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Slackware 14.2 Released!

Published on 2016-07-02 at 10:55:14 by  Georgi Sotirov

After the long wait finally Slackware 14.2 was released to public (see official announcemnt and release notes). As the first new stable release in almost 3 years it comes with many improvements, which bring the latest technology on top of the stability and security that we've all come to expect from the oldest GNU/Linux distribution still in active maintenance.

The new release comes with updates to Xfce and KDE desktop environments both using eudev, udisks and udisks2. This allows the system administrator to grant use of various hardware devices based on group membership that makes using various USB plug and play devices easily without requiring sudo, mount and unmount.

Slackware 14.2 comes with kernel 4.4.14 that brings advanced performance features such as journaling file systems (e.g. ext4, jfs, btrfs, xfs), SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, SATA support, Software RAID, LVM, and encrypted file systems. The support for X DRI brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics.

Here below are the highlights of Slackware 14.2's dvanced features:

  • Base system:
    • Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS;
    • GNU C Library 2.23;
    • udev replaced by eudev (no systemd for now);
  • Servers:
    • Sendmail 8.15.2 and impad 2.20;
    • Apache 2.4.20 (with PHP 5.6.23);
    • ProFTPD 1.3.5b and vsftpd 3.0.3;
    • Samba 4.4.4;
    • MariaDB 10.0.26;
    • Bind 9.10.4, dhcp 4.3.4, net-snmp 5.7.3, ntp 4.2.8p8 and more;
  • Development:
    • GNU's Compiler Collection 5.3.0 as default compilers, LLVM and Clang also available;
    • Perl 5.22.2, Python 2.7.11 and Ruby 2.2.5;
    • Subversion 1.9.4, Git 2.9.0 and Mercurial 3.8.2
    • Qt designer, KDevelop 4.7.2 and more;
  • GUI:
    • X.Org's X11R7.7 modular X Window System;
    • The KDE Software Compilation 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with kdelibs 4.14.21);
    • Xfce 4.12.1;
    • Konqueror 4.14.13, SeaMonkey 2.40, Firefox ESR 45.2.0, Thunderbird 45.1.1 and Chrome as extra for x86_64;
    • GTK+ applications such as Pidgin 2.10.12, Gimp 2.8.16, Gkrellm 2.3.7 and more;

There are about 100 new packages and many were improved and upgraded. Upgrading from 14.1 should be relatively easy and step-by-step instructions are provided in file UPGRADE.TXT, but check CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT as well.

You could download Slackware 14.2 as torrent or from the official mirrors. Live images of Slackware 14.2 and -current are available from Eric Hameleers (AlienBOB)'s site.

I was waiting for this release, so I could build some new packages requiring newer libs and tools, so enjoy the stable release and stay tunned for more!

Sources: Slackware.com and Slashdot.org.

Catching up

Published on 2015-05-24 at 19:35:00 by  Georgi Sotirov

Recently many new packages are popping on the site (80 in April and over 150 so far this month). The reason is that I'm trying to catch up for the past 2 years when I was not able to build packages due to many personal engagements. There are still many packages to update or rebuild, so stay tunned as there is lot more coming!

To all bulgarians in Bulgaria and around the world: Happy Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day!

Over 1000 packages!

Published on 2014-08-04 at 17:45:00 by  Georgi Sotirov

With the summer the site started accumulating packages again and has already surpassed 1000 in total for 10 Slackware releases since Slackware 10.2 (in 2005-th). Today, Go Language was added and I would like to devote this effort to my middle daughter Michaella, which turns 4 – be always my sunshine!

Slackware 14.1 Released!

Published on 2013-11-08 at 10:00:00 by  Georgi Sotirov

Yesterday, The Slackware Linux Project announced the availablity of the next release from the 14.x series, which is a result of over a year of planning, development, and testing. Here is a list of notable changes:

  • System:
    • UEFI support (x86-64 only)
    • USB, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), ACPI, PCMCIA, and Cardbus support (for grat experince on a laptop)
    • Kernel 3.10.17 (for advanced performance )
    • GNU LibC 2.17 (that has excellent compatibitliy with existing binaries)
  • Services:
    • ISC BIND 9.9.3
    • Apache 2.4.6
    • MariaDB 5.5.32 (replaces MySQL)
  • Development:
    • GCC 4.8.2 (the default compiler for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran and Ada)
    • LLVM 3.3. and CLang (as alternative C, C++, Objective-C and Objective-C++ compilers)
    • Perl 5.18.1
    • PHP 5.4.20
    • Python 2.7.5
    • Subversion 1.7.13
    • git 1.8.4
    • mercurial 2.7.2
    • Qt Designer
    • KDevelop 4.5.2
  • X desktop and environments:
    • X11R7.7 (X.Org server 1.14.3 with many improvements to performance and hardware support)
    • KDE 4.10.5 (with Qt 4.8.5)
  • Browsers:
    • Firefox ESR 24.1
    • Konqueror 4.10.5
    • Seamonkey 2.21 (as a replacement for Mozilla Suite)

You could read the official announcement and the release notes, but if upgrading do not forget to check the file CHANGES_AND_HINTS, which contains information about packages added, removed, renamed, and/or split during the development cycle from the previous stable release. The file also contains information about changes in the system important for packagers.

Of course, you could buy Slackware on a CD set or deluxe dual-sided DVD at Slackware Store, which offers also branded products (like t-shirts, caps, pins, etc.), so you could identify yourself to your fellows.

Enjoy using ;-)

Slackware 14.0 Released!

Published on 2012-10-01 at 01:32:06 by  Georgi Sotirov

After five release candidates the long wait is over and Slackware 14.0 is was finally released last Friday (28/09). Here is a list of the important novelties:

  • System:
    • Kernel 3.2.29 (from the long term support series)
    • GNU LibC 2.15
  • Services:
    • ISC BIND 9.9.1
    • vsftpd 3.0.2
    • Apache 2.4.3
    • MySQL 5.5.27
  • Development:
    • GCC 4.7.1
    • Perl 5.16.1
    • Python 2.7.3
    • Subversion 1.7.6
    • git 1.7.12.1
    • mercurial 2.2.2
    • KDevelop 4.3.1
  • X desktop and environments:
    • X11R7.3 (X.Org server 1.12.3)
    • KDE 4.8.5 (with Qt 4.8.2)
    • Xfce 4.10
  • Browsers:
    • Firefox 15.0.1
    • Konqueror 4.8.5
    • Seamonkey 2.12.1

Slackware now includes LLVM/clang compiler (that's becoming a popular alternative to GCC) and NetworkManager (for easy setup and management of wired and wireless networking).

The release also comes with an announcement of a new Wiki help site Slackware Docs for those that need help or can share their knowledge.

Slackware ARM project has released 14.0 together with the 32-bit and 64-bit PC versions.

You could read the official announcement and the release notes, but if upgrading do not forget to check the file CHANGES_AND_HINTS, which contains information about packages added, removed, renamed, and/or split during the development cycle from the previous stable release. The file also contains information about changes in the system important for packagers.

Keep it easy! And "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ;-)

Reorganization of the repositories (part 2)

Published on 2011-10-15 at 21:51:05 by  Georgi Sotirov

The second part of the reorganization of the repositories has finished successfully today. All the packages for Intel x86_64 architecture were moved into their dedicated folders/repositories. Then all the repositories were updated to reflect the modifications.

It's understood that this could make some URLs invalid, but the step is necessary for the greater good. Please, report any broken links, so they could be fixed and sorry for any inconvenience.

Stay tunned for more 64-bit packages!

Reorganization of the repositories (part 1)

Published on 2011-10-11 at 22:15:01 by  Georgi Sotirov

For years the SlackPack repositories had a simple layout – one directory for every major Slackware release with all the packages into it. This is going to change, as the repositories grow large, but moreover the packages for different architectures should not be in same folder.

In an ongoing effort the repositories should become more similar to the standard Slackware layout. The steps to this are as follows:

  • Rename the folders to include distribution's name (e.g. “13.37” becomes “slackware-13.37”);
  • The packages for Intel x86-64 architecture are going to be placed in dedicated distribution folders (e.g. “slackware64-13.37”);
  • The packages are going to be divided in subfolders under the top distribution's folder (e.g. Firefox packages are not going to be under “13.37”, but “slackware-13.37/xap”);

The first of these steps was sucesfully performed yesterday and the only viable mirror Marla was updated. For now, the old address are still available, but in the web interface only the new ones are used. I hope this has not caused any problems.

Stay tunned!

Going 64-bit

Published on 2011-10-01 at 10:01:00 by  Georgi Sotirov

Ever since Slackware announced 64-bit support in May 2009 and made it official with Slackware 13.0 in August 2009, I was not able to compile 64-bit packages in my SlackPack virtual machines, because of dummy processor choice.

Now this is about to change and I already have 64-bit virtual machines for all of the 13.* series. The machines are still being customized, but the first packages are about to appear soon. I'll try to produce 64-bit packages at the same time as 32-bit.

Do not miss them!

Slackware 13.37 Released!

Published on 2011-05-01 at 22:27:39 by  Georgi Sotirov

The new release with with "strange" (see post1, post2, changelogs) numbering is here!

It was released on April 25-th and promises even better performance and stability. The new relase offers either kernel 2.6.37.6 or 2.6.38.4. Among all the upgrades the highlights are the long-waited Firefox 4 web browser, X Windows upgrade (including nouveau driver for nVidia graphic cards).

The installer has been improved and offers installing to btrfs, one-package-per-line display mode option and and easy to set up PXE install server.

More details: The official announcement, Release notes

Complete list of changes could be found in package's list.

Of course please consider supporting the project through Slackware Store.

Cheers for the new release!

Office suites

Published on 2011-03-26 at 19:58:19 by  Georgi Sotirov

You all know the convrovercy around the acquisition of Sun by Oracle and the branch of OpenOffice.org called LibreOffice. I'm not going to comment about this, because I'm neutral. What I need to tell you however, is that you already have the latest releases of both office (productivity) suites availiable on the site. SlackPack will continue building packages for both (Bulgarian translation team is also supporting both) for the time being.

Use and enjoy whatever you want!