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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Slackware 14.2 Still Getting Updates and Last Minute Fixes

Well, we've been waiting a long time for what has been confirmed will be Slackware 14.2, despite more than two years having passed now since the last release. Last updates and fixes are still going on since the last RC and it looks Firefox 45.1-ESR will be the main channel used for this browser. Follow developments here in the change log. Given that we now had two betas and two release candidates, which is twice what 14.1 had, I would wager we're close. No, really ;-). On the other hand, 14.0 underwent five RC's.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Devuan Project Announces Beta Release

Today the Devuan Project announced availability of a public beta release to their target group which they call Init Freedom Lovers. One may recall the reason for the split and intended fork from Debian was the decision by the Debian Project to hence include systemd as the default init system, starting with the release of Debian 8 'Jessie' and beyond, with no easy way of switching this out for another init to be used at boot without recompiling binaries or not using certain other programs dependent on it.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Slackware Linux: Shocking News!

You have thought it might happen eventually and here we are. After long deliberation over at Slackware HQ have decided that support for the 32 bit architecture will be dropped as 64 bit is "the future". As another reason it was stated that this also brings the distribution in line with other major Linux distributions and vendors which is important to the developers as they don't like falling out of line with the wider Linux ecoverse.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Spring is Here! Browser and OS Stats.

Spring is here and this blog's not quite dead yet. One advantage of only looking at things after a longer time is that you sometimes notice quite stark changes and developments. Last time I looked at the stats in more detail they were all dominated by Chrome/Chromium and Firefox, with a couple of generic tablet browser identifications thrown in and with Windows and Linux and a few Unix identifiers in the OS department. iPad and iPhone came to between 1-2%. Not so now.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Staying Anonymous with Tor: How to Specify Exit Nodes by Country

This update draws on an older article but is pared down to the basics of specifying exit nodes when routing traffic through the Tor network for people who for various reasons want to be in control of where they seem to come from. As you will be aware, Tor bounces traffic between three different nodes and randomly rotates exit points. You may prefer to appear to be located in a particular country.

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