Monthly Archives: December 2019

Chromium 79 for Slackware – trouble for 32bit?

In the comments section of a previous post I already hinted at the problems I have in getting a Chromium package compiled on 32bit Slackware 14.2.
The issue started with the first stable release of the Chromium 79 sources and in particular with the ‘gn’ tool which is used by Google to generate the ninja build files for Chromium. The ‘gn’ code was updated with C++17 features and that is too modern for the gcc-g++ 5.5.0 compiler package in Slackware 14.2.
For 64bit Slackware 14.2 I was able to build ‘gn’ using the embedded version of libc++ which comes with the Chromium sources. On 32bit I got bitten by linker errors – which I was unable to resolve. They seem to be caused by the fact that on a 32bit system, libgcc provides compatibility code to deal with constructs (like ‘unsigned long long’) that do not fit in a 32bit architecture.

For Slackware-current I could rely on a more modern gcc-g++ version (9.2.0) and that produced working 32bit as well as 64bit packages.

Therefore, you can get packages for the new Chromium 79.0.3945.88 browser from my repository, but on 32bit Slackware 14.2 you’re stuck with the older 78.0.3904.108 version (let’s hope that this will change in future).

Enjoy the new release!


Disney+ finally works on Linux!

A little more than three weeks after the new Disney+ movie streaming service went officially live, the Disney company has added Linux support to their Widevine DRM protection. No more “Error 83”. No more need to install the Windows version of Chrome in Wine. Watching your favorite movies is now possible in the native Linux browsers – both Mozilla and Google based. Firefox will download the Widevine CDM (content delivery module) automatically, Chrome has the support built-in and for my Chromium package and other Chromium-based browsers you;ll have to install my chromium-widevine-plugin package.

I guess that a sufficiently large group of Linux enthusiasts have been complaining. And with success!

Enjoy! Eric