Security Update: Firefox

New Firefox package has been released for Slackware 14.1, 14.2, and current and it's considered a security update. For Slackware 14.1, there's one package that is being rebuilt due to changed soname, which is libxcb.

In current, things are progressing again and this time, it *may* break your system, so proceed with cautions. Here are the changes in Slackware-Current:
  • Bash: Upgraded to 4.4.005
  • Kernel: Upgraded to 4.4.32
  • Ghostscript: Upgraded to 9.20
  • Nmap: Upgraded to 7.31
  • Samba: Upgraded to 4.5.1.
  • Freeglut: Upgraded to 3.0.0
  • libXfont2: Added
  • libdrm: Upgraded to 2.4.73
  • Mesa: Upgraded to 13.0.1
  • X,Org: Upgraded to 1.19
  • Xterm: Upgraded to 326
  • tigervnc: Upgraded to 1.7.0
One big change is the inclusion of X.Org 1.19 which has newer ABI thus it will break systems who uses proprietary drivers and the vendor haven't released an update to support the new ABI. NVidia already released a new driver 375.20 which is the only NVidia driver update at this moment, but they are working to provide an update for legacy drivers as well soon (see the discussion here).

X.Org 1.19 was developed for one year and it has so many new features and improvements, such as threaded input support, PRIME synchronization support, Wayland improvements, and many more. See this article for more coverage. Along with X.Org 1.19, many xorg drivers are updated as well as announced in the mailing list. Please note however that some of the drivers gets removed as well so you may need to remove them after upgrading to 1.19. They are:
  • xf86-video-chips
  • xf86-video-glint
  • xf86-video-i740
  • xf86-video-mga
  • xf86-video-nv
  • xf86-video-r128
  • xf86-video-savage
  • xf86-video-siliconmotion
  • xf86-video-sis
  • xf86-video-tdfx
  • xf86-video-trident
  • xf86-video-xgi
  • xf86-video-xgixp

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