Showing posts from June, 2012

Scanning Problem Fixed

Pat has issued two small update to fix scanning problem. It seems that the needed group in order for users to be able to scan is lp instead of scanner. This has been changed in the shadow package and also in the sane.

Here's a lengthy explanation from Pat:
Changed udev rules to use group lp instead of scanner. It turns out that this is likely what's been interfering with printer detection since we switched CUPS to use libusb instead of the usblp kernel module. SANE would come along and switch the group on multifunction printer/scanners to "scanner", and then CUPS would no longer be able to use them. The kernel module wasn't affected by this since it didn't use the raw USB device node and didn't care who owned it. Anyway, making this switch gets things pretty close to how they were before. The good news is that printers should be detected and configurable without having to look at lsusb output or writing custom udev rules, however, users will need to be in …

More Bug Fixes and Improvements

Another update has landed on -Current and things are going progressively positive. A lot of bug reports has been closed day by day, including with this update.

Several basic applications are now upgraded to the latest one, including acl, attr, file, coreutils, dcron, kbd, less, logrotate, sdparms, xfsprogs, diffutils, lsscsi, and sudo.

There has been some changes in this batch, so please be careful:
A new package has been introduced: kmod to replace module-init-tools. First, installpkg kmod, then removepkg module-init-tools, and then use installpkg kmod once again just to make sure everything is working as intended (i learned from previous mistake)ntfs-3g now already includes tools from ntfsprogs, which is now removed, so please apply the same routines as describes above, installpkg ntfs-3g, removepkg ntfsprogs, installpkg ntfs-3g. Also this new changes will make a symlink to mount.ntfs-3g, so no need to create any symlink again and NTFS drives will be mounted in read/write condition a…

KDE 4.9 RC1 for Slackware-Current

KDE team has announced KDE 4.9 RC1, just a day after they decided to tag and release their tarballs sources to the KDE packagers. This might be frustating for the packagers to provide a package to it's users, but fortunately, Eric has made it so that KDE 4.9 RC1 packages for Slackware(-Current) users  are now ready at his KTown repository.

Please note that there are three new dependencies compared to previous Beta release, and they are akonadi, soprano, and shared-desktop-ontologies). They are located in the deps/ directory.

What's nice about this RC is that it should fix incompatibilities with Slackware-current’s new attica and python packages. After upgrading to KDE 4.9 RC 1, you can remove the old attica-0.3 and stays compatible with Slackware-Current (and slackpkg will not complaint anymore).

It seems that Slackware 14 will be shipping with KDE 4.8.x (it could be .4 or .5 later if it's decided to be released by KDE team) and not KDE 4.9 since it still need time to be …

No PulseAudio Yet

Ivandi posted a thread in LQ about the new update of blueman which requires PulseAudio as the runtime dependencies, and Pat has decided not to pull PulseAudio into Slackware at this moment thus reverting PulseAudio back to previous git version which can be run without PulseAudio.

Lynx is now compiled using --enable-ipv6, so it should now support web sites that already switched to IPv6. The last changes in today's update is in shadow. Pat decided to upgrade the security of the checksums algorithm by introducing SHA256 in /etc/shadow. You can change the parameter into more paranoid settings by setting it to SHA512 in your /etc/login.defs

Slackware 14 Pre Orders

For those who's interested with Slackware 14, Slackware Store has a good news for you. They are now taking pre-orders for Slackware 14, both in CDROM sets or DVD sets (dual 32/64 bit edition). Both CDROM and DVDROM sets cost you about $ 49.95, so i guess you should go with the DVD version, but that's up to you actually :)

This is one way to help Slackware Project to survive in the future, but you can help in other ways too, such as helping testing packages in -Current, helping others when they have problems with Slackware, bringing up a local community to support local Slackware users, and many more. Even answering or asking in LQ is probably one of the best method to support Slackware.

We are all anxious about when will Slackware 14 be released, because it has been more than a year without any release, but i have no doubt that Slackware 14 will be as solid as past releases, but with more features of course :)

More Minor Update

Some more changes in -Current tree are introduced, such as:
syslinux upgraded to 4.0.5 to support btrfs supportpatched cifs-util to fix broken mount.cifsrebuilt cmake and PyQT to fix missing filesnmap upgraded to 6.0.1imagemagick upgraded to 6.7.7_9rdesktop upgraded to 1.7.1 We have more updates in the past next few hours since my rsync script has catch up another activity. The packages gets upgraded this time is:
curlxz greppycurlaaa_base (rebuilt)

Next Slackware Release: Slackware 14

It has been confirmed that the next Slackware release will have a version number of 14. Pat has upgraded aaa_base and bumped /etc/slackware-version to 14. Basically this is the final confirmation about the release version of Slackware, but NOT meaning that Slackware 14 is released. There are still some time before Slackware 14 can be released as a stable release.

There are a huge list of changes in today's update, such as new kernel packages, gcc 4.7.1, KDE 4.8.4, lots of WiFI driver removals, several new applications gets introduced, library updates, and also development tools/library major updates, such as Python 2.7.3. There are too many of them to list here, but you can just see all of them in the ChangeLog.

There are still some packages left which i hoped to be included in Slackware tree before it gets released, such as:
Gimp 2.8GTK+3GTK+2 updates (with all of it's related packages)XFCE 4.10 Any other application you would like to be included in Slackware which is already …

Updated Wireshark SlackBuild Pushed

I have pushed an updated Wireshark SlackBuild to my SlackHacks repository to fix the problem with newer automake that was described in yesterday's post. I have tested on my desktop and workstation and on both machine, it compiles nicely.

I also added some notes about requirement for Wireshark. Since c-ares in SBo package is a little bit out of date, i added a new SlackBuild for c-ares into my SlackHacks as well. I don't add GeoIP since the latest version in SBo matches the same version upstream. PortAudio and libsmi are also available on SBo, so i just mention them on the README.

Strange Bug Caused by Automake

For those who have been using my SlackHack repository, this may not be a good news, but still i need to warn you before you got yourself into trouble and send me problem reports. This is a known issue for me and i need some time to fix this problem.

Recently, i added Wireshark SlackBuild on my SlackHacks which should build 1.8.0 on your machine. The SlackBuild worked fine on my primary desktop at home, but when i wanted to install the same package on my workstation, it failed at make install command with an error message like this

/usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.7.0/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: ui/gtk/libgtkui.a(libgtkui_a-plugins_dlg.o): undefined reference to symbol 'g_module_name'
/usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.7.0/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: note: 'g_module_name' is defined in DSO /usr/lib/ so try adding it to the linker command line
/usr/lib/ could not read symbols: Invalid operation
collect2: er…

Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Upgraded

Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird gets a stability update after Mozilla released a minor revision on Firefox just to fix some problems with Flash player, Hotmail not loading, and rendering of hebrew text. While on Thunderbird, the new version fixed the FileLink feature.

NVidia New Driver: 302.17

NVidia has released a new branch of it's Linux NVidia driver 302.17. This version brings a horde of new features and bug fixes compared to the 295.59 which was introduced few days ago.

Here's the highlights:
Made nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder consistent with the RRSetOutputPrimary and RRGetOutputPrimary RandR requests: changes to either nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder or RandR OutputPrimary will be reflected in the other.Fixed an interaction problem between RandR 1.2, ConstrainCursor, and panning that prevented panning from working properly.Fixed a bug that caused RandR RRNotify_CrtcChange events to not be generated when switching between MetaModes with the same total size but different layout of display devices. This bug caused some window managers to not update their layouts in response to switching same-sized MetaModes.Added support for desktop panning when rotation, reflection, or transformation is applied to a display device (either through Ra…

VMWare 8.0.4 and Linux Kernel Patches

As promised, i have VMWare Workstation on my machine and the same routine applied to the new version:

First off, remove your old VMWare installation by removing all files under these directories:

Next, start your VMWare installation using --ignore-errors parameter like this:
./VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.4-744019.i386.bundle --ignore-errors

After that, you download the patch that you can fetch on my SlackHacks repository. Extract it and open file. Edit the vmreqver line and change it into 8.0.4. Give execute permission to the bash script and start it using ./ (use root)

It will patch and recompile all VMWare modules and in the end, it should work again :)

Note: I failed at first attempt, but i tried to start over and having it compiled on second attempt. I don't know why it failed, but glad it's working just fine.

*Tested on Linux Kernel 3.4.2, Slackware-Current 32 bit, per June 15*

Security Update: Seamonkey

Four security update has been released this morning (Indonesian time) and three of them are Mozilla-related products, Seamonkey, Firefox, and Thunderbird. They are now at the latest version. The other security update is Bind. This update traverse back to Slackware-12.2 because it's still widely used in almost all Slackware version.

Other updates happening on -Current is that XOrg now being upgraded to XOrg 1.12.2 and X11R7.7. Emacs also gets a major upgrade to 24.1. The requested libdvdread on LQ has been fulfilled too. The basic development tool automake and autoconf gets an upgrade along with ddrescue.

It's nice to see another update in -Current after almost two weeks without any update.

We can also expect XFCE 4.10 will be integrated in -Current "soon enough". You know who to say thanks to right? :)

Skype 4.0 for Linux + SlackBuild Script

Skype has finally updated their Skype client for Linux after sticking with their version 2 for so many years. They bumped the version to 4 and it has a codename Four Rooms for Improvement. Four new features that are highlight to this version are:
A new Conversations View where users can easily track all of their chats in a unified window A brand new Call ViewImprovement on Call qualityImprovement on video call quality and also extended support for more cameras Of course, they have other small improvements and fixes. Some of them are worthy to mention:
improved chat synchronization new presence and emoticon icons the ability to store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact's profile much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze chat history loading is now much faster support for two new languages: Czech (flag:cz) and Norwegian (flag:no) Note, the very first time you start Skype for Linux 4.0 might take a few minutes (depending on how lengthy your cha…

VMWare Workstation 8.0.4 and Player 4.0.4 Released

VMWare has released an update to their Workstation and Player release. They are now reaching 8.0.4 and 4.0.4 respectively. The Workstation's Release Notes said that this version has two security fixes and 5 bug fixes:
General IssuesLinux guests running the Linux kernel version 2.6.34 or later could not be pinged from the host via an IPv6 address.On rare occasions, Linux guests would suddenly fail to Autofit or enter Unity.Unity mode would exit if the title bar of an application contained certain non UTF-8 encoded extended ASCII characters.On Windows hosts, the VMware Workstation user interface sometimes became unresponsive when minimized from full-screen mode if the suggestion balloon was being displayed.On Windows hosts, the user interface sometimes became unresponsive if the application was rendered on an extended display that was abruptly disconnected.Security IssuesVMware host Checkpoint file memory corruption
Input data was not properly validated when loading Checkpoint …

New NVidia Driver: 295.59

NVidia has released a new NVidia driver, 295.59. This driver adds support to a variety of NVidia new products, such as
NVS 5400M NVS 310 GeForce GT 620M GeForce GT 640M GeForce GT 640M LE GeForce GT 650M GeForce GTX 660M GeForce GTX 670M GeForce GTX 675M GeForce GTX 555 GeForce GTX 560 SE GeForce GT 415 GeForce GTX 460 v2 Other changes are
Disabled the use of certain OpenGL optimizations with Autodesk Maya and Mudbox, due to conflicts between these applications and the optimizations. Some performance loss in Autodesk Maya and Mudbox is possible, as a result.Fixed a behavior issue where redundant DPMS state transitions were leading to unexpected screen blanking on DisplayPort displays. They also released an update for L4T, their "Linux For Tegra" platform, for those using NVIDIA's ARM hardware. Linux For Tegra 15 is using the Linux 3.1.10 kernel, supports OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0, EGL 1.4, RandR 1.3, and X.Org Server ABIs 5/6/7/8/1…

KDE 4.9 Beta 2 Released

KDE team has released KDE 4.9 Beta 2 and this will be the final Beta release before they will start hard freeze period by releasing two RC releases and the followed by the final version of KDE 4.9. According to the release schedule, if everything goes smoothly, it should be out to public on August 1.

There are still lots of things to be tested in this version, so KDE team called another bug hunting session for this release following their Beta 1 bug testing initiative call. We hoped that everything listed in the Feature Plan can be integrated and released by the time KDE 4.9 gets released.

Eric has packaged KDE 4.9 Beta 2 for Slackware-Current users on his KTown repository and on this release, there are two added dependencies, soprano and shared-desktop-ontologies, compared to Beta 1. These two packages were added in the last minute, but just before the final release, so it could make it.

Please note that there has been a reorganization in the KTown repository structure. Now, all KDE …

KDE 4.8.4 Released

The monthly update for KDE stable release: 4.8.4 has been released by KDE and Eric Hameleers has provided the Slackware native packages for public on his KTown repository.

This is probably the last series for KDE 4.8.4, even though there might be an option to add another series for KDE 4.8.5 because there might be some time gap before KDE 4.9 gets stable releases. It will be decided later, but for now, just enjoy the latest KDE stable release.

Grab it on one of these mirrors: URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// URI: rsync:// Don't forget that th…

SlackBuild Script for digiKam 2.6.0

Finally, another major update to digiKam, an open source digital photo management application for KDE has been released. This release came after more than six months after their previous major release, 2.5.0.

According to the announcement posting, besides having a bunch of bug fixes, this new version also introduces some new features such as:
Progress manager to control all parallelized process running in backgroundA new Maintenance Tool have been implemented to simplify all maintenance tasks to process on your whole collectionsA new tool to export your collections to ImageShack Web Service Porting to LCMS version 2 color management library A new tool dedicated to manage colors from scanned Reversal Films  For those who wanted to build this package, you might want to visit my SlackHacks repository where i put my SlackBuild script for this package.

I have added two additional packages on my SlackHacks, OpenCV and Lensfun. OpenCV is required to compile digiKam, so i suggest you download …

Interview with Patrick Volkerding Released

Jeremy has posted a new entry in the Interview Section and this is what we are waiting for: Interview with Patrick Volkerding of Slackware. Enjoy the interview as it's quite lengthy and well written by Pat himself. You can learn more from his past and how end up creating Slackware and maintaining it up to today.

Interview with Patrick Volkerding

Jeremy of LQ has announced that he will post the results of the interview with Patrick Volkerding, the creator and maintainer of Slackware Linux within 24 hours in the Interview Section of LQ. It took almost 1.5 months for Pat to answer all of those questions, but i believe he took his time because he also had to merge all those changes in -Current while maintaining stability and security of previous releases -Stable releases as well.

Due to the lengthy answers, Jeremy has decided to split it into two parts. I think it's the first time that an interview section will consists of two parts. Well, Patrick deserves it i guess :)

Call for Testing: KDE 4.9 Beta 1

KDE Team 4.9 has asked KDE packagers on several Linux distribution to create an early KDE 4.9 Beta releases to public because they need a lot of man power to test for a new major release of KDE 4.9. Final release of KDE 4.9 is scheduled to be on August, 1, so it's two months before the release.

Several Linux distributions have prepared the packages and placed it on their testing-only repositories, such as ArchLinux, Fedora, and many others. As for Slackware, the only person who build KDE is Eric Hameleers and as usual, he placed it on his KTown repository which is mirrored to several other servers.

If you plan to help KDE (and also Slackware) by using and testing it, there are some notes about this KDE packages.

First, you MUST be running Slackware-Current since this packages are built against libraries available on Slackware-Current. If you want to use on top of other Slackware version, it's wise to build it on your own machine.

Second, the kdemultimedia package has been spli…

New Package Added: iftop

Pat has added a new package into Slackware-Current and that is iftop and it's used to display bandwidth usage on an interface. Besides this new package, Pat also updated several other packages such as slacktrack, gmp, libpcap, tcpdump, traceroute, libX11, and fixing xscreensaver by using the old xscreensaver-getimage-file from previous version to avoid more dependencies added.

Some words has been said by Eric on his blog post about how the server has been moved to another server and the website is coming alive again, but finally Patrick himself said a word about this in more detail about who's the one working on the code and in the infrastructure. He also appreciate all the ideas of porting, hardware donations, and other support for the website and also to the Slackware project itself. Unfortunately there are no spesific answers given on the ChangeLog. Perhaps we will see the results someday in the future.

Viva la vie Slackware!

LibreOffice 3.5.4 Packages by AlienBOB

As promised, Eric (AlienBOB) has uploaded his LibreOffice packages into his repository which contains the latest version that was released few days ago. This version is expected to bring many performance improvements in terms of speed. It should handle big and complex files more gracefully.

These are some of the highlights on this version:
* enable caching of grammar checker properties
* changing spelling preferences requires application restart
* comparing empty document with attached one crashes LO
* crash on "connect to existing database" wizard
* fix vertical text frame borders
* performance problems with very long paragraphs
* remove pointless forward moving of a table
* run SelectLanguage custom action during silent install, too
* error message when deleting pages
* Recent Documents empty
* cannot insert jpeg

Since last year, the LibreOffice developers has began hunting for dead code inheritted from their ancestor, and tried to remove them. With some help from C…

Slackware Website Restored

Eric Hameleers has stepped up to announce that the Slackware Website has been restored (it's actually moved to the developer's server, connie) to it's original state and now it's running well. Now the developer can focus on Slackware development instead of debating about the Slackware is dying just because the website is down, while the main problem is the hardware, not the distribution itself.

He also mentioned about his future releases, such as LibreOffice 3.5.4, KDE 4.9 Beta 1, and VLC 2.0.2. We shall see his upcoming releases in a few days, except for KDE, which will take some time because of the changes made upstream that forced him to make some adaptation to his SlackBuild scripts.