Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Slackware 12.2 RC 1

Surprise guys.... Slackware 12.2 RC 1 has been declared by the latest -Current changelog. While there is still no exact date of when will the final 12.2 release, it's still a good news and hopefully in new year, we shall see the final version. It will use 2.6.27.7 kernel because the kernel and XOrg has been frozen to make things doesn't change too often. As you probably aware, Slackware 12.2 WILL NOT use KDE 4.1.x as the default, but they are still reserved in /testing directory as an alternative for other desktop manager.

Here's the -Current Changelog:
Tue Dec 2 23:34:03 CST 2008
While there are still some docs that need updating and probably a few more tweaks and updates here and there, everything is mostly in place for the next stable release, Slackware 12.2. The versions of major components like X and the kernel can be considered frozen. Anything major that we haven't done yet will probably wait for the release after this next one. As Slackware 12.2 is only a 0.1 version bump, we're trying to focus on making it better without causing instability or losing compatibility with Slackware 12.1 wherever possible. Invasive changes like the new X (that will require changes to xorg.conf) and merging KDE4 should probably wait for Slackware 13.0.
We will call this batch Slackware 12.2 release candidate one. :-)
a/aaa_base-12.2.0-noarch-1.tgz: Bumped /etc/slackware-version version number in preparation for a stable release, and updated the initial emails.

a/aaa_elflibs-12.2.0-i486-1.tgz: Updated the initial "starter" library package to the latest versions in -current.
a/genpower-1.0.5-i486-2.tgz: Patched genpowerfail to halt the machine during a power failure rather than causing it to reboot over and over.
Thanks to Marin Mitov for the bug report.

a/ntfs-3g-1.5130-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to ntfs-3g-1.5130.

a/pciutils-2.2.10-i486-2.tgz: Updated pci.ids.

a/sysvinit-scripts-1.2-noarch-26.tgz: Patched rc.M to start rc.wicd and rc.snmpd if those scripts are executable, and removed the reference to the old rc.hplip script. Also, modifed rc.K to shut down acpid using rc.acpid.
Changed /proc/bus/usb mounting in rc.S to use the options from /etc/fstab if there is an entry for it there (thanks to Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi).

a/udev-135-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to udev-135.

a/usbutils-0.73-i486-3.tgz: Updated usb.ids.

ap/alsa-utils-1.0.17-i486-2.tgz: Patched rc.alsa to use [[:blank:]] instead of [[:space:]] with tr, since the latter removes vertical whitespace and causes everything to be incorrectly listed on one line.
Thanks to Ondrej Kubecka for the patch.

l/hal-info-20081127-noarch-1.tgz: Upgraded to hal-info-20081127.

n/ethtool-6-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to ethtool-6. Evidently this has been out for some time -- thanks to Jan Rafaj for the notice.

n/network-scripts-12.2-noarch-1.tgz: Removed the automatic DHCP timeout reduction in rc.inet1, since the kernel is not reliably returning correct information about that. If the default 30 second timeout is too long, it can be shortened in rc.inet1.conf.
Patched rc.ip_forward to reapply any non-default ipv4 parameters after turning ipv4 forwarding on or off, as doing that clears them. Thanks to Mark.

tcl/expect-5.44.1.11-i486-2.tgz: Recompiled.

tcl/tcl-8.5.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to tcl-8.5.5.

tcl/tk-8.5.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to tk-8.5.5.

xap/audacious-1.5.1-i486-2.tgz: Recompiled to make sure newer libraries will work as expected.

extra/brltty/brltty-3.10-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to brltty-3.10.

extra/inn/inn-2.4.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to inn-2.4.5.

extra/wicd/wicd-1.5.5-noarch-1.tgz: Added wicd-1.5.5. Thanks to Robby Workman.

isolinux/initrd.img: Rebuilt removing some unneeded kernel modules.
Thanks to Stuart Winter and Eric Hameleers.

usb-and-pxe-installers/: Rebuilt removing some unneeded kernel modules.