Am I hearing sighs of relief yet?
Today, Pat Volkerding pushed out the work that has been accumulating for slackware-current behind the scenes during the past four weeks (make take a little while to reach the mirrors).
This triggered some updates to the multilib and KDE 4.4 packages which I maintain, so if you run Slackware64-multilib and/or KDE 4.4.0 then be sure to check for instructions further down!
With a ChangeLog entry that runs more than 500 lines, I think this is the largest single update yet. But that was for a very good reason, because there were updates to large subsystems:
- Kernel: woohoo we have 2.6.33 now – the latest & greatest.
- X.Org: this went up to 7.5 (X server version is now 1.7.5) – you can’t get it newer than this. There is no nouveau driver for now, but it should not be so hard to add this yourself because all its dependencies should be met by slackware-current.
- KDE: has been updated to 4.3.5 – the latest “politically correct” version which is available… No PolicyKit for us yet.
- The GTK ecosystem has been overhauled and slackware-current is now at gtk+2 version 2.18.7.
- Because the upgrade of libpng was an incompatible change (I refrain from using bad language about this piece of software, but I invite you to examine the libpng.SlackBuild closely), every single package which depends on this library needed to be recompiled. D’ oh!
- Lots of core packages were updated to their latest version as well – too many to write down here.
To get all of these updates working as a whole, took its time. I know that some of you complained that “the team is having all the fun in secret” but I assure you, you were not left out in the cold. The long silence was something that could not be avoided, as it would have been kind of stupid to write blog posts like “hey! we’re currently adding this new X.Org” in case it turned out that we could not integrate it into Slackware properly. I do think it was worth waiting for, but now is the time for the bigger test – by all of you out there.
Note for self-compiling folk:
Something you may experience when you compiled your own applications: some of them may suddenly refuse to show buttons/bitmaps. This is because the application is linked in an incompatible way with libpng… it means you will have to recompile it. For instance, I will have to update my own VLC package because the control interface is now showing empty grey squares… bummer.
Instructions for people running Slackware64 with my multilib packages and/or KDE 4.4.0 packages:
Multilib gcc/glibc packages (64-bit)
- Due to the addition of a new kernel and the upgrade of the “png” library in slackware-current, the glibc and gcc packages had to be recompiled. My recompiled multilib versions of gcc and glibc for slackware64-current are available at the ususal place – please upgrade to these versions now: http://slackware.com/~alien/multilib/13.1/ – if you forget this and instead upgrade to Slackware’s standard gcc/glibc packages, you will still have a fully functional 64-bit Slackware… just with a non-functional 32-bit subsystem.
KDE 4.4.0 (32-bit as well as 64-bit)
- Due to the upgrade of the “png library” I also had to recompile some of the KDE 4.4.0 packages and their dependencies. I took the opportunity to also add a couple of fixes to the KDE packages. I also removed two dependencies which are now covered by Slackware-current (deps/libv4l and deps/libxklavier).
Here is the list of my updated packages (for both architectures, 32-bit and 64-bit):
- To upgrade, you can either download only those packages I just mentioned from http://alien.slackbook.org/ktown/4.4.0/ and use “upgradepkg” to upgrade them, or if you already have a local mirror of http://alien.slackbook.org/ktown/4.4.0/ you can refresh this mirror and upgrade according to the article I wrote earlier: http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/its-been-released-kde-sc-4-4-0/ . Please note that I did not create an “update” or “patches” directory – the new packages have just replaced the old ones (with an updated build number).