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Security Update: libpng, samba, dhcpcd

Slackware has released three security updates on -Current (not all of them goes into -Stable release though) and also one update on -Current. The affected packages are libpng which is now upgraded to libpng-1.2.46 and libpng-1.4.8, dhcpcd upgraded to 5.2.12, and Samba upgraded to 3.5.10.

On -Current, screen is rebuilt to use a larger buffer for the termtype variable to fix crashes with long names. It's probably an annoying bugs, so Pat decided to release it early on -Current.

Digikam 2.0.0 SlackBuild Update

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I love photos and i love Digikam that can manage my photos very well. I like it even more since it's open source and very customizable. It also has SlackBuild script for creating a native Slackware package, thanks to the SlackBuilds project and also to Frank Caraballo who maintained the script.

The SlackBuild was submitted when Digikam was still in 1.9.0 and now 2.0.0 has come up. What happened if i used it to compile 2.0.0? Does it work? The answer is YES!!! It does work, but there's some modifications that you need to do to make it even better. The new Digikam 2.0.0 come up with less documentation, so you can delete them in the SlackBuild or you will see several errors saying that it cannot stats the file.

Basically, you only need to change the VERSION line and also change
cp -a \
AUTHORS ChangeLog COPYING* DESIGN HACKING INSTALL NEWS README tips TODO \
$PKG/usr/doc/$PRGNAM-$VERSIONinto
cp -a \
NEWS README \
$PKG/usr/doc/$PRGNAM-$VERSION
After that, you could start compiling by runn…

KDE SC 4.7.0 Released

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As planned, KDE SC 4.7.0 is now officially released!!!

It's another major upgrade for KDE and this release will have a monthly updates as usual, so if you don't really think .0 release is stable enough for you, you can wait for their first update next month to bring you bug fixes and translations updates which should be sufficient for you to consider and wait for others to review and test this release first.

KDE SC 4.7.0 brings quite a lot of improvements compared to KDE 4.6.x. Here are some of them:
Plasma Workspaces Become More Portable and able to run on OpenGL ES supporting hardwareBetter KDE/GTK integration and well polished icons through Oxygen icons and Oxygen GTKExperimental support for NetworkManager 0.9KDE-Telepathy is being integrated into desktopDolphin receive lots of improvements, including deeper integration with source code management systems
Marble has voice navigation support, a map creation wizard, and new plug-insGwenview is now able to compare imagesKDevelop …

KCalc Fixed

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KCalc issue for not receiving any digit input is now fixed as Eric has included the patch for kdeutils and rebuilt it for Slackware users. He posted the announcement on his blog soon after he came back from his vacations (no wonders he didn't update VLC even though there was a security vulnerabilities previously).

Beware that the rsync module for some of Eric's work has been changed. Here are the new list:
KTown: rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/ktown/Multilib: rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/multilib/Please update your rsync script if you use the old rsync module

Slackware Turns 18

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Slackware 1.0 was released by Patrick Volkerding exactly 18 years ago in 16 July 1993 in an official release when he was still a student. At that time, it was distributed under 24 disks (yes, floppy disks) and it only has two series, A and X. No one will ever thought that it's now being the oldest maintained Linux distribution up to now

In 1993, there wasn't much Linux distribution. Slackware is one of the first batch of Linux Distribution at that time along with SLS, Debian Linux, YggDrasil, and MCC Interim. It turned out good so that many Linux distributions are now based on Slackware, such as SuSE (turned OpenSUSE), VectorLinux, Slax, ZenWalk, Salix, and many more.

Today, it's released using a DVD (and an option of using 6 CDs) and it has so many directories inside. It supports so many hardwares thanks to the Linux 2.6.x (soon to be replaced by 3.0 series) series being developed by great developers around the world under the command of Linus Torvalds and also utilizes th…

How to Merge .001 Files

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Sometimes, when we downloaded a file which has big size (say over 500 MB), the provider often split them into several parts using a splitter program. There are a lot of applications that can do this so easily. The problem is how to merge them back?

Today, i downloaded a file which was split and comes with .001 and .002 format. From the format, i can see that it was a file that was split by using HJSplit tool (or any tool that results with the same format) and since it was on my server, it doesn't come up with GUI and i can only use SSH to remotely connect to the server. I couldn't ran any HJSplit tool since it doesn't have any X Server, so i have to think of another option.

Well, it seems that there is a command line version of HJSplit called LXSplit made by Richard Stellingwerff and O. Sezer. I used the SlackBuild script to compile and install them as usual using installpkg and by using this simple command line, i'm able to merge the .001 and .002 files tog…

Security Update: Firefox and Seamonkey

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There are two security updates released today, but each update belongs to different Slackware version.

The first one is Seamonkey which is now updated to Seamonkey 2.2 and aimed for Slackware 13.37 and -Current only. Older version of Slackware still shipped with previous version of Seamonkey.

The second update was Mozilla Firefox which is upgraded to 3.6.19 and it aimed for Slackware 13.0 and 13.1 only. Firefox on -Current is upgraded to 5.0.1, the latest stable even though it was supposed to be a Mac OS X fixes only.

The only surprise is that Thunderbird 5 is now included in -Current. Only last week Thunderbird gets upgraded on -Current and it was still using the previous 3.x series and 6 six days later, it moves on to Thunderbird 5

Adobe Flash Player for 64 bit

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For those who have been waiting for an official release of Adobe Flash Player for 64 bit systems, well, it's time to party as Adobe has officially released Adobe Flash Player 11 which is now on Beta version. Although it's still not the final release, a beta version is way better than the previous Preview Release (Square).
Citing from Phoronix:
It hasn't supports the VA-API acceleration interface available to the open-source Intel driver and AMD Catalyst users, among other drivers/hardware. Nor does it support XvBA. It appears that for hardware-assisted video playback that, for the moment at least, it's still bound to NVIDIA VDPAU under Linux.
Here are the new features in Adobe Flash Player 11 taken from the Release Notes:
Stage3D Accelerated Graphics RenderingH.264/AVC Software Encoding for Cameras (desktop)Native JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) SupportG.711 Audio Compression for TelephonyGarbage Collection AdviceCubic Bezier CurvesSecure Random Number GeneratorProte…

KCalc is Not Accepting Numbers

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If you upgraded to KDE 4.6.5 from Eric Hameleers and you have been using KCalc, you might have noticed that it doesn't accept inputs from the keyboard and only works with mouse clicks. This is a regression found on KDE 4.6.5 and also in the development version of KDE 4.7, so it's not Eric's fault. It's upstream code, and not due to compilation process.

If you want to fix this, you will have to recompile kdeutils package with the patch described on KDE Bug Tracking System.

Actually i realized this few days ago and i thought there was a problem with my keyboard, but today i realized that it was a regression from the upstream code itself and it's not my keyboard's whose faulty

GSB Repository Changes

There has been a slight changes on GSB directory naming for GSB 3.0. In the past, it was using current as the Slackware version, but since -Current is slipping away from Slackware 13.37, GSB developers think it would be wise to rename the directory so that users will not be confused.

GSB 3.0 is meant for Slackware 13.37, so if you use Slackware-Current, you *might* have some problems in the future since more and more packages will be upgraded in the development version of Slackware and that could bring some incompatibilities to your system.

If you happened to use UKDW's repository, please have a look on the repository again and please rename your local directory to the same name before starting a new rsync session so that you won't have to resync everything again

Security Update: Bind + Thunderbird

There are two new security updates coming up this weekend. They are BIND package which affects only Slackware 13.37 and -Current, while Thunderbird packages are being updated back to Slackware 13.0.

While Mozilla has released Thunderbird 5, it seems it will take a while before that version comes up in Slackware-Current. I think Pat is still evaluating Thunderbird 5 before he decided to include it in -Current. It's a nice update though, because it's now based on Firefox 5 codes, which has previously included in Slackware also.

KDE 4.6.5 Released

Another KDE monthly update and this time, it will KDE 4.6.5 and this release should be the last release of KDE 4.6.x series before KDE starts focusing on KDE 4.7 in the future.

As usual, Eric Hameleers has been so generously providing Slackware users with a precompiled KDE 4.6.5 Slackware packages on his mirrors and now it has been mirrored in several places.

Since Slackware-Current has moved on and there were some incompatible changes (mostly in Perl), it's safer for you to upgrade to Slackware-Current if you want to use Eric's packages or if you want to be safe, you can compile KDE by downloading the sources only and start the SlackBuild script (beware, it's very time and resource consuming).

You can start downloading/mirroring those packages from these repositories:
http://alien.slackbook.org/ktown/4.6.5/rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien-kde/4.6.5/http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/4.6.5/rsync://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/4.6.5/http://repo.ukdw.ac.id/ali…

LibreOffice 3.4.1: Near Rock-Solid Release

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The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.4.1 after a month since their initial release of LibreOffice 3.4.0. This release brings many updates compared to previous release and also translations update, but the developers still added a little warning for those who wanted to use this version on corporate/enterprise level.

The stable version for both enterprise and desktop users are planned in the next release: LibreOffice 3.4.2 and it should be released next month. But that doesn't stop you to use LibreOffice 3.4.1 for now. From my experience, it's working well and it's very stable. Also, you can have a look on the new features on LibreOffice 3.4.x series.

As usual, Eric is the one who provided a precompiled package for Slackware Linux on his repository and now it has been mirrored on several mirror sites below:
http://slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/libreoffice/http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/people/alien/slackbuilds/libreoffice/http://slackware.org.uk/people/alien…

New Poll

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Along with the release announcement of Slackware 13.37, Pat also announced that there's a new limited edition of Slackware T-Shirt in Slackware Store. I would like to know what's your opinion about that new item in Slackware Store. The poll will be running for another two months (it's just another laziness of my side) and i hope you can give your votes too

Happy Voting

Poll Results

It's been two months and now it's time to recap the poll results. There are 134 voters for this poll and i thank you all who have voted for this, so without further ado, here are the final results:
2.6.35.12 2 (1%)
2.6.37.6 64 (47%)
2.6.38.4 33 (24%)
2.6.39-rc4 2 (1%)
Custom Kernel 33 (24%)

Nearly 50% of the voters decided to use the default kernel shipped with Slackware 13.37. It seems that they believe in Pat's choice. I also believe this is the best option at the time Slackware 13.37 was released, even though 2.6.38 has been released.

24% chose to pick 2.6.38.4, which supports better hardware and also provides better performance if combined with the correct xorg, mesa, and intel driver package, but there's a power consumption problem spotted on this release by Michael Larabel of Phoronix.

Another 24% picked to build custom kernel for their machine. I think Slackware's kernel configuration is nearly perfect for day to day configuration, but some people (like me for …