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Update on KDE Development Applications

Several minor changes has been introduced in -Current for today's update. Kernel firmware has been updated to the latest git revision, meanwhile gcc has been patched to fix some problem compiling wine on x86_64 platform.

KDE development-related applications (kdevelop, kdevplatform, and kwebkitpart) has been updated to latest version on this batch of update and several requested update was granted on this release, including curl and expat. At the end, imagemagick is now upgraded again. For those who had built applications linked to imagemagick, you will need to recompile again :)

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UnixStuff is a community project. It is all about the community. It is important to spread the word about great Linux community, about users that are willing to help each other and are lucky enough to be able to use one of the best operating…

Bug Fixing Update

Two out of three packages has been rebuilt to fix some problem reported on LQ. They are emacs and qt. While imagemagick has been upgraded to the latest version.

That's it for Tuesday's update. It seems that the big update is still on progress and not yet to be seen in the short time.

Future MATE Release Changes

Stefano has just posted a changes in distribution-spesific mailing list about changes in how MATE releases is build for distributions. Future MATE source code releases will be created with make dist, thus changes how we build our package.

In the past, we used autogen.sh to build it, but since today, it will be replaced by the normal ./configure script. The first package migrated is mate-doc-utils which is now upgraded to 1.6.1 and have been pushed to our primary mirror site in http://www.slackware.org.uk/msb/. More package update will follow when they have been released in MATE's Public Repository.

For those who have been using our binary packages, you will not see any differences and can continue to use and upgrade it using upgradepkg command like you normally did.

Decision Made for Next Slackware Release

After hearing thoughts from some Slackware users in this thread, Pat has finally decided on the three vital components of any Linux distributions: kernel, GCC, and XOrg. Here are his decision:
Stick with Linux Kernel 3.8.x (for now). Newer kernel brings better support for newer hardware and it does fix some issues that people experienced on their machine, especially with Ivy Bridge processors from Intel. However, a revert is still possible if nVidia 6150SE and nouveau remains to be broken, even with driver blobs as well. Pat decided to bump to Linux Kernel 3.8.8 until further updates.Keep GCC 4.8.x branch as he finds no breakeage with this version of GCC. A change in the compiler is inevitable, but hopefully upstream applications will have to adapt with the changes in GCC as well, so we should have a cleaner source code and less time in working on a patch to make it compilable with GCC 4.8.0. For now, most of the problem can be sorted out by removing -Werror on the Makefile on the trou…

Alternative to Slackware Store

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There are a lot of ways to support Slackware Linux Project. One of them is by subscribing to Slackware Linux CD/DVD releases or by using Slackware Store to purchase merchandises or even donate to the project.

Ruario was asking on LQ about Patrick Volkerding's CafePress account and it seems to be legitimate as Pat answered himself. This is a good news for those who would like to buy Slackware merchandise, as this site offers items that are not available on the Slackware Store. Since this account belongs to Patrick, you will also support him directly by purchasing items from this site, so basically you have two options: Slackware Store or CafePress.

All of the items sold here are using the flippy logo which was introduced in Slackware 13.37. It's good that that logo remains favorite to some people, including me.



I have just bought two items from this site: Hooded Sweatshirt and Long Sleeve Dark T-Shirt. Let's wait for few weeks before they arrived at my house.

Happy Purchasi…

Slackware-Current Maybe Too Current

If you have been following discussions on LQ, then you might have seen this thread where the original poster was Patrick himself. He basically asked for opinion about the future of -Current for this development cycle which will end up with Slackware 14.1 in the end.

Although things has been working pretty well in -Current as of now (at least in most systems looking at the comments there), but there are some considerations by Patrick in three parts of the system: kernel, GCC, and XOrg. They are critical components for most Linux distributions.

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There has been some problems with Linux Kernel 3.8, even though i didn't experience it myself, but with recently added GCC 4.8.0, the problem might be a little bit more since some people has reported that there might be a new bug found when the kernel is compiled with GCC 4.8.0. This doesn't happened with GCC 4.7.x.

Patrick is thinking about reverting back to Linux Kernel 3.4 which was considered LTS, but then some people will have …

MATE SlackBuild Project Update

There has been some changes in the MATE SlackBuild project and here's some recap:
MATE SlackBuild now has been mirrored to http://www.slackware.org.uk/msb/ thanks to Darren Austin. This will be our primary mirror and http://repo.mate-desktop.org/slackware/ will be our secondary mirror. You can use this service using several options:http://www.slackware.org.uk/msb/ftp://ftp.slackware.org.uk/msb/rsync://rsync.slackware.org.uk/msb/ and/or rsync.slackware.org.uk::msb/We will use mateslackbuilds@gmail.com for our official emailAll binary packages are signed using the above emailWe will implement 'official packages only' policy, meaning no upstream patches will be included UNLESS there's a security vulnerabilities and/or critical bug and it requires immediate attentionSeveral packages has been upgraded to 1.6.1:base/mate-file-managerbase/mate-terminalbase/mate-window-manager We hope you enjoy MATE SlackBuilds and let us know if you are having problems using MATE on Slackware …

Calligra and Sox Update

Office suite for KDE, calligra has been upgraded to 2.6.3 and it has been included in -Current along with their language packs. Sox is now upgraded as well to the latest version.

Previous update upgrade more components from Xorg.

Security Update: Seamonkey

Following Firefox and Thunderbird release, Seamonkey is now upgraded to 2.17 and released as a security update on several Slackware version.

More applications and library upgrade are coming in in -Current. In d/ directory, we have Python which is now at 2.7.4, still no 3.3.1 release as it might break a lot of things. Slacktrack is also upgraded to 2.13.

Several libraries are upgraded, such as libmtp, liblastfm, and seamonkey-solibs. Applications in networking area that receives a new version are autofs and openVPN.

KDE 4.10.2 in -Current

As said by Eric Hameleers, Patrick is going to add KDE 4.10.2 into Slackware-Current and he did it tonight. The update is released along with a rebuilt package of linuxdoc-tools.

Since KDE 4.10.2 is a maintenance release, it should be safe to upgrade to this version. This release also fixed a nasty bug which affected users who download file larger than 600 MB that might delete an entire /home directory.

Security Update: subversion

Subversion has received an update to fix multiple security vulnerabilities. In total, there are 5 CVE entries fixed with this version. This update is backported to earlier Slackware version.

Some of the previously introduced package are being rebuilt to fix some missing files and dangling symlinks. They are GCC, Qt, and OpenSSH. Meanwhile, linuxdoc-tools is now upgraded to 0.9.68

LibreOffice 4.0.2 for Slackware

Eric Hameleers has built LibreOffice 4.0.2 packages for Slackware users. They are built for Slackware 14.0, but they are usable for Slackware-Current users as well. This monthly update was released this week and contains bug fixes and translations update.

People working on enterprise environment are still advised to stick with LibreOffice 3.6.5 which will be updated to 3.6.6 in short time. Probably they will lift the warning on next release in May.

KDE 4.10.2 for Slackware 14.0

KDE 4.10.2 has been released by KDE as part of their monthly update. This month, KDE 4.10.2 is focusing on PIM and KWin even though the bug fixes are spread through all modules. It seems that this update also fixed a nasty bug which can delete the whole /home directory under certain condition.

Eric Hameleers has pushed his KDE 4.10.2 packages for Slackware 14.0 since he has coordinated with Patrick and it seems that Patrick is interested to have KDE 4.10.2 on -Current soon. So we will see an official package for Slackware-Current in short time. Just be patient.

Please read the README if this is your first time upgrading from a clean system in Slackware 14.0.

New NVidia Drivers

NVidia has released three updates to their proprietary drivers for each category:
Latest Long Lived Branch version: 310.44
Latest Short Lived Branch version: 313.30
Latest Legacy GPU version (304.xx series): 304.88

All of them fixed one security update
CVE-2013-0131: NVIDIA UNIX GPU Driver ARGB Cursor Buffer Overflow in "NoScanout" Mode. This buffer overflow, which occurred when an X client installed a large ARGB cursor on an X server running in NoScanout mode, could cause a denial of service (e.g., an X server segmentation fault), or could be exploited to achieve arbitrary code execution.For more details, see: http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3290 Great news is that this driver also fixed a blank TTY problem found on 304.84. I have been waiting for this update as i can switch back to console or logged out from any DE back to my console instead of having a blank screen.

Thanks to NVidia for this update.

Security Updates: FIrefox and Thunderbird

Firefox and Thunderbird are now upgraded to the latest version available from Mozilla, respectively 20 and 17.0.5. They contains security fixes, so a security advisory are released.

Meanwhile gtk+ and binutils are patched to fix some problems related with dynamic linking and restored a directory which were gone during the big upgrade some time ago.

MATE 1.6 Released

I have just posted that we are going to have MATE 1.6 this April in yesterday's post and in less than 24 hours, the developer has officially announced it on their website. It's really surprising and also great news for those who have waited so long to get MATE in their desktop.

Today i will update MSB git repo to latest MATE 1.6 source code and perform a full testing alongside with Chess Griffin on our main and test machine and when it's completed, we probably will release binary packages for MATE.

While testing MATE 1.5, we found several issues which are written down on the KNOWN ISSUES. Some of them have been resolved and the rest still need further testing.
One BIG note is about desktop locking in mate-screensaver package. It seems that this feature requires PAM and pam_unix2 packages in order to work. You probably don't like this, but i guess it's unavoidable. I have built the latest PAM package based on Vincent Batt and Patrick Volkerding's SlackBuild scri…

New Poll on MATE Desktop

Since MATE 1.6 is getting closer to release, i would like to ask for people's opinion about it.

FYI, MATE is a fork of GNOME 2 and initially developed by Clement Lefebvre, creator of LinuxMint because Ubuntu is switching to GNOME 3 and Unity which is not what most users want. Right now, MATE has been included in several Linux distributions, including Slackware (through Slacky.eu repository and Salix).

I have been working with Chess Griffin to work on building MATE Desktop 1.6 for Slackware users through MSB project. Right now, the current version of MATE is 1.5 and we will have a final release of 1.6 this April. In their GIT Repository, most of the packages has been bumped and tagged for 1.6.0.

Tell us about your opinion about MATE Desktop on Slackware?

Poll Results

It's April and time to announce the poll results about KDE adoption that was asked to Slackware users since some time ago. There are 39 voters this round and it seems KDE still loved by many Slackware users and got around 82% of total voters (around 32 people voted for this).

Well, KDE 4.10.1 has been included in -Current and 4.10.2 is on the way of being released in the next few days, so hopefully this gets included in -Current as well. We will see about that in the next few days.

Stay tune for the next poll :)

First update on April

Pat decided to push some updates on April 1st and some of them are quite interesting in my opinion. One of them is OpenSSH which is now at 6.2p1. This version was released few weeks ago and now we already have it on -Current.

Ghostscript is upgraded to 9.07 and this brings update mentioned on the NEWS page of Ghostscript website. Ghostscript and GhostPDL are now released under GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL).

distcc is upgraded to 3.1, which was released on 2008!!. They are working on distcc 3.2 and the last version was RC1 which was released on October 2011. I think it's a long phase project. Audacious and it's plugin are updated to 3.3.4 and xpdf is patched with Japanese language support