Monday, 16 July 2018

The LiveSlak Project: Running Slackware-Current Live Images With or Without Persistence and Installing Them

Eric Hameleers has unofficially contributed to Slackware for what feels like forever. He not only runs his blog Alien Pastures dedicated to Slackware and offers a huge selection of packages pre-compiled on his vanilla systems, readily available for our perusal. He also offers the Ktown repository with updated packages of KDE4 and the next generation Plasma desktop for both the stable and testing branches of Slackware. He also started the Slackware Live project based on his own LiveSlak scripts to give people an opportunity to run Slackware current without committing to

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Last Week's Updates and Upgrades in the Slackware Current Testing Tree

Here we are again, a recap of the week's updates to the testing branch. Every week a new kernel it seems, this is now at 4.14.55. Apart from that a slew of upgrades again like the kernel firmware package and Pulseaudio. Also binutils have been upgraded to 2.31. This is all for the x86_64 architecture which I am tracking but 32-bit is usually identical.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Last Week's Slackware Current Updates in Review

Last week was a bit quieter than what we have gotten used to. From a user perspective the most interesting upgrades are probably Thunderbird 52.9.0 and MariaDB to 10.3.8. A slight incremental change of the kernel version to 4.14.53. If you're running the current branch this should be of interest. Happy slacking.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Housekeeping: References to Debian Resources to be Dropped

Debian GNU/Linux is a great OS/ Linux distribution and with the kFreeBSD kernel even an attempt at providing a BSD variant. I have been running all their releases since Sarge on and off, mostly on, for most of the last 13 years since using Linux exclusively in one shape or another but usually vanilla on at least one desktop machine and am currently still running it on a VPS - and antiX on the laptop. Nonetheless, the move to systemd and the controversy around adopting it was a watershed moment and together with the fact that GNOME Shell became the default desktop meant I lost interest in the project.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

This Week's Changes in Slackware Current and 14.2 Changelogs

The change log in Slackware-current continues to be busy, with rebuilds, fixes and upgrades coming out almost on a daily basis. All this activity bodes well both for an up to date but still stable system if you're running current and for a new release being not too far off any more this year.  Vim and Networkmanager have been upgraded and the kernel is now at 4.14.52, with the necessary sources, kernel-headers and modules packages of course available as well. Mozilla Firefox has now switched to 60.1.0 ESR, indicating this will be in the next stable release.

Putting the Fun Back into Cyber Warfare

Sometimes it is good to read publications outside the usual IT & Technology realm that we often tend to focus on. In the issue of the NewStatesman for the week 4th to 10th May PhD candidate at the Royal Holloway, University of London, Andreas Haggman introduces the reader in his article "Why so serious? Introducing a fun take on cyber war" to a new kind of digital war gaming he has come up with to enhance and improve understanding around cyber warfare and how it is conducted, raising awareness and getting people not usually involved with the subject to think about the many dimensions and fronts that cyber war can be affecting.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

EXTERNAL: 8 reasons to use the Xfce Linux desktop environment

A good overview and appreciation of the Xfce desktop on opensource.com. I've been using Xfce on and off for long stretches of time since 2005 and have to say it's my preferred desktop environment. Well, we also have MATE and it provides even more options but that may not always be wanted or necessary. It depends on which style you prefer. Under the hood, once you get into it, Xfce is very powerful too. Link: https://opensource.com/article/18/6/xfce-desktop

Saturday, 23 June 2018

This Week's Updates in Slackware Current, First Indications Slackware 15.0 Getting Closer

This week rebuilds of the aaa_elflibs and the pkgtools packages with version numbering for Slackware 15.0 were upgraded in the Slackware Current branch, a sure indicator that a new release is edging closer. Apart from that, lots of patches, recompiles and rebuilds. There's also been another kernel upgrade to 4.14.51 that is worth mentioning.  All in all a good sign, Slackware is very active and it now shouldn't be too long anymore before the first beta will be out for testing. Slackware 15.0 it is!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Slackware 14.2 Updates and Keeping it Relevant

One of the most clicked posts on this blog and certainly the most visited one for this week is Slackware 14.2 Still Getting Updates from April 2016, believe it or not. This of course referred to when the current stable release was still in development and is not so useful now. But it shows the demand there is to find out about Slackware stable updates and  presumably how to keep a release that's over 1.5 years old relevant. Time to show 14.2 some love.

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