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Upgrading to KDE 4.2.0 HOWTO

I have written a small HOWTO (in Indonesian) to upgrade KDE 3.5.10 to KDE 4.2.0 on Slackware. This is a compilation between Patrick Volkerding's README and what i experienced when i upgrade both my laptop and my desktop at my office. I have added some notes based on what i see on my system after i upgrade to KDE 4.2.0. I'm still using KDE 3.5.10 on my desktop at home due to insufficient space.

Please note that KDE 4.2.0 provided in Slackware-Current is supposed to be installed on top of Slackware 12.2 at minimum. Do not try to install on previous version of Slackware.

In the last two days, i have been playing with KDE 4.2.0 and so far, it's just great.

KDE 4.2 Rocks

I have just finally upgraded my laptop to KDE 4.2 with packages in -Current tonight. The process is very smooth if you read the README provided by Patrick Volkerding and contributed by many people including Eric Hameleers and Robby Workman.

I haven't tried all the features in KDE 4.2, but i spotted some annoyances. Here are some of them
1. Bash prompt in Konsole is not the same with previous version, so i have to override the PS1 variable
2. Amarok couldn't add a multiple directories when adding media
3. You will have to run alsaconf again in order to make the sound works again. Probably due to arts change in KDE 3.5 -> KDE 4.2
4. Lots of menus are missing their icons. You may have to rebuild the menus again. I found it easier to put all of my most used applications on the desktop rather in the menus.
5. Some application will render quite differently, such as OOo, Acrobat Reader, and many more. I think it's because of the new KDE themes.

Well, it may not be too much for small…

KDE 4.2 Final on Slackware

It's just one day after KDE 4.2 has been released and there's an official packages for Slackware 12.2 and Current. Thanks to Eric and Pat who build and maintain a KDE packages for Slackware. Can't wait to try this on my desktop. I hope i didn't do anything wrong.

Here's the -Current changelog:
Tue Jan 27 14:33:35 CST 2009
KDE 4.2.0 is released -- congratulations to the KDE development team for such an amazing job on this beautiful and highly user-friendly desktop environment!
Thanks also to Eric Hameleers, who did a ton of work getting KDE 4.2.0 ready for Slackware. Once again (for now), these packages are compatible with Slackware 12.2. Enjoy! :-)
testing/packages/kde4/deps/automoc4-0.9.88-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to automoc4-0.9.88.

testing/packages/kde4/deps/clucene-0.9.21b-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to clucene-0.9.21b.

testing/packages/kde4/extragear/guidance-power-manager-4.2.0-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to guidance-power-manager-4.2.0.

testing/packages/kde4/extragear/konq-plugins-4.…

NVIdia Driver Updates

Finally, NVidia has released another driver updates along with legacy version as well. The Legacy version has been abandoned for some time, making people who uses legacy driver won't be able to upgrade to higher kernel due to unsupported NVidia driver. I hope by this release, it will be easier for people to move forward to the next kernel version (i'm targeting for 2.6.28 while i'm still using 2.6.26 currently).

Go directly to their FTP site to download the latest version of NVidia drivers

Bluez + KDE 4 Updates

There has been a small updates on the /testing directory where some of KDE 4 packages was upgraded and recompiled due to addition to libmsn which will handle MSN protocols in Kopete. There's also an update for bluez which should make the configuration works again with the DBUS version used in 12.2 and -Current (for now). It will be set to override your original configuration file, so make sure you have a backup.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Sun Jan 25 19:40:20 CST 2009
n/bluez-utils-3.36-i486-5.tgz: Changes in the dbus version used in Slackware 12.2 (and in -current) to increase security had some unintended side effects, and bluez was one of the things that broke. However, by using the dbus bluetooth.conf file from bluez-4, this version of bluez can be made to work again. The newer version of the .conf file has been merged into this package, and changed from a .conf.new to a plain .conf to ensure that it replaces the other version. Thanks to David Somero for the bug repo…

KDE 4.2 RC1 on Slackware-Current

For those who can't wait for the final release of KDE 4.2 this month, you can try the RC 1 release on -Current tree. Those KDE packages are working on 12.2 for now (i said for now, as -Current may have libraries changes when it has been started and it will be harder to get it working again on 12.2). Thanks to Eric Hameleers for his hard working working on KDE 4 packages.

There's also an upgrade for bash application as well on /testing.

Here's the latest -Current changelog:
Wed Jan 21 17:27:37 CST 2009
Upgraded to KDE 4.2rc1 (4.1.96) in /testing. Thanks very much to Eric Hameleers for all of the hard work getting this version of KDE ready for /testing so that Slackware -current will be ready when KDE 4.2 is released! And thanks for all of his behind-the-scenes work... Eric has been following all of the KDE 4.2 betas as well, and taking note as the build requirements have changed.
This set of packages will also work on Slackware 12.2. If you intend to use them with Slackware 12…

Security Updates: NTP, OpenSSL, Bind

Four security updates has been released today, which are NTP, OpenSSL (-Solibs), and Bind. The detailed changes are described in the latest -Current changelog. In -Current, there's also one addition update, which are svgalib_helper being recompiled to fix issues with an invalid module format when loading the svgalib_helper module on 2.6.27.7-smp systems.
Wed Jan 14 20:32:54 CST 2009
a/openssl-solibs-0.9.8i-i486-2.tgz:
Patched to fix the return value EVP_VerifyFinal, preventing malformed signatures from being considered good. This flaw could possibly allow a 'man in the middle' attack.
For more information, see:
http://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20090107.txt
http://www.ocert.org/advisories/ocert-2008-016.html
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5077
(* Security fix *)

l/svgalib_helper-1.9.25_2.6.27.7-i486-2.tgz: Recompiled against a correct kernel source tree to fix issues with an invalid module format when loading the svgalib_helper module on 2.6.27.7-smp system…

Orders Arrived

Today, my orders from Slackware Store has finally arrived. I have waited for two-three weeks since i ordered last December. My first trial was three months and the second one (this order) is only one month. I think it can be faster, but the long holidays (Christmas and New Year) might slow the process a little bit, but it doesn't matter as long as the items arrived safely here.

You can check the photos of the items on my public FaceBook photos

Security Update: Samba

One security update has been released this week for Samba package. It affected 12.2 and -Current only. Here's the -Current changelog:
Mon Jan 5 14:09:18 CST 2009
n/samba-3.2.7-i486-1.tgz:
Upgraded to samba-3.2.7.
This fixes a security issue. From the WHATSNEW.txt file:
"This is a security release in order to address CVE-2009-0022.
o CVE-2009-0022
In Samba 3.2.0 to 3.2.6, in setups with registry shares enabled, access to the root filesystem ("/") is granted when connecting to a share called "" (empty string) using old versions of smbclient (before 3.0.28).
The original security announcement for this and past advisories can be found http://www.samba.org/samba/security/"
For more information, see:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0022
(* Security fix *)

Channel Logs

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We now have channel logs on ##id-slackware. I have been busy finding a good IRC bot which can be used to log all activities on channel and i have found one yesterday and today it has been activated on ##id-slackware, thanks to Ozzie for setting it up on Indonesian Slackware Community.

The public logs are here. Ozzie is now busy with the theme, so it may changed a bit in the next few days

Enjoy the channel and if you have missed it, check our public logs

My next step will be finding a good guardian bot to protect the channel from disallowed activities, such as flooding. Any suggestion?

Slackware Reviews

When something cool is released, there's always people who reviewed and wrote an article of it. Reviews are good ways to see the product before you decide to use or to buy. Based on that facts, i have just added a new section on my blog called "Slackware Reviews". It tried to list all reviews that has been written for Slackware. I may not be able to list all of them, so when you do found them, please let me know by giving your comments on this post or mail me directly.

I do hope those reviews will be quite helpful.

New Poll

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Ok, here's the first poll for this year: Have You Used Slackware 12.2 Yet?
As Slackware 12.2 has been released for some time last December, it's time to ask you whether you have used this version on your system. You can say yes if you have upgraded or do a fresh installation on your system. Give your votes and enjoy to be a proud Slackware Users

Poll Results

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Well, it's been two months and now we have come to a new year, so it's time to close the poll and showed you the result. Two months ago, i asked about an idea of LiveCD version of Slackware. Here are the results:
Yeah, it's cool 42 (48%)
Neh, it sucks 9 (10%)
I prefer the normal CD/DVD media 36 (41%)

We have 87 voters and the winner with 48% is peoples who like the idea of a LiveCD. The second place goes to peoples who still prefer the normal CD/DVD media. Well, we can't be sure whether they will be a LiveCD version or not, but we can add it to our personal wishlist and probably somebody is willing to start a small project for it

Security Update: Thunderbird

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The last application that goes into -Current for 2008 was Thunderbird, which is marked as security update by the Slackware Security Team. Here's the changelog:
Wed Dec 31 11:35:43 CST 2008
xap/mozilla-thunderbird-2.0.0.19-i686-1.tgz:
Upgraded to thunderbird-2.0.0.19.
This upgrade fixes some more security bugs.
For more information, see:
http://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/thunderbird20.html
(* Security fix *)
Happy New Year 2009