Saturday, March 8, 2008

Kernel Bump and NTFS Support

For you who still uses NTFS and wanted a read/write operation, you can have it on the next Slackware 12.1 release as Pat has just pushed fuse and ntfs-3g packages into today's -Current changelog along with the kernel bump to and also other updates, including Intel 3945 Wireless firmware. It can be considered one of the most important update so far. Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sat Mar 8 02:12:43 CST 2008
a/kernel-generic- Upgraded to Linux uniprocessor generic.s (requires initrd) kernel.

a/kernel-generic-smp- Upgraded to Linux SMP gensmp.s (requires initrd) kernel.

a/kernel-huge- Upgraded to Linux uniprocessor huge.s (full-featured) kernel.

a/kernel-huge-smp- Upgraded to Linux SMP hugesmp.s (full-featured) kernel.

a/kernel-modules- Upgraded to Linux uniprocessor kernel modules.

a/kernel-modules-smp- Upgraded to Linux SMP kernel modules.

a/lilo-22.8-i486-9.tgz: If the kernel is >= 2.6.24, then ask the user if they want to override the kernel's new default to UTF-8 on the text consoles.
Most users will not want UTF-8 yet until all applications have been fixed to work with it. This option will not affect the use of UTF-8 locales in X.

a/pcmciautils-014-i486-4.tgz: Improved the default configuration to work with more hardware. Thanks to Piter Punk.

a/pkgtools-12.1.0-noarch-4.tgz: Added fuse to the installer's boot-start ( menu. Patched makepkg to test gzipped files properly.

a/sysvinit-scripts-1.2-noarch-16.tgz: Modified rc.S to start FUSE.

a/udev-118-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to udev-118. Thanks to Piter Punk.

ap/ntfsprogs-2.0.0-i486-1.tgz: Moved from /extra. ntfsprogs now includes full read-write support when the NFTS filesystem is mounted with ntfsmount or -t ntfs.fuse. This feature requires the new fuse package.

d/kernel-headers- Upgraded to Linux SMP kernel headers.
k/kernel-source- : Upgraded to Linux SMP kernel source.

kde/kdelibs-3.5.9-i486-3.tgz: Patched a problem with Kate mislocating the cursor after a block paste. Thanks to Peter Sevens for showing me the fix.

l/fuse-2.7.3-i486-1.tgz: Added FUSE, a userspace filesystem interface. Thanks to Antonio Hernández Blas for submitting the build script.

l/gtk+2-2.12.8-i486-3.tgz: Don't run gtk-query-immodules-2.0 from the installer, because some of the libraries it needs would not yet be on the machine. The SCIM scripts should pick this up later on.

l/hal-info-20080215-noarch-1.tgz: Upgraded to hal-info-20080215.

l/svgalib_helper-1.9.25_2.6.24.3-i486-1.tgz: Recompiled for Linux

n/iwlwifi-3945-ucode- Added Intel 3945 wireless firmware.

n/iwlwifi-4965-ucode- Added Intel 4965 wireless firmware.

extra/linux- Updated SMP to no-SMP kernel source patch.

isolinux/initrd.img: Merged new dropbear and patches from Eric Hameleers.

kernels/hugesmp.s/*: Upgraded hugesmp.s kernel to (SMP).

kernels/huge.s/*: Upgraded huge.s kernel to

kernels/speakup.s/*: Upgraded speakup.s kernel to
Note that the kernel parameters for Speakup have changed.
What was speakup_synth= is now speakup.synth=. All of the options have changed similarly using "speakup." rather than "speakup_" as a prefix.

usb-and-pxe-installers/: Updated USB and PXE installers to modules.