I took my new build server for a run and have not found its limits yet (plus, no Ryzen related crashes yet). Compared to my old computer, this new box compiles with roughly 10 times the speed. That makes a big difference for big updates like Chromium and LibreOffice, which would take me one day per package (i.e. per release and per architecture) in the past.
I can now effortlessly run 3 VM’s in parallel, all with 8 virtual cores and 8 GB of RAM. That will of course slow down compiling a bit (4 to 5 times the old speed instead of 10 times) but with 3 virtual machines I still get a lot more output than ever before.
Therefore, I have been able to create and upload new packages (Slackware 14.2 and -current):
- Calibre 3.7.0 (bugfixes and new features)
- Chromium 61.0.3163.79 (accompanied by a lot of critical bug fixes)
- LibreOffice 5.4.1 (a big leap forward especially for those who use Slackware 14.2 because this means moving away from the more mature 5.3.x packages)
And added to the stew: today’s Adobe Flash security updates, which give us version 126.96.36.199 of the Flashplayer for Chromium and Mozilla browsers.
Have fun! Eric