Friday, April 8, 2011

Slackware 13.37 RC 4.6692

Another call for Slackware 13.37 Release Candidate. This time, Pat took the suggestion from Nicola to take Feigenbaum constant of 4.6692 to be the codename for (hopefully) the last RC before Slackware 13.37.

Finally, we see Linux Kernel included in this release and not only that. Pat also put Linux Kernel packages on /testing directory. Did i say packages? Yes, it's a binary packages, so you don't need to compile Linux Kernel by yourself. Pat provided those packages for us. Still related to Linux Kernel, Pat has changed the configuration for Linux Kernel and 2.6.39-rc2 with these changes:
HIGHMEM64G n -> y
X86_PAE y

This should make 32bit system will be able to fully utilize the memory bigger than 4 GB. Naturally, it will only sees 3.5 GB due to some limitations of the architecture, but with this option turned on, you won't have any problem accessing memory up to 64 GB.

There are some other packages which gets rebuilt and upgraded as well, including pkgtool dosfstools, gdb, djvulibre, libtiff (security update), seamonkey, and xkeyboard-config.