Monday, December 24, 2007

Roundup of 2007

This year, Slackware has reached another milestone by the release of Slackware 12.0. It's a big changes compared to Slackware 11 (previous version) and right now, the development of the next Slackware release is being worked on by Patrick Volkerding and the contributors around the world.

Slackware 12 has officially dropped the support for 2.4.x kernel series and now supports 2.6.x kernel series with plenty of options (you can have non-smp vs smp version and also generic vs huge kernels). It also added support for automounting features due to inclusion of HAL and DBUS combined with recompiled KDE and XFCE packages to use those two packages in order to bring the first automounting feature to users. It also utilize udev, a new dynamic device management system, replacing hotplug.

Since Slackware 11.0, there has been a movement to modular package management and you will see much more modular package on Slackware 12.0, mostly on new Xorg packages.

Another big change is the use of Apache 2 replacing the legacy version of Apache that has been used up until Slackware 11.0. GnuPG also being upgraded to use GnuPG 2 replacing the legacy version of GnuPG. Bunch of development tools and web browser galore in Slackware 12.0 makes it very nice Linux distribution for home users and also for developers. Moreover, Slackware always comes with the plain source code of the application, meaning that you don't get fancy things that could cause you headache when you want to debug an application.

Well, that's all for Slackware 12.0 and let's talk a little bit about -Current development. The first -Current appearance for Slackware 12.1 (the next Slackware release) was in August 17, the same day with Indonesian independence day. Since then, there has been a lot of changes in the development version of Slackware. Let's say:
  • XOrg 7.3
  • KDE 3.5.8
  • XFCE 4.4.2
  • GIMP 2.4.2
  • GnuPG 2.0.7
  • GLIBC 2.7
  • Kernel
  • MySQL 5.0.51
  • Apache2 2.2.26
  • PHP 5.2.5
  • Firefox
  • SeaMonkey 1.1.17
  • Samba 3.0.28
You can see the list of changes since Slackware 11.0 on the -Current changelog. Don't worry, it hasn't stopped yet, so you will more changes in the future big grin

I strongly believe that next year, we will have a nice Slackware release by looking at the Changelog. So let's just wait for that.

Ok, enough talking about Slackware. Let's talk about Slackware-ID achievement this year. We (Slackware-ID) have successfully made this achievement:

We are expecting more outcome in the following years with Slackware. We would also like to celebrate Christmas to all of you who celebrates it, so here's our gift for you

Slack Christmas