler.

l/babl-0.1.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/gegl-0.1.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/poppler-0.12.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Security fixes based on xpdf 3.02pl4 were integrated.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

l/poppler-data-0.3.0-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.


KDE 4.3.2 on Slackware-Current

KDE 4.3.2 has been included on -Current, thanks to Pat, Vincent Batts, Robby Workman, Piter Punk,
and Eric Hameleers. Along with these updates, there are several packages that gets upgraded too.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Thu Oct 22 22:09:40 UTC 2009
New KDE and other updates. Thanks to Vincent Batts, Robby Workman, Piter Punk, and Eric Hameleers for the help!

ap/gphoto2-2.4.7-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/guidance-power-manager-4.3.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/k3b-1.68.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kaudiocreator-r1038308-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeaccessibility-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeadmin-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeartwork-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-runtime-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-workspace-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebindings-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdeedu-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdegames-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdegraphics-4.3.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.


Webcam Under Skype

For some time, i have been trying to enable my webcam under Skype on my Slackware box. I know that it's possible, since i have seen many people able to do that on their machine. The wait is now over, as i have managed to enable it today, thanks to this thread on LQ.

First of all, you need to build libv4al which is available from Slackbuilds. Once you have built the package, make a new file under /usr/bin (or anyplace you like). Let's call it webcamSkype (or whatever suits you) and paste this

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ /opt/skype/skype

On my system, i put Skype under /opt/skype, so when you place Skype on different directory, you should change the path according to your system. Don't forget to make the script executable by running:

chmod +x /usr/bin/webcamSkype

Next, edit your shortcut using menu editor (assuming you are using KDE) and change the path to Skype binary into /usr/bin/webcamSkype.

If you want to make sure the webcam works, just use Options &…

Fixed Icon Problem

Today, Pat has rebuilt the shared-mime-info package which fixed the icons problem that were broken yesterday. It's the single package that gets released today.

Here's the single changelog entry for today:
Sun Oct 18 23:09:03 UTC 2009
l/shared-mime-info-0.70-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Fixed the install script to run update-mime-database for each user on the system, fixing an issue with missing or broken icons.

Broken shared-mime-info Package

Shortly after updating to the latest -Current, i got a new bug, which caused pidgin to lost it's icon, both in system tray and also in the application. I couldn't see my emoticons and my avatar. Another report was found in LQ which happened in wicd-client icon.

The problem *may* lies in shared-mime-info package, which is upgraded in the last batch of update. I tried to revert it back to the previous version 0.60 and the problem is now gone. So for now, don't update the shared-mime-info package after there's a fix from Pat on the next update unless you want to see some application got broken with missing icons.

Update (6:37 PM): Robby Workman mentioned a solution pointed by Andrew Brouwers in IRC about shared-mime-info which likely caused the problem. A quick solution is to run this command as root:
update-mime-database /usr/share/mime

I have tried the solution and yes, it worked here, so you can now safely upgrade your shared-mime-info package and run above command to fix …

Security Updates: Pidgin + GnuTLS

Two security updates has been released today which are Pidgin and GnuTLS. Special for Pidgin, it has been upgraded to 2.6.3, but without vv support, as there are no libnice and farsight2 available on -Current which are the requirements to enable vv (voice and video) support on Pidgin 2.6.3.

Along with those updates, several packages also gets recompiled and upgraded too. Here's the latest changes in -Current changelog:
Sat Oct 17 23:56:15 UTC 2009
a/hdparm-9.27-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

ap/hplip-3.9.4b-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt.

ap/linuxdoc-tools-0.9.56-i486-6.txz: Rebuilt.
Recompiled against perl-5.10.1.

ap/mysql-5.1.39-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Added --with-innodb option. This was omitted from the last package version since ./configure --help no longer lists --with-innodb or --without-innodb, but evidently the option is still supported (and needed).
Thanks to Amritpal Bath.

d/git-1.6.5-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Compiled against perl-5.10.1.

d/subversion-1.6.5-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Compiled against perl-5.10.1.

Rsync Slackware-Current

This morning, i started to use rsync to mirror Slackware-Current tree from Indonesian mirror site. I used Eric's rsync script located here, but i modified the script a little bit to exclude several more directory which i don't need.

So, here's my modified script:

echo "Syncing version '$VERSION' ..."

if [ ! -d ${TOPDIR}/slackware-$VERSION ]; then
echo "Target directory ${TOPDIR}/slackware-$VERSION does not exist!"
exit 1

cd ${TOPDIR}/slackware-$VERSION
rsync $1 -vaz --delete --exclude "pasture" --exclude "source" --exclude "isolinux" --exclude "patches" --exclude "usb-and-pxe-installers" --exclude "extra/source" --exclude "slackware/kdei" --exclude "testing/source" ${RSYNCURL}/slackware-$VERSION/ .

3D Games on Slackware

This week and last week, i have been trying to download several 3D games for Linux and i tried to played them on my new desktop. I have downloaded Assault Cube, Nexuiz, and Alien Arena. Those three games are FPS-based game, so if you are familiar with Counter Strike, then you will not have problem playing it.

The three of them doesn't need to be installed, as it comes with a wrapper script to execute the game. In case of Assault Cube, you may need to install openal which is available through SlackBuilds project. Also, don't forget to install VGA driver in order to enable 3D acceleration. I used NVidia on my desktop.

Another Slackware 13.0 Installation

On Saturday night, i perform another Slackware 13.0 installation on one of my student's laptop. He has used Ubuntu 9.04, but he wanted to try using Slackware 13.0, so he parked his laptop at my house, so i can do one night installation and configure everything.

The installation process works perfectly and it's done under 25 minutes. Yeah, i know this is longer than my own installation which is under 15 minutes, but i did the installation while working other things, so there's some idle on it. By default, everything works and no major changes is required, but i did add some packages which i compiled from SlackBuilds to make the system even better.

Another good record for Slackware 13.0 installation

Slackware 13.0 on Desktop

I have just completed my Slackware 13.0 installation under 15 minutes. As usual, i did a normal installation, but i choose expert menu which enables me to select the packages i wanted to install one by one. I did unselect some packages, but it's not that much.

After installation, i created normal user and upgrade to the latest -Current packages. Everything was done under 30 minutes and i'm ready to use the new Slackware 13.0 on my desktop. This would be my main system at home where i do most of my work, so i do really need a solid, stable, secure, and simple system to work with and i'm proud that Slackware 13.0 is qualified to be my first choice.

To be honest, this is my first 13.0 Slackware installation on my own system. I never install Slackware 13.0 before on my own system. In most cases, i help my students to install Slackware on their laptops. Everything works here. My NVidia, sound card, webcam, everything works as i expected.

By the way, i tried to use the new ext4 as …

Faster and Better Amarok

Thanks to the new update of Amarok 2.2.0 in -Current, Amarok now runs faster and better than before. It loads faster, mostly when loading the playlist. While the interface hasn't changed too much, but i think the performance does change quite a lot.

In short, i'm happy with this version. Thanks to Pat who decided to give an update on Amarok

Fixing MySQL Problem During Upgrade

If you follow Slackware-Current, you might notice that MySQL has been upgraded into 5.1.39, which is now the GA version from MySQL, replacing the previous GA version, 5.0.xx. Like always, changes in GA might have some configuration changes which requires manual modification into the configuration files. This is the same thing i had when i upgrade to 5.1.39 in -Current today.

Normally, after the upgrade is finished, i only need to restart the MySQL daemon and everything will work, but not on this case. I posted on LQ and i got the solution less than one day. The problem lies on my /etc/my.cnf file which still has skip-federated option. It is no longer an option in 5.1.39, so when i start the server, it failed and it won't start.

The solution is to comment this line or remove it and restart your MySQL daemon by issuing /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld stop and /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld start.

It will work again

Again, LQ has done a great job on helping other Slackware users

Security Update: PHP and Samba

There are two security updates released today, which are PHP and Samba. Both appeared on -Stable and -Current changelog, but if you follow -Current, there are other updates as well, such as MySQL, Amarok, QT, Perl, and also bunch of GCC 4.4.1 on testing directory. In short, i'm thinking -Current is preparing for KDE 4.3.x which has been released shortly before Slackware 13.0 but it didn't make it into -Current testing timeframe.

So, here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sun Oct 4 00:17:50 CDT 2009
ap/mysql-5.1.39-i486-1.txz: Upgraded. This bumps the version of the shared libraries to .so.16.0.0.

d/perl-5.10.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded. Compiled against mysql-5.1.39, upgraded to perl-5.10.1, DBD-mysql-4.013, DBI-1.609, and URI-1.40.
kde/amarok-2.2.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/qt-4.5_0bd8418-i486-1.txz: Upgraded. This is the KDE Qt 4.5.2-patched git branch, compiled against mysql-5.1.39.

l/redland-1.0.9-i486-1.txz: Upgraded. Compiled against mysql-5.1.39.

l/soprano-2.3.1-i486-1.txz: Upgrad…

Mesa Upgraded

One small change on -Stable and -Current is about Mesa which has been upgraded and now it include glxinfo and other programs that were part of previous Mesa patches. It's nothing serious, but if you need those applications, then, i would suggest you to install these update.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Sep 19 17:16:06 CDT 2009
x/mesa-7.5.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Fixed install script to add glxinfo and other programs that were part of previous Mesa patches. I was under the impression that these no longer built, and had been deprecated upstream. Thanks to Adam Kirchhoff for setting me straight on that.

Security Update: Mozilla Firefox

One security update has been released for 12.2 up to Current which is Firefox package, which is now 3.5.3.

Latest -Current changelog about this change:
Mon Sep 14 01:49:32 CDT 2009
xap/mozilla-firefox-3.5.3-i686-1.txz: Upgraded.
Upgraded to firefox-3.5.3.
This fixes some security issues.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Addition of

seamonkey-solibs has been rebuilt and in this new version, has been re-included, since this library is being used by many other application that depends on Seamonkey package. It's not a security update, but i think it's a worth update since many people complained that they couldn't built application that linked to libnss3 library.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Fri Sep 11 20:17:06 CDT 2009
l/seamonkey-solibs-1.1.18-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Added, as several other libraries in the package depend on it, and otherwise it is found only in the main seamonkey package (which sort of defeats the purpose of this one).
Thanks to Grigorios Bouzakis for the bug report.

Security Update: Seamonkey

First security update for Slackware 13.0 and also -Current comes to Seamonkey. This package is available for Slackware 11.0 and up to 13.0 (including -Current). On -Current, there are also sysstats package which is upgraded.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Mon Sep 7 20:58:42 CDT 2009
ap/sysstat-9.0.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

Upgraded to seamonkey-1.1.18 shared libraries.
(* Security fix *)

xap/seamonkey-1.1.18-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Upgraded to seamonkey-1.1.18.
This release fixes some more security vulnerabilities.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Proxy Setting on Pidgin

Pidgin 2.6.2 has been released and one of the changelog entry that i'm interested in is about proxy setting. Up to 2.5.9 (the default version being used in Slackware 13.0), there is proxy support for Pidgin, making it unusable when being used behind a proxy. Unfortunately, my workstation at my campus is behind a proxy. That leaves me with no working Pidgin at my workstation.

With the release of 2.6.x, i was hoping that proxy support will be implemented and i started to see that in 2.6.2 by looking at this entry: Fix using GNOME proxy settings properly. (Erik van Pienbroek).

I will probably test it tomorrow when i started to work again. Let's hope it works

New wicd Release to Fix Problem

For people who used Slackware 13.0 and having some problem with wicd to get the WiFI connection, there is a good news. New wicd 1-6.2.2 has been released and it has fixed those problem, according to someone who posted a comment on my previous post.

You can grab the SlackBuild script here and change the version to the correct one and run the SlackBuild as root. You will have the new package on /tmp and use upgradepkg to upgrade the package.

Thanks to Aivurn for the heads up about wicd.

Slackware on Plurk

Lately, i have become Plurk addicted and there was so many people who used Slackware joined Plurk after it was announced on ID-Slackware mailing list.

Everyday, there are always plurks about Slackware from many Slackware users around Indonesia. Lately, one of my friend, who used Fedora (mainly) and Ubuntu (sometime) are getting bored of seeing too many Slackware-related plurks

Yeah, Slackware is now very popular on my time line. Do you want to join the hype? Come and visit my plurk

Wine 1.1.29 Released

Another Wine release (1.1.29) for this week and this time, it has this changes:
Improved Gecko integration by using Wine's network layers.Use of external libmpg123 for mp3 decoding.Support for JPEG and PNG formats in WindowsCodecs.Many regression test fixes for Win64 and Windows 7.Various bug fixes.Again, thanks to Kyle for building this package using SBo script, so i don't have to compile it manually.

New Poll

Since Slackware 13.0 has been released few days ago, it's time to know what changes in Slackware 13.0 do you like most. I have posted several big changes in Slackware 13.0, but it may not include all of them, so please vote on the available options. This time, i put other if there are other options which is not listed. You can give your votes on this post as a comment if your answer is not listed.

This poll will last for two months, so let's start voting guys

Poll Result

One month has ended and it's time to post the result. The questions was about slackpkg and we have the final results:

I have been using it for long time 37 (41%)
I started using it recently 23 (25%)
I will use it when 13.0 released 6 (6%)
What is slackpkg? 24 (26%)

So almost 50% of the voters have used slackpkg for some time and i believe they will keep using it in the future. Great job and thanks to Piter Punk who created Slackpkg

Time for new vote

Slackware 13.0 With LVM and LUKS

This post is contributed by Winlesky Burham and if you have any corrections, please contact him and CC it to me so i can update this post as well.

Hello slackers! My name is Winlesky Burham and on August 30, 2009, I managed to install Slackware 13.0 on my laptop. I would like to share my experience on installing this wonderful distro with LVM + LUKS support for better security and protection of computer's data by writing in the steps I took.

Before I continue, I would like to thank Willy Sudiarto Raharjo for his immense patience by filling me in the difference between KDE 3.5.X and KDE 4.2.x, for making me aware of the great possibilities that Linux in general, and Slackware in particular, has to offer, and also for the time he willingly sets aside to discuss the obstacles that present to me when I am dealing with Slackware, and also I would like to thank the people of the open source community that make such a wonderful system.

Now, I will begin with my laptop brand and specificatio…

First Installation of Slackware 13.0

Yesterday, i went to my campus to meet with new students who have joined with UKDW Net Club. One of it's division is Linux User Group. I went there bringing the latest Slackware 13.0 ISOs on my hand, because one of them was asking for it and he wanted to install Slackware 13.0 on his laptop.

When i got there, one of the new students asked me to install Slackware 13.0 on his laptop and i agreed to do it. Everything works very fast, and in the end, he was very pleased to have Slackware works perfectly. All the major component were detected automatically. I have to run alsaconf for the sound card, but after that, it worked without no problem.

When i ran the X (using KDE), the resolution is set up for optimum resolution, without having to mess up with xorg.conf anymore. I tried to enable the desktop effect and it worked. I haven't installed NVidia drivers yet, but it's still working and very smooth. Many other students were amazed with Slackware, mostly the girls

When he asked a…

Indonesian Mirrors for Slackware 13.0

Good news for Indonesian Slackware users. There has been several mirror sites who have completed the 6 ISOs and the DVD ISO. They are Kambing, UGM, and FOSS-ID

More mirrors will be available on the next following days

Updated (2:05 PM): New Mirrors: Indonesian Slackware Community Site (#1) and (#2). Thanks to Ozzie

Invalid File on Slackware 13.0 ISO

If you look at the CD ISO or DVD ISO tree structure, you will probably see ANNOUNCE_12.2 file located on top of the directory along with ANNOUNCE_13.0. I think Pat forgotten to delete the file after making the 13.0 version

It's not critical though. Let's just say it's an added documentation

K3B Burning Problem on Slackware 13.0

Several people complained that they couldn't have a successful burning using K3B provided in the Slackware 13.0. Most of the process stopped at 99% and it hang. When they canceled the job, the media will be useless.

AFAIK, this is known bugs and it has been written on the RELEASE NOTES:
One of the issues we're aware of is that k3b hasn't been working as well as the KDE3 version for some people (it works fine here, but we have heard some reports), and there are some other KDE applications where people still prefer the old versions.
To help with this, there are KDE3 compatibility packages that can be found in /extra/kde3-compat/. With these installed, most KDE3 programs will run. A KDE3 version of k3b is also included in that directory.So if you need a K3B as a burning tool, install kde3 packages in /extra (which is located in disc 4) and install the old K3B version. It should work normally.

There is also a good post about how to burn DVD iso. Some people failed to burn at 16x

All About Slackware

Since today is Slackware 13.0 release day, many sites are discussing about this new release, including Plurk and Twitter. So many comments and new posts are posted on Plurk and Twitter today and it's talking about Slackware.

There's one good news about Slackware 13.0. Some site (including Indonesian mirror sites) has got or still mirroring the official CD/DVD ISOs on their site, so by tomorrow, you will be able to start downloading it from the nearest mirror site. It's by far faster than the previous 12.2 release, where an ISO would be available days after the release date.

Please consider to give support for Slackware Linux by purchasing items in Slackware Store or give donations to project.

Slackware 13.0 Released

After almost nine months of development, Slackware 13.0 is finally released by Patrick Volkerding. The last update before the release is wicd, aaa_base, and the addition of new Intel driver which has just been released few days ago. It's still not yet tested, so it's included in /extra rather in x/.

Read the Announcement or Release Notes for information about Slackware 13.0.

Please consider supporting the Slackware project by picking up a copy of the Slackware 13.0 release from the Slackware Store.

Have fun with the new shinny Slackware 13.0

OOo 3.1.1 Released, No More Manual Fix

Image 3.1.1 has been released and it is now being distributed to the mirror site around the world. It's just a matter of time before it will be officially announced and the download link is displayed on the download page.

As usual, on every OOo release, i would post a simple HOWTO to upgrade to the latest OOo. First of all, download the binary code (OOo_3.1.1_LinuxIntel_install_en-US.tar.gz). Next, extract using tar -xzvf OOo_3.1.1_LinuxIntel_install_en-US.tar.gz. Go to the RPMS directory and use rpm2tgz to convert the RPMs into tgz packages.

When you are done, remove the old packages by issuing this command:
cd /var/log/packages
removepkg ooobasis-**

Next, go back to the RPMS directory and then install it using rpm2tgz. In the past, i had to manually fix the application due to truncation caused by the old version of tar used by rpm2tgz. Thanks to Pat, the rpm2tgz has been changed to use makepkg instead of tar on -Current
a/rpm2tgz-1.1-i486-1.txz: …

More Packages Updated

More packages are being upgraded and fixed for the next Slackware release. Today, Pat released some updates on several packages as well. The image are being enhanced to work on slow CD drivers. It may be a sign that a release would be very close.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Tue Aug 25 05:31:05 CDT 2009
f/linux-howtos-20090805-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.

isolinux/initrd.img: Rebuilt.
Make the CD install disc swap more reliable on slow CD drives.

usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img: Rebuilt.
Make the CD install disc swap more reliable on slow CD drives.
Mon Aug 24 23:44:38 CDT 2009
a/kbd-1.15-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt. Fixed the default font in unicode_start.
Thanks to Conraid and Dugan Chen.

ap/vim-7.2.245-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

l/boost-1.38.0-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Patched wrong BOOST_NO_EXCEPTIONS define placement.
Thanks to Steve from the GNOME SlackBuild project, and Christoph Willing.

n/network-scripts-13.0-noarch-2.txz: Rebuilt. Correct the comments about DHCP timeou…
Small changes occurred on -Current. Infozip and Sox have been upgraded while there are some rebuilt packages in the images and also bluez-utils.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Mon Aug 24 04:16:26 CDT 2009
a/infozip-6.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Upgraded to Zip 3.0 and Unzip 6.0.
Thanks to Michal Dorocinski for the notice.

ap/sox-14.3.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

n/bluez-utils-3.36-i486-7.txz: Rebuilt.

isolinux/initrd.img: Rebuilt.
Fixed bad block checking option for ext* filesystems.
Thanks to Pete Cervasio.

usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img: Rebuilt.
Fixed bad block checking option for ext* filesystems.
Thanks to Pete Cervasio.

Cryptsetup Upgraded

One one changes on today's changelog, which is cryptsetup. It's being upgraded and the image are also rebuilt.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sun Aug 23 23:17:38 CDT 2009
a/cryptsetup-1.0.7-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

isolinux/initrd.img: Rebuilt. Upgraded cryptsetup.

usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img: Rebuilt. Upgraded cryptsetup.

Kernel on Testing

Get ready for Slackware 13.0, as Pat himself has given a sign that a release of Slackware 13.0 is close to an end. Good news is that there are still some small changes on -Current and there's one big thing happening on /testing, which is the addition of Linux Kernel Many people would asked why on earth does Slackware doesn't ship and instead going with

We should all understand that newer kernel does bring new feature and better hardware detection as many drivers were added during development, but it *may* also breaks in some occasions. While the release date is getting closer, there's not enough time to do a full-blown testing on the new kernel and Slackware is stick with it's stable philosophy. Slackware isn't a bleeding-edge system that sacrifices the stability of a system.

That's why Pat has generously put on /testing. This directory probably won't be included in the CD/DVD form, but you can download them manually from…

Minor CUPS Update

CUPS package has been updated with the latest version, thus aaa_elflibs is also updated. Gutenprint and ghostscript are also updated to reflect the latest development work of both application. Let's hope this new version does not bring any regression.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Aug 22 02:00:23 CDT 2009
a/aaa_elflibs-13.0-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt. Updated CUPS libraries.

a/cups-1.3.11-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

ap/ghostscript-8.70-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

ap/gutenprint-5.2.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

Security Update: Mozilla-Thunderbird

Mozilla-Thunderbird has been updated to the latest version which fixed some security problem. There is one new package added, which is mplayerplug-in, that enables users to use MPlayer to see the movies on the web.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Thu Aug 20 22:41:16 CDT 2009
x/xf86-input-evdev-2.2.5-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

xap/mozilla-thunderbird- Upgraded.
This upgrade fixes a security bug.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

extra/brltty/brltty-4.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

extra/mplayerplug-in/mplayerplug-in-3.55-i486-1.txz: Added.
Enables the use of mplayer for web-embedded media.

Security Update: Pidgin

As i said yesterday, Pidgin 2.5.8 has a security problem and it's fixed in 2.5.9, so today, Slackware-current released one security update for pidgin.

Here's the changelog:
Wed Aug 19 16:02:54 CDT 2009
xap/pidgin-2.5.9-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
This update fixes a bug in Pidgin's MSN protocol implementation can allow a remote attacker to send a malicious MSN message to a Pidgin user, which will possibly cause arbitrary code to be executed as that user.
This issue was discovered by Federico Muttis of Core Security Technologies.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Running on Pidgin 2.6.1

I have successfully compiled and upgraded to Pidgin 2.6.1 using Slackware's SlackBuilds script. Unfortunately, even though Pidgin 2.6.1 supports audio/video, i can't use it since it will requires farsight. I have tried to compile farsight2 and it will requires another dependencies: libnice. When i tried to use the old version of farsight, the compilation stopped due to errors, so i have to use farsight2, but i'm too lazy to compile libnice (and probably more than just one dependency).

So for now, i am enjoying Pidgin 2.6.1. Slackware-Current's Pidgin package *might* be upgraded to 2.5.9 though, since it fixes security problem (CVE-2009-2694). We should see the updates on the changelog in the future

Upgrading Pidgin Manually

Since it's probably kinda late to bring Pidgin 2.6.1 on Slackware-Current, i'm planning to upgrade Pidgin manually since the changelog entries are quite interesting for me. It's probably a major release for Pidgin (from 2.5.8 into 2.6.0, which is now superseded by 2.6.1). The list are huge and it's very exciting to have better audio and video support in Pidgin.

Security Updates : Kernels

The kernel stock in Slackware-Current has been patched to fix security problems and the kernel config option has enhanced to use 4096 in CONFIG_DEFAULT_MMAP_MIN_ADDR. Some packages were upgraded as well, such as pkgtool, libzip, pinentry, and foomatic-filters. One package is added, which is x11-ssh-askpass.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Tue Aug 18 18:50:46 CDT 2009
Patched kernels and kernel packages for Linux to address a bug in proto_ops structures which could allow a user to use the kernel sendpage operation to execute arbitrary code in page zero.
This could allow local users to gain escalated privileges.
This flaw was discovered by Tavis Ormandy and Julien Tinnes of the Google Security Team.
For more information, see:
In addition, these kernels change the CONFIG_DEFAULT_MMAP_MIN_ADDR kernel config option value to 4096, which should prevent the execution of arbitrary code by future NULL dereference bugs that m…

SlackBasics Change License

After some discussion on the list, Daniel and other translators have agreed to change the licese used in SlackBasics into Creative Common Common Attribution 3.0. The changes has been merged into the source control and the zip files has been updated with the new license.

You can download the zip files on the main page of the SlackBasics-i18n project page.

Suggestion for New Slackware Users

If you are new to Slackware and looking for help, i would suggest that you read the philosophy of Slackware first. You will find it very helpful to understand why Slackware use different approaches compared to other Linux distributions, such as text-based installer, no GUI after installation, no automatic partition tools, and many more.

LinuxQuestions are good forum with good (or i could say best) people that helps people who just entered Slackware environment or even a guru. Many Slackware users and contributors helps each other on this forum. It's the best place for Slackware users to ask, discuss, and debate on Slackware.

But when it comes to insulting or trolling, there will be BIG (yes, i said BIG) problem. You won't get your problem solved, but rather, you will get a new label: TROLL. Looking for example? Check this thread Am I Missing Something? Why is Slackware is Still so far Behind?

I need several minutes to stop laughing after reading this thread

Security Update: Curl

One security update has been released along with many updates today. Java JRE and JDK has been upgraded to the latest version, while transfig and xfig were reverted due to problem on newer version. We are getting closer to 13.0 release.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Fri Aug 14 15:12:05 CDT 2009
a/aaa_elflibs-13.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

a/mkinitrd-1.3.4-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt. Fixed quoting of "${MODULE_LIST}"

a/usbutils-0.82-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt. Updated usb.ids, removed usb.ids.gz.

ap/man-pages-3.22-noarch-2.txz: Rebuilt. Fixed missing part of

kde/koffice-2.0.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kdei/koffice-l10n-*-2.0.2-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded to KOffice 2.0.2 l10n packages.

l/jre-6u16-i586-1.txz: Upgraded.
Upgraded to Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition Runtime Environment Version 6.0 update 16.

n/curl-7.19.6-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
This update fixes a security issue where a zero byte embedded in an SSL or TLS certificate could fool cURL into validating the security of a connectio…

Slackpkg HOWTO For Detik Mirror

Detik has launched a mirror site for several Linux distribution, including Slackware Linux. I have submitted HOWTO to use Slackpkg to use that repository and it has been published here.

Please feel free to use the mirror as an alternative to the current mirrors in Slackpkg because it's free and it's fast (for Indonesian, since it's connected to IIX network).

Thanks to Detik for providing another mirror for Slackware Linux.

More Updates Coming Through

Unlike the usual time to update, tonight, Slackware-Current received several updates across many directory. Some interesting updates are etc, which has been bumped into 13.0 and root user is now added to several groups. There's also Apache update and many more.

Here's the latest -Current Changelog:
Tue Aug 11 01:04:25 CDT 2009
a/etc-13.0-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
Added root to power, netdev, and scanner groups in /etc/group.

a/pciutils-3.1.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

a/rpm2tgz-1.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded. Make .tgz with makepkg, not tar.

ap/man-1.6f-i486-2.txz: In man.conf, change nroff from using -Tlatin1 to using -mandoc. Thanks to Ricardo Garcia.

ap/man-pages-3.22-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.

d/guile-1.8.7-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kaudiocreator-r1008583-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdelibs-4.2.4-i486-3.txz: Rebuilt. Patched kdesu to fix NOPASS option.
Thanks to Piter Punk!

l/imlib-1.9.15-i486-5.txz: Rebuilt. Fixed doc directory perms.

l/qt-r1008952-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Fixed symlink to QtDesignerCompone…

Wine 1.1.27

Thanks to Kyle Bradfield, i can enjoy freshly-compiled Wine 1.1.27 using SlackBuilds script and also added some patches from him. So far, i don't see any regression yet, but i will keep testing them in the meantime.

Again, thank you Kyle for quick update on Wine

Security Updates: apr, apr-util, and subversion

Three security updates are released today. They are apr, apr-util, and subversion. There's also some improvement on qt and also httpd rebuild due to apr updates.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Fri Aug 7 01:26:38 CDT 2009
d/subversion-1.6.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Fixed heap overflow vulnerability on server and client.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

l/apr-1.3.8-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Fix overflow in pools and rmm, where size alignment was taking place.
[Matt Lewis , Sander Striker]
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

l/apr-util-1.3.9-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Fix overflow in rmm, where size alignment was taking place.
[Matt Lewis , Sander Striker]
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

l/qt-r1008078-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
Added …

Wine 1.1.26 Looks Great

After having some regression which forced me to revert back to Wine 1.1.24, i have waited for an update to Wine for Slackware. It seems the wait is over when 1.1.26 version has been released on the Sourceforge download page. I take that version and testing it on my desktop.

The regression i had in the earlier version is now gone, and it's getting much much better (mostly are related to application layout and unhanded exception or API).

Let's hope Wine 1.1.27 will not have any more regression like before

Security Update: Fetchmail and Slackware 13.0 RC2

Well, another security update has been release by Pat and this time, it comes with bunch of updates and also a tag of Slackware 13.0 RC 2. I think the release will be soon enough (i'm predicting by this month, Slackware 13.0 would have been released).

Here's the latest -Current update:
Thu Aug 6 00:48:30 CDT 2009
Hi folks! We're going to call this set of updates RC2. There are still README files to be handled (that's the nature of documentation, I guess), as well as some other things remaining on the TODO list, but X seems pretty stable now, and it seems like a release soon would be in order so that we can march right back into development territory with -current again soon. :-)
Enjoy, and let us know about any problems you run into!
ap/mysql-5.0.84-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

kde/kdebase-runtime-4.2.4-i486-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Applied patchset 969192 to fix improper clipping of text labels under icons (such as in KMail). Thanks to Andrzej Szelachowski.

l/jre-6u15-i586-1.txz: Upgraded.

Volume Indicator Now Displayed

When i was using my laptop today, i noticed something which i have wished for some time has come true. In the past, when i used Fn combination to increase/decrease my volume level, the desktop won't show any indicator and it won't work at all. The only combination that works is only for brightness indicator.

But today, the volume indicator works and there's a bar showing on my desktop displaying the volume level. I don't know what package which fixed this problem, but i guess it's part of the XOrg updates lately. It's getting better and better

Mozilla Firefox Upgraded

It's not a security fix as usual, but Mozilla Firefox 3.5.2 is released as a regular update as the flaw doesn't affect Firefox 3.5.x series.

Here's the single change on -Current today:
Mon Aug 3 14:40:36 CDT 2009
xap/mozilla-firefox-3.5.2-i686-1.txz: Upgraded.
This is thought to be just a regular update, as MFSA 2009-42 and MFSA 2009-43
say that 3.5 is not vulnerable to those flaws.

Security Update: httpd

One security update on the first day of this week: httpd. It fixes so many security updates, so it's definitely a must upgrade package. Also an updated package for linuxdoc-tools which has solved the jade problem.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sun Aug 2 16:25:44 CDT 2009
ap/linuxdoc-tools-0.9.56-i486-5.txz: Rebuilt. Added a symlink to isogrk4.ent that fixes the problems that we mentioned earlier.
Thanks to Niels Horn for the help!

d/git-1.6.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

n/httpd-2.2.12-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
This update fixes some security issues (from the CHANGES file):
*) SECURITY: CVE-2009-1891 (
Fix a potential Denial-of-Service attack against mod_deflate or other modules, by forcing the server to consume CPU time in compressing a large file after a client disconnects. PR 39605.
[Joe Orton, Ruediger Pluem]
*) SECURITY: CVE-2009-1195 (
Prevent the "Includes" Option from being enabled in an .htaccess file if the AllowOverride restrictions do not per…