Showing posts from January, 2014

OpenSSH 6.5 Included

There is only a single package on today's update and that is OpenSSH which is bumped to 6.5, another major release for OpenSSH. This version brings quite a lot of changes as mentioned on the release notes:

New features: * ssh(1), sshd(8): Add support for key exchange using elliptic-curve Diffie Hellman in Daniel Bernstein's Curve25519. This key exchange method is the default when both the client and server support it. * ssh(1), sshd(8): Add support for Ed25519 as a public key type. Ed25519 is a elliptic curve signature scheme that offers better security than ECDSA and DSA and good performance. It may be used for both user and host keys. * Add a new private key format that uses a bcrypt KDF to better protect keys at rest. This format is used unconditionally for Ed25519 keys, but may be requested when generating or saving existing keys of other types via the -o ssh-keygen(1) option. We intend to make the new format the default in the near future. …

Progress Toward MATE 1.8

For those using MATE Desktop, you should be pleased with this news as MATE 1.8 is now under active development lead by Stefano Karapetsas and progressing on daily basis. Some highlights that will be part of future MATE 1.8 has been posted on their roadmap wiki.

Some of those highlight that i would like to stress out are:
merged several extensions for caja into a single caja-extensionsAdded support for GTK+3 and Bluez 5Added support for gstreamer-1.xWindows snappingmigration to lcms2 I have been running MATE 1.7 development version on my main desktop at home and so far, it's running smoothly here without any problem. The final release of MATE 1.8 should be more fun and it will be available for Slackware 14.1 and future release of Slackware if MATE 2.0 hasn't been released yet :)

Two Security Updates

Two security updates are released this morning for various Slackware version, ranging from 13.0 up to current. They are :
mozilla-nss: Upgraded to 3.15.4 and applied to Slackware 14.0 and newerbind: Upgraded to 9.9.9_P2 and applied to Slackware 13.0 and newer There are no other packages coming on current with this update

Managing SBo Dependencies Easily

For those who uses SlackBuild scripts from SBo project might be pleased with this news. It's not a new thing for me since i have known about this tool for few months, but never tested in real (in fact forgotten about this) until few weeks ago when Ponce (Matteo Bernadini) wrote it on LQ.

This new tool is called sqg, made by Chess Griffin, one of the co-author of sbopkg, a great tool to manage package installation from SBo repository. This tool was released along with sbopkg 0.37.0, but it was released under contrib directory, so not so many people noticed it.

I believe you have heard about sbopkg which can help user to download, build, and install packages from SBo repository. This tool (sbopkg) still don't handle dependencies using SBo's metadata script (REQUIRES line), so users must handle the order of the package installation by themselves. Some people already started to use queue files to help them creating list of package installation order, but they must make it manu…

KDE 4.12.1 for Slackware-Current

Last week, KDE 4.11.5 were released and this week, another KDE monthly update has been published, but this time, it's KDE 4.12.1. This is the first monthly series for 4.12.x branch and it will be maintained until 4.12.5 (April 2014) alongside with 4.11.9.

As you know, KDE has frozen the kdeworkspace since 4.11, so that means no more updates on that package since the developers are focusing on porting to newer technology, aiming for KDE 5. Starting with KDE SC 4.12.2, the KDE Workspaces 4.11.x releases will be synchronized with those of KDE Applications and Development Platform 4.12.x.

Eric Hameleers has published his KDE 4.12.1 packages through his KTown mirror and you can grab it via mirror sites below: URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync://…

Multiple Security Updates

Patrick has released multiple security advisories today, which are accumulating from several upstream project. They vary from Slackware 13.0 and goes forward to Slackware-Current.

Here they are:
libXfont: Upgraded to 1.4.7 on Slackware 13.0 and newerphp: Upgraded to 5.4.24 on Slackware 14.0 and neweropenssl: Upgraded to 1.0.1f on Slackware 14.0 and newersamba: Upgraded to 4.1.4 on Slackware 14.1 and newer Besides above security vulnerabilities, one package gets through on -Current: llvm which is upgraded to 3.4

KDE 4.11.5 for Slackware 14.1

For those who still prefer to use a stable KDE 4.11.x releases, well, Eric has a good news that he intended to keep providing KDE 4.11.x releases, at least until 4.11.9, which will be on April 2014. In fact, he already published his KDE 4.11.5 packages on KTown which is already mirrored to several mirror sites below: URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// 4.11.5 as usual, only contains bug fixes and translations updates, so it's safe to upgrade to this version when you have been running previous version of KDE 4.11.x series. Here's what has been integrated on this release:
Several recorded bugfixes include improvements to the personal information management suite…

MSB Updates in 2014

MATE developer Stefano Karapetsas has released MATE Desktop 1.6.2 along with many sub components of MATE Desktop Projects which can be obtained through their release page. This is a minor update for MATE 1.6.x series, so it's safe to upgrade to this version if you have been using MATE 1.6.

I have built the new packages for Slackware 14.1, pushed them to the MSB Git Repository and also uploaded it to MSB Mirror sites. There are two batches of update since they were released in two different dates (and probably more will come tomorrow).

Here are the full changelog:

Thu Jan  2 04:28:23 UTC 2014
base/libmatekbd-1.6.2-i486-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/mate-desktop-1.6.2-i486-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/mate-control-center-1.6.2-i486-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/mate-icon-theme-1.6.3-noarch-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/mate-keyring-1.6.1-i486-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/mate-media-1.6.1-i486-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/mate-sensors-applet-1.6.1-i486-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.