Saturday, 10 November 2018

This Week's Security Updates and Upgrades in Slackware Current

This week has been quite active so far with too many relevant upgrades to count, among them a new hplip for HP printer devices, sqlite, rpm and another upgrade to Samba and The Gimp, in no particular order of importance. Others may argue upgrades to sane, php, pycairo, udisks2 and lvm2 are more interesting or the fact that an upgrade to the Blackbox window manager has arrived. No, it's not dead yet. There are also updates to Vim 8.1 and the 4.19 kernel.

Fri Nov 9 21:46:09 UTC 2018
a/udisks2-2.6.5-x86_64-3.txz: Rebuilt.
       Recompiled against net-snmp-5.8.
ap/hplip-3.18.10-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       Recompiled against net-snmp-5.8.
d/bison-3.2.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/meson-0.48.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/pycairo-1.18.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/bridge-utils-1.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/net-snmp-5.8-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
       Shared library .so-version bump.
n/ntp-4.2.8p12-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       Recompiled against net-snmp-5.8.
n/php-7.2.12-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       Recompiled against net-snmp-5.8.
xap/blackbox-0.74-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       When building, don't install anything to the system. Thanks to Didier Spaier.
xap/sane-1.0.27-x86_64-4.txz: Rebuilt.
       Recompiled against net-snmp-5.8.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-ar-1.2_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-ast-0.01-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-ca-2.1.5_1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-de_alt-2.1_1-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-fy-0.12_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-grc-0.02_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-hy-0.10.0_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-ky-0.01_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-ml-0.03_1-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-pt_PT-20070510_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
extra/aspell-word-lists/aspell-tk-0.01_0-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
+--------------------------+
Fri Nov 9 02:42:22 UTC 2018
a/efibootmgr-16-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       Reverted to previous version. We'd tried this before and it still doesn't
       work. Thanks to _RDS_.
a/efivar-35-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
       Reverted to previous version. We'd tried this before and it still doesn't
       work. Thanks to _RDS_.
a/hwdata-0.317-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/lvm2-2.03.01-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/quota-4.04-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/cups-2.2.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/sysstat-12.0.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/cscope-15.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/distcc-3.3.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/nasm-2.14-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/oprofile-1.3.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/rust-1.30.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/elfutils-0.174-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/shared-mime-info-1.10-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/samba-4.9.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
xap/gimp-2.10.8-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
+--------------------------+
Thu Nov 8 02:52:55 UTC 2018
a/aaa_terminfo-6.1_20181027-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
a/efibootmgr-17-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/efivar-36-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/hostname-3.21-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/inotify-tools-3.20.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/mdadm-4.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/usb_modeswitch-2.5.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/util-linux-2.33-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/cdrdao-1.2.4-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/dash-0.5.10.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/diffstat-1.62-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/rpm-4.14.2.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/sqlite-3.25.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/gnu-efi-3.0.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/iso-codes-4.1-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/jasper-2.0.14-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libbluray-1.0.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libcap-ng-0.7.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libiodbc-3.52.12-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libodfgen-0.1.7-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libwpd-0.10.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libwpg-0.3.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/libyaml-0.2.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/ncurses-6.1_20181027-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       Temporarily removed the bce feature from the linux console definition until
       the console is fixed. Added a linux-bce terminal definition for testing.
l/sbc-1.4-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/zstd-1.3.7-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/gnupg2-2.2.11-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/ipset-7.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/libndp-1.7-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/npth-1.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/php-7.2.12-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/slrn-1.0.3a-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/snownews-1.6.10-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/whois-5.4.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libinput-1.12.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libva-2.3.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libva-utils-2.3.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libwacom-0.32-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xdg-user-dirs-0.17-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
xap/blackbox-0.74-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
+--------------------------+
Tue Nov 6 03:41:45 UTC 2018
ap/tmux-2.8-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
ap/vim-8.1.0513-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/pyparsing-2.3.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/python-urllib3-1.24.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/ethtool-4.19-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
xap/vim-gvim-8.1.0513-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
+--------------------------+
Sun Nov 4 19:45:38 UTC 2018
a/btrfs-progs-v4.19-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/haveged-1.9.4-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       rc.haveged: eliminate startup noise.
a/kernel-generic-4.19.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/kernel-huge-4.19.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/kernel-modules-4.19.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/cmake-3.12.4-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/kernel-headers-4.19.1-x86-1.txz: Upgraded.
k/kernel-source-4.19.1-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
       Temporarily build in speakup drivers until the modular ones are fixed.
       Thanks to Didier Spaier.
       SPEAKUP m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_ACNTPC m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_ACNTSA m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_APOLLO m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_AUDPTR m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_BNS m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_DECEXT m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_DECTLK m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_DTLK m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_DUMMY m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_KEYPC m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_LTLK m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_SOFT m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_SPKOUT m -> y
       SPEAKUP_SYNTH_TXPRT m -> y
l/alsa-lib-1.1.7-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
       Fixed PCM interval. Thanks to aaditya.
l/xapian-core-1.4.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
isolinux/initrd.img: Rebuilt.
kernels/*: Upgraded.
usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img: Rebuilt.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

The Latest Slackware Updates in the Current Tree

Lots of interesting updates and upgrades again. An updated kernel-firmware package, Mozilla Thunderbird 60.3.0 and also upgrades of getmail and the notifyd daemon in Xfce4 to name but a few. Slackware is still incredibly fast on this older machine and there is really no point in using a source based distribution which I had been considering for a while. Anything like that would entail a lot more work and couldn't be any more responsive.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

IBM Going to Purchase Red Hat Software

Red Hat, which is probably best known for Red Hat Linux but also various other enterprise and cloud solutions, is about to be purchased by IBM to help the company not only compete in the Hybrid-Cloud business but to get ahead and go straight to the top of the industry, in an effort to combat a massive decrease in turnover in the 3rd quarter. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst is to be integrated into IBM's top management.

With an offer of $190.00 per share IBM has offered a deal you cannot refuse it seems - valuing Red Hat at 34 billion dollars. Red Hat's share price was at $116.68 as of the end of trading last Friday. Share-holders will still have to agree.

Kernel 4.19.0 Now in Slackware Current

Last week brought many important upgrades, most notably a major jump to the latest stable kernel line with 4.19.0. With this Slackware is as up to date in current tree as it hasn't been in a long time and can truly compete with rolling distributions while also being immensely stable. One of the reasons why I moved from Arch to Slackware current for my rolling installations years ago. Also we have upgrades to Firefox, Pan, Python 3, Samba,  NetworkManager, and many others.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Slackware Current Updates - up to the 19th October

Slackware current updates for the last two weeks, up to the 19th October. With this amount of updates and the last full release version of Slack more than two years away you could think Slackware has turned into a rolling distribution. Maybe it has. And it would be a very good one at this if it turned out that way. Rolling, but still stable and predictable, with regressions fixed asap by our ever watchful Pat. Alright, let's stop speculating and rambling.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Last Week's Slackware Current Updates

Last week's Slackware Current updates, as always up to Saturday, this time with an important downgrade, or upgrade if you will, to eudev. Also Linux kernel 4.14.74 and new versions of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Last Week's Updates and Upgrades

Another day, another dollar. Or, err, another kernel update. The Linux kernel in Slackware current now stands at 4.14.73 as of Saturday 29th September. Lots of other miscellaneous security flaw and bug fixes as always, among them for the Apache web server httpd daemon. Better upgrade this one if you got a server running. Enjoy.

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.

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