Saturday, 22 September 2018

This Week's Updates in Review

All updates since last Friday, the 14th September. The newest kernel in Current is now 4.14.71. Not that every small, incremental update would matter that much unless you're got some piece of hardware you're desperately waiting to be supported. At the same time, kernel.org is up to 4.18.9 for latest stable and 4.19-rc4 in the development branch. If you need it, but my pc's here are running perfectly fine with older kernels. Salut and see ya.  

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Last Week's Security Updates, Fixes and Upgrades in Slackware Current

A whole slew of updates again and Linux kernel 4.14.69 has landed in Slackware Current. We can keep going like this forever. Also Samba, with a new dependency on lmdb, has been upgraded to 4.9.0. Whether that's a good thing? You might want to keep the old one around for some testing of the new package if really relying on Samba and running current. Rock on!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Things To Do after Installing Absolute Linux - Part 2

It's been a couple of days and a few more things became apparent that need doing when setting up Absolute Linux for the first time in areas with different time and date conventions than apply in the United States. Here's part two of 'Things To Do after Installing Absolute Linux' (continued from Part 1).
In particular you might want your date to be shown in the format that you're used to at home, but IceWM uses the US format by default and setting your timezone in the abs-panel doesn't fix this.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Things To Do after Installing Absolute Linux - Part 1

Absolute Linux is currently my favorite Slackware implementation short of my own, its use of the IceWM window manager helps keep it light and extremely responsive and the testing snapshots mean we're quite close to upstream instead of running an outdated 14.2. However, some things need fixing and sprucing up. The developer has been very responsive to the bugs found in my recent review, but I noticed later that the keyboard did not adjust to my chosen country layout although the Absolute Control Panel provides a tool for that in the system language settings.

The XP theme goes well with Slack wallpapers...

Last Week's Updates and Upgrades in the Current Branch

Last week brought us the Linux kernel 4.14.68 in Slackware Current, as well as an update to Mozilla's Firefox ESR which is now at 60.2.0 plus a whole raft of other upgrades and security or bug fixes to curl, ghostscript, sysvinit, tar and pkgtools. See the detailed changelog from the Slackware page below. Apart from this, an update for Chromium is also in the pipeline over at AlienBob's, as indicated in his blog post dated 8th September.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Last Week's Updates in Slackware Current

Last week was a bit slow, with only comparatively few updates to the current branch. The most noticeable are to Vim and Samba has been upgraded again. Openssh and Python as well and the cpu frequency governor has been adjusted.
Well, not much more to say. The weekly current updates in review. Have fun with Slack.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

The Week's Slackware Current Updates, Up To 25/08/18

More of the usual version upgrades and recompilations against dependencies for some packages, for example qpdf has been upgraded and calligra rebuilt against the latest poppler in current. Another update to openssl and the kernel incl. another firmware update as well. The linux kernel line in Slackware current is now at 4.14.67 as it stands today.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Last Week's Slackware Current Upgrades in Retrospect

Loads of upgrades in the current branch again, notably a security updates for samba and, perhaps less important, of ntp were issued. Also more updates to the kernel-firmware again and no less than three kernel upgrades in three days which brought the kernel version up to 4.14.65, but of course another upgrade has been issued since. Blimey. Also noteworthy is that LibreOffice has now been recompiled against the latest boost update in current last week and LibreOffice 6.1.0 is now, although unannounced, available in AlienBobs' repository.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Last Week's Updates and Upgrades in Slackware Current

Last week's major news in current were two upgrades to the Linux LTS kernel which is now at 4.14.62 and the fact that Mozilla Thunderbird's first release of a major new version with a bump to 60.0 has made it into Slackware already. This should not be upgraded from 52 as extensions and themes are apparently not compatible with earlier versions so keep both around for now if that's important. Also boost had an upgrade which means LibreOffice is currently not working until compiled against boost 1.68.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Absolute Linux: Testing Snapshot/15.0 Based on Slackware Current

I have reviewed Absolute Linux here already twice before. AL 13.1 fared better in my testing than the initial 14.0 release, but it's been some time and things may have changed a bit. Absolute has always been an interesting Slackware modification for me, time to give it another chance. This time I am installing Absolute from the current tree, because a) the previous version is so old by now and b) the underlying Slackware current has undergone a major recompilation in the mass rebuild of 19th April 2018. There is no ISO available to install Absolute current from so I downloaded the file tree to another partition and pointed the Slackware installer copied earlier to a USB thumb drive to it.

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