Showing posts from December, 2015

Slackware Live Edition - Beta 3

Eric Hameleers has published his latest work on Slackware Live Edition - Beta 3. Many have suggested improvements and suggestions following up Beta 2 announcement. It seems that many people are interested in this idea and they helped on testing it, which is a good sign. It has been requested by some people long long time ago and with squashfs-tools being added into current, this long wishlist has become a reality.

More boot options are now supported in this release:
0|1|2|3|4|5|6|S|s|single (Select another runlevel to start with; the default is 4 for graphical login)lang=nl_NL kbd=nl tz=Europe/Amsterdam (Example of language, keyboard and/or timezone customization)nop (No persistence, i.e. boot the virgin installation in case your ‘persistence’ directory got corrupted)nomodeset (Boot with kernel mode setting for graphics — needed with some machines)load=nvidia (Load and configure binary Nvidia drivers that are present in some of the ISOs)rootdelay=10 (Add 10 second delay to give the ker…

MATE for 14.2 Will be Based on GTK+2

After testing the GTK+3 build of MATE 1.12 in Slackware-Current for few weeks and discussed many things with upstream developers, i decided to cancel the migration to GTK+3 build for next Slackware release and switch back to GTK+2 build. The reason is simple: we don't want users to have bad user experience when they upgraded to the new version. While GTK+3 build is pretty solid, it still have many major blocker such as glitches theme preview, color change problem, panel freeze after adding shortcut, no python plugin support in pluma and eom, and many others. You can see all the GTK+3 issues in Github. I think it's enough reason to postpone the idea until it's stable enough.
Even though the MATE developers wanted to kill GTK+2 code someday, it will not happen soon as GTK+3 build is still so buggy and with every GTK+3 releases, they have to adapt changes made by upstream project. For that reason, in the next major release (1.14), MATE developers will set a minimum GTK vers…

Security Update: blueman, thunderbird

There were 2 security updates released in the last two days: blueman and thunderbird. They were applied for Slackware 14.1 and current (thunderbird) and for Slackware 13.37 and newer (blueman).

Meanwhile current keeps rolling with new updates and bug fixes reported by many users in LQ. Here are some of the highlights:
blueman-2.0.3 (requires new package: Cython)bluez-5.36 cups-filters 1.5.0curl-7.46.0 fuse-2.9.4ghostscript-9.18 libssh-0.7.2 libxml-2.9.3 links-2.12 lvm2-2.02.138mesa 11.0.8pixman-0.33.6 rpm 4.12.0rsync-3.1.2 sbc-1.3 (Added)sharutils-4.15.2 ModemManager-1.4.12 and NetworkManager 1.0.10Fixed random crash issues on Firefox by changing optimization levelpackage removal: obexfs and obex-data-server

Security Update: libpng and grub

Two more security vulnerabilities are fixed in latest batch of update in Slackware-Current: libpng and grub. Grub applies to Slackware 14.1 and current, while libpng applies to Slackware 13.0 and newer.

In current, more packages are updated. Here are some the highlights:
glibc restructurizationgnupg and all related libraries (gpgme, gpa, libassuan, libgcrypt, libgpg-error, libksba, pinentry, keyutils, M2Crypto)joe 4.1os/device related packages (pcmciautils, sdparm, usbutils, mcelog, os-prober)ulogd 2.0.5Updated bash-completion-2.1

Security Update: firefox, libpng, bind, openssl

Slackware has released security advisories for 4 packages: firefox, libpng, bind, and openssl. They were targetted for different releases:
firefox applies to Slackware 14.1 and currentlibpng, bind, and openssl applies to all supported Slackware releases (13.0 and newer) Things are moving forward again in current after Pat pushed many packages to public repository in the latest batch of update. Here are some of the highlights:
Kernel 4.1.15GCC 5.3.0OpenSSL-1.0.2ecgmanager-0.39CUPS 2.1.2nano 2.5.0qpdf 6.0cmake 3.4.1flex 2.6.0git 2.6.4python 2.7.11cairo 1.14.6gtk+2-2.24.29 and gtk+3-3.18.6bind 9.10.3_P2dnsmasq 2.75ethtool 4.2samba 4.3.2wget 1.17.1mesa 11.0.7 Meanwhile, Robby Workman has started another thread in LQ about requests for -current after this batch of update, closing the previous thread since it's long enough and probably getting harder to track.

NOTE: the thread are meant for input for next Slackware release. We don't have any timeframe when will the next Beta or next S…

Cinnamon Version of Slackware Live

I mentioned about the possibility of adding Cinnamon version for Slackware Live edition and now the ISO has been generated by Eric Hameleers last night. It consist of latest cinnamon 2.8.x packages taken from my CSB repository (development tree).

Besides adding cinnamon version, Eric also fixed the login loop issue along with adding an option to set the default runlevel during the ISO creation. This should give you plenty of options when you want to make your own custom ISO in the future.

I'm going to test the cinnamon version later today. I just tested the MATE version and it's working very nice indeed.

As always, please download the latest ISO here:

Slackware Live Beta 2 + MATE Version

Eric Hameleers have published his Beta 2 of his Project X - Slackware Live edition. On this release, some new options have been added after getting feedback from many users and based on his personal TODO list.

One interesting comment was asking whether there will be MATE/Cinnamon based Slackware Live. Eric pinged me via IRC last night and we decided to try to make MATE version of Slackware Live. I also used this chance to rebuilt all MATE packages after that big batch of update, including latest MATE 1.12.1 updates that were released yesterday.

I quickly create a new VM based on latest -current update and soon after that, build all MATE packages from scratch so that it's fresh from the VM. Last part is uploading the binary packages. While Eric built the ISO from 64 bit packages, i started the build for 32 bit and in the end, i have all 32/64 bit packages updated in the repository provided by Darren Austin this morning.

If you happened to use previous packages, please use upgradepk…