Showing posts from September, 2017

New Kernel Update

Patrick has just issued a new security advisory for kernel updates in stable (14.1 and 14.2) and current tree to fix BlueBorne attack which attack the bluetooth stack in the kernel space. The BlueZ package in the user space is also updated to the latest version as well. Please take some time to review this advisory and upgrade as soon as possible.

In -current tree, we got a new package promoted to core package: xorriso. From the description, GNU xorriso is a command line and dialog application, which creates, loads, manipulates, and writes ISO-9660 file system images with Rock Ridge extensions. This package has been used by AlienBOB to produce his Slackware Live ISO images and now it has been included in the core package. The latest ffmpeg, gvfs, and texinfo got included as well.

Next MATE Release

MATE 1.18 has been released in March 2017 and upstream developers are still providing patches to the latest release to fix some issues found after the release. While doing so, they also started the work toward next MATE release 1.20 (or whatever the new version will be).

They have released several 1.19 tarballs as a snapshot release for testing and so far, most of their works are removing deprecated functions found in older GTK+3 releases. Their plan was to upgrade the minimum requirement of GTK+3 for next MATE release. It's quite tiring to support 5 different GTK+3 versions (3.14, 3.16, 3.18, 3.20, and 3.22) since every major GTK+3 brings regressions toward themes. They are planning to support only 3.20 or 3.22 as modern distributions are moving forward as well. Slackware-current already uses 3.22, so there won't be any problem at all.

This brings some consequences for Slackware users as Slackware do not update GTK+3 in stable releases, meaning that MATE 1.18 will be the last…