Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kernel Updates for 64bit Systems

The kernels packages on Slackware64 for 13.1 and -Current64 has been patched and rebuilt to fix two security problems with 64 bit to 32 bit conversion fixed in the 3.6.36-rc5 upstream:
64-bit Compatibility Mode Stack Pointer Underflow (CVE-2010-3081).
IA32 System Call Entry Point Vulnerability (CVE-2010-3301).

This update only affects the 64 bit systems, so it will not be released under 32 bit.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Security Update: bzip2

One security update has been released for Slackware: bzip2. This upgrade fixed an integer overflow

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mozilla Products Upgraded

All of the Mozilla products are upgraded on the latest -Current and -Stable updates: Firefox, Seamonkey, and Thunderbird. Also, the beta version of Firefox has reached Beta 6 and this also gets included on testing/.

I think, Firefox 4.0 will be included in the next default package for the next Slackware release, as it looks promising and works well on -Current.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Security Updates: Sudo and Samba

Two security updates were released today in -Current and in -Stable for Sudo and Samba. No other packages were upgraded on this batch of updates. I think Pat and the Crew are still working with other packages on the backend, mostly for Robby which is working on newer XOrg packages.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Firefox 4.0 Beta 5

Firefox package under testing/ has been upgraded to Beta 5. I think the latest beta sure does look promising since it has featured the new revamped UI and it contains more features that will likely be available on the final release of Firefox 4.0 later this year.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Installing Phoronix Test Suite

Phoronix Test Suite is one of the most famous benchmarking suite on Linux (even though it can be installed on Windows, OpenSolaris, BSD, and Mac OS X lately). It has 130+ Test Profiles and 60+ Test Suites which should be more than enough to do major benchmarking on an overall system performance.

There are some of the highlights of Phoronix Test Suite:
1. 130+ Test Profiles
2. 60+ Test Suites
3. Extensible Testing Architecture
4. Optional Linux-based LiveDVD/USB Testing Distribution (PTS Desktop Live)
5. Automated Test Installation
6. Dependency Management Support
7. Module-based Plug-In Architecture
8. PNG, JPG, GIF, Adobe SWF, SVG Graph Rendering Support
9. Automated Batch Mode Support
10. Global Database For Result Uploads, Benchmark Comparisons
11. Detailed Software, Hardware Detection
12. System Monitoring Support
13. GTK2 Graphical User Interface + Command-Line Interface
14. Runs On Linux, OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, Windows 7, & BSD Operating Systems

Here's how i install PTS on my desktop running Slackware-Current:
  • Make sure you have PHP package installed (i'm compiling PHP 5.3.3 from source rather than using Slackware's default PHP package, but the default package should be sufficient)
  • Go to Download page and download the generic package (i'm using 2.8.1)
  • Extract the package and run the install-sh script using root
  • That's it. So simpleBanana Cool
Hey, wait.... i saw a GUI interface on the website, but how come it ended using command line interface? By default, PTS only runs in CLI, but you have an option to make it run on GUI using PHP-GTK. Here's how to do it:
  • You would like to install cairo from PECL repository by issuing
pecl install channel://
  • Add this line on your /etc/php.ini (location may vary depending on your configuration):
  • Make sure you have cairo on your phpinfo() outputs
  • Download the php-gtk from SVN (the latest version of php-gtk2 is not compatible with PHP 5.3.x series. Either you can use SVN or downgrade to 5.2.x series for now). Execute:
svn co php-gtk
  • Build the package by going to the php-gtk directory and execute :
./buildconf; ./configure --enable-php-gtk; make
  • Install the package by running:
make install
  • Add this line on /etc/php.ini (location may vary depending on your configuration):
  • Run phoronix-test-suite gui
  • You will get the GUI and you can start profiling your systemDance Vuvuzela
Credit goes to UbuntuForums about the solution provided to compile php-gtk2 on newer version of PHP 5.3.x.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

KDE 4.5.1 Arrives on -Current

KDE SC 4.5.1 has been uploaded to -Current tree today and i think Eric will remove his KDE SC packages from his KTown repository as soon as possible to avoid redundancy of packages. Besides KDE SC, there are several other packages which gets upgraded and also added to -Current, including the new Firefox 4.0 Beta 4.

Actually i'm a little bit surprised to see Pat included this package on testing/ as he usually never put beta version on -Current except when there's no other choice. Perhaps Beta 4 is too interesting to try or perhaps there are so many requests from people that makes Pat decided to put the package into testing/ directory.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Linux Chooser

I looked at my account today and someone posted about Linux Chooser. I'm curious about it and have a look and took the test. The result is as i expected: 100% Slackware and 100% Gentoo.

What's your result?

Friday, September 3, 2010

KDE 4.5.1 Packages by Eric

Once again, Eric has released KDE packages for Slackware-Current on his KTown repository. This time, KDE SC 4.5.1 has been shipped by Eric after he decided to build his own KDE packages instead of waiting until it come up in -Current.

At this time, all KDE 4.5.1 packages can be downloaded from KTown repository or by the help of several mirrors mentioned by Eric on his blog post.

Don't forget to read the README for instructions and warnings. It's safer to use Slackware-Current instead of Slackware 13.1 if you wanted to upgrade to this version, even though some people has reported that they were using 13.1 and found no problems using it.

All of those packages can be downloaded from UKDW Repo server via http or rsync service:

Enjoy KDE SC 4.5.1 Yahoo

Google Chrome 6

Google Chrome 6 has been released as a Stable release by Google and i have successfully upgrade to Chrome 6 using the SlackBuild script provided on SlackBuilds project made by Erik Hanson. Even though the version mentioned is still 5, but actually it does work on Chrome 6 as well.

Everything works as intended. All of the plugins are still reserved and the functionality has been improved in overall. I think it's a worthed upgrade.

The full announcement of Google Chrome 6 can be read on Google's Blog

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Poll

New poll has been created. This time, i would like to know what Linux Kernel version do you use on your computer. Linux Kernel is the central of the system as it provides you with the core of the operating system. Basically it handles everything, starting from memory management, process scheduling, filesystems, and many more.

I will be running this poll for two months and hoping to get a good results of it. So, give your votes now Bring it

Poll Results

This month, i will not be late again for announcing the poll results. Yes, it's over by now and we have a surprising results. We only have 38 votes this time and the result are:
Yes, absolutely 12 (31%)
Yes, partially 12 (31%)
No, but i still use it 0 (0%)
No, i'd rather use others 14 (36%)

People still sees KDE 4.4.x has performance problems and they rather used other desktop manager such as GNOME or probably XFCE which is supported in Slackware. I hope with the release of KDE 4.5.x series, all of those doubts will be gone and they will be pleased with KDE 4.5.x series performance.

So far, i have been using KDE 4.5.0 from Eric Hameleers and it found it great. It's working without any problems on my desktop and also on my laptop (i do have some glitches on my laptop, but that probably related to the hybrid GPUs and i still can't activate my NVidia card, so that it still uses Intel GMA). Other than that, i'm satisfied with KDE 4.5.x

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Choqok 1.0b3 Released

Choqok 1.0 beta 3 has been released by the developer. There has been numerous bug fixes and also improvements on this beta releases such as:
  • Better nick name detection.
  • Better URL detection.
  • Fetching Friends List problems fixed.
  • UnTiny plugin can use service instead of its generic way (Configurable)
  • Using the Choqok way to show repeated dents/tweets made optional (Default is Twitter way)
  • Confirm dialog for Re tweet
  • When KWallet isn’t available, Choqok will store secrets in text files (Not plain text, Base64)
  • Choqok 1.0Beta2 was needs kdelibs 4.5 , We changed this to work with 4.4 too.
I have build this package using SlackBuild script and it's working fine on my desktop. I will install this application on my laptop and workstation tomorrow.

FYI, it would be great if you integrate Choqok to KWallet or you will have to re-authenticate to Twitter / Identi.Ca everytime you restart your application. In the past, i was wondering why do my credentials seems to be lost. I remembered that i skipped the KWallet integration in the past Rolling

Call for Testing : XOrg 1.9.0

Robby Workman has posted a call for testing for the new XOrg 1.9.0 in LQ. Basically he wanted to get some early input/feedback from users running -Current or 13.1 before he pushed the packages in -Current which will become the next Slackware release.

Note for people who wanted to test this packages: you are recommended to use 2.6.35.x Linux Kernel series instead of staying with your current older kernel. Also, if you use ATI/NVidia VGA Card, please use the latest version. NVidia has just pushed an official driver which brings ABI used in newer XOrg 1.9.0. You can download the driver for 32 bit or 64 bit.