Sunday, August 31, 2014

LibreOffice 4.3.1 from AlienBOB

For those waiting for LibreOffice update from Eric Hameleers (AlienBOB), the wait is over as he has published his work and post a blog post about it. You can now grab his package in usual mirror sites below:
The LibreOffice package from SlackBuilds project has been updated as well earlier when i pushed the public update yesterday.

If you happened to still use 4.2.x branch, please note that LibreOffice has released a new secfix release to fix 2 CVEs CVE-2014-3524 "CSV Command Injection and DDE formulas" and CVE-2014-3575 "Arbitrary File Disclosure using crafted OLE objects". Eric no longer published his 4.2.x package, but he kept the SlackBuild script available just in case you want to build it for yourself or your company.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Kernel on -Current

After more than 2 weeks without any updates, finally the changelog has been updated with some new packages coming in. One of them is the latest Linux Kernel 3.14.17 with some modifications to the default config by adding two options to become static module.

Other changes are:
  • libcgroup, freetype, tin are upgraded to the latest version
  • xorg-* has been rebuilt to add several parameter to the build script
  • mesa upgraded to 10.2.6 and also some other xorg-related libraries
  • xf86-video-fbdev has been rebuilt to fix ABI mismatch in extra/
There are no major changes yet happening on -current and most of the libraries are still at the same version as in 14.1. This can bring some limitations to upgrade to newer version of packages, mostly that requires newer version of the libraries, such as gtk+2.

I also hope that KDE 4.14.x will be brought to Slackware-Current. It will be easier for Eric Hameleers if the KDE packages has been included in -Current. He can work on Framework and Plasma 5 since it should be installed on top of KDE 4.13 or 4.14.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

KDE 4.14.0 Packages for Slackware

A new major release of KDE 4.14.0 has been released earlier this week, but since Eric was out of the country, he couldn't release the packages on time even though the packages were already built. Anyway, it's now released to public and to mirror sites.

KDE 4.14.0 is not something as big as you hope since most of the efforts are porting to use KDE Framework 5 and Plasma 5. Nevertheless, there are some packages that gets new feature on this release, while the rest only get bug fixes.

Eric is also planning to build KDE 4.13.x for Slackware 14.1 users as now KDE 4.14.0 has been released. Give him some time and new version of KDE 4.13.3 for Slackware 14.1 will be available in short time.

You can get KDE 4.14.0 from these mirror sites:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

KDE Framework and Plasma 5 Packages by Eric Hameleers

This is the day some of you have been waiting for. It's the day where KDE Framework and Plasma 5 packages are released by Eric Hameleers (announcement will be posted soon later) after KDE team announced it last week (Framework 5.1.0) and yesterday (Plasma 5.0.1). The packages has been uploaded to KTown and mirrored through several mirror sites that normally host the KDE packages.

A little FYI, the next successor of KDE will be based on Qt5 and QML and in order to make the transition goes as smooth as possible, KDE team decided  to freeze the Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Platform at 4.11.x branch (but Plasma Workspaces will still be supported until August 2015). Workspace development efforts were focused on Plasma 2 (later changed to Plasma 5), while KDE Platform is in transition to Frameworks 5. KDE Applications will keep using 4.x branch as of now.

Now, back to Framework and Plasma 5. These new packages are meant for early-adopters and serve more like a preview just like in KDE 4.0. Don't expect this to be added to Slackware soon, but the idea is that you can help KDE team to polish this packages. The KDE Team focused on building the solid core as a base first while waiting for the rest of the KDE Applications to get ported to Qt5 and QML. The full transition is scheduled to happen around 2015.

Eric has built this packages since Framework and Plasma 5.0.0, but didn't release them yet since it hasn't reached a quality level to be introduced for public, so we waited until the developers pushed the first update to both and things are progressing nicely. Most (but not all) bugs have been fixed, the performance has increased a lot, and more functionality has been implemented. We think it's ready for public consumption (but again, this is considered a public beta testing), so he delivered the packages for you to try.

If you decided to try this packages, make sure several things first:
  1. Make sure your computer is running latest Slackware-Current (as the time this post is written, it's August 8).
  2. Make sure you have been using KDE 4.13.3 provided by Eric Hameleers.
  3. DO NOT install these packages on a computer where you expect a stable environment. 
When you are ready, go to KTown repository or any other mirror sites below and READ the README first!!.  This will give you an idea about this packages and how to download/install them. As noted by Eric in his previous post, he had tried his best to keep KDE 4 and 5 separated, from both package naming and also configuration files. This means that you can have 2 KDE versions installed on one machine and it's so easy to switch one to another.

We have been doing a private beta testing for few days in both VM and real hardware environment and found some known issues. This list is not a full list,  but it will be added based on user's report:
  • When you switch back to KDE 4, in some cases, all the icons in Application tab in K menu will change to blue folder icon. The solution is to reinstall KDE 4.13.3 packages, log out and login again. That will fix it.
  • Adding new items on KDE Menu Editor sometimes do not work. You might need to logout/login to have your changes appears for the first time. The second addition will work normally.
  • hplip error message can be ignored. The reason is because Plasma 5 do not implement the old xembed, so all other applications that still uses the old system tray will not be visible as they don't have a place to dock. The solution is not elegant, but you can use third-party system tray, such as stalonetray or wmsystemtray (both are available in SBo).
  • There are 2 system settings. One came from Plasma 5 and the other came from KDE 4. The one in Plasma 5 can be seen in Favorites tab, while the one from KDE 4 (which is more complete) can be seen in Applications > Settings > System Settings. The system settings from Plasma 5 is not yet fully migrated and more icons and functionality will be added in the future.
  • There are certain condition that might crash your plasma shell; eg. Typing on search field in Favorites tab and then remove the text, but it will restart automatically.
  • If you need to run applications quickly, use the new KRunner which can be called directly by typing on top of your desktop. However, it will not save your history.
  • Public holiday are not yet shown. See this URL for more information.
  • Some application will revert to it's initial state (such as Chrome or Chromium) since all local files for KDE 5 are now placed under .config5, .local5, .cache5, and .kde5. Your previous configuration stays in .config, .cache, .local, and .kde.
  • It still have high resource usage due to design limitations in KWin, but it will be fixed in future releases.
  • kded5 might consume a lot of CPU resources after some time
Here are the usual mirror sites that host KDE Framework and Plasma 5 packages:
The packages are placed under current/5.0.1 and there's a symlink for current/testing -> current/5.0.1.

Have fun with KDE Framework and Plasma 5 :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

KDE Framework and Plasma 5 and New Poll

Eric Hameleers has posted in his blog that he is working on publishing his latest work on KDE Framework and Plasma Next 5 to public. We (me and Eric) had been doing some private testing about this packages and so far, the result is quite promising, despite there were some known bugs by upstream which will be fixed in future release.

As mentioned, this packages should be installed on a machine running Slackware-Current (not stable) with KDE 4.13.3 (or newer). This can be considered a preview of future KDE releases, so don't expect it to be bug free.

Eric has made a big effort on making sure that KDE Framework and Plasma 5 can coexist with KDE 4, so you only need to switch to Plasma to test it and if you want to switch it back to KDE 4, logout and switch back to KDE 4 and that's it. It's that simple.

I wanted to know if you are interested to get down with KDE Framework and Plasma Next 5? Use your votes :)

Poll Results

The poll is closed, but i completely forgot about it. Here's the result from 77 voters:
3.15 11 (14%)
3.16 9 (11%)
3.17 4 (5%)
3.18 3 (3%)
3.19 50 (64%)

So most users believe that next Slackware users will end up using the 3.19 Linux Kernel. The latest version available is now 3.16 and currently, Slackware-Current is still using 3.14 as the default stock of kernel. 

Security Update: openssl

One security advisory has been released for openssl update which fixed quite a lot of security vulnerabilities according to CVE entries related. This update is applied to all supported Slackware release, back to Slackware 13.0. There are 2 versions:
  • Slackware 13.0, 13.1, and 13.37 will get 0.9.8zb update
  • Slackware 14.0, 14.1, and current will get 1.0.1i update
In current, Pat welcome pi kernel (3.14.16), which is the latest stable (and long term release) of Linux kernel released by Greg yesterday. There are no other updates for this batch besides the kernel and openssl.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

LibreOffice and VLC Update

Eric Hameleers has published his work on LibreOffice and VLC on his blog. VLC is now upgraded to VLC 2.1.5, while LibreOffice has jumped to another major release LibreOffice 4.3.0, while users wanted to build older LibreOffice 4.2.6 are given the build script available.

Many new and interesting features can be found on the new LibreOffice release, mainly better compatibility with other document format, better comment management, more formula supported, and of course there are tons of other new features that can be found Release Notes, Announcement or other blog post by Michael Meeks and Charles-H. Schulz.

As always, you can always get the packages (and source code) from these mirror sites:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Security Update: samba and dhcpcd

Two security advisories has been released few days ago (i forgot to make a post about it due to traveling). They are samba and dhcpcd.

Dhcpcd update was applied back to Slackware 13.0 and it was only a small patch, but for samba, it was only applied to Slackware 14.1 and current.

Besides security updates, both stable and current update has another package being changed, which was xscreensaver. In stable branch, it got upgraded to 5.29, while in current, it was patched. Both were to fix the nag screen that display a warning that a system is too old. It happened for those who have the system installed more than 12 months (1 year) since the rebuilt.