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Slackware/Slackware Live ISO, HTTPS Transition, and Indonesian Community Updates

I wanted to give several news in a single post today. Let's start with Slackware updates.

It has been a week since my last post about Slackware updates and i just want to give a recap on what's happening on Slackware-Current development cycle:
  • e2fsprogs: Upgraded to 1.43.1
  • kdelibs: Upgraded to 4.14.21
  • xf86-video-intel: Upgraded to latest git snapshot
  • grub: Rebuilt to use correct option
  • mkinitrd: Rebuilt to fix USB partition detection, adding more USB-based storage/keyboard modules and fix support for LUKS password in newer keyboards
  • sysvinit-scripts: Rebuilt to support password in non-swap partitions and new option.
  • cups-filters: Upgraded to 1.9.0
  • cups: Upgraded to 2.1.4
  • hicolor-icon-theme: Upgraded to 0.15
  • NetworkManager: Rebuilt to fix udev location
  • samba: Rebuilt to move any files to the new location, not just .tbd files
  • vsftpd: Rebuilt to handle crypt() changes in new GLIBC
  • wget: Upgraded to 1.18 (security fix)
  • xterm: Upgraded to 325
  • gettext/gettext-tools: Upgraded to 0.19.8.1
  • pidgin: Rebuilt to use larger collection of SSL certs
  • pkgtool: Rebuilt to remove greedy pattern maching, adding internationalized man-pages, and fix boot issues on unpartitioned devices
  • glibc-zoneinfo: Upgraded to latest timezone
  • slackpkg: Rebuilt to add internationalized man-pages
  • vim/gvim: Upgraded to 7.4.1938
  • git: Upgraded to 2.9.0
  • gparted: Upgraded to 0.26.1
  • libjpeg-turbo: Upgraded to 1.5.0
  • libgcrypt: Upgraded to 1.7.1
  • libgpg-error: Upgraded to 1.23
Pat will be more selective on upgrading new packages or rebuilding packages, focusing to critical bug fixes only. This helps on stabilizing Slackware since there are no ends to new version requests.

On the other hands, Eric Hameleers have updated his Slackware Live ISOs to 1.1.0 with the latest update from Slackware Current including latest KDE 5 combination: KDE Frameworks 5.23.0, Plasma 5.6.5 and Applications 16.04.2. I haven't rebuilt nor upgrade any packages in MATE so you will get the same packages just like in previous version. Nevertheless, you should try to download the new ISO for testing purposes. Eric has also made some changes to the iso2usb script and added some new features:
  • Add ‘-r’ option to iso2usb.sh to refresh an existing Live USB stick with content from a newer Live ISO image file.
  • New boot parameter ‘nop=wipe’ allows you to wipe persistent data in case of boot- or usability issues.
  • Deal properly with new kernel drivers that are introduced to the Live OS, such as when using the boot parameter ‘load=broadcom_sta’. Now the kernel can use them immediately after boot.
Blogger has enabled HTTPS support for some time and i don't know how i missed them. I thought i already activated them in the past, but turns out it haven't. Well, anyway it's now turned on by default, so you will be served using a more secure HTTPS protocol instead of the plain HTTP protocol while browsing my blog.

The Indonesian Slackware community planetplanet has been inactive for few months due to incompatibilities with the new hosting server, but now thanks to the owner of the hosting service, it's now functional again and the application has been replaced with Venus. There are some tweaks that we need to do to fix the layout, so stay tune. Big thanks to Baliwae who supported us by maintaining the domain name and also give us free hosting for the Indonesian Slackware Community.

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Security Update: firefox, irssi, pidgin

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