Showing posts from March, 2009

Adobe Reader 9.1.0 is Available

For some time, Unix/Linux users who used Acrobat Reader from Adobe were lacking behind Windows users as Adobe hasn't updated his product for Linux/Unix platform. Right now the wait is over as Adobe has released Adobe Reader 9.1.0 for Unix/Linux platform, including for Solaris users. The package comes in several formats: deb, rpm, bin, and tar.bz2.

Those files can be downloaded from Adobe's FTP server

Installation is very straightforward. I used tar.bz2 package and after i extracted the file, i just execute the INSTALL file and it will asked where would i place the installation directory and after that, it will install it on the directory i specified. Don't forget to copy the file (in /INSTALL_PATH/Adobe/Reader9/Browser/intellinux/) to your browser's plugin directory in order to enable your browser to read PDF files directly.

The strange thing is that when i entered about:plugins on Firefox, it displayed two version of PDF plugins, 8.0 and 9.1 version

Security Updates: Firefox and Glib2

Two security updates has just been released by Pat this weekend along with two other updates, but not related to security. Here are them:
Fri Mar 27 20:30:48 CDT 2009
a/module-init-tools-3.6-i486-2.tgz: Patched modprobe to not complain if /sys is not mounted. This is none of modprobe's business. ;-)

l/glib2-2.18.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to glib-2.18.4 and patched.
This library has been patched to fix overflows that are possible security holes.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

l/libxml2-2.7.3-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to libxml2-2.7.3.

Upgraded to firefox-3.0.8.
This fixes some security issues.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)

Mid Week Update

Small updates for Slackware-Current including security fixes for lcms, thunderbird, and seamonkey were released by Pat today. Here is the latest -Current changelog:
Tue Mar 24 14:00:54 CDT 2009
a/etc-12.34567890-noarch-2.tgz: Fix missing :x: for oprofile in /etc/passwd.

ap/a2ps-4.14-i486-2.tgz: Fixed the SlackBuild to correctly apply the psutils destdir patch so those utilities are included now. Thanks to Fred Emmott.

ap/gphoto2-2.4.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to gphoto2-2.4.4.

d/nasm-2.05.01-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to nasm-2.05.01.

kde/kdebase-4.2.1-i486-2.tgz: Rebuilt including the install script that runs update-desktop-database. Thanks to Fred Emmott for the bug report.

l/lcms-1.18-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to lcms-1.18.
This update fixes security issues discovered in LittleCMS by Chris Evans.
These flaws could cause program crashes (denial of service) or the execution of arbitrary code as the user of the lcms-linked program.
For more information, see:…

Genius Look 316 on Slackware

Yesterday, i bought a new web camera while i was going out with my girlfriend. I bought Genius Look 316 series. I saw that in the box, it says that it is supported in Linux 2.6.5 and above. This looks good and so i tested it today. It was detected out of the box, thanks to gspca driver included since Linux kernel 2.6.27. Here's dmesg's output:

usb 2-1: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 2
usb 2-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
gspca: probing 0ac8:305b
zc3xx: Sensor Tas5130 (VF0250)
gspca: probe ok
usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0ac8, idProduct=305b
usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb 2-1: Product: PC Camera
usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Vimicro Corp.

Next is finding the correct application to make use of it. So far, i have tested Skype, but the result is not what i wanted. It's awful and i can't even see my face

Update (24 May 2009): Rodzadra gives an explanation about this problem. You will need to install the libv4l…

Kernel Upgrades

Slackware's kernel in -Current has been upgraded to 2.6.28 according to the latest -Current changelog which is released today. Along with the update, there are several packages which are also recompiled, such as gcc dan glibc. Also there has been some updated package as well, such as gimp. Here's the rather small changelog:
Thu Mar 19 20:35:06 CDT 2009
a/glibc-solibs-2.9-i486-2.tgz: Recompiled against headers.

a/glibc-zoneinfo-2.9-noarch-2.tgz: Upgraded to tzdata2009c.

a/kernel-firmware- Upgraded to Linux firmware.

a/kernel-generic- Upgraded to Linux

a/kernel-generic-smp- Upgraded to Linux

a/kernel-huge- Upgraded to Linux

a/kernel-huge-smp- Upgraded to Linux

a/kernel-modules- Upgraded to Linux

a/kernel-modules-smp- Upgraded to Linux

ap/hplip-3.9.2-i486-2.tgz: …

Ext4 Support

Ever since big updates yesterday, Slackware has officially support ext4 filesystem for the next release. Ext4 was introduced in Linux kernel 2.6.28 and the kernel stock at -Current has already used along with the initrd.img and usbboot.img which are the installer images, meaning that ext4 support is ready at installation time, according to AlienBOB's blog.

We have seen numerous improvements on ext4 which is not available on ext3, so i think it's a good step for Slackware to support this filesystem. You can also try to use ext4 on top of your ext3 filesystem, so the changes are not permanent (only when mounted as ext4). This can help you decide whether you would like to upgrade or not. Here are some of the main features in ext4: bigger filesystem/file sizes, extents, delayed allocation, multiblock allocation, improved block allocation algoritms, faster fsck, online defragmentation and faster and more robust journaling.

Another Updates on -Current

Few days after a massive update on -Current, here comes another update, but with smaller scale. As usual, big changes will results in some feedback and those inputs are compiled into another batch of update which resulted in this smaller batch:
Mon Mar 16 00:11:40 CDT 2009
ChangeLog bugs in the last update:
eigen was removed, not moved from /testing. This was intentional, as we are not aware of anything that has not moved to using eigen2 now.
k3b was upgraded to k3b-r936571 in kde/, but does not seem to be stable.
The installers were updated and now support ext4.

a/cpio-2.9-i486-2.tgz: Patched for new gcc version.
Thanks to Fred Emmott.

Upgraded to foomatic-filters-4.0_20090315.
Thanks to Beej Jorgensen for pointing out this version with many bugfixes.

d/gcc-4.3.3-i486-2.tgz: Recompiled with --enable-libssp. Removing that was a regression as there are binaries out there that expect to link with libspp. If it c…

Bash 4.0 Small Review

When big pile of batch in -Current came out few days ago, a new package for bash 4.0 appeared for the first time in Slackware testing directory. So far, i have been using bash 3.2.048 for some time and i didn't encountered any major problem. I even used this version to teach students who took my class (Unix System Programming).

Since i thought bash 4.0.0 is quite stable, i tried to upgrade to this version along with other updates as well (KDE 4.2.1, Glibc 2.9, GCC-4.3.3, etc). I tried several simple commands and it stopped and i couldn't do anything about it. I had to close the console and started over. I repeated this several time and produces the same output. Also when i use tab (for auto complete feature), it crashed.

My conclusion for now after using bash for about five minutes is that it's not yet stable and ready for prime time. I encountered the same problem noted in Ubuntuforums.

Shortcut Worked Again

When KDE 4.2.0 was introduced in /testing, i tested it and found that the shortcut didn't work. I used to use ALT + I (big i) to load OOo Impress, ALT + W to load OOo Writer and ALT + C to load OOo Calc. Those feature were available on KDE 4.2.0, but it's not working. Also, after adding a shortcut, it's very difficult to remove those shortcut.

I'm happy to say that this feature is now working on KDE 4.2.1. I can add as many shortcut as i need just like in KDE 3.5.10. I'm so happy that this feature is back because it saved me time to find the application on the menu list.

For those who wanted to play with it, go to System Settings > Input Actions. There you can right click and choose new Global Shortcut. Pick a shortcut key and also the command/URL to execute and click Apply. So easy

Desktop Upgraded Successfully

This morning, i decided to fully upgrade my desktop into KDE 4.2.1 and with all the latest package from -Current. Everything works as smooth as laptop upgrade, but takes a little bit longer, as i have to remove KDE3 packages and do some backup before start using KDE 4.2.1.

Actually i woke up early to see a match result of Champion League between MU and Inter Milan, and the results as i wanted, MU won by 2-0. Next, i'm thinking, why should i go to sleep again when i have spare time to upgrade my desktop, so there it goes

OK, now my desktop and laptop is fully synchronized with the -Current tree and both are running KDE 4.2.1 on Kernel (but i compiled it from source, even though i used Slackware's config options which work). On my desktop, i didn't have to change /etc/fstab and /etc/lilo.conf for the device naming, as it's still detected as /dev/hdX.

Again... Slackware Rocksss!!!!

Upgraded to Latest -Current

I finally decided to upgrade my laptop as an experiment to the latest -Current tree which consists of lots of new applications. The first thing i did was upgrading my kernel, which i have done yesterday.

My next step is upgrading the glibc-solibs first. This is the FIRST thing you must upgrade when you wanted to follow the -Current tree. After this upgrade, you can start upgrading the rest and you will be fine (finger crossed)

After upgrading all the necessary packages, i started to merge new configuration files which were scattered in /etc directory, so i just issued this command to find it: find /etc -name "*.new"

There was a bash-4.0.0 package on /testing which replaced 3.2.048. I did try this package for few minutes, but it keeps on crashing and didn't produce the output i wanted. So i finally decided to go back to bash-3.2.048 for now. Lucky me i didn't throw it away

Except for bash-4.0.0, everything was good, mostly for GIMP-2.6.5. The interface changed a lot and…

Security Updates: Firefox, Curl, XTerm

For those who didn't follow -Current, there has been three security updates released yesterday along with bunch of updates in -Current, which are: firefox, curl, and xterm. The changelog is the same as the last post, so i won't post it again.

Kernel Upgrade

I have been using Kernel for some time and since the -Current has been upgraded to use, i'm upgrading my kernel to sync with the latest -Current build. I did have some problem upgrading the kernel, as my hard driver is no longer detected as /dev/hdc, but as /dev/sda, so i had a kernel panic few minutes ago.

Next, i booted with the old kernel and change the /etc/fstab entries and reboot to change to the new kernel. I added root=/dev/sda9 option to make it work as i wasn't able to edit /etc/lilo.conf (yet) or it won't read non-existence /dev/sda9 (in the old kernel) and it boots nicely. Next is to edit /etc/lilo.conf and make sure it has the same device naming as the others.

OK, kernel is finished, next is the updates. I believe it won't be a problem on my laptop, but i think it will be a big one for my desktop, as i'm still using KDE 3.5.10 on my desktop. That means, i had to switch to KDE 4 also

-Current Started

Well, the wait is now over. -Current branch has been started by bunch of updates in -Current tree. KDe 4.2.1 has been officially included as the default, replacing KDe 3.5.10 and a series of new kernels based on 2.6.28.x. Let's just say it's a total update for almost every directory in Slackware-Current tree:
Mon Mar 9 21:25:51 CDT 2009
Here are a few updates... enjoy.
Thanks to Eric Hameleers, Robby Workman, Piter Punk, and the rest of the crew for helping with this batch! Also thanks to the KDE team, the Xfce team, and everyone else upstream.
a/aaa_terminfo-5.7-noarch-1.tgz: Updated with terminfo files from ncurses-5.7.

a/attr-2.4.43_1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to attr-2.4.43-1.

a/coreutils-7.1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to coreutils-7.1.

a/dialog-1.1_20080819-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to dialog-1.1-20080819.

a/e2fsprogs-1.41.4-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to e2fsprogs-1.41.4.

a/ed-1.2-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to ed-1.2.

a/etc-12.34567890-noarch-1.tgz: Added uid 51 (oprofile), gid 16 (dialout), gid 51 (oprofile)…

New Poll

This month, i want to ask you about how long have you been using Slackware? Most Slackware users do not migrate to other distribution once they have enjoyed playing with Slackware. You need examples of those peoples? Go to LQ forum and you will see it by yourself

The poll is running for one month until the end of March, so give your votes and be proud as one of Slackware users

Poll Result

Even though February is only 28 days old, but it doesn't stop the voters to vote on last month's poll and here are the results. The question was about KDE 4.2 which has been included in /testing for several months by Pat. There were 87 voters who have gave their votes on the poll and here they are:
I love it and i have used it 26 (29%)
I love it, but i think i'll wait for next Slackware release 20 (22%)
I'd rather wait for 4.2.1 5 (5%)
I prefer KDE 3.5.x instead 20 (22%)
I don't use KDE 16 (18%)

It's a close vote with 5 out of 6 options given are chosen by most of the voters and the score wasn't widely gapped.

Thanks for the votes and wait for another round for this month's poll which will come out shortly