Showing posts from October, 2015

Big Batch Update

Pat released a big batch update this morning along with three security vulnerabilities for all supported Slackware releases back to Slackware 13.0. They are Jasper, NTP, and CURL packages. Please upgrade them if you are still using the old version.

Meanwhile in current there are a lot of new exciting stuff:
automake-1.15 kernel 4.1.12cmake-3.3.2git-2.6.2 make-4.1 perl 5.22subversion-1.9.2 kdelibs 4.14.13GTK+3-3.18freetype 2.6.1gdk_pixbuf2-2.32.1glib2-2.46.1gstreamer-1.6.0 + gst-plugins-{base,good}-1.6.0gvfs-1.26.1libtiff-4.0.5poppler-0.37.0qca-2.0.3httpd-2.4.17samba 4.3.1vsftpd-3.0.3mesa-11.0.4pixman-0.33.4imagemagic-6.9.2_4xorg-server-1.17.3firefox-41.0.2 lots of many other upgraded packages and many new packages:sconsConsoleKit2 (replacing ConsoleKit)gsllibvisiolibwpgpygobject3serflibssh2 Make sure to install new packages first before upgrading (especially ConsoleKit2) and don't forget to remove the unused packages (ConsoleKit).

I'm looking forward to see RC1 soon :)

MSB: Change of Plan

There has been an interesting news from MATE developers. They are planning to release MATE 1.12 by the end of this month or in November based on testing. They adjust the development cycle to follow Fedora/Ubuntu release schedule, approximately around 6 month, but there is a feature freeze period for each Linux distribution, so it's very small time frame for adding new features into MATE.

I was planning to build MATE 1.12 for next Slackware and provide GTK+3 build, but that seems impossible as Slackware 14.1 still stayed at GTK+3-3.8, which is very old. I'm looking for possibility to build MATE 1.12 for Slackware 14.1 since they have bumped several dependencies to a newer version and i'm afraid there might be some dependencies that can't be met by Slackware 14.1.

At the moment, i'm building MATE 1.11 on a clean VM and if it turns out to be a success progress, i can provide MATE 1.12 for Slackware 14.1. Current users have no worries since they will be able to compile…

Which GTK+ for MATE 1.12 ?

Master branch of MSB project is now set to follow development releases of MATE (1.11) which will eventually be MATE 1.12. The ROADMAP showed that GTK+3 support is a target for this release (it was postponed during MATE 1.10 cycle, but some distributions such as ARCH Linux have provided GTK+3 builds).

My original plan was to have GTK+3 build for next MATE (1.12) since i'm planning to release MATE 1.12 only for next Slackware (14.2) and Slackware 14.2 should have all the requirement for this new version by the time it is released. At this point, GTK+3 in -current is at 3.16 while upstream have released 3.18. Since -current is a moving target, we don't know which GTK+3 version will be included at the final version.

So i'm asking for your opinion about whether we should build the next MATE spesifically for GTK+3 or keep it like in MATE 1.10 where it was built against GTK+2 libraries.

Adding More Protection Using Yubico Key

Last week, i saw an interesting offer by Github partnering with Yubico to offer a discounted prize for Yubico products only by verifying via Github. These are the deals:
While supplies last, GitHub users can purchase special edition U2F Security Keys for $5 plus shipping and handling (regular price $18; 5,000 special edition keys available).After the special keys are gone, all GitHub users are eligible for a 20% discount on U2F-certified YubiKeys, for a limited time.In addition, all students who are eligible for the Student Developer Pack will receive a 20% discount on any U2F-certified YubiKey.I have enabled 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) to my email accounts for some time, but i was also interested for Yubico products for a long time, so i decided to take this chance to buy one. Surprisingly shocking to see that the shipping was way more expensive than the product itself (they uses DHL Express), but at the end i bought it anyway. I kinda regret it because i should buy more items …

Working Towards MATE 1.12

MATE developers have started to work towards MATE 1.12 and they have bumped several packages to 1.11.0 even though only 2 packages were published under 1.11.0 version (for now).

I also use this chance to make some changes to the SlackBuilds to match next Slackware release, which is to make the default ARCH for x86 is i586 although it will still build normally for i486.

That said, master branch is now diverging from 14.1-mate-1.10 branch which will exclusively track and build packages for stable releases (14.1) only. Master branch is now following development version of MATE, thus there's a chance for new deps in the future. For those who are building from source and living in stable releases, please make sure to checkout 14.1-mate-1.10 branch.

MATE's ROADMAP is also updated with the new goal. Hopefully all of them can be implemented in this cycle.

Security Updates: Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamonkey, and PHP

Four security updates were released this morning and they are the usual Mozilla trio packages and PHP. They were released for 14.0, 14.1, and current branches.

Along with this batch of update, Pat also pushed some update to current including:
pkgtool bumped to 14.2 with lots of performance improvementsmozilla-nss upgraded to 3.20php upgraded to 5.4.45 (stable) and 5.6.13 (current)libXi upgraded to 1.7.5libxcb upgraded to 1.11.1mesa upgraded to 11.0.2xf86-video-{chips,s3virge,sis} upgraded to latest version

Poll Results and New Poll

It's been late for one month already, but it's better to be late than no post at all. So few months ago i asked which DE that people wished to be included in the future Slackware releases. Here are the results:
Cinnamon   44 (26%) Enlightenment   29 (17%) i3   25 (15%) Lumina   11 (6%) LXDE   30 (18%) LxQT   34 (20%) MATE   51 (30%) RazorQT   7 (4%) Others   21 (12%)
MATE is the highest votes with 30% followed by Cinnamon and LxQT. I'm not that surprised since many people loved the old GNOME2 and since MATE is based on it, it has high number of people who wished it to be included. Cinnamon is also quite interesting since it provides modern desktop with modern technology and it's still relatively new, but it has attracted many people already.

While i don't have any authority to give a decision whether all those options will be included in next Slackware or not, here's a good solution:
MATE: Go to MSB ProjectCinnamon: Go to CSB Project I'm also announcing new qu…

Last 2 Batch of Updates

There were 2 batch of updates in current after my last post and i didn't have time to write a blog post about them due to my heavy load in the office in last few weeks.

The last two updates brings more up to date packages:
smartmontools 6.4cdrtools 3.01ddrescue 1.20ccache 3.2.3libjpeg-turbo 1.4.2libtasn1 1.4.7mozilla-firefox 41.0hplip 3.15.9sqlite 3.7.0stunnel 5.23mesa 11.0.0xf86-video-intel git20150915_23986f0 Some other packages are being rebuilt to fix some problems found and reported by users in LQ.