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Fun and games in -current when ABIs break

Oh my. It was not an April Fools joke when the ChangeLog.txt of slackware-current mentioned the following (I left out the non-relevant package updates):   +————————–+ Sun Apr 1 02:53:26 UTC 2018 … l/icu4c-61.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded. Shared library .so-version bump. … l/poppler-0.63.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded. Shared library .so-version bump. All of us  who follow Slackware’s development know that […]

Plasma5 Wayland works on Slackware

Last year August 2016 I experimented with Wayland, the alternative to the X Window system. My goal was to see if it is possible to run a Plasma5 desktop session on a Wayland compositor instead of using X.Org. There was one big showstopper at the time. Kwin_wayland has a dependency on the ‘logind’ DBus API and […]

July 17 updates – Plasma 5, Live ISOS and more

Slackware turned 24 today, 17 July. To celebrate I have created some goodies for you. Nothing you can eat or drink… First, Plasma 5 updates. I have uploaded the July ’17 set of Plasma 5 packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current to the ‘ktown’ repository. KDE 5_17.07 contains: KDE Frameworks 5.36.0, Plasma 5.10.3 and Applications 17.04.3. All based on Qt 5.9.0 for Slackware-current and Qt […]

Palemoon browser

The Pale Moon browser was forked off the Mozilla Firefox codebase a couple of years ago, before Firefox switched to the Australis User Interface. Since then, the project has steadily been diverging from the Firefox codebase, optimizing its Gecko layout engine and rebranding that to ‘Goanna’ (which is the name of just another lizard). The community […]

KDE 5_15.04 for Slackware-current: back to work

An update to my KDE 5 packages was overdue. Ever since the “big upgrade” in Slackware-current a week ago on 21 April 2015, there have been some stability issues in the Plasma 5 desktop. The instability was caused by the version bumps of various libraries that the KDE software is depending on – you can […]