Showing posts from June, 2011

Security Update: pidgin

Slackware has released two updates on -Current and one of them is marked as security update. Pidgin is upgraded to 2.9.0 and it travels back to Slackware 12.2. For some time, Pidgin package in previous Slackware version didn't receive any update, but for this update, i think it's quite severe so that Pat decided to upgrade it as well.

On -Current, gnutls is upgraded as well.

Security Update: Firefox

Firefox 5 has been released and now it's being included in Slackware 13.37 (comes in patches/ directory) and also in -Current, while the previous version gets an older Firefox version (3.6.18). This update is considered a security update.

Java Runtime and Development Kit are now upgraded to Update 26 as well. This should fix several problems mentioned on my previous post. Unfortunately, these updates goes only at -Current, so if you want to apply for previous version of Slackware, you will have to grab the source and recompile it on your own system.

Another improvements made to -Current is ghostscript, which is now upgraded to 9.02. Pat is welcoming any reports about this update suppose you find any problems with this new version. Some people has reported that this version has lots of improvements compared to the previous one, so he's considering to apply this in Slackware 13.37 as well if nothing goes wrong in -Current.

LibreOffice 3.3.3 for Stable Users

Eric has released the updated LibreOffice 3.3.3 branch for those who seeks for stability over new features in LibreOffice 3.4.0. It's still on the default location, but you should go to pkg/13.1/ directory as these packages are built in 13.1, although it **should** work on 13.37 as well

Give it a try and see if it has a compatibility problem when running on top of Slackware 13.37

You can get them from below's repository:

PAE Support on VirtualBox

This morning, i decided to upgrade one of my virtual machine running Slackware 13.37 into -Current. I started by editing /etc/slackpkg/mirrors and switch to Slackware-Current tree and i start updating by issuing

slackpkg update
slackpkg upgrade-all

I skipped slackpkg install-new since there are no new packages yet at this moment. I also installed the new kernel, on this virtual machine.

Once i make sure everything is properly set up, i restarted the machine (it has been running for about 34 days non stop), and waited until it boots. Since it's a headless system, i have no interaction until the OpenSSH daemon is started and then i can login to that system. On my case, after waiting for 20 seconds or so, i tried to connect to the system, but i have no login prompt. I waited another 10 seconds and still no responds.

At this time, i realize there is a problem with the new kernel, so i fired up KRDC and loggin using VRDE extension on the VirtualBox and i saw that it requires PAE su…

Security Update: Fetchmail

Slackware has released a new package to fix security vulnerabilities in Fetchmail package. This update is not only for -Current, back it travels back up to Slackware 8.1. It shows how Slackware maintain a release for a long period compared to other distributions.

In -Current, Seamonkey packages are upgraded as well. The latest beta has been superceeded by a final version of 2.1. Along with fetchmail update, getmail is also upgraded to the latest version.

Important Java Update

As you probably know, Oracle has released an update for Java 6 SE (JDK/JRE) Update 26 which contains a security fixes according to the release notes and more detail information can be seen on Oracle's website here and here. You might ask, why Slackware hasn't release any update for this packages on -Stable and also on -Current?

Actually there's someone who asked me this question few days ago via email. At first, i didn't see the security fixes mentioned at the release note, so i said to him that Slackware's policy is not to update any packages in -Stable unless there's a security vulnerabilities (moreover when they have CVE entries). He sent me another page (which was those two URL in Oracle's website above) that described the cumulative update for for JDK/JRE package and it affects previous Java 6 Update 25 and it has 17 CVEs . Yes, 17 CVEs, but some (or most) of it only exists on Windows platform, so i don't mind about it too much.

Later on, i found out…

Monitor Traffic Usage Using darkstat

Sometimes, we wanted to monitor our network traffic usage daily or even hourly. There are a lot of tools out there and most of them are based on RRD Tools, which is a great application, but it adds more maintenance as there are more packages to install in order to satisfy the requirements.

What i need is a simple application that shows the traffic usage and i need it displayed on a web based interface so i can monitor it anywhere as long as there's a browser and Internet connection without having to login to that machine and following the log files.

I searched a bit and doing trial and error and finally i made up my mind that i picked darkstat. It's simple, no hassle, and it solves my needs.

Download the latest version from their official website (3.0.714 at this moment)Download the SlackBuild script for darkstatExtract the SlackBuild scriptEdit the VERSION line to match the version you downloaded
Switch to root and execute the SlackBuild script. The final package will…

New Linux NVidia Driver

NVidia has been working on a new driver for some time and they even release several Beta release, but now it has been unveiled to public that a new stable version is out. Please welcome 275.09.07. It brings a lot of bug fixes along with new extensions. Here are the highlights:
Fixed a bug that caused desktop corruption in GNOME 3 after a VT-switch or suspend/resume cycle.Added support for the following GPUs:
GeForce GTX 560
GeForce GT 545
GeForce GTX 560M
GeForce 410M
GeForce 320M
GeForce 315M
Quadro 5010M
Quadro 3000M
Quadro 4000MFixed a bug that caused freezes and crashes when resizing windows in KDE 4 with desktop effects enabled using X.Org X server version 1.10 or later.Modified the X driver to request that hardware inform the audio driver whenever a display is disabled. This will allow the audio driver to generate the appropriate jack unplug events to applications.Added support for the GL_EXT_x11_sync_object extension. See the extension specification in the OpenGL regis…

KDE 4.6.4 Goes Public

The calendar has switched to June and it's time for the monthly maintenance update of KDE SC. Once again, Eric stepped up providing KDE 4.6.4 packages for Slackware 13.37 and -Current on his repositories, which has been mirrored on several other servers, including my server.

Even though there hasn't been any confirmation whether KDE SC 4.7 will be included in the next Slackware release or not (due to the packaging policy), Eric has made clear that he likes KDE and he will keep maintaining KDE SC 4.6.x series for the time being.

So, without further ado, start grabbing KDE SC 4.6.4 while it's hot from the kitchen

There are several places than you can visit, but if you live in Indonesia, it would be faster if you grab it from Indonesian mirror :…

LinuxToday Effect

I was browsing LinuxToday this morning and i was kinda surprised to see my previous post would come up on that site. It's the post about KDE's Future on Slackware. It seems that the news about Slackware and KDE is quite hot, so that some people decided to post it on LinuxToday.

And the result is a big load of traffic coming to this blog on that day. Luckily, this blog is hosted at Google's infrastructure, so i don't have to have to pay additional cost for the high load and not getting a LinuxToday effect (just like Slashdot Effect) I usually gets around 400-600 pageviews everyday based on Blogspot's stats, but on the day it was posted, the traffic went up exponentially just like the screenshot below

LibreOffice 3.4.0 for Slackware 13.37

LibreOffice 3.4.0 has been released yesterday and for those who uses Slackware Linux distribution, you can enjoy the package which is built for Slackware 13.37 from AlienBOB. There are several places where you can download from:

Please note that LibreOffice 3.4.0 is more likely intended for contributors and power users, even though Eric has mentioned that Slackware users are most likely power users . If you still like the stable version and not taking the risk (and fun of a new version), you can still have 3.3.x series which will still be maintained by LibreOffice and also Eric himself for some time until the upstream decided to abandoned 3.3.x series.

Enjoy LibreOffice and thanks to Eric Hameleers for his hard work compiling them for Slackware users

KDE Future on Slackware

There has been a hot discussion on KDE's packager mailing list about KDE's new policy of splitting up the big packages into several small packages as you can see as in KDE's FTP site. In the past, KDE only break them into several packages, depending on the category, such as kdeadmin, kdemultimedia, kdepim, etc.

What's the impact? Well, for Slackware's KDE maintainer point of view, this breaks almost every SlackBuild script that they have created in the past, since now they have to rework it again from the scratch and that would requires a lot of time and efforts to create the best SlackBuild script in order to compile KDE into Slackware's native packages. Eric Hameleers aka AlienBOB wrote this on his blog and it refers to the discussion on KDE's mailing list where the discussion happened (it was on another private mailing list, but this one is the public mailing list for the release team).

Not only it breaks the SlackBuilds script, but it also causes more bu…

Slackware Goodies Shipment

Since last week, Slackware goodies that we (Indonesian Slackware Communities) has arrived safely at my house even though it took longer than i thought (6 days instead of 3 days) and since then, i began to distribute them to the buyers around Indonesia (Palembang, Makassar, Jakarta, Surabaya, Cirebon, Magelang, Kalimantan).

Since i used TIKI and it has a tracking number, it's so easy to track the progress of the shipment, just like what we used for international shipping from Slackware Store by using UPS. Right now, only five shipments left. Two will be delivered since the receiver will take it today, and the rest will be delivered by today or tomorrow at most since it has been shipped since like two days ago.

I'm so relieved that all the shipment has arrived safely, since i had a bad experience when i bought Smashing Magazine. They sent it using air mail and it didn't arrive until they decided to resent the book using upgraded shipping method that provide tracking number