Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Security Update: CUPS

CUPS has been upgraded to 1.4.5 to fix security vulnerabilities found in earlier version and other packages were upgraded in the latest -Current batch of updates today.

Based on the Changelog, it looks like that next Slackware release will still be using Python 2.6.x and not switching to 2.7.x or even 3.x series. Perhaps it will be on the next major release (14).

One thing that quite interesting is the inclusion of SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta release. Usually Slackware never use Beta release unless it has an important reason and it seems it does now. The current 2.0.x series is broken when it's being used with other GTK/Cairo-dependent applications. I believe when 13.2 is released, it should be on a final version, or even close to final version, so it will be quite stable (even though Pat said it's quite stable on his machine).

Oh well, time to start rsync client again Yahoo

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SlackBook and SlackBasics Translations

I have just completed setting up access for those who wanted to get the latest Indonesian translations of SlackBook and SlackBasics reference (it's good for people which is new to Slackware or wants to learn about how Slackware works).

For SlackBook, you can get the latest Indonesian translations in this URL: slackbook.slackware-id.org. It contain only a single file in tar.gz format and it's filled with multi-page of HTML translation of SlackBook.

For SlackBasics, you can get the latest translations in this URL: slackbasics.slackware-id.org. Basically, it will redirect you to the proper SlackBasics translations project in Google Code. There, you will be able the PDF format or in HTML (available in Single/Split version).

I hope all the references that linked to this two manuals can be updated if you have ever published it somewhere.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Domain Migration

Due to technical problem which caused several days of downtime, we finally decided to redirect all request to Indonesian Slackware Community site to Planet Slackware Indonesia. After updating the NS record, the redirection has taken place since yesterday and now the site is back online.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to access the SVN access of SlackBook and SlackBasics repository as well as CVS repository of our SlackBuild script. As for SlackBasics, please have a look on Google Code for the latest update. We will try to restore access to SlackBook translation as soon as possible. As for the SlackBuild, i think it would be better if we use SlackBuilds Project, so we will not recover these access.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Security Updates: OpenSSL

One security updates were released today on -Current as well as in -Stable. OpenSSL is now upgraded to 0.9.8p. In -Current, XOrg and Mesa were rebuilt to add more options to compilation parameter and also in driver detection preferences for NVidia card.

Other packages gets upgraded, like MySQL, Akonadi, Qt (4.7.0-based), and Soprano. I think KDE 4.5.3 on -Current will be based on Qt 4.7.x which should fix so many problems with earlier version of Qt.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Security Update: xpdf

Two security updates were mentioned via Slackware-Security mailing list, but i only see one security update on Slackware Changelog. It's kinda weird, but let's hope it will be fixed soon enough. Meanwhile, in -Current libdbusmenuqt has been upgraded along with xpdf which is now upgraded to fix security problem.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 Released

Another VMWare Workstation is released and this time, this new version brings better compatibility with Linux Kernel 2.6.32-2.6.36.

Here are some of the highlights related with Linux Kernel compatibility:
  • When you install VMware Workstation on an operating system that uses a post-2.6.34 Linux kernel, the vmmon module fails to compile.
  • The vmxnet and vsock guest modules fail to compile on operating systems that use post-2.6.32 Linux kernels.
  • When you install VMware Tools on an operating system that uses a post-2.6.34 Linux kernel, the vsock.ko module fails to build.
I have downloaded this version, but not yet install it, but i will do it today and test it with Linux Kernel 2.6.36. I hope they don't need any more patches like what i did in the previous post (2.6.36) and this one (2.6.35)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gt+2 Now Honors User Configuration

For people who had upgraded to -Current and then experiencing a bad gtk-theme or their theme is reverted to default, please grab the updated gtk+2 package in -Current tree which now honors the settings in user's home directory instead of the global configuration found on /etc/.

This topic has been discussed in LQ and Pat thanked Midori for the explanations thus the solution is out now Dance Vuvuzela

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

XOrg Rebuilt and Other Fixes Coming Up

Following yesterday's massive updates, today, another updates are coming through -Current tree and most of them are rebuilt packages which should fixed some problem related to XOrg and gdk-pixbuf, while the other were just a normal upgraded package which should make the next release even more stable than ever. There's one new package being added, which is ca-certificates. This package will enable you to check for the authenticity of SSL-connection because it contains the PEM files of CA certificates.

One more thing to mention here is that since there were a rebuilt XOrg package, those who used NVidia proprietary driver will likely have to reinstall their driver after upgrading the XOrg packages since when the upgrade process commences, some link were deleted, thus it's important to reinstall it again or else you will unable to get to your desktop again.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Better Font

I have just finished upgrading my two workstations (one at home and the other is my working computer at my campus) and also my laptop to the latest -Current updates which was so huge. Everything works as i hoped and no major problem with the new XOrg. I used NVidia proprietary driver for my desktop at home and it works just fine, without no crash just like what's written on the Changelog. As my other workstation is still running on old Intel VGA and i didn't think that would create so many problems. I haven't tried to hack my laptop to enable the NVIdia again, but i guess i would have to wait for Dave Airlie's work on Intel/NVidia patch on the next Linux Kernel before i tried to hack it again.

I really love this batch of updates, since it's so smooth, just like my previous upgrade when Slackware 13.1 was still being developed. It went just fine without any major problem. There was a posting in LQ which stated that they had some problems, but i did encounter the second problem related with gdk-pixbuf package. I think the fix will come out soon enough.

One last thing that amazes me is that the font is getting sharper, which feels great for me. IMHO, i like the new sharper font in Slackware-Current Yahoo

Massive Updates Has Arrived

Finally, the big, massive updates for -Current has arrived after Pat pushed them to public repository as of today. It incorporates HAL-free XOrg 1.9.2 packages, upgraded basic libraries and tools, Firefox 4.0 Beta 7 on /testing, xf86-videou-nouveau package added, and many more.

It would take some time to finish all this sync process, but i'm willing to spend my week just to make sure everything is working fine after the upgrade for this batch of updates.

Thank you Pat and all Slackware team to make this update come true Worship

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Installing Adobe Air on Slackware

Few days ago, there was a question in ID-Slackware mailing list about how to install Adobe Air in Slackware. He followed a tutorial for Slackware 12.2 but it didn't work out, so i tried his steps, but with my own way and i think i hit the jackpot big grin

  1. Download Mozilla-NSS SlackBuild from AlienBOB
  2. Grab the latest version of nss and nspr
  3. Edit the version in mozilla-nss.SlackBuild script and execute it
  4. Install Mozilla-NSS package
  5. Get the RPM package for Adobe AIR
  6. Convert to TGZ using rpm2tgz and install it
  7. Voila..... you can now access RIA Gallery from Adobe or Fresh Air Apps to test whether it works or not
Please let me know if it's not working.

I tested it on Slackware-Current 32 bit using Firefox

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two More Translations

SlackBasics, one of the reference used for Slackware newcomers has been translated into French (fr_FR) and Spanish (es_BO) this year. This is a great achievement since people still like to contribute to this project even though it's based on the rather old Slackware 12.0. Nevertheless, most of the topics discussed are still applicable to Slackware 13.1, even in -Current since like always, Slackware keeps his tradition of solid release and they don't introduce big bang changes like other Linux distribution.

We are still waiting for the Bulgarian translation and probably other language would like to follow and list their language on the translations project? We welcome all of you big hug

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Poll

Time to start a new poll. For two releases, Slackware has been using PHP 5.2.x series while the development of PHP has started to move to 5.3.x series. I'm wondering what does people think about this?

Should the next Slackware release (13.2) still using the 5.2.x series which still provides compatibility with most PHP scripts or should it start using 5.3.x which brings new features, but it may break some scripts, but it's easier to upgrade to future PHP 6 when it gets released?

Please give your votes. This will be another two months poll, so take your time before you submit your votes Worship

Poll Results

I totally forgot that the poll has reached it's end of time, so i'm here to announce the result. My questions was about the kernel that you used and here are the results:

Default stock provided by Slackware 49 (46%)
Development series (RC) 7 (6%)
Custom 2.6.35.x series 31 (29%)
Custom 2.6.34.x series 2 (1%)
Custom 2.6.33.x series 8 (7%)
Custom 2.6.32.x series 3 (2%)
Custom 2.6.31.x series 2 (1%)
Older than 2.6.31.x series 3 (2%)

From the results above, we can see that most people stayed using the default Kernel stock provided by Slackware and they think it's the best option. The rest is scattered, but most of the people are still using 2.6.35.x series which was the latest version as the time this poll created. Right now, the latest one is 2.6.36 released by Linus last week.

I'm sorry for not calculating the 2.6.36 schedule. I should have mentioned it on my blog poll, so people can vote for it, since i'm also using 2.6.36 myself.

This also marks my 900th post on SlackBlogs. Looking for 1000th post Gym

KDE SC Repository

Eric once again released another monthly updates to KDE SC. He has uploaded his packages to his KTown repository and also to his new mirror server, and i have mirrored those packages to my Repository Server at UKDW. Enjoy the new KDE SC 4.5.3 Yahoo

Access URL:
http://repo.ukdw.ac.id/alien-kde/
rsync://repo.ukdw.ac.id/alien-kde/

Please note that these packages are meant to be installed on -Current. Any attempt to install on 13.1 or previous version is not recommended, so do blame yourself if you do and your system break lmao

KDE SC 4.5.3 Released

We have entered November, that means another update for KDE, which is now available under KDE SC 4.5.3 release. This release doesn't bring too much excitement since the long list of fixes are not that much, but it does bring some important fixes, such as the KSharedDataCache which has cache invalidation bug that caused stability when daylight saving time changed.Unfortunately, i didn't experience this problem, as i never had a DST changes in Indonesia Rolling

We still don't know whether Eric will come up with KDE 4.5.3 or Pat who will include the latest KDE release on -Current. We will found out in the next few days. In fact, both will produce nearly the same output of KDE release, a solid release. That's for sure Applause

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Security Updates: Pidgin and Proftpd

Two security updates are released today: Proftpd and Pidgin. It seems Pat missed the 2.7.4 release of Pidgin, but now it has been bumped into 2.7.5.

Both updates traverse until previous release. I maintain up to 12.2, and both packages are being patched as well.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Security Update: Seamonkey

As always, whenever there are Firefox and Thunderbird, the companion Seamonkey always gets upgraded as well. Today's update is all about Seamonkey and also oprofile which gets rebuilt. Nothing big actually, but it's part of routine -Current updates, so have fun with it for now