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Security Update: dhcp

Patrick has released a new update for dhcp for all supported Slackware releases back to Slackware 13.0. In 14.1, thunderbird is also updated to the latest release, while xscreensaver is also updated to keep the nag screen completely gone due to faulty year checking.

In current, a LOT of changes are introduced and it might be a little bit controversial, since we introduced PULSEAUDIO (yes, your eyes is correct. It's PULSEAUDIO), but please read AlienBOB's blog post about it. So here's the highlight of the latest batch:
  • New kernel 4.4.
  • New gtkmm3 stacks (atkmm, cairomm, libsigc++, pangomm, glibmm, gtkmm3)
  • New pulseaudio stacks (pulseaudio, speexdsp, libasyncns, json-c, pamixer, pavucontrol, alsa-plugins)
  • Some removed packages (apmd, xf86-video-modesettings, xfce4-mixer, xfce4-volumed)
  • New package for xf86-video-amdgpu
  • Lots of upgraded and rebuilt packages due to new PulseAudio.
Pulseaudio transition is very SMOOTH. Just disable execute permission on rc.alsa and then reboot and pulseaudio will handle the rest. Sound in my MATE desktop works very well too, so i got no complaints :)

For those who are still using legacy NVIDIA GPU drivers, i have bad news. Upstream developers have made a commit which breaks the older NVidia drivers. You need to wait until next driver releases or you can patch the kernels by using this patch.

I still haven't got a patch for VMWare Workstation 11 as well, so for now i'm staying with Linux Kernel 4.1.15.

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