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.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Nomadic Working with NomadBSD 1.0.1 - BSD on a stick

Recently I found a bit of time to poke around in the world of Linux and BSD distributions and possibly even get back in to the reviewing business now and then. NomadBSD seemed like an interesting project to try for somebody partial to the Slackware and BSD way of doing things, but still searching for a BSD that is actually working as a day to day OS while being reasonably responsive, i.e. not bloated and running well on old hardware. That means trim and fast, without the desktop environment and a browser gobbling up all the resources.

VirtualBSD was a fine piece but since its demise there hasn't been anything similar to dip your toes into FreeBSD to my knowledge, let alone the other flavors. I reviewed it here seven years ago. How many? Yes, time flies. To say it right away in order not to waste anybody's time, NomadBSD works, and it works beautifully. Well, with a small caveat in terms of connectivity, but we'll come to that.

As alluded to, "NomadBSD is a 64bit live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD®. Together with automatic hardware detection and setup, it is configured to be used as a desktop system that works out of the box, but can also be used for data recovery" according to their website. It fits on a 4GiB USB flash drive and can be booted via BIOS and UEFI. Which is just as well as an old 4GiB Corsair Flash Voyager pen drive is all I had. Additional information on their Github account.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

This Week's Slackware Current Changelog Updates

Blimey, lots of activity in the Slackware changelog in the last few days so we'll better post them all together. Otherwise you could of course just look at the Slackware page or subscribe to the emails. So here we are. Does all this activity mean we're nearing a release? Let's hope so.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Long List of Changes to Slackware-Current with Kernel 4.14.49

Hi all, it's been absent for a while after the last release and as I was busy with other things but in the run up to the next Slackware, what will probably be Slackware 15.0, I'll be once again monitoring the changelogs and be posting about major updates here.
We've had a major update to the PC architectures this morning, bringing an update to the 4.14. LTS kernel to all users of the current branch and a fix to resolve a bug that caused 100% CPU usage.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Devuan Project Announced the Release of Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0

The Devuan project has announced the release of Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0, code name "ASCII". This means that the project now has a stable release that is up to par with the current stable Debian 9 "Stretch" and provides an upgrade path from the previous "Jessie" release as well as a transition path from the corresponding Debian release. With this the project continues to offer a way of using the advantages of the huge repository of Debian packages while still staying with the old init system and circumventing the controversial systemd suite of system utilities. In essence, Debian as it used to be (from a user perspective).

Friday, 1 June 2018

Eudora Email Client Code Finally Open-Sourced

I may be a little behind the time catching up with this announcement as it was made on 23rd May on most websites, but on the 22nd the code to the much loved Eudora email client was finally open-sourced by the Computer History Museum under a BSD licence after five years of discussion with former owner Qualcomm, minus the bits owned by other IP copyright holders. You can read more about the history here and get the code further down on that page.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Fun with ext4: Corrupted Partition Table - Again

In a way it wasn't a surprise. Ext4 and myself have had our troubles before but that was a long time ago. Then, two days ago, I decided to shrink sda1 to make space for a new partition and install one of the many new distributions I was hoping to try out. This happened to be the latest snapshot of Zenwalk which is based in Slackware64-Current.

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