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More Updates

Pat has released more updates to some development tools, X-related libraries and drivers and app. 
Here's the latest changes from current changelog:
Wed Jul 30 00:08:00 UTC 2014
d/gdb-7.8-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/guile-2.0.11-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libXext-1.3.3-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libXi-1.7.4-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-geode-2.11.16-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-intel-2.99.914-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xterm-310-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.

dropline GNOME 3.10 Released

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For those who prefer to use GNOME 3 instead of GNOME 2 (in form of MATE), there's a good news for you. After releasing the BETA version in January, dropline GNOME developers has finally announced the final version of dropline GNOME 3.10.

In order to install dropline GNOME, download the PackageKit package which will then be used to download all remaining packages and install it into your system. Get the installer for each architectures:
i686
x86_64

Run these command to start the installation and download process:
# installpkg PackageKit-0.8.17-i686-3dl_install.txz
# pkcon refresh force
# pkcon install dropline

Kudos to Eugen Wissner (aka Belka), saxa and Bart Van Der Hall (aka Tyrael).

Patrick Won O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2014

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Slackware founder and maintainer, Patrick Volkerding has won O'Reilly Open Source Awards - OSCON 2014, but he was unable to attend the event. Still the committe showed his old photo on the screen.

See the video from O'Reilly on YouTube:

Security Update: httpd, firefox, thunderbird

Three security advisory were released today to fix security vulnerabilities found in httpd (Apache), mozilla-firefox, and mozilla-thunderbird. Interestingly, httpd update was backported back to Slackware 13.0 even though they have different version. Slackware 13.0 - 13.37 got update to 2.2.27 while Slackware 14.0 got 2.4.10.

Meanwhile in -current, the default kernel stock has been raised to 3.14.13 and there are several minor update, nano upgraded to 2.3.6 and emacs is rebuilt to rename ctag manpage to avoid conflict. There's also a cosmetic changes to the installer as well after a bug was reported in LQ.

Slackware is 21 Years Old

On July 16 1993, Patrick Volkerding announced the availability of Slackware 1.00 on comp.os.linux usenet and since then, Slackware has become one of the oldest Linux distribution that are still actively maintained up to now.

These is his official announcement at that time:

From: Patrick J. Volkerding (bf703@cleveland.Freenet.Edu) Subject: ANNOUNCE: Slackware Linux 1.00 Newsgroups: comp.os.linux Date: 1993-07-16 17:21:20 PST The Slackware Linux distribution (v. 1.00) is now available for anonymous FTP. This is a complete installation system designed for systems with a 3.5" boot floppy. It has been tested extensively with a 386/IDE system. The standard kernel included does not support SCSI, but if there's a great demand, I might be persuaded to compile a few custom kernels to put up for FTP. This release is based largely on the SLS system, but has been enhanced and modified substantially. There are two main disk series, A (13 disks) and X (11 disks). Some of …

KDE 4.13.3 for Slackware-Current

Eric Hameleers has just released his KDE 4.13.3 packages into his KTown repository. KDE 4.13.3 is a maintenance release, fixing more than 50 bugs, so it should be a safe pleasant upgrade for anyone.

Eric also upgraded kdeconnect and calligra in his packages.

You can always get the updated KDE packages here:
http://alien.slackbook.org/ktown/rsync URI: rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/ktown/http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/rsync URI: rsync://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/http://repo.ukdw.ac.id/alien-kde/rsync URI: rsync://repo.ukdw.ac.id/alien-kde/http://slackware.org.uk/people/alien-kde/rsync URI: rsync://slackware.org.uk/people/alien-kde/

Major X Updates

Pat has pushed major XOrg updates today and this is the biggest update since some time ago. The XOrg is now upgraded to 1.15.2 and Mesa is upgraded to 10.1.5. Most of the proprietary drivers already have support for this version, so grab the latest version of your proprietary driver before upgrading to this version if you are using NVidia/ATI and use the proprietary driver.

Other than X update, there are some other packages that are upgraded:
lxc upgraded to 1.0.5automake upgraded to 1.14.1llvm upgraded to 3.4.2calligra upgraded to 2.8.5lesstif removed and replaced by motiftetex rebuilt against new motifddd rebuilt against new motif xpdf upgraded to 3.0.4

Security Update: php

PHP has been upgraded to the latest version (5.4.30) for Slackware 14.0, 14.1, and current which should fixed several security vulnerabilities, mainly related to fileinfo module.

Meanwhile, for -current, there has been some progress:
Linux kernel stock is now upgraded to 3.14.12, following the LTS release that will be maintained by Greg K-H until 2016.Bash is upgraded to 4.3.018Shadow is upgraded to 4.2.1 and added support for subuid and subgid needed for unprivileged containersAdded several new packages: cgmanager, lzip, and libnih Renamed open-cobol to gnu-cobolUpgraded several more packages: nano, slacktrack, and taglibslackpkg is rebuilt to support $ROOT and $CONF environment variables.Added Linux kernel 3.15.x configuration in testing for those brave enough to try