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No Present This Year

Christmas time is today (in Indonesian time), and i still don't see any big progress within the -Current changelog since December 14. I guess there are no big present from Pat and from the Slackware team.

My predictions is that they are busy with other things that might surprise others, but it's not ready for the prime time yet, so he kept it within their private testing area.

Let's just hope that there should be a good present in the new year since last Slackware was released last May, so it's nearly 8 months since then. In normal cycle, Slackware-Current starts roughly 3 months after the Stable version released, but up to last update, there hasn't been a big progress, except for security updates and critical bug fixes only.

I believe there will be some changes in the next Slackware release, due to some problems encountered within the open source community, such as Oracle's JRE and JDK will no longer be distributable within Slackware since Oracle prohibited an…

Subversion Upgraded

For those who is playing subversion and trying to work with GIT repository and failed on clone command, please upgrade to the latest version which should have fixed this problem.

Here's the latest change in the -Current branch
Wed Dec 14 16:22:29 UTC 2011
d/subversion-1.7.2-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
This update fixes an issue with "git svn clone" being broken.

Last KDE 4.7 Series

Eric has pushed the last KDE 4.7.x series into his KTown repository along with the instructions on how to install and upgrade them. There has been some changes in the notes though. These packages is guaranteed to work on -Current only as there has been a change in the glibc happening on ly in -Current branch that affects some people when building any packages that requires the old interface file (see LQ Thread for more information on how to solve this problem)
Fri Nov 11 18:58:21 UTC 2011
Good 11-11-11, everyone! Enjoy some fresh time. :)
a/glibc-solibs-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/glibc-zoneinfo-2011i_2011n-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
New upstream homepage:
l/glibc-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/glibc-i18n-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/glibc-profile-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.As always, the updated package has been mirrored (Eric delayed the announcement after giving us the repo maintainer to sync with his first) into :

Thunderbird Beta in Testing

After following Firefox's early release cycle in testing/, right now Pat decided to follow Thunderbird as well since they shared the same base code. Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 2 is now included in testing/ directory.

Please note that you are NOT forced to install/upgrade to this version. It's only used for early adopters or for those who needed to check whether your extensions should work in future release of Firefox/Thunderbird because they now release a major release every 3 months, following Google Chrome's release cycle.

Security Update: Firefox, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird

Bunch of Mozilla products were part of the latest security update happening on both -Current and -Stable. Seamonkey, Firefox, and Thunderbird are upgraded to the latest version (plus one Beta on testing/) along with a single package outside Mozilla's product, which is yasm.

So far, the only basic toolchain that has been updated recently was glibc. GCC and the Linux Kernel were upgraded, but it was in May, almost half a year ago, so i think Pat is still deciding which version of the GCC and Linux kernel should be used for the upcoming Slackware release. These two components are so vital because the Kernel controls everything within the system and GCC is the default compiler that will be used to compile many other applications residing on that system. Picking a wrong combination might hurt the performance or even stability of the system.

LibreOffice Fixes

For those who uses KDE and LibreOffice packages from Eric, you might be happy to hear the good news that Eric is willing to rebuilt his LibreOffice package to fix some minor annoyance related to tooltips and also unused horizontal scrollbar.

You should see the updates in this repositories below soon enough:

Wrong Architecture Package

I think Pat uploaded a wrong package in the last batch of update. He put x86_64 package into x86 architecture. This only applies for make package, while Firefox 9 Beta 2 is still correct since he was building for i486 architecture.

For now, please wait for the next batch of update before upgrading make since you will be using incorrect version built for another architecture

Security Update: BIND

I'm so sorry for having a late post about the latest security update in Slackware. I had some top priority errand to do and i couldn't have proper Internet connection while i'm away, but i bet most of you guys had watched the ChangeLog and read about the news, so it's not too important anymore.

Anyways, a new package of bind has been pushed to the public following a new release of bind which should fix some security-related problems.

Glibc Updates

Pat has merged a patch from LFS to fix the broken glibc from the last update. So, it's time to upgrade to the latest glibc since it's safe for now.

Meanwhile, on testing/, Pat also includes the latest Firefox 9 Beta 1. Slackware will be ready when the final version is ready to ship

Special Update on Special Date

Pat has updated glibc packages on a special date: 11-11-11. What a perfect timing

Fri Nov 11 18:58:21 UTC 2011
Good 11-11-11, everyone! Enjoy some fresh time. :)
a/glibc-solibs-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/glibc-zoneinfo-2011i_2011n-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
New upstream homepage:
l/glibc-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/glibc-i18n-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/glibc-profile-2.14.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

Update (10:35 PM): Some people (including me) had some problems after upgrading to this version. MPlayer, LibreOffice, and Firefox are three of the known applications that are affected by this update and i suspect it could be more. I have sent the patches that were posted in LQ to Pat. Hopefully he is willing to patch glibc packages and push the updates into -Current soon.

LibreOffice Update: 3.4.4

The Document Foundation has released an update to LibreOffice package and Eric Hameleers has released package for Slackware-13.37 (and -Current) in his repository and several other mirror sites.

You will be able to get the updated LibreOffice packages from one of this following repositories:

Updates on -Current

For those who wanted to have bigger updates on -Current, be ready to get dissappointed, as Pat doesn't release (yet) any HUGE update as it was predicted before, but he's releasing some small updates on -Current and also in -Stable (13.37).

He rebuilt openSSH package and now upgrade Firefox to the latest version which has just been released yesterday, which is Firefox 8.

I think Pat is taking his time testing packages internally with his team before launching it for public to make sure that the branch keeps stable even though it's named after -Current

Enjoy the small updates on -Current for now

KDE 4.7.3 Monthly Updates

Monthly KDE packages update has been released by KDE Team (read the announcement of KDE 4.7.3) and soon after that Eric Hameleers posted a set of KDE packages for Slackware-Current users in his blog as usuall.

All those packages are now being mirrored to several mirrors, including the mirror i maintained at UKDW repository server.

Those KDE packages can be obtained from this repositories: URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// the latest work from KDE team

New Poll

Since Slackware-Current hasn't started yet, i would like to know what improvement that most Slackware users are eager to see on the next development tree that will be the next Slackware release.

I hope the answer can be used to help Pat to focus on those areas.

I'm sorry if the options are so limited in certain areas.

You can pick multiple options available!!

Give your votes until the end of this year

Pool Results

Two months have passed since the poll was posted and it's November, so it's time to move to another poll, but before that, i wanted to post the results of the previous poll.

Here are the results:
Alpine 6 (3%)
Mutt 24 (15%)
Thunderbird 62 (38%)
KMail 20 (12%)
SeaMonkey 6 (3%)
I don't use any email client 41 (25%)

Every email client applications that were supported in Slackware are being used. Most of them are using Thunderbird and KMail as GUI-based applications and Mutt as the preffered console-based application rather than Alpine.

Since Alpine is no longer developed by the upstream developer in University of Washington, i wanted to take this opportunity to ask Slackware users whether they are still using Alpine or not and based on this poll, Alpine is still being used (i'm also using Alpine for my office mail account) in small number of users. It's now up to Pat to decide whether to remove Alpine or continue to support it by moving to Re-Alpine project which is the conti…

Planet Slackware-ID Redirection

Since October 14, our Slackware-ID Planet no longer fetch feeds from the blogroll and shows any activities due to (possibly) cronjob not started on the hosting side. I have contacted the hosting provider, but i think they have their own problem, so i didn't ask the owner again (he gave free hosting for this domain, so i can't ask for more. He has been too generous for us).

Later, some member asked and i decided to send an email to the list asking whether we need an alternative hosting site for our domain. Several members responded positively and one of the member suggested Kavalinux and Kambing from UI (University of Indonesia). I asked for certain service and they gave me a trial period in Kavalinux in no time (less than 3 hours after i sent the email, i already got a username/password for their server).

I quickly installed PlanetPlanet into this server and managed to install it in no time. Then i uploaded the old configuration taken from our previous Planet Planet, but it ende…

Linux Kernel 3.1 and VMWare Workstation Patch

Yesterday, i posted about upgrading to VMWare Workstation 8 and today, i decided to upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.1, the latest Linux Kernel released by Linus Torvald after having 10 RC releases. I had to say i'm impressed with the new kernel as it took less time to build this new kernel. In the past, i usually spend around 1 hour to build and now it takes roughly 35 minutes to build

When i rebooted, i reinstalled NVidia driver (285.05.09), VirtualBox, and also re-probing my sound card. One thing that confused me was that i had no sound after i logged in to my KDE. After searching a bit, it seems that the new kernel modified my sound level, so i have to re-adjust it again with alsamixer and set the Headphone to have bigger number and we're back in business.

Last configuration i had to take is to find a patch for my new VMWare Workstation 8 which is not yet fully compatible with Linux Kernel 3.1. Some of the modules are buildable, but not all of them. I quickly browsed and found a wo…

Upgrading to VMWare Workstation 8

I have tried to upgrade to VMWare Workstation 8 in the past, but it failed with standard installation, even after i removed the previous installation. I couldn't pass the installation phase where it asked for a HTTPS port that will be used to connect to the server. It threw me an error.

Today, i found a discussion at LQ and tried Darth Vader's post and i have successfully upgraded my VMWare Workstation to the latest version, 8 using the standard installation, except that i changed the HTTPS port to 444 in order to avoid conflicts with the other applications that might be using the standard HTTPS port in 443.

The parameter i missed was --ignore-errors, so if you have installed VMWare Workstation 7 and wanted to upgrade to VMWare Workstation 8, you no longer have to remove the previous installation and just go with the new version and install it with this command (remember to use root account):
./VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.0-471780.i386.bundle --ignore-errors

The new UI is now slic…

Security Updates: httpd, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey

Slackware has released another security advisories related to security vulnerabilities that has been discovered and fixed upstream. I believe this update came a little bit late, but finally it came out. The updates includes fixes for Apache, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey which are now updated to the latest version that should fix the holes.

As of -Current, there's nothing big expected on this batch. Only two packages are being upgraded besides the normal security packages and they are file and Firefox on testing which is now include Firefox 8 Beta 2. Since Firefox's rapid release cycle come into a play, Pat always build the latest one and include them in testing/ directory. The final version of Firefox 8 will be released next year, but by looking at the numbering (which is now on Beta 2), there's a chance that it might be released by the end of this year (and we will have another major upgrade again)

NetworkManager in KDE

Many Linux distribution has been using NetworkManager as their default application to configure networking (both wired and wireless). Why don't Slackware use this as well and stick with WICD? The simple answer might be "Since it works", but the more technical answer might be "Since NM (NetworkManager) depends on GNOME packages", which is not suitable to be included in Slackware since it has abandoned GNOME since 10.2 and the work of GNOME in Slackware has been delivered by the communities.

For those who have used NM and like it very much, Eric Hameleers has given you hope by rebuilding KDE (yes, KDE only guys) package (kde-workspace) to include support for NM in form of plasmoid (KDE widget) with all the GUI networkmanagement package. Everything you need is being placed under a test directory in his KTown repository. Why test? since it's still in early testing phase, even though it's stable enough.

Please note that you need to UPGRADE kde-workspace, not I…

KDE Updates

I have just got back from my honeymoon and i missed several updates on KDE, including the just-released KDE 4.7.2. I read it on Eric's twitter post, but i didn't have time to update it on this blog even though the repository keeps updating itself with the latest release.

Anyways, i'm now at home and i have just completed an upgrade process to KDE 4.7.2, including the latest update to kdepim and kdelibs which Eric has just updated few hours ago to fix a severe problem related with unicode and KMail component in kdepim package.

Remember, those KDE stocks are compiled for Slackware-Current and there are no warranty if you want to use it outside Slackware-Current

Slackware-Current Hidden Activities

There hasn't been any public activities in the -Current tree. The last update committed was in September 6 and since then, there has been a lot of changes happening in the open source world. Some people might ask "Why wouldn't Slackware development tree gets updated lately?"

In the past, when i first learned about Slackware and started to follow Slackware-Current tree few years ago, i had the same feeling. The main reason why i pick Slackware-Current so that i will get the most bleeding-edge system filled with the latest version of every applications that are supported in Slackware. In fact, this is not what Slackware-Current idea is all about. Slackware-Current is the place where development of the next release of Slackware is being cooked, baked, tested by many people around the world to produce another great release of Slackware when the time come.

Even though Pat has gave a warning about using -Current as your base system, i find that -Current is as stable as the -…

Kdepim Updated

For those who have a problem using KMail (included in kdepim package), which caused their email to be incorrectly deleted by KMail, a new remedy package has been released by Eric on his KTown repository. The patched package is kdepim-runtime which contains the akonadi libraries that stores the related data (your email and many other data related).

If you still use the old KDE 4.7.0, it's time to make an upgrade since this bug is introduced in KDE 4.7.0 and it will be part of the next KDE 4.7.2 monthly update, but if you are using KMail so often, probably it's better to update to the latest kdepim-runtime package as soon as possible

Minor KDE Updates

Eric has updated his KDE packages with small changes related to virtuoso that can caused a misleading encoding information in unicode pathnames. He followed this bug report and then applied this patch to fix the problem. If you used Eric's KDE 4.7.1 packages, make sure you sync with the latest update and update your packages.

Another change in KDE packages is libbluedevil. He forgot to add alien as the suffix into this package to make it different with official Slackware package. He fixed this in the latest update along with the virtuoso package.

Update (20:29 PM): Eric has made a new post regarding this new update and it seems i missed one package which was added after i made this post. The new package is kde-workspace and it was added because there's a serious bug affecting KDE's performance when more windows are open on the desktop. Eric applied a patch from Martin Graesslin to fix the problem. This bug affects all KDE 4 version back to KDE 4.0, which is considered quite …

KDE 4.7.1 Arrives

A month has passed since KDE 4.7.0 got released, so it's time for a monthly update for KDE 4.7.x branch providing maintenance updates and translations updates for people who have used KDE 4.7.0 releases.

Even though KDE 4.7.1 hasn't yet shipped within Slackware-Current, you can try this packages by downloading them from Eric Hameleer's KTown repository since he already announced it on his blog. He has added a warning for those who wanted to try this packages under Slackware 13.37 or older: use it on your own risk. He didn't test it outside Slackware-Current.

There were some updates in the deps/ directory compared to previous KDE 4.7.0 release and this has been mentioned by Eric as well on the README file.

One interesting package that Eric added was Quanta Plus that came as a plugin for KDevelop package. This will surely brings past memories about Quanta that was shipped under KDE 3 and many people like this tool and they surely miss this package when migrating to KDE 4. I…

Security Update: Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamonkey, Apache

Slackware has released several updated packaged that are considered security update, but no advisory has been released yet (probably in the next few hours). They are Apache, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey. The update were released in different version. For example, Slackware 12.2 only received Apache update, while Slackware 13.0 and later received Apache, Firefox (3.6.x branch) and Thunderbird.

Slackware 13.37 users can now be relieved as Pat upgraded Firefox support to 6.0.x branch. Unfortunately, the same situation doesn't happen on Thunderbird. It's still using 3.1.x branch for now.

Slackware-Current received the biggest update with Apache, Firefox (6.0.x branch), Thunderbird (6.0.x branch), Seamonkey, and there's a new upgraded package for OpenSSH 5.9 which has been released few days ago plus one new package in testing/ for Firefox 7 Beta 4.

There's still no sign of major changes happening in -Current, but we know that Pat is up to something and he plans to annou…

New Poll

As September comes, a new poll has been released on SlackBlogs. This time, i wanted to know which email client do most people (especially Slackware users) use for their daily activities. Some of them are text-based email clients and the rest are GUI-based email clients.

Please give your votes and hopefully this poll can be used to determine whether those packages are really still needed in Slackware's default packages or not. If no one is using it, then perhaps it's time to drop it from Slackware since one of those email clients is no longer maintained nor developed by the upstream developers, even though there are some continuation project that arose to make sure it's still being developed and new features are still being delivered for the users.

Can you guess which one?

Poll Results

Two months has passed since the last poll and the result are here:

5uP3r C0o1  32 (59%) Nothing special  13 (24%) I haven't bought it yet  9 (16%) It hasn't arrived yet  0 (0%) Even though the new t-shirt only adds a little cosmetic on the backside, almost 60% of the voters said it was a cool one and they like it very much. I'm hoping for more items in Slackware Store so more people will be attracted to buy more items from it and they can also help the Slackware Project.

LibreOffice 3.4.3 for Slackware

Few days ago LibreOffice 3.4.3 has been released by upstream developers, The Document Foundation to tackle more bugs that was found or long-standing bugs that still are available in the previous 3.4.2 release.

As always, Eric provided a set of LibreOffice packages for Slackware 13.37 and -Current users. Please note that at this release, Eric decided to split the browser plugin into a separate plugin package called libreoffice-mozplugin. This is due to some reports on LQ which stated that a new session of LibreOffice will start when Firefox browser is closed. Personally, i have never experienced this before, but since it may come from several people, Eric decided to split them up.

You know the routine, all LibreOffice packages from Eric can be downloaded from this mirrors:…

ArchLinux vs Slackware

This posting is not meant to start another flame war between these two great Linux distribution. It's just meant to be my personal opinion after trying ArchLinux for several days and compare it with the distribution i have been using for the last six years. I know it's not completely fair to compare few days experience with six years, but i will try to be as fair as possible.

Let's start with the history. Why would i try ArchLinux when i'm already comfortable with Slackware for the last few years? The answer is simple: curiousity. I had a discussion with my friend who lived in the US and he was a Slackware users as well, but migrated to ArchLinux and he said that i would like the disto as well since it's similar with Slackware. He told me lots of things about ArchLinux that i wouldn't find in Slackware. At the end, i promised him that i would someday try ArchLinux, but i didn't say when. That discussion was held in 2009/2010 (i forget the precise moment).


Security Update: PHP

PHP has just released two updates in the last few days and the last update was a quick update due to two serious regressions that was found after PHP 5.3.7 has been released to the public, which is fixed in the later 5.3.8.

Slackware responded this update by upgrading all PHP packages to the PHP-5.3.8 and this update travels back to Slackware-11.0. The reason for this is because PHP-5.2.x branch is no longer being supported by the upstream and nor the Slackware team is able to maintain it as well, so they decided to move forward by supporting the latest PHP package available from the source.

Another interesting news in -Current is the new package called soma, a command-line based radio player which is now an official Slackware package and also Firefox 7 Beta 1 gets included as well in testing/. By the time next Slackware is released, this version will eventually become stable, so it would be great to have this version available on testing/ for now.

Java has been updated to Update 27 a…

Firefox 6 on -Current

Even though the final and official announcement will be made around Tuesday (Wednesday in Indonesian time), the source of Mozilla Firefox 6 is already being put on the FTP and the news has spread to many people, including Patrick himself, thus he builds the Firefox 6 for Slackware users and put them on -Current branch. It's not a common release by Pat to release a package before the main official announcement, but i think it's a worthed and safe upgrade for most users.

wget package is also being upgraded to the latest version. It's a new update after around two years without any update from the wget developers. The last release was made on September 22, 2009

Security Update: BIND

ICS has released a new advisory regarding BIND package, thus a new Slackware Security Advisory (SSA:2011-224-01) is also released to fix this problem. This update will be available for Slackware-Current and way back up to Slackware 8.1, since some people still uses this version on their server machine.

Binutil package is also upgraded on this small batch of update and it's a preliminary step before more updated packages coming up in the next following days/weeks.

And the last one is the missing htop package on 32 bit systems is now being re-added again on the public repository.

New Start

Slackware-Current has been stalling for some time, but a new start is now progressing as of today. The default boot loader used in Slackware, lilo is now upgraded as well as sqlite. It is now compiled using two additional parameters as described in the Changelog.

Htop package is now being included in the default package in -Current after being suggested by Michal Dorocinski. It's a nice and simple application to watch process-related on your system without having to use any GUI apps since it's ncurses-based. Emacs is also upgraded to the latest version.

Several Mozilla products (Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamonkey) are now being upgraded, but since it's still in Beta version, it's still placed under /testing. Please be careful if you decided to play with it, even though i'm pretty sure it's a safe upgrade for most people (except for some people who used an old extensions).

It's a slow start, but i believe more packages will come in the next few days (or weeks)

Linux Kernel 3.0.1 and VMWare Patch

Last night, i attempted to build my first Linux Kernel 3.0.1 on my desktop at home. This is my third attempt on Linux Kernel 3.0 build after the previous two attempts on my workstation ended with a kernel panic message even though i follows the standard procedure i used to do in the past. Probably a misconfiguration problem. This time, i tried a different method. I build the kernel as much the same with the one i used in Linux Kernel 2.6.39, so i minimized the changes. In most questions answered, i pick N(o) as the answer, except for the RTC (Real Time Clock) which happened to be needed for Linux Kernel 3.0.x to build.

Since i have work to do last night, i didn't have time to reboot the computer, so i went to bed afterwards. This morning, i woke up and tried to reboot the machine and it boots back normally when i picked Linux-3.0.1. I was so happy and after logged in, i reinstalled my VirtualBox (stayed with 4.0.12 since having issues with 4.1 for now) and NVidia drivers (upgraded…

LibreOffice 3.4.2 Package for Slackware

In the last few days, i have been mentioning Eric's work on Slackware and that doesn't stop yet, as i'm about to inform you guys about his latest work on updated LibreOffice packages for Slackware 13.37 and -Current.

As you recall, LibreOffice 3.4.2 has been released by The Document Foundation and it's now targetting for Enterprise users as this version is now on Rock-Solid phase. Even though it's just another monthly update from TDF, it has fixed some problems that were considered a showstopper for this product to be considered rock-solid release. With two months since the initial release of 3.4.0 branch, it's now considered safe for all users to use this version.

Eric has silently pushed his work onto his repository, but i noticed it so i start mirroring it few hours ago, but i waited for the official announcement before i started to post this on my blog. Since Eric has announced it, i will just go with this post as well.

You can now grab the LibreOffice 3.4.2 …

Facebook Export on Digikam 2.0

One of the feature i like from digiKam is it's ability to export to Facebook directly thanks to Kipi-Plugins. I don't have to upload them one by one, but i can do bulk upload and leave them uploading while i'm sleeping.

On digiKam 2.0.0 release, Kipi-Plugins are now being included in the digiKam 2.0.0 source, so there's no need to compile two packages anymore. Today, i checked my digiKam 2.0.0 and see if there's new plugins, but i realized that Export to Facebook menu is no longer exist. Then i checked digiKam README but found no information about it. Next, i checked Kipi-Plugins README and i found out that i need qjson as the requirement to Export to Facebook.

In the end, i have to recompile digiKam after installing qjson (thanks to SlackBuilds) in order to recognize the library and thus it enables Export to Facebook plugin again

So if you decided to upgrade to digiKam 2.0.0 and above, please have a look on both README (mostly the Kipi-Plugin README) to make sure yo…

KDE 4.7.0 for Slackware-Current

I said in my previous post that there's some hope for KDE 4.7.0 for Slackware users and guess what? In less than 24 hours, the new shinny KDE 4.7.0 packages has arrived from Eric's KTown repository.

Please note that this packages are built against Slackware-Current, so an upgrade to -Current is recommended if you don't want to have problems with some language binding (mostly with PERL).

There's also some changes in the way you install these packages, so please READ the README carefully before you attempt to upgrade/install your new KDE 4.7.0. Those README were created to ease your migration, so please don't waste Eric's efforts.

Eric also mentioned some note about problems that you might encounter if you use Slackware 13.37. KWin requires Mesa 7.10.2 as their minimum requirements and Slackware 13.37 does provide that package, but it's available on testing/, so if you want to try KDE 4.7.0 in Slackware 13.37, you MUST upgrade to mesa-7.10.2.

You can get the pack…

There's Hope for KDE 4.7.0 in Slackware

Few months ago there was a doubt that Slackware will abandon KDE just as it abandoned GNOME few years ago due to maintenance burden. Eric, who maintained KDE SlackBuild posted a question about KDE's release policy to split the big packages into modular releases that creates more burden to the packagers (including him) and decided not to create any KDE SlackBuild at the moment until the final decision is out.

KDE 4.7.0 is out for few weeks and still no sign of KDE 4.7.0 will make it into Slackware-Current until today as Eric has posted a great news for KDE fans that he is working on it and testing his KDE SlackBuild as we speak and he's already running on KDE 4.7.0 on his Slackware64-Current machine. Besides the usual packages, KDE 4.7.0 will have quite a lot of new packages. I was hoping to have DigiKam included on his set of KDE packages even though i have built them myself. It's such a nice and great open source application that you shouldn't miss.

If there are no show…

Security Update: libpng, samba, dhcpcd

Slackware has released three security updates on -Current (not all of them goes into -Stable release though) and also one update on -Current. The affected packages are libpng which is now upgraded to libpng-1.2.46 and libpng-1.4.8, dhcpcd upgraded to 5.2.12, and Samba upgraded to 3.5.10.

On -Current, screen is rebuilt to use a larger buffer for the termtype variable to fix crashes with long names. It's probably an annoying bugs, so Pat decided to release it early on -Current.

Digikam 2.0.0 SlackBuild Update

I love photos and i love Digikam that can manage my photos very well. I like it even more since it's open source and very customizable. It also has SlackBuild script for creating a native Slackware package, thanks to the SlackBuilds project and also to Frank Caraballo who maintained the script.

The SlackBuild was submitted when Digikam was still in 1.9.0 and now 2.0.0 has come up. What happened if i used it to compile 2.0.0? Does it work? The answer is YES!!! It does work, but there's some modifications that you need to do to make it even better. The new Digikam 2.0.0 come up with less documentation, so you can delete them in the SlackBuild or you will see several errors saying that it cannot stats the file.

Basically, you only need to change the VERSION line and also change
cp -a \
cp -a \
After that, you could start compiling by runn…

KDE SC 4.7.0 Released

As planned, KDE SC 4.7.0 is now officially released!!!

It's another major upgrade for KDE and this release will have a monthly updates as usual, so if you don't really think .0 release is stable enough for you, you can wait for their first update next month to bring you bug fixes and translations updates which should be sufficient for you to consider and wait for others to review and test this release first.

KDE SC 4.7.0 brings quite a lot of improvements compared to KDE 4.6.x. Here are some of them:
Plasma Workspaces Become More Portable and able to run on OpenGL ES supporting hardwareBetter KDE/GTK integration and well polished icons through Oxygen icons and Oxygen GTKExperimental support for NetworkManager 0.9KDE-Telepathy is being integrated into desktopDolphin receive lots of improvements, including deeper integration with source code management systems
Marble has voice navigation support, a map creation wizard, and new plug-insGwenview is now able to compare imagesKDevelop …

KCalc Fixed

KCalc issue for not receiving any digit input is now fixed as Eric has included the patch for kdeutils and rebuilt it for Slackware users. He posted the announcement on his blog soon after he came back from his vacations (no wonders he didn't update VLC even though there was a security vulnerabilities previously).

Beware that the rsync module for some of Eric's work has been changed. Here are the new list:
KTown: rsync:// rsync:// update your rsync script if you use the old rsync module

Slackware Turns 18

Slackware 1.0 was released by Patrick Volkerding exactly 18 years ago in 16 July 1993 in an official release when he was still a student. At that time, it was distributed under 24 disks (yes, floppy disks) and it only has two series, A and X. No one will ever thought that it's now being the oldest maintained Linux distribution up to now

In 1993, there wasn't much Linux distribution. Slackware is one of the first batch of Linux Distribution at that time along with SLS, Debian Linux, YggDrasil, and MCC Interim. It turned out good so that many Linux distributions are now based on Slackware, such as SuSE (turned OpenSUSE), VectorLinux, Slax, ZenWalk, Salix, and many more.

Today, it's released using a DVD (and an option of using 6 CDs) and it has so many directories inside. It supports so many hardwares thanks to the Linux 2.6.x (soon to be replaced by 3.0 series) series being developed by great developers around the world under the command of Linus Torvalds and also utilizes th…

How to Merge .001 Files

Sometimes, when we downloaded a file which has big size (say over 500 MB), the provider often split them into several parts using a splitter program. There are a lot of applications that can do this so easily. The problem is how to merge them back?

Today, i downloaded a file which was split and comes with .001 and .002 format. From the format, i can see that it was a file that was split by using HJSplit tool (or any tool that results with the same format) and since it was on my server, it doesn't come up with GUI and i can only use SSH to remotely connect to the server. I couldn't ran any HJSplit tool since it doesn't have any X Server, so i have to think of another option.

Well, it seems that there is a command line version of HJSplit called LXSplit made by Richard Stellingwerff and O. Sezer. I used the SlackBuild script to compile and install them as usual using installpkg and by using this simple command line, i'm able to merge the .001 and .002 files tog…

Security Update: Firefox and Seamonkey

There are two security updates released today, but each update belongs to different Slackware version.

The first one is Seamonkey which is now updated to Seamonkey 2.2 and aimed for Slackware 13.37 and -Current only. Older version of Slackware still shipped with previous version of Seamonkey.

The second update was Mozilla Firefox which is upgraded to 3.6.19 and it aimed for Slackware 13.0 and 13.1 only. Firefox on -Current is upgraded to 5.0.1, the latest stable even though it was supposed to be a Mac OS X fixes only.

The only surprise is that Thunderbird 5 is now included in -Current. Only last week Thunderbird gets upgraded on -Current and it was still using the previous 3.x series and 6 six days later, it moves on to Thunderbird 5

Adobe Flash Player for 64 bit

For those who have been waiting for an official release of Adobe Flash Player for 64 bit systems, well, it's time to party as Adobe has officially released Adobe Flash Player 11 which is now on Beta version. Although it's still not the final release, a beta version is way better than the previous Preview Release (Square).
Citing from Phoronix:
It hasn't supports the VA-API acceleration interface available to the open-source Intel driver and AMD Catalyst users, among other drivers/hardware. Nor does it support XvBA. It appears that for hardware-assisted video playback that, for the moment at least, it's still bound to NVIDIA VDPAU under Linux.
Here are the new features in Adobe Flash Player 11 taken from the Release Notes:
Stage3D Accelerated Graphics RenderingH.264/AVC Software Encoding for Cameras (desktop)Native JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) SupportG.711 Audio Compression for TelephonyGarbage Collection AdviceCubic Bezier CurvesSecure Random Number GeneratorProte…

KCalc is Not Accepting Numbers

If you upgraded to KDE 4.6.5 from Eric Hameleers and you have been using KCalc, you might have noticed that it doesn't accept inputs from the keyboard and only works with mouse clicks. This is a regression found on KDE 4.6.5 and also in the development version of KDE 4.7, so it's not Eric's fault. It's upstream code, and not due to compilation process.

If you want to fix this, you will have to recompile kdeutils package with the patch described on KDE Bug Tracking System.

Actually i realized this few days ago and i thought there was a problem with my keyboard, but today i realized that it was a regression from the upstream code itself and it's not my keyboard's whose faulty

GSB Repository Changes

There has been a slight changes on GSB directory naming for GSB 3.0. In the past, it was using current as the Slackware version, but since -Current is slipping away from Slackware 13.37, GSB developers think it would be wise to rename the directory so that users will not be confused.

GSB 3.0 is meant for Slackware 13.37, so if you use Slackware-Current, you *might* have some problems in the future since more and more packages will be upgraded in the development version of Slackware and that could bring some incompatibilities to your system.

If you happened to use UKDW's repository, please have a look on the repository again and please rename your local directory to the same name before starting a new rsync session so that you won't have to resync everything again

Security Update: Bind + Thunderbird

There are two new security updates coming up this weekend. They are BIND package which affects only Slackware 13.37 and -Current, while Thunderbird packages are being updated back to Slackware 13.0.

While Mozilla has released Thunderbird 5, it seems it will take a while before that version comes up in Slackware-Current. I think Pat is still evaluating Thunderbird 5 before he decided to include it in -Current. It's a nice update though, because it's now based on Firefox 5 codes, which has previously included in Slackware also.

KDE 4.6.5 Released

Another KDE monthly update and this time, it will KDE 4.6.5 and this release should be the last release of KDE 4.6.x series before KDE starts focusing on KDE 4.7 in the future.

As usual, Eric Hameleers has been so generously providing Slackware users with a precompiled KDE 4.6.5 Slackware packages on his mirrors and now it has been mirrored in several places.

Since Slackware-Current has moved on and there were some incompatible changes (mostly in Perl), it's safer for you to upgrade to Slackware-Current if you want to use Eric's packages or if you want to be safe, you can compile KDE by downloading the sources only and start the SlackBuild script (beware, it's very time and resource consuming).

You can start downloading/mirroring those packages from these repositories:…

LibreOffice 3.4.1: Near Rock-Solid Release

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.4.1 after a month since their initial release of LibreOffice 3.4.0. This release brings many updates compared to previous release and also translations update, but the developers still added a little warning for those who wanted to use this version on corporate/enterprise level.

The stable version for both enterprise and desktop users are planned in the next release: LibreOffice 3.4.2 and it should be released next month. But that doesn't stop you to use LibreOffice 3.4.1 for now. From my experience, it's working well and it's very stable. Also, you can have a look on the new features on LibreOffice 3.4.x series.

As usual, Eric is the one who provided a precompiled package for Slackware Linux on his repository and now it has been mirrored on several mirror sites below:…

New Poll

Along with the release announcement of Slackware 13.37, Pat also announced that there's a new limited edition of Slackware T-Shirt in Slackware Store. I would like to know what's your opinion about that new item in Slackware Store. The poll will be running for another two months (it's just another laziness of my side) and i hope you can give your votes too

Happy Voting

Poll Results

It's been two months and now it's time to recap the poll results. There are 134 voters for this poll and i thank you all who have voted for this, so without further ado, here are the final results: 2 (1%) 64 (47%) 33 (24%)
2.6.39-rc4 2 (1%)
Custom Kernel 33 (24%)

Nearly 50% of the voters decided to use the default kernel shipped with Slackware 13.37. It seems that they believe in Pat's choice. I also believe this is the best option at the time Slackware 13.37 was released, even though 2.6.38 has been released.

24% chose to pick, which supports better hardware and also provides better performance if combined with the correct xorg, mesa, and intel driver package, but there's a power consumption problem spotted on this release by Michael Larabel of Phoronix.

Another 24% picked to build custom kernel for their machine. I think Slackware's kernel configuration is nearly perfect for day to day configuration, but some people (like me for …

Security Update: pidgin

Slackware has released two updates on -Current and one of them is marked as security update. Pidgin is upgraded to 2.9.0 and it travels back to Slackware 12.2. For some time, Pidgin package in previous Slackware version didn't receive any update, but for this update, i think it's quite severe so that Pat decided to upgrade it as well.

On -Current, gnutls is upgraded as well.

Security Update: Firefox

Firefox 5 has been released and now it's being included in Slackware 13.37 (comes in patches/ directory) and also in -Current, while the previous version gets an older Firefox version (3.6.18). This update is considered a security update.

Java Runtime and Development Kit are now upgraded to Update 26 as well. This should fix several problems mentioned on my previous post. Unfortunately, these updates goes only at -Current, so if you want to apply for previous version of Slackware, you will have to grab the source and recompile it on your own system.

Another improvements made to -Current is ghostscript, which is now upgraded to 9.02. Pat is welcoming any reports about this update suppose you find any problems with this new version. Some people has reported that this version has lots of improvements compared to the previous one, so he's considering to apply this in Slackware 13.37 as well if nothing goes wrong in -Current.

LibreOffice 3.3.3 for Stable Users

Eric has released the updated LibreOffice 3.3.3 branch for those who seeks for stability over new features in LibreOffice 3.4.0. It's still on the default location, but you should go to pkg/13.1/ directory as these packages are built in 13.1, although it **should** work on 13.37 as well

Give it a try and see if it has a compatibility problem when running on top of Slackware 13.37

You can get them from below's repository:

PAE Support on VirtualBox

This morning, i decided to upgrade one of my virtual machine running Slackware 13.37 into -Current. I started by editing /etc/slackpkg/mirrors and switch to Slackware-Current tree and i start updating by issuing

slackpkg update
slackpkg upgrade-all

I skipped slackpkg install-new since there are no new packages yet at this moment. I also installed the new kernel, on this virtual machine.

Once i make sure everything is properly set up, i restarted the machine (it has been running for about 34 days non stop), and waited until it boots. Since it's a headless system, i have no interaction until the OpenSSH daemon is started and then i can login to that system. On my case, after waiting for 20 seconds or so, i tried to connect to the system, but i have no login prompt. I waited another 10 seconds and still no responds.

At this time, i realize there is a problem with the new kernel, so i fired up KRDC and loggin using VRDE extension on the VirtualBox and i saw that it requires PAE su…

Security Update: Fetchmail

Slackware has released a new package to fix security vulnerabilities in Fetchmail package. This update is not only for -Current, back it travels back up to Slackware 8.1. It shows how Slackware maintain a release for a long period compared to other distributions.

In -Current, Seamonkey packages are upgraded as well. The latest beta has been superceeded by a final version of 2.1. Along with fetchmail update, getmail is also upgraded to the latest version.

Important Java Update

As you probably know, Oracle has released an update for Java 6 SE (JDK/JRE) Update 26 which contains a security fixes according to the release notes and more detail information can be seen on Oracle's website here and here. You might ask, why Slackware hasn't release any update for this packages on -Stable and also on -Current?

Actually there's someone who asked me this question few days ago via email. At first, i didn't see the security fixes mentioned at the release note, so i said to him that Slackware's policy is not to update any packages in -Stable unless there's a security vulnerabilities (moreover when they have CVE entries). He sent me another page (which was those two URL in Oracle's website above) that described the cumulative update for for JDK/JRE package and it affects previous Java 6 Update 25 and it has 17 CVEs . Yes, 17 CVEs, but some (or most) of it only exists on Windows platform, so i don't mind about it too much.

Later on, i found out…

Monitor Traffic Usage Using darkstat

Sometimes, we wanted to monitor our network traffic usage daily or even hourly. There are a lot of tools out there and most of them are based on RRD Tools, which is a great application, but it adds more maintenance as there are more packages to install in order to satisfy the requirements.

What i need is a simple application that shows the traffic usage and i need it displayed on a web based interface so i can monitor it anywhere as long as there's a browser and Internet connection without having to login to that machine and following the log files.

I searched a bit and doing trial and error and finally i made up my mind that i picked darkstat. It's simple, no hassle, and it solves my needs.

Download the latest version from their official website (3.0.714 at this moment)Download the SlackBuild script for darkstatExtract the SlackBuild scriptEdit the VERSION line to match the version you downloaded
Switch to root and execute the SlackBuild script. The final package will…

New Linux NVidia Driver

NVidia has been working on a new driver for some time and they even release several Beta release, but now it has been unveiled to public that a new stable version is out. Please welcome 275.09.07. It brings a lot of bug fixes along with new extensions. Here are the highlights:
Fixed a bug that caused desktop corruption in GNOME 3 after a VT-switch or suspend/resume cycle.Added support for the following GPUs:
GeForce GTX 560
GeForce GT 545
GeForce GTX 560M
GeForce 410M
GeForce 320M
GeForce 315M
Quadro 5010M
Quadro 3000M
Quadro 4000MFixed a bug that caused freezes and crashes when resizing windows in KDE 4 with desktop effects enabled using X.Org X server version 1.10 or later.Modified the X driver to request that hardware inform the audio driver whenever a display is disabled. This will allow the audio driver to generate the appropriate jack unplug events to applications.Added support for the GL_EXT_x11_sync_object extension. See the extension specification in the OpenGL regis…

KDE 4.6.4 Goes Public

The calendar has switched to June and it's time for the monthly maintenance update of KDE SC. Once again, Eric stepped up providing KDE 4.6.4 packages for Slackware 13.37 and -Current on his repositories, which has been mirrored on several other servers, including my server.

Even though there hasn't been any confirmation whether KDE SC 4.7 will be included in the next Slackware release or not (due to the packaging policy), Eric has made clear that he likes KDE and he will keep maintaining KDE SC 4.6.x series for the time being.

So, without further ado, start grabbing KDE SC 4.6.4 while it's hot from the kitchen

There are several places than you can visit, but if you live in Indonesia, it would be faster if you grab it from Indonesian mirror :…

LinuxToday Effect

I was browsing LinuxToday this morning and i was kinda surprised to see my previous post would come up on that site. It's the post about KDE's Future on Slackware. It seems that the news about Slackware and KDE is quite hot, so that some people decided to post it on LinuxToday.

And the result is a big load of traffic coming to this blog on that day. Luckily, this blog is hosted at Google's infrastructure, so i don't have to have to pay additional cost for the high load and not getting a LinuxToday effect (just like Slashdot Effect) I usually gets around 400-600 pageviews everyday based on Blogspot's stats, but on the day it was posted, the traffic went up exponentially just like the screenshot below

LibreOffice 3.4.0 for Slackware 13.37

LibreOffice 3.4.0 has been released yesterday and for those who uses Slackware Linux distribution, you can enjoy the package which is built for Slackware 13.37 from AlienBOB. There are several places where you can download from:

Please note that LibreOffice 3.4.0 is more likely intended for contributors and power users, even though Eric has mentioned that Slackware users are most likely power users . If you still like the stable version and not taking the risk (and fun of a new version), you can still have 3.3.x series which will still be maintained by LibreOffice and also Eric himself for some time until the upstream decided to abandoned 3.3.x series.

Enjoy LibreOffice and thanks to Eric Hameleers for his hard work compiling them for Slackware users