Thursday, February 20, 2014

Security Updates and Kernel Updates

There are several security advisories released today for Slackware and also a spesific update for Slackware-Current.

First update is for shadow which is now rebuilt to apply mancha's patch to relax some restrictions when the callee is not root user. This should fix gksu problem in SBo and also in MSB project.

MariaDB is now upgraded to 5.5.35 to fix buffer overflow in the MySQL command line client. GnuTLS is also upgraded to 3.1.21 to fix certificate recognition problems. Kernel stock is also updated for x86_64 architecture only for Slackware 14.1 and Current as the CVE only affected the 64 bit machines.

As for Slackware-Current, there is another non-security updates : Firefox 27.0.1. The kernel update should fix mei module attack flood on dmesg as well.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pushing Out MATE 1.8 RC Packages

For the last few days, i have been pushing MATE 1.8 RC packages to master branch in msb github repository for public testing. I even made a new LQ thread about this. Here are some more information about the current status.
  • All base/ packages have been upgraded to 1.7.90
  • Only 2 packages in extra/ that have been upgraded to 1.7.90
  • There is 1 package left that hasn't been bumped to 1.7.0 (mate-bluetooth) which is still in heavy development for supporting bluez5.
You can help by testing MATE 1.8 RC packages. Go clone the repository using git and run the mate-build-base.sh and mate-build-extra.sh (please remove the mate-bluetooth line first or it will stop your compile process). I have been testing it on a VM and it's working very nice here. You will not get the BIG surprise changes like in KDE, but it's more like a evolutionary changes.

Anyway, one of the most-wanted feature that has been implemented in MATE 1.8 is the new window snapping feature. You can enable it directly from command line after you upgraded to marco 1.7.x using this command:
dconf write org/mate/marco/general/side-by-side-tiling true
or enable it via Mate Control Center:
System > MATE Control Center > Windows
Tick Enable side by side tilling

Check out other new features in MATE 1.8 in their roadmap

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last MATE 1.6 Packages

I have just pushed (probably) the last MATE 1.6 packages for Slackware 14.1. We (me and Chess) have decided that we only support 1 Slackware release and 1 MATE version, so the current version that we supported is MATE 1.6 for Slackware 14.1.

Since MATE 1.8 will be released soon, we are now preparing for bringing MATE 1.8 into Slackware 14.1 and this will be the next supported release of Slackware/MATE. This will also means that the 14-1-mate-1.6 branch will no longer receive an update.

Users running MATE 1.6 are advised to upgrade to MATE 1.8 with all of it's new features as soon as it's available for Slackware 14.1. We will try to make this upgrade as smooth as possible, just like what you had when you upgrade previous Slackware stable release to the current Slackware stable release. There might be some gotchas, so don't forget to read the documented CHANGES, KNOWN ISSUES, UPGRADE, and DEPS.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Security Update: ntp and curl

There are two security updates that are released today: curl and ntp. Both are applied to all supported Slackware releases, back to Slackware 13.0.

As of ntp update, admins must take care of the new configuration changes that added "disable monitor" parameter to mitigate the vulnerabilities even when the restriction is removed (by default, Slackware already added noquery that disabled the attack, thus safe from this attack). Support for IPv6 has been added as well.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MATE 1.7 Testing

Right now, most of the TODO list in MATE 1.8 Roadmap have been cleared away, meaning that MATE 1.8 will soon gets released. There's only one remaining TODO and that is Bluez 5 support in mate-bluetooth. That feature will be implemented hopefully by this week.

The MATE developers are planning to release RC release by bumping the version number to 1.7.99x to indicate that it's a RC release for the upcoming 1.8.  Once the RC are considered stable, they will bump it again to 1.8.

This evening, i decided to create a new VM for testing the new MATE 1.7 development packages that are already available on the master branch of our GITHUB account. I built the MATE 1.7 packages on top of a clean installation of Slackware 14.1. The results can be seen on the screenshot below:


It's as clean as in MATE 1.6, but with more features and bug fixes across many MATE elements. Even though it's on VM, but the performance doesn't degrade. It's just as fast as in native environments.

I will not provide binary packages for MATE 1.7. People are encouraged to build it from the source by running mate-build-all.sh script on the github repository. Please note that currently, mate-bluetooth is not yet buildable, since it's not yet bumped to 1.7.x. You can delete the related entries in mate-build-extra.sh before firing the mate-build-all.sh script.

Please report any MATE problems to upstream (MATE developers), while SlackBuild and build script problem to me (or Chess).

Happy Testing!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Three Security Updates From Mozilla

Slackware has issued three security advisories for Slackware 14.0, 14.1, and also current to fix several security vulnerabilities and product updates to Mozilla products. They are mozilla-firefox, mozilla-thunderbird, and seamonkey.

All packages (except for Seamonkey) are released for Slackware 14.1 and current. Seamonkey on the other hand is released for Slackware 14.0, 14.1, and current.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Poll

For the latest poll this month, i will be asking about how you install Slackware packages from SBo project. I provided 3 options for you and hopefully i don't miss any other options out there.

This poll will run for 2 months as usual :)

Poll Results

Two months have passed since the question was asked and it's time to announce the results. It seems that we have a definite winner and Vi/ViM is the favorite text editor in Slackware. There were 102 votes on Vi/ViM out of 210, giving it 48% of the total votes.

Here are the complete results:
ed 3 (1%)
elvis 9 (4%)
emacs 22 (10%)
jed 0 (0%)
joe 3 (1%)
 jove 0 (0%)
kate 22 (10%)
kwrite 10 (4%)
nano 36 (17%)
pico 3 (1%)
vi/vim 102 (48%)

It seems that no one pick for jed and jove. Is it really that no one used them?

KDE 4.12.2 and LibreOffice 4.2.0: Gifts on February

Two big projects have released their latest version last week and for Slackware users, be happy that Eric Hameleers have provided Slackware packages for you to enjoy. They are LibreOffice 4.2 and KDE 4.12.2.

LibreOffice 4.2 is a new major version of LibreOffice Suite, offering better performance, better compatibility, and many new features that has been baked by the developers around the world. For those who might be interested on changes implemented on this version, please visit LibreOffice 4.2 New Features and Fixes. The Document Foundation has also released Impress Remote for iOS devices on Apple AppStore and you can now use your iDevices to control LibreOffice presentation. Android version has been released along with LibreOffice 4.1.

Please visit this mirror sites to get the latest LibreOffice 4.2:

KDE 4.12.2 is the latest monthly maintenance version of KDE 4.12.x that brings more bug fixes and translations updates, bringing to a more enjoyable desktop available. Please note that there are no kde-workspace release for 4.12 since it has been frozen and the developers are focusing on migrating to KDE Framework 5.

Please visit Eric's KTown to get the latest KDE 4.12.2 or visit this mirror sites: