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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!

!IMPORTANT! Updated license information

Published on 2010-09-06 at 14:30:15 by  Georgi Sotirov

Reviwing the whole list of packages and their license designations, several inconsistencies were found with the designation of the package licenses on the site. This resulted in the follwoing actions, in order to appropriately designate license information:

  • The license LGPL2 was splitted into two:
    • GNU Library General Public License, Version 2; and
    • GNU Lesser General Public LIcense, Version 2.1.
  • Three new licenses were introduced:
    • BSD Like (See COPYING or LICENSE for details) - for all licenses which look like BSD, but include some additional clauses or modified statements;
    • Two-Clause BSD - for licenses which include only the first two statements from BSD license;
    • FLTK License - LGPL Version 2 with some exceptions;
    • Public Domain - not actually a license; rather it means no copyright and and no license is needed;

The license designations of the following packages were changed:

Name Affected versions, revisions Old designation New designation
Dirac All MPL LGPL 2.1
FLTK All LGPL 2 FLTK
LibModPlug All n/a Public Domain
LibOIL All BSD Two-Clause BSD
OpenOffice.org BG >= 3 LGPL 2 LGPL 3
Speex All GPL 2 BSD Like

It's strongly advised to always check the license statements of all the packages, which you install and use. However, in future more strict control will be enforced on the correctness of the license designations on the site, in order to avoid misleading information.

We're sorry for any inconvenience.

Whole range of MySQL software

Published on 2010-09-04 at 20:15:00 by  Georgi Sotirov

With the realse of MySQL ODBC and C++ connectors today the site again offers a whole range of MySQL software for database management, development and aministriation under Slackware Linux. As usual you could find the database server along with the C Connector, but now there are also MySQL Workbench, Connector/ODBC and Connector/C++.

The good news is that MySQL Administator and MySQL QueryBrowser could still be used.

Entertain yourself!