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  • Slackware 14.2 is Here, Mageia 6 STA1 is too

    Woohoo! Slackware 14.2 is here! Patrick Volkerding announced the release early July 1 saying it brings "many updates and enhancements." Elsewhere, the Mageia project announced the first stabilization snapshot for upcoming version 6 and Dominique Leuenberger posted this week's Tumbleweed review. The end of life for Fedora 22 is fast approaching and the end of an era is upon us as distributions drop 32-bit support.

  • Slackware 14.2 Officially Released

    Slackware 14.2 was released today to kick off July. Slackware 14.2 has been long in development while today it was christened.

    Slackware 14.2 features Xfce 4.12.1 and KDE 4.14.21 desktops, is powered by the Linux 4.4.14 kernel, glibc 2.23, BlueZ 5 for Bluetooth, GCC 5.3 is the default compiler, and various other updated packages. Slackware 14.2 is also notable for finally making use of PulseAudio.

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  • Slackware Linux 14.2 Officially Released with Linux Kernel 4.4, without systemd

    After many months of hard work, two Betas and two RCs, Patrick J. Volkerding was extremely proud to announce today, July 2, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of the final Slackware 14.2 Linux operating system.

    Slackware Linux 14.2 arrives two and a half months after the mid-April release of the second and last Release Candidate (RC) build, and it has now been declared stable and ready for deployment as your daily driver. Powered by the latest (at the moment of writing this article) long-term supported Linux 4.4.14 kernel, Slackware 14.2 ships with many up-to-date components and GNU/Linux technologies.

  • Slackware 14.2 released
  • sbopkg 0.38.0 is out for Slackware 14.2

    What a busy day today with all the releases for Slackware 14.2, MATE 1.14, Cinnamon 3.0 and now sbopkg 0.38.0.

    [...]

    We are finalizing SBo repository for Slackware 14.2, but at least you don't have to wait 3 months just like previous cycle as we have prepared it since last January. Stay tune for SBo announcement on slackbuilds-user mailing list.

  • MATE 1.14 and Cinnamon 3.0 for Slackware 14.2

    Just hours since Slackware 14.2 is released, we proudly present to you MATE 1.14 and Cinnamon 3.0 for Slackware 14.2 users!!! We have been working under the hood of testing these two projects since they were released last April.

    The binary packages are compiled against Slackware 14.2 official ISO and it's now uploaded to the usual repository in http://slackware.org.uk/msb and http://slackware.org.uk/csb. Thanks to Darren Austin for providing a place to host these two projects.

Zenwalk 8.0 Is Based on Slackware 14.2, Gets New Desktop Layout for Xfce 4.12.1

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Jean-Philippe Guillemin, the developer of Zenwalk, proudly announced today, July 2, 2016, the final release of the Slackware-based Zenwalk 8.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

Based on the just released Slackware 14.2 operating system, Zenwalk 8.0 is finally here, powered by Linux kernel 4.4.14 LTS, the same one that powers the monumental Slackware Linux, thus offering users support for the latest hardware devices. Zenwalk's default desktop environment is Xfce 4.12.1, and it now ships with a new layout that's more user-friendly than ever.

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Slackware Release Announcement

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Slackware 14.2 brings many updates and enhancements, among which
you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available
today: Xfce 4.12.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and
easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.14.21 (KDE 4.14.3 with
kdelibs-4.14.21) a stable release of the 4.14.x series of the award-
winning KDE desktop environment. These desktops utilize eudev, udisks,
and udisks2, and many of the specifications from freedesktop.org which
allow the system administrator to grant use of various hardware devices
according to users' group membership so that they will be able to use
items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage,
portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all
without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and play.
Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.

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Zenwalk 8.0 final release candidate - RC2

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This pre-release ISO should be at 99% the stable target, you will get latest Libreoffice 5.1.3, latest Chromium 51, Mplayer 1.3, ffmpeg 3.0.1, latest Slackware current system (many upstream packages updated) featuring the Linux kernel 4.4.13, and a new desktop layout for XFCE 4.12.

Lately, system tools have been heavily improved to fully integrate Policykit privileges elevation features, enabling the unprivileged user to tweak many system parameters that require root ownership : you can now change your user password from the XFCE Panel by just entering your previous password, you can set the Xorg keyboard layout without root privileges, set your locale, set the login manager settings, set system clock, etc...). All these features can of course be hardened with Policykit to disallow automatic privileges elevation for users.

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Salix Xfce 14.2 Now in Beta, Will Be Based on Slackware Linux 14.2 and Xfce 4.12

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The Salix Xfce 14.2 GNU/Linux operating system is in development, and it looks like a public Beta version has just been released into the wild, allowing the community to see what's coming in the Slackware-based OS.

Salix Xfce 14.2 Beta 1 arrives on June 15, 2016, three months after the Alpha milestone, bringing many enhancements and new features, among which we can mention an improved boot menu that lets users choose in which language to install Salix, and a boot prompt is no longer available on the ISO image.

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Also: KDE 5_16.06 for Slackware -current

Slackware Live Edition 1.1.0 comes with the latest Plasma5 on ISO

SlackBuilds.org Turns 10

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  • 10th Anniversary of SBo Project

    I started to use Slackware in 2005 when i couldn't get Mandriva 2005 working properly on my first laptop (Acer Travelmate). The installation went well, but it always ended in a kernel panic situation. I described them on my first post to this blog in 2006 (took me several months to decide to make a new blog that discuss my daily live with Slackware). I used Slackware 10.2 at that time.

  • Ten years of SlackBuilds.org

    Many of us will remember the time when a true Slacker did not bother herself with build scripts. The “configure && make && make install” mantra was at the forefront of everyone’s mind when it came to installing new software. Slackware made this possible. Unlike the other big distros, the Slackware package management did (and does!) not get in your way. If you want to compile your software by hand, bypassing the package management ‘database’ (which in Slackware is nothing more than a directory), then nothing or no one is stopping you.

Slackware News

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  • KDE 5_16.05 for Slackware -current

    While everyone is waiting for the 14.2 release of our beloved Slackware Linux distribution, those pesky developers keep releasing their own software. So this was the week where KDE Frameworks, Plasma and Applications all had newer versions than I have in my repository. Guess what – I have prepared a new set of Plasma5 packages for the month of May so that I am ready for a new Live ISO… next Slackware release or not.

  • Updates for LibreOffice, Chromium, Calibre, QBittorrent, Veracrypt
  • Stable 1.0.0 release of liveslak

    Yesterday on the final day of my short holiday (of sorts) I prepped and released version 1.0.0 of my “liveslak” project. It is stable and the bugs that were reported (plus some more) have been taken care of.

    The “1.0.0” marker is not the end of its development of course. It means that I consider the project production-ready. It will be used to create Live Editions of Slackware 14.2 (64bit and 32bit) when that is released. There’s still some more ideas for liveslak that I want to implement and those will become available as 1.x releases.

Slackware-Based Porteus 3.2 to Ship with Linux Kernel 4.5.3, RC2 Out for Testing

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The Porteus Linux development team announced today, May 8, 2016, the immediate availability for download of the second RC (Release Candidate) build for the upcoming Porteus 3.2 operating system.

To be honest, we had no idea that the development cycle of Porteus 3.2 has started, as there was no official announcement for a first Release Candidate build, so we're as surprised as you are to see today the release of Porteus 3.2 RC2, which comes one and a half years after the previous version, Porteus 3.1, announced in the first week of December 2014.

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Slackware News

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  • Chromium turns 50 (where’s the cake)

    So reserving time to compile the 32bit package for chromium took a while. And remember, even though I can still provide a 32bit Chromium browser, Google has ceased providing a 32bit version of their own Chrome browser – which means, no more updates to the 32bit PepperFlash and Widevine plugins.

  • Icedtea 3.0.0 brings Java 8 to Slackware

    Finally! IcedTea 3.0.0 has been released and it compiles OpenJDK 8u77.

    Java 8 has been available for considerable time, but I have been waiting for icedtea to support it before creating packages. According to release maintainer Andrew Hughes the main cause for this delay was having to start from scratch due to the new build system and basically lack of time.

  • Slackware 14.2 RC2 Now Available

Zenwalk 8.0 RC1 is hopefully the final release candidate

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Following the Slackware hopefully final release candidate, here we are for Zenwalk 8.0 RC1.

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OPNsense 20.1-RC1 Released For Popular BSD-Based Firewall / Routing OS

The release candidate of OPNsense 20.1 is available this weekend, the FreeBSD/HardenedBSD-based networking/firewall OS that forked from pfSense now a half-decade ago. The OPNsense 20.1 release has been working on a variety of security improvements, VXLAN device support, working on the transition to a fully plug-able device infrastructure, plug-in updates, and many other changes. Read more Original message:

  • OPNsense 20.1-RC1 released
    Hi there,
    
    For over 5 years now, OPNsense is driving innovation through modularising
    and hardening the open source firewall, with simple and reliable firmware
    upgrades, multi-language support, HardenedBSD security, fast adoption of
    upstream software updates as well as clear and stable 2-Clause BSD licensing.
    
    We thank all of you for helping test, shape and contribute to the project!
    We know it would not be the same without you.
    
    Download links, an installation guide[1] and the checksums for the images
    can be found below as well.
    
    o Europe: https://opnsense.c0urier.net/releases/20.1/
    o US East Coast: http://mirrors.nycbug.org/pub/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o US West Coast: https://mirror.sfo12.us.leaseweb.net/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o South America: http://mirror.upb.edu.co/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o South-East Asia: https://ftp.yzu.edu.tw/opnsense/releases/20.1/
    o Full mirror list: https://opnsense.org/download/
    
    Here are the full patch notes against 19.7.9_1:
    
    o system: support for manually removing static route entries
    o system: migrated logging to MVC
    o system: regenerate default DH parameters
    o system: randomize session ID in test cookie
    o system: remove legacy XMLRPC push on changes
    o system: deprecate the use of services.inc
    o system: opt-out on "Allow DNS server list to be overridden by DHCP/PPP on WAN" for selected interfaces
    o system: increase PHP memory limit to 512 MB
    o system: opnsense-auth can now respond with extended properties in JSON on successful authentication
    o interfaces: loopback device support
    o interfaces: VXLAN device support
    o interfaces: first steps toward fully pluggable device infrastructure
    o interfaces: remove default load of netgraph framework on bootup
    o interfaces: interfaces: move description into top block and rename titles
    o interfaces: only trigger newwanip event for affected interfaces
    o firmware: revoke 19.1, trust 20.1 fingerprint
    o firmware: new mirror in Zurich, CH contributed by ServerBase AG
    o firmware: add live search to mirror selection
    o dhcp: add OMAPI configuration support (contributed by Yuri Moens)
    o ipsec: add configurable dpdaction (contributed by  Marcel Menzel)
    o ipsec: refactor tunnel settings page
    o unbound: add options for logging queries and extended statistics (contributed by Flightkick)
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    o ui: jQuery 3.4.1
    o plugins: os-dyndns 1.19 adds dynv6 and Azure DNS support (contributed by Ralf Zerres and martgras)
    o plugins: os-haproxy 2.20[2]
    o plugins: os-zabbix-agent 1.7[3][4]
    o ports: ca_root_nss 3.49.1
    o ports: curl 7.68.0[5]
    o ports: openssl 1.1.1d[6]
    
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    o Nano growfs does not work on this release candidate, but a fix for 20.1 already exists
    o Installer still advertises 19.7, but a fix for 20.1 already exists
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