Slackware ChangeLog: September 7th

Looks like a small addition to the -current changelog. Here is what was added:

Thu Sep 7 22:59:40 CDT 2006
d/ruby-1.8.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to ruby-1.8.5.
Honestly, I’m not sure these next three will help at the moment, but we’re
laying some groundwork for later when HAL will take over (and sing “Daisy”).
l/libgpod-0.3.2-i486-1.tgz: Added libgpod-0.3.2.
l/libmtp-0.0.16-i486-1.tgz: Added libmtp-0.0.16.
l/libnjb-2.2.5-i486-1.tgz: Added libnjb-2.2.5.
kde/amarok-1.4.3-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to amarok-1.4.3. Added plugins linked
with libgpod, libmtp, and libnjb. Working status (even with a bit of DYI) is
not known (yet). It might require HAL to make it do anything at all.
n/bind-9.3.2_P1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to bind-9.3.2-P1.
This update addresses a denial of service vulnerability.
BIND’s CHANGES file says this:
2066. [security] Handle SIG queries gracefully. [RT #16300]
The best discussion I’ve found is in FreeBSD’s advisory, so here’s a link:
Also, fixed some missing man pages. (noticed by Xavier Thomassin — thanks)
(* Security fix *)
y/bsd-games-2.13-i486-7.tgz: Snipped part of a crufty old patch that wouldn’t
apply. Added an (unapplied) patch to make pom give you two more digits of
accuracy. I didn’t apply it since it wasn’t quite done; it should have the
traditional default (no decimal places) that everyone is used to, and an
arbitrary accuracy selectable with a command line switch. Perhaps it should
be rewritten to use gmp. Oh, and the man page will then need fixing.
Eric? 😉

And it looks like we are gearing up for HAL…

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8 Responses to Slackware ChangeLog: September 7th

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  2. dedicatedSlacker says:

    It is one of the most confusing updates ever… I don’t think some days (?) before the release is the right time to add some multimedia libs. I am not sure HAL should be a part of the distro either, we like Slackware so much because it is *simple*. Abstraction layers may be good for system like Ubuntu, but it is so easy to mount media even without it (and i cannot think of another use for HAL).

    Anyway, i trust the Man. Looking forward to the best distro release ever!

  3. dosnlinux says:

    I noticed libmtp and libnjb were added to the list. That’s great! Maybe I’ll be able to use my Zen out of the box.

  4. tyler says:

    dedicatedSlacker, HAL isn’t in Slackware as of yet. Patrick is simply prepping a few packages for making use of HAL. Although I think it’s pretty out of character for him to make such a change at this stage. I would expect this stuff before the first RC, but what do I know?

  5. ki says:

    Well, slackware has right now to KDE like its default desktop, so maybe thats one thing that Pat is thinking, give all the suport that KDE needs to have a better performance.

  6. tyler says:

    That probably has something to do with it ki. I think a lot of it has to do with slackware being a “current” distro. I believe slackware has gotten some crap from people loyal to other distros for it’s lack of HAL. Perhaps Pat is trying to modernize the face of Slackware. Minimalistic modernization though of course, this is Pat we’re talking about. 🙂

  7. BP says:

    hmm it seems Pat is gearing up for some HAL-action … but considering for HAL to actually work .. we need to have a recompiled kdebase packages (needs to be compiled with “–with-hal” .. plus we probably would need dbus as well.

    All in all I agree it’s rather confusing to see the adition of extra libs and such in an RC4 stage.

    Perhaps it’s needed as the kioslave “media:/” was patched at the KDE source end and is almost completly depending on HAL/dbus being preset at the moment

    tyler: Slackware being a “current” distro .. that only goes as far as slackware-current ofcourse lol

  8. Well, to me this isn’t like introducing a new network service at the last minute. The only things that will link to these are amaroK (well, I think that’s it really), and the main app doesn’t even link — only optional plugins. So, it’s a safe last minute adjustment, unlike swapping in a new Ruby. 😉 BTW, my Nomad is working now with -2 (coming soon), so… And yes, it was an out of character move to add new libs in the rc stage, but I did take both the risk and reward into consideration. Happy slacking!

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