Thursday, July 14, 2016

Next Slackware will use UTF-8 by default

Besides taking security updates, Patrick already started minor changes in Slackware-Current which probably have big impact for users. The first one is enabling UTF-8 support by default in /etc/profile.d/lang.{csh,sh} script which are loaded by default and also in lilo dialog. It will not prompt you about UTF-8 anymore since it will use it by default and the kernel is already UTF-8 compliance. We will have less installation dialog in the next Slackware release :)

The second change is mesa upgrade to 12.0.1. This is requested in LQ, but surprisingly Patrick approved it. Normally, current will not be active for some time besides security updates.

There are some other proposals that weren't addressed in the last development cycle, which hopefully could make it through in the next cycle:
  • Replace UCS-2 with UCS-4 for all python-related packages
  • Replace KDE 4 with KDE 5
  • Added Python 3 support
  • Added Qt5 support
  • Upgrade VTE3 to expose the new 2.91 API
Perhaps you have other proposals to make?