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May 19, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Slackware is now PAM'ified

After three months of testing (initially it was planned to be few days only), PAM is finally merged into the main  tree of Slackware-Current per 18 May 2020. Many people have expected this to happen, they just wait for the trigger and finally Pat pushed the changes today.

Some people have started to panic about the integration of PAM, but really, there is nothing to worry about. Slackware will still keep to it's root and traditions. The integration of PAM is something inevitable as more and more upstream projects requires PAM as one of the authentication mechanism (including my Cinnamon SlackBuilds project) and the myth about PAM being insecure is no longer valid. Other distributions have been using PAM for many years and they do work well, so it should work well with Slackware as well.

Kudos to Patrick and the rest of the crew and some contributors, the integration of PAM is very smooth and there's no breakage at all. Everything works normally before and after the upgrade process as long as you follow the instructions carefully (install those three important packages: pam, libpwquality, cracklib). I have upgraded all my machines (except for my laptop but soon) to the PAM'ified version of Slackware and everything works fine here.

I also took this chance to add PAM support to cinnamon-screensaver and bump some packages in deps for MATE SlackBuilds project. All the packages in MATE are being rebuilt on a fresh Slackware-Current VM using the latest update that consists of PAM packages.

One milestone have been passed and now we are waiting for the next big steps, which is upgrading Plasma and XFCE along with the new UPower.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 19, 2020 05:01 PM

May 14, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Cinnamon 4.6 Early Preview

Few days ago i saw that Cinnamon 4.6.0 has been released on GitHub and as usual, developers will still release a couple more releases before they mark it stable, but i have made some changes to the SlackBuild scripts and push it to master branch for those who are eager to try the new Cinnamon 4.6.x series.

I believe this version will be used in the next Linux Mint 20 which will be released in June, but i want Slackware-Current users to try this version first :)

So as usual, go grab the latest master commit in github or grab the binary packages in (don't forget to support Tadgy for providing this free service to Slackware community by signing up in his Patreon page).

Any feedback for the project is very appreciated.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 14, 2020 09:21 AM

May 13, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

New GnuPG key

I have been using my old GnuPG keys since long time ago (it was created in 2003) and i think it's time to make a new one which is more secure according to best practices recommended by many parties. I'm still keeping my old keys for now, but it's recommended that you should use my new key.

It's now using the new RSA 4096 bit key instead of the old DSA 1024 bit key.

You can grab my new public key here: or simply by running gpg2 --receive-keys 720E73097A7E6E5577ECAB9C3F617144D7238786

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 13, 2020 01:33 PM

April 04, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Configuring HUION H430P on Slackware

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, many activities are switched to home activities and this affect my kinds and me personally. All schools activities and assignments were given online and  it must be done at home and submitted back on the learning management system used. One of the task given was to draw and i realize it's not that easy to draw using a mouse and keyboard for my daughter, so i was thinking of buying a new drawing tablet.

I have been looking for some brands and making sure that it should work on my Slackware desktop and finally yesterday, i bought a new Graphic Drawing Tablet Huion Inspiron H430P from local dealer in Jakarta. It's considered a nice tablet for beginners and i'm not trying to be a professional artist, so this cheap tablet should be fine for me.

Today this tablet arrived and i started to check whether it's working out of the box under Slackware. I tried to connect the device to my computer and i can see that it has been detected by latest kernel in Slackware-Current (5.4.30 at this time of writing) and xorg libinput drivers. The pen (which is battery-free) works out of the box and i can instantly draw things using Krita or GIMP.

Unfortunately the pen lack of pressure sensitivity feature if we are using the driver provided by the Linux kernel. The four buttons on the tablet itself is also not working. So i tried to make a SlackBuild script to package a newer version of driver for tablets made by Digimend from this project. The project provides newer version of drivers compared to the one available in the Linux Kernel. So i installed the package and reboot the computer or you can simply reload the modules by using this command:

modprobe -r hid-kye hid-uclogic hid-polostar hid-viewsonic

The newer driver provides better support and it enables us to add more custom configuration to the tablet by using X.Org driver or Wacom driver.

Before you proceed, make sure your tablet is detected by xinput:
xinput --list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600              id=9    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ HUION Huion Tablet Pen stylus             id=10   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ HUION Huion Tablet Pad pad                id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ HUION Huion Tablet Touch Ring pad         id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ HUION Huion Tablet Dial                   id=13   [slave  pointer  (2)]

⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Optical Mouse                id=14   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                         id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600              id=15   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ HUION Huion Tablet Dial

Next we need to make a new X11 custom rule for this device. I created a new file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-huion.conf:

# Huion tablets 
Section "InputClass" 
    Identifier "Huion class" 
    MatchProduct "TABLET" 
    MatchIsTablet "on" 
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" 
    Driver "wacom" 

Section "InputClass" 
    Identifier "Huion buttons" 
    MatchProduct "TABLET" 
    MatchIsKeyboard "on" 
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" 
    Driver "evdev" 

Section "InputClass" 
    Identifier "Huion scroll" 
    MatchProduct "TABLET" 
    MatchIsPointer "off" 
    MatchIsKeyboard "off" 
    MatchIsTouchpad "off" 
    MatchIsTablet "off" 
    MatchIsTouchscreen "off" 
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" 
    Driver "evdev" 

Reboot the computer and check whether your tablet is visible using this command:
xsetwacom --list
HUION Huion Tablet Pen stylus           id: 10  type: STYLUS    
HUION Huion Tablet Pad pad id: 11 type: PAD
HUION Huion Tablet Touch Ring pad id: 12 type: PAD

As you can see, the device is now configurable via Wacom driver. Next i want to make a new configuration for my tablet as follows:
- Set the device mapping
- Set the screensize
- Set the ration between device:screensize
- Set 4 buttons:
 * Button 1: color picker
 * Button 2: resize brush size
 * Button 3: toggle erase mode on/off
 * Button 4: undo

Next i create a new file called huion and save it under /usr/bin:
#! /bin/bash

# License: CC-0/Public-Domain license
# Author : Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
# Reference:

# Tablet definition 
tabletstylus="HUION Huion Tablet Pen stylus" 
tabletpad="HUION Huion Tablet Pad pad" 

# Reset 
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" ResetArea 
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" RawSample 4

# Mapping 
# get maximum size geometry with: 
# xsetwacom --get "$tabletstylus" Area 
# 0 0 24384 15240 

# screen size: 

# setup ratio : 
newtabletY=$(( $screenY * $tabletX / $screenX )) 
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" Area 0 0 "$tabletX" "$newtabletY"   

# Buttons 
# ======= 
xsetwacom --set "$tabletpad" Button 1 "key Control_L" # color picker on ring

xsetwacom --set "$tabletpad" Button 2 "key Shift_L" # resize brush

xsetwacom --set "$tabletpad" Button 3 "key e" # toggle eraser

xsetwacom --set "$tabletpad" Button 8 "key Control_L z" # undo

Give execute permission and run this script when you start your desktop. In MATE, you can easily do this by opening System > Preferences > Personal > Startup Applications menu. Make a new entry by clicking on Add button and set the values as follows. This will ensure that the script will be executed when you logged in to your MATE desktop.

I'm planning to submit the SlackBuild to SBo soon so it can be used by other people as well. If you upgrade your kernel, you will need to re-ran the SlackBuild script so that it will place the modules into the correct kernel version used by your machine.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 04, 2020 12:35 PM

February 26, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

MATE 1.24 Binaries Pushed

I have just build the latest MATE 1.24 on top of latest Slackware-Current (per Feb 26 2020) and pushed the binaries into the usual repository provided by Darren Austin at I took this chance to bump some libraries to the latest version available.

As mentioned earlier, i can't provide mate-power-manager 1.24 since it requires new upower 0.99.x which uses a new API, so i will leave it as it is for now. Once new upower gets included, i will have to make some test first before pushing mate-power-manager 1.24 to public.

Big thanks to AlienBOB who generously deleted some of his ISOs to make room for MATE variant of Slackware Live ISO. The new ISO with MATE 1.24 will be provided soon once he had time to pull the binaries and recreate the ISO again.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 26, 2020 04:23 PM

February 15, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

New Qt5 and OpenSSH in Current

One of the biggest wish for many people in Slackware community has been approved by Patrick this morning (or night depending on your local time). It's Qt5!! It's one of the main dependency for next Plasma 5 and many applications that has been ported to use Qt5 instead of Qt4.

Another big thing happening in -current is the new OpenSSH 8.2 release which will bring some incompatible changes, especially if you are still using ssh-rsa as the algorithm. To test whether your machine is affected, try to run this command in your shell

ssh -oHostKeyAlgorithms=-ssh-rsa user@host
If you managed to connect using the above command, it means that your OpenSSH software is fine, but if you don't, then it needs to be upgraded.

I'm still waiting for the next big update Plasma 5, PAM, and XFCE 4.14 to be merged soon. I'm not using the PAM for now as i want to test it later when it has been merged into the main tree. That saves time to remove the _pam packages later on.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 15, 2020 04:08 AM

February 13, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Slackware Going for PAM

It has been requested by many people in the past, many debates have been sprung due to this discussions, and finally in 2020 Patrick is taking PAM in -current (still in /testing for now, but hopefully will be merged in the main tree in the next few days or hours). It's a long journey to get PAM  gets included and some people have been working on this as a side project, namely Vincent Batts, Robby Workman, and Ivandi. Their work is finally paid off and next Slackware release will have PAM support out-of-the-box, so people in the corporate can start working on AD (Active Directory) on top of Slackware.

I have been providing PAM support in my CSB project, but it's only needed to be present and it doesn't get linked to other packages outside CSB project. With real PAM support in core Slackware, some packages in CSB will be removed soon and Slackware should get real PAM support.

PAM is down, next one we are looking for is the new XFCE 4.14 and Plasma 5.18 LTS along with the new UPower for mate-power-manager. I'm looking forward for next big update in -current tree for the next few weeks. It's gonna make your adrenalin pumped!!!

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 13, 2020 04:11 AM

February 10, 2020

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

MATE 1.24 Released

MATE 1.24 has been officially released by the developers as scheduled. They are going to be part of some major Linux distribution coming up in April, such as Ubuntu 20.04 and Fedora 32. The highlight of MATE 1.24 release are moving from dbus-glib to GDBus, intltools to gettext, and also Python 3 migration due to EOL for Python 2. HiDPI is also one aspect the developer was focusing on for this release.

Tarballs have been uploaded to usual place and soon it will be coming to many distributions. I was ready to provide binary packages for MATE 1.24 for Slackware (-current users), but unfortunately that idea might have to be postponed a bit since mate-power-manager now requires newer upower (0.99.8+) which Slackware doesn't have (yet). It will become part of Slackware when Plasma 5 and XFCE 4.14 are introduced to -Current tree someday.

Git tree are updated to build MATE 1.24 releases in master branch (except for mate-power-manager). Feel free to pull the latest master branch and compile it on your own if you don't want to wait until new upower gets included in current.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 10, 2020 05:06 PM

January 25, 2020

Widya Walesa

Hilangnya Ekstensi GD dan ZIP di PHP7 Slackware Current

Hilangnya Ekstensi GD dan ZIP di PHP7 Slackware Current samw41l Sat, 01/25/2020 - 05:24

by samw41l at January 25, 2020 05:24 AM

December 02, 2019

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

December Report

It has been some time since i posted about Slackware updates and around 2.5 years since my wishlist i created in 2017. Only one item left that are still not yet approved by Patrick, but i have a hunch that it's coming soon to -Current tree. So i guess it's time to wrap some updates up to early December 2019:
  • Linux LTS Kernel 5.4.x
  • PHP 7.4.x
  • GCC 9.2.x
  • GLIBC 2.30
  • Python 3.7.x
  • Perl 5.30.x
  • GTK+3 3.24.x
  • NetworkManager 1.20.x
  • vte 0.58.x
  • XOrg 1.20.x
  • tcl/tk 8.16.x
  • Mesa 19.2.x
  • Bind 9.14.x
  • Rust 1.39.x
  • SDL2.0.x
  • Firefox 68.0-ESR
  • Thunderbird 60.8.x
  • MariaDB 10.4.x
  • Postfix 3.4.x
  • Samba 4.11.x
  • OpenSSH 8.1p1
Basically, most of the list above are bleeding edge packages, so when you read a news telling that Slackware is outdated, please ask them to read the -current Changelog. You can see all the added/removed packages since Slackware 14.2 here:

My (updated) wishlist are:
  • Add Qt5 and Plasma 5
  • Python 3.8
My two projects: MATE SlackBuilds and Cinnamon SlackBuilds are working nicely with the latest Slackware-Current. Binary packages are hosted in Tadgy's repository:

Eric's Plasma 5 and LiveSlack projects are also keeping up to date with Slackware development. Please follow the news on his blog:

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at December 02, 2019 11:49 AM

November 26, 2019

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Cinnamon 4.4 Packages

Cinnamon 4.4 is out and while it's not officially announced as per this post is created, i have prepared the SlackBuild scripts along with the binary packages ready for Slackware-Current users. These new set of packages adds two new dependencies: pytz and libtimezonemap, but removed some of the packages that are no longer needed or have become part of Slackware Current.

Cinnamon 4.4 brings more improvements towards HiDPI especially through the icons, new XAppStatus applet, performance improvements, nemo external condition support, new scrollbar settings, and many more. Expect details on Clem announcement soon.

The SlackBuild script is now pushed to master branch of CSB Project, so feel free to pull latest update and run the script if you want to build it from source. Binary packages are available via

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at November 26, 2019 12:22 AM

July 02, 2019

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Cinnamon 4.2 Early Testing

Hey all

it's been a while since posted a post here, but that's because of my work load which was way so hectic, so i didn't have time to post an update on Slackware or other things related to Slackware, but for today, i will make an exception since it's time to play with Cinnamon 4.2, the latest release of Cinnamon, which is yet to be announced, but the tarballs are already released on their github project page.

There's no news yet on their blog, but i'm guessing they will release it soon after they mark it as stable. It took several minor releases to ensure stability and compatibility in Cinnamon based on past track records. We had some minor issue dealing with cinnamon-settings-daemon for Slackware-Current since they moved to support newer UPower 0.99 API while in Slackware, we still use the old UPower 0.9.23. In the end, upstream patched a bit, but i'm not really sure the power management component works best since i haven't tried it yet on a laptop (desktop is fine).

Anyway, the changes are now merged into master branch already on our github project and binary packages are now uploaded to Please use upgradepkg --install-new --reinstall *.txz to make sure everything is reinstalled and you didn't miss a new package (tinycss) or you will have a semi broken cinnamon-control-center.

NOTE: This is intended for Slackware-Current users only. It hasn't been tested on Slackware 14.2.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at July 02, 2019 01:02 AM

April 30, 2019

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Ryzen Soft Lockup Issues

When i bought my first AMD Ryzen 5 1600X last year, i was hoping for a great performance after looking at some reviews and it did give me a good impressions on the first few days both in Windows and Linux. Unfortunately few days later, i had some issues after upgrading to latest Windows 10 update and i decided to remove Windows 10 completely from my desktop at home. It turns out an issue on the BIOS, so an update was performed and suddenly the problem goes away (Thanks to idlemoor for the suggestion).

It all went fine after few weeks ago i got another same sympthoms. When i left my computers over night, i would get a lockup in the morning. I barely have any loads, so it shouldn't be an issue. I tried several trick, but still the issue persists, until i tried the last combination by adding this kernel boot parameters: "nomodeset irqpoll rcu_nocbs=0-11 idle=nomwait". I added this parameters in /etc/default/grub and use grub-mkconfig to generate a new grub.cfg and after few days of testing, i could say this parameters are the best workaround for me. I also use this script to disable C6 state, which is suspected as one of the culprit. So far, everything is working as intended. Let's wait for a couple of days and see the results

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 30, 2019 04:08 PM

April 24, 2019

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

MATE 1.22.1 Brings Sharper Icons and Security Updates

It's been a month since the final release of MATE 1.22.0 and the developers has pushed a new update MATE 1.22.1 which fixed some issues, including security fixes in the code that still uses unsafe functions such as strcat or strcpy.

The new mate-icon-theme is also featuring a sharper icons for some MATE components as can be seen in the git log. The icons are now built using latest inkscape version so you will notice some differences  once you upgrade your MATE components and logout from your X and login again or reboot your machine.

For this new update, i had to patch the upstream source a bit to remove a dependency of inkscape in order to build mate-utils. It was introduced in this commit, but i revert some of the changes in the latest commit here. It won't have any effect at all for users as inkscape is only used as a build dependency, not as runtime dependency.

MATE developers are very open to non-systemd systems like Slackware, Gentoo, and many others distributions that didn't adopt systemd. The latest mate-session-manager works without a patch since it's now included in the 1.22.1 release. Big thanks to Victor Kareh of RedHat. This is important as more and more Linux and *BSD system uses MATE as their desktop environment. The latest project that incorporate MATE is OS18, where it was built on top of NetBSD.

Binary packages has been pushed to the as usual. It's built against latest update in -current per April 23 2019.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 24, 2019 03:46 PM

February 01, 2019

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Kernel 4.4.172 Breaking Some Application

If you live in the stable environment, you will notice that Patrick has issued a new update on the kernel packages that fixed several security vulnerabilities and also some other minor issues found during kernel development and backported to earlier LTS release. Unfortunately, this new release broke some user-space application as they changed some of the API during the development, which was
get_user_pages. It's still unknown why this changes happening on -stable releases which shouldn't change any interfaces.

On my system, it broke the virtual box, both from source and also binary distribution from Oracle. It failed here with this message:
/tmp/vbox.0/r0drv/linux/memobj-r0drv-linux.c:1113:18: error: too many arguments to function 'get_user_pages'
             rc = get_user_pages(pTask,                  /* Task for fault accounting. */
In file included from /tmp/vbox.0/r0drv/linux/the-linux-kernel.h:101:0,
                 from /tmp/vbox.0/r0drv/linux/memobj-r0drv-linux.c:31:
include/linux/mm.h:1200:6: note: declared here
Other people spotted a breakage on NVidia driver as well, although a new beta driver is available that fixed this issue. Unfortunately, this issue is not yet fixed in VirtualBox case. There's a patch available, but at this time of writing, it hasn't landed in VirtualBox's SVN repository.

I managed to rebuilt the kernel modules under binary distribution from Oracle (Thanks to LQ). Here's how to do it:
  1. Run the installer (it will fail to build the kernel modules for the first time)
  2. open /usr/src/vboxhost-6.0.4/vboxdrv/r0drv/linux/memobj-r0drv-linux.c
  3. Change the bold part (there are 3 places where you need to apply)


    fWrite ? FOLL_WRITE | /* Write to memory. */

    FOLL_FORCE /* force write access. */

    : 0, /* Write to memory. */


    fWrite ? FOLL_WRITE | /* Write to memory. */
    FOLL_FORCE /* force write access. */
    : 0, /* Write to memory. */
  5. Run /sbin/vboxconfig

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 01, 2019 03:14 AM

January 08, 2019


Membuat Banyak Pengguna di Linux

Berawal dari keribetan membuat banyak pengguna sekaligus di mesin yang akan digunakan sebagai media berbagi ilmu. Dalam membuat image dari docker yang akan digunakan sebagai RStudio server dibutuhkan penambahan pengguna pada mesin containernya sesuai jumlah murid.

Membaca ke sana kemari akhirnya saya menemukan kode yang cocok untuk diterapkan di mesin itu. Sebagai contoh di sini akan ditambahkan 10 pengguna.

for i in user{01..10}
useradd -d /home/$i -m $i
echo “$i:$i” | chpasswd

Sekian catatan kedua tahun ini.

by yht at January 08, 2019 09:02 AM

December 20, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

End of Year Updates

MATE Developers are still working on next major update, MATE 1.22, but in the meantime, they are still pushing updates to the latest stable release: MATE 1.20. Several packages were getting fixes while others have received translations updates and they have been pushed to public for few days. I'm a little bit behind as i'm focusing on stabilizing Cinnamon packages and it seems they are now in stable states as LinuxMint 19.1 has been released. I can now focus on my MATE project again.

So here's the (probably) last updates in 2018:
base/caja-1.20.3-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/engrampa-1.20.2-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/eom-1.20.2-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/libmateweather-1.20.2-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/marco-1.20.4-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/mate-control-center-1.20.4-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
base/mate-desktop-1.20.4-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/atril-1.20.3-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/caja-extensions-1.20.2-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/mate-applets-1.20.3-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
extra/mate-calc-1.20.3-x86_64-1_msb.txz: Upgraded.
Code changes have been pushed to github and binary packages have been uploaded to repository.

Next major version 1.22 will be released in 2019. For upcoming changes, please see the Roadmap.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at December 20, 2018 04:55 AM

November 21, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Call For Testing: Cinnamon 4

Today i decided to call for public testing for the upcoming Cinnamon 4 for Slackware Current, a development branch of Slackware which will become Slackware 15.0 in the future. I found the current version of Cinnamon and all of it's components are stable enough for public usage and Slackware already progressed much and some of the packages that are needed by Cinnamon are now included in the core packages as well.

I have merged the cinnamon4 branch into master branch in Github repository, so master branch is now following Cinnamon 4.0 exclusively. The build script is updated to reflect changes to the list of scripts to build the whole Cinnamon desktop. You can just run to build and install all packages according to the build order.

Binary packages are uploaded to the usual place, thanks to Darren Austin for the mirror space.

As always, please raise a ticket if you found any issue with the build script or if you have any suggestion to improve the experience with Cinnamon Desktop.

UPDATE: vala and graphviz are now removed as vala is included in -current and it was built without graphviz.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at November 21, 2018 04:34 PM

November 07, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Cinnamon 4.0 Preview

Clem hasn't announced the official release of Cinnamon 4.0, but the tarball has been around for some days and i have managed to build it on top of latest Slackware Current. Cinnamon 4.0 will give some big performance on Nemo, new panel layout, and many new features. You can check the detailed changes on every sub component of Cinnamon on their github repository.

I noticed the release just two days ago while i was sick at home and i started to work on it. It took some time to do finish it since some sub components changed their build tool to Meson and some changes in the parameters were needed to build without Wayland (Thanks Clem for the pointers). At the end, it was a successful one (at least under a virtual machine), but it won't get merged into master for now as i need to make sure few things before pushing them to master. Also, Slackware Current is still developing, so there might be a chance that some packages are added into the main tree itself.

Here is the part where you can help by trying to reproduce the build on a clean installation of Slackware-Current. Go to Cinnamon SlackBuild repository on branch cinnamon4 and start cloning it. Please use the script to automate all the download process and installation according to the BUILD_ORDERS.

Let me know if there's a problem with the current installation and please write a new issue so it's trackable.

PS: You will notice that the default icon in the menu turned into GNOME menu. I'm hoping to replace it with Slackware's icon in the final release of Cinnamon 4.0 for Slackware 15.0 :) (Done, thanks to Skaendo for the icon and patch).

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at November 07, 2018 12:25 PM

October 23, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

New LTS Kernel 4.19 and NVidia Patch

Under 24h after Linux Kernel 4.19 LTS is released by Greg, Patrick decided to bump the kernel used in -current to the latest LTS release. This new major version brings tons of new and interesting features, as written in Kernel Newbies.

I decided to try this new kernel and luckily, my VMWare is still working well, even though i used VirtualBox lately. I did have some problems with NVidia 390.87, but i found a simple patch and here's what you need to do:
  1. ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.87 --extract-only
  2. cd ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.87
  3. Apply the patch found here
  4. ./nvidia-installer
All (except 1) of my wishlist is now fulfilled. The last remaining is moving on to Qt5 and KDE 5. I'm pretty sure it will showed up soon enough as KDE 5 is getting more stable and polished. It has been tested by Eric (and some other) for some time and it's proven to be solid.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at October 23, 2018 10:16 AM

July 25, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Helping Patrick and Slackware Linux

I was shocked to hear that the Slackware Store didn't work as intended and Patrick got no income from the store for the last TWO YEARS!!!  I was mad, considering that most people thought the sales would have gone to Patrick and it could helped him financially while working on Slackware Linux project. They don't really need the DVDs, but they wanted to show their respect for Patrick who have devoted his life for the project. I stopped my subscription once i saw that post by sending an email to the store.

Many people have suggested alternative options to Patrick to get the money directly to him instead of using third party and FINALLY, he officially announced his PayPal account ( For now, that's the only official payment method that is confirmed by Patrick himself. Do not go other options like BitCoin address because Patrick has denied that it was his account.

Since my PayPal is blocked permanently for something i didn't do and stupid AI flagged me, i may not be able to send any donations nor receive any donations using PayPal. I will probably wait if Patrick decide to add more ways to set up a donations which goes directly to him.

Please support Patrick and his family so that he can focus on Slackware Linux and make Slackware Linux 15.0 the best release ever!!!!

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at July 25, 2018 11:55 PM

July 06, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

June/July Updates

It's been a month since my last post about SBo DMCA Takedown, and i wanted to share some updates in the Slackware development progress. It has been an amazing progress and most of my wishlist (from one year ago) have been realized, while two remaining.

The recent upgrade in Slackware brought GCC 8.1, the latest major release of GNU C Compiler. It brings new language features as well as better code optimizations, BUT it also comes with a stricter rules (which might affects scripts in the SBo projects). Amazingly Pat has stated that all packages have been tested for build failures against this new version of compiler.

Another progress in development areas are perl 5.28.0, rust 1.27.0, guile 2.2.4, git 2.18.0, mercurial 4.6.2, mariaDB 10.3.8, PHP 7.2.7, and meson 0.47.0. Developers will love it. It has great support of many modern languages along with the tools to support development process.

As for core packages, the kernel is still tracking latest 4.14.x LTS branch along with coreutils 8.30 and sysvinit 2.90 among many other changes. pkgtool have received many love in this cycle and it's a major work related to how package database are located. Previously it was placed under /var/log/packages, but in the latest version, the exact location have been moved under /var/lib/pkgtools/packages, while the old one are symlinked for backward compatibility.

Many updated/new packages/libraries gets into this release, including pulseaudio 12, harfbuzz 1.8, poppler 0.66, mesa 18.1, NetworkManager 1.12, texlive 2018.180630, gimp 2.10.4.

Patrick is now tracking Firefox 60-ESR and no longer continue on following latest release from Mozilla as ESR will get longer support. Next ESR release will be at Firefox 68 which is scheduled to be released on July 2019, so small chances that we need to wait until next year.

I'm still waiting for the KDE5/Qt5 integration in Slackware.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at July 06, 2018 11:33 PM

June 14, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

SBo DMCA Takedown

About 14h ago, 10:32 PM GMT+7 (Western Indonesian Time), me (and several other people who forked SBo's repository at GitHub) received a DMCA Takedown notice due to a company (Steinberg) filed a complaint to more than 200 open source repositories in GitHub that uses several of their header files (namely aeffect.h and aeffectx.h). We used that files in one of our scripts (jack-tools) which was changed over a year ago by the maintainer. At that time, it was OK to use their header files (although it has been unmaintained since 2013), but some time ago, Steinberg has made an announcement about dropping their support for VST 2 and focusing on VST 3 only. This drives the DMCA takedown action which affects SBo repositories in GitHub.

The admins have discussed this matter last night and we came to a solution of fixing this issue permanently by removing the related commit and all the history for this script in master and 14.2 branch. This is not a trivial action as the commits involved were 11867 since 2017-02-04. Ponce did the initial testing and David did the final touch, including pushing an unexpected public update including with the mass re-base on master and 14.2 branch (Thanks David).

How this affects you?
If you are maintainers who had push access to SBo repository or someone who cloned SBo repository locally, you must do these steps in order to get back to the right track:

git tag -d 14.2-20170204.1 (you only need to do this step once) 
git push github :refs/tags/14.2-20170204.1 (only if you have mirrored SBo repository on github)
git checkout master (do this to 14.2 branch as well)
git fetch --all
git reset --hard origin/master (do it for 14.2 as well)

or a simpler way is to re-clone our repository using git clone. That should give you a clean repository with an updated tags and commits.

If you are regular user who download the scripts or tarball containing the SlackBuild script along with the rest from our website or someone who used automatic tools, such as sbopkg, you don't need to do anything and everything will work normally just as you normally do.

At this point, all the tags are not yet signed, but it will be done soon. SBo will also set a stricter rule to avoid things like this to happen in the future.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at June 14, 2018 06:52 AM

May 23, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

More Meltdown/Spectre Variants

Four months after initial disclosure of Spectre and Meltdown, researchers have found two more variants of Spectre, called Variant 3 and 4 and vendors are working hard to push the fixes to public. Patrick who are very concern about security called the shots and update the kernels both in -stable (14.2) and -current to the latest version that should fix some of the issues.

Here's my machine (Ryzen) running latest -current tested using Spectre script:
CVE-2017-5753 [bounds check bypass] aka 'Spectre Variant 1'
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (Mitigation: __user pointer sanitization)
* Kernel has array_index_mask_nospec (x86):  YES  (1 occurrence(s) found of 64 bits array_index_mask_nospec())
* Kernel has the Red Hat/Ubuntu patch:  NO
* Kernel has mask_nospec64 (arm):  NO
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Mitigation: __user pointer sanitization)                                                                       
CVE-2017-5715 [branch target injection] aka 'Spectre Variant 2'                                                                            
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (Mitigation: Full AMD retpoline, IBPB)                                                  
* Mitigation 1                                                                                                                             
  * Kernel is compiled with IBRS support:  YES                                                                                             
    * IBRS enabled and active:  UNKNOWN                                                                                                    
  * Kernel is compiled with IBPB support:  YES                                                                                             
    * IBPB enabled and active:  YES                                                                                                        
* Mitigation 2
  * Kernel has branch predictor hardening (arm):  NO
  * Kernel compiled with retpoline option:  YES
    * Kernel compiled with a retpoline-aware compiler:  YES  (kernel reports full retpoline compilation)
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Full retpoline + IBPB are mitigating the vulnerability)

CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load] aka 'Meltdown' aka 'Variant 3'
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (Not affected)
* Kernel supports Page Table Isolation (PTI):  YES
  * PTI enabled and active: dmesg: read kernel buffer failed: Operation not permitted
 UNKNOWN  (dmesg truncated, please reboot and relaunch this script)
  * Reduced performance impact of PTI:  NO  (PCID/INVPCID not supported, performance impact of PTI will be significant)
* Running as a Xen PV DomU:  NO
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (your CPU vendor reported your CPU model as not vulnerable)

CVE-2018-3640 [rogue system register read] aka 'Variant 3a'
  * CPU microcode mitigates the vulnerability:  UNKNOWN  (an up to date microcode is sufficient to mitigate this vulnerability, detection will be implemented soon)
> STATUS:  VULNERABLE  (a new microcode will mitigate this vulnerability)

CVE-2018-3639 [speculative store bypass] aka 'Variant 4'
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp)
  * Kernel supports speculation store bypass:  YES  (found in /proc/self/status)
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp)

It seems that future kernel-firmware should have a complete fix for this issue for AMD users, while for Intel users, please make sure to get the updated intel-microcode as soon as Intel released it for public.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 23, 2018 01:50 PM

May 11, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Moving to XOrg 1.20

Even though Xorg 1.20 has just been released under 24h, Patrick decided to go with this new major version that has been developed over a year since it contains major changes compared to 1.19.x. There are caveat of course when we are talking about new XOrg server, especially about third party driver (NVidia/AMD). Well, since i'm an NVidia user, i'm happy to tell you that if you have a modern GPU in your machine, you don't need to worry since NVidia has released NVidia 396.24 that already supports XOrg 1.20. They are anticipating the release of this major update and update it accordingly. Kudos to NVidia folks.

For those who are using older version of GPU which is not supported by 396.24, you can try Drakeo's suggestion by adding this option in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Section "ServerFlags"
Option "IgnoreABI" "1"

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 11, 2018 03:37 AM

May 10, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Moving to OpenSSL 1.1.0 and Firefox 60

Another wishlist is now partially included in Slackware-Current tree. Why partial? because i'm still waiting for OpenSSL 1.1.1+ which should have support for TLS 1.3, which is still in draft. Patrick pushed the openssl 1.1.0 package along with openssl10{-solibs} for backward compatibility that needs to be linked against older version of openssl. This ensures smooth transisitions for third party packages.

Another great news is that Firefox 60 will be the next base for ESR (Extended Support Release), which is basically a long term release. Thunderbird 60 will also be an ESR release as well and it's now in Beta version.

Since my last post, there has been a huge amount of updates in -current tree:
  • GIMP 2.10
  • Mesa 18.0.3
  • Pure ALSA system (in /extra)
  • Parallel 20180422
  • Meson 0.46.0
  • Many other updates
There's one wishlist left and that's KDE 5. Although i don't use KDE a lot, but supporting KDE 5 / Plasma 5 is a very nice update compared to 4. It has reached a mature and stable situation, thus ready for inclusion in Slackware. I hope it won't take long before KDE / Plasma 5  gets included in -Current and we can have Alpha/Beta 1 announced.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 10, 2018 09:08 AM

May 02, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Cinnamon 3.8 Packages For Slackware Current

Clem has just posted Cinnamon 3.8 announcement so i can push my work on Cinnamon 3.8 packages for Slackware Current users. The packages have been available for few days waiting for the official announcement and we also had some last-minute issue in Cinnamon which is finally fixed in Cinnamon 3.8.1.

The binary packages are built against Slackware Current per April update, but it should work with latest changes in May. Few packages have been dropped since 3.6 because some of them are now part of the main tree or no longer needed after discussion with upstream developers:
  • json-glib (included in -current per 1 May)
  • alacarte (deprecated; cinnamon-menu-editor available in Cinnamon package)
  • gnome-common (deprecated; no longer needed by any other deps)
  • speex (included in -current per 25 December)
Here are some changes taken from Linux Mint Blog :

  • CJS, the Javascript interpreter, was rebased on GJS 1.50.2 and now depends on mozjs52
  • Support was added for elogind, systemd-timedated1 (which should replace ntp and ntpdate in Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon Edition), and the admin:// protocol
  • Support was improved for GTK 3.22, CSD windows (in particular for their button layout and titlebar click actions) and LibreOffice (in nemo-preview)
  • With the exception of Nemo extensions, all Python components were ported to Python3
  • The network settings were backported from GNOME 3.24 and include fixes from GNOME 3.26
  • The region settings now support the ability to show uncommon/exotic keyboard layouts
  • In the power settings, “Shutdown immediately” can now be chosen for closed lid and critical battery power events
  • Cinnamon now activates the touchpad if no other pointing devices are present
  • The screen is now locked synchronously prior to suspend
  • Suspend, Hibernate and Screen rotation keys are now supported when the screen is locked
  • Cinnamon no longer allows DE-specific or poorly written applications to start the GNOME or MATE screensavers when the Cinnamon screensaver is running
  • Cinnamon no longer sets QT environment variables (distributions are responsible for making QT5 applications look good out of the box)
  • Titlebar themes are now restricted to metacity-3
  • Nemo-rabbitvcs is no longer maintained by Cinnamon but by RabbitVCS
  • Thumbnails can now be rendered for files as large as 32GB
  • Scale/Overview can now be activated via dbus
  • Xlets can now define column options when using lists, settings with dependencies now use a revealer, dependencies can now be inverted and defined on sections (not just widgets). Simple expressions using boolean operators can be used to compare values. The settings example applet was updated to showcase all these new additions.
Performance was also improved:
  • Improvements in muffin and the window list make Cinnamon feel snappier and much faster than before at rendering new windows.
  • Improvements in libnemo-extension and the way views are rendered make Nemo faster at showing the content of directories.
  • Improvements ported from GNOME reduce the occurrence of full stage redraws.
Look and feel was improved:
  • Window animations were refined. They feel smoother and add to the feeling of snappiness.
  • Symbolic icons give Cinnamon a more modern look and better support for dark themes.
  • The coordinates and size of some widgets and components were adjusted to fall on exact pixels (which results in removing a slight blurriness and making them look crisp).
  • The quit dialog no longer skips the taskbar
And also:
  • The nemo search was simplified and is easier to use. It’s also synchronous and much faster than before.
  • Rubber-banding, which was previously only available in icon view, is now also available in list view.
  • You can now press +Alt (or use the right-click option on the Show Desktop applet) to quickly see your desklets, without minimizing your windows. When doing so, desklets move above your windows, until you click anywhere.
  • Notifications are smarter. They now have a close button (which unlike the notification itself doesn’t send you towards the source application) and no longer fade-out on mouse-over. To avoid notification spam, they’re also limited in number per source and disappear when the application is focused, except for particular applications (Firefox, Chromium..etc) which use multiple tabs and which can send notifications for various internal sources. Notifications can now also show at the bottom of the screen.
  • The maximum sound volume was currently set to 150%, with the sound settings allowing to go all the way to 150% while the sound applet and media keys only allowed a range of 0 to 100%. Cinnamon now lets you define what the maximum sound volume is, between 0 and 150%, and all sound controls (whether it’s the sound settings, the sound applet or the media keys) now range between 0 and the maximum value you defined. This allows you to quickly reach 150% without going into the sound settings, but also to quickly reach any arbitrary value, whatever suits your speakers and your environment, whether that value is higher than 100% for small speakers in loud environments or lower than 100% in quiet environments.
  • In the sound applet, the microphone and the speakers can now be muted separately. An option was added to choose whether or not to force the aspect-ratio of the album art. Tracks can be changed by scrolling left/right (that option is configurable).

If you plan to build your own packages, please head to GitHub repository and clone the latest master update and use the script to build it according to the BUILD_ORDER.

Website is not yet updated as i'm waiting for next Slackware 15.0 gets released and then i will update the links and screenshots.

Enjoy Cinnamon 3.8 for Slackware Users!!!

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at May 02, 2018 01:58 PM

April 20, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

MSB and CSB Mass Rebuilt

Since Patrick decided to remove all .la files under /usr/lib{64}, i have rebuilt all MATE and CINNAMON packages that happened to have .la files under that folder. All the work has been pushed to the main repository (Thanks to Darren) and also to the github repository. You can use the same script to build everything from scratch or just some of the packages you need.

FYI, Cinnamon 3.8 is getting closer for final release as i saw Clem is tagging some of Cinnamon components in github. I will be focusing on supporting -Current at this point as it will be the next stable once it gets released and it should have no problem as most of the deps are already there.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 20, 2018 05:08 PM

April 19, 2018


Slackware-current ChangeLog 20180419

Thu Apr 19 01:04:06 UTC 2018
Hi folks, and welcome to the third ever Slackware Mass Rebuild (and the
longest ChangeLog entry in project history). There were two primary
motivations for rebuilding everything in the main tree. The first was to
switch to the new C++ ABI. The second was to get rid of all the .la files
in the LD_LIBRARY_PATH. Really, having .la files installed has been mostly
obsolete since things began to use pkg-config instead, …

Cuplikan salam mengawali changelog hari ini.

Semoga bisa rilis bulan depan dan bersiap untuk upgrade setelah sekian lama.

by yht at April 19, 2018 01:42 PM

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Mass Rebuild to Remove .la files

Get ready folks, Patrick just pushed a mass rebuild on almost everything in the main tree to remove .la files and also switch to new C++ ABI. It must be done in a single sweep so it has been so quiet for few days concentrating on this process. Some third party packages are likely to get affected by this change, but Patrick has provided some trick in order to get them to build again:
rm /{,usr/}lib{,64}/*.la
Get ready to throttle your bandwidth and build machine if you have lots of third party packages built on your -current machine. It's time for a new challenge :)

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 19, 2018 03:33 AM

April 10, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Slackware 13.x EOL in July

Patrick has been supporting older Slackware releases for more than 7 years and it's getting harder to push updates for those releases as their base libraries are too ancient. It will also keep his load high as it might take more time to inspect whether an update affected older releases and trying to build or patch packages to fix those issues.

Well, in the next few months (exactly one day after USA independency day), the support for all Slackware 13.x (13.0, 13.1, and 13.37) will expires and support will only be given to Slackware 14.x and future releases. You can see the notice in the Slackware 13.0 ChangeLog:
Fri Apr  6 20:47:43 UTC 2018
# #
# Effective July 5, 2018, security patches will no longer be #
# provided for the following versions of Slackware (which will all #
# be more than 7 years old at that time): #
# Slackware 13.0, Slackware 13.1, Slackware 13.37. #
# If you are still running these versions you should consider #
# migrating to a newer version (preferably as recent as possible). #
# Alternately, you may make arrangements to handle your own #
# security patches. #

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 10, 2018 01:21 AM

April 05, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

GNOME Library Stack Update

Patrick has pushed an update to bump GNOME libraries to the latest one available, meeting the requirement to build latest GNOME 3.28 which was released on March 14. It will also give benefit for my MSB project and CSB Project as those two are based on GTK/GNOME libraries.

Other highlight of -Current development until early April are:
  • alsa stack upgraded to 1.1.6
  • openssh upgraded to 7.7p1
  • replace rxvt with rxvt-unicode
  • mesa upgraded to 18.0.0
  • vulkan-sdk upgraded to 1.1.70
  • gstreamer stack upgraded to 1.14
  • nmap upgraded to 7.70
  • meson upgraded to 0.45.1
  • rust upgraded to 1.24.1
  • python3 upgraded to 3.6.5
  • cmake upgraded to 3.11
  • icu4c upgraded to 61.1
  • poppler upgraded to 0.63.0

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at April 05, 2018 01:01 AM

March 25, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Next Slackware Supports HTTP/2

While it has been requested for some time, i found it surprised that finally Patrick agreed to take Slackware to the next level in their next release: support of HTTP/2. Patrick added jansson and nghttp2 as new dependencies and then recompiled curl and httpd to add HTTP/2 support. HTTP/2 has been published as a standard in May 2015 as RFC 7540.

HTTP/2 is backward-compatible with previous version, plus it add more features that focus on improving page load speed and decreasing latency by utilizing:
  • Header compression
  • Request pipelines
  • Multiplexing and concurrency connections
  • Server push
  • Stream dependencies
It has been a long journey but finally next Slackware will adopt the latest standard while keeping the system still solid, robust, secure, and simple.

HTTP History (Credit by Akamai)

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at March 25, 2018 01:12 AM

February 27, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Fixing Spectre/Meltdown in 14.2

Patrick has silently update the kernels in -stable releases to the latest kernel release found in 4.4.118. This release is known to fix the remaining Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities backported from mainline kernels, 4.15.x. Upstream developers are working to restore the performance penalty after the initial patch for KPTI may have significant performance loss up to 30%. It's still being baked and we might see them backported into older kernel releases, especially LTS version being used by many distributions.

I checked using the same script and now here's the results:

CVE-2017-5753 [bounds check bypass] aka 'Spectre Variant 1'
* Checking whether we're safe according to the /sys interface:  YES  (kernel confirms that the mitigation is active)
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Mitigation: __user pointer sanitization)

CVE-2017-5715 [branch target injection] aka 'Spectre Variant 2'
* Checking whether we're safe according to the /sys interface:  YES  (kernel confirms that the mitigation is active)
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Mitigation: Full generic retpoline)

CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load] aka 'Meltdown' aka 'Variant 3'
* Checking whether we're safe according to the /sys interface:  YES  (kernel confirms that the mitigation is active)

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 27, 2018 04:36 PM

February 24, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Moving to 64 bit

When i bought my new desktop at home, i already had a plan to reinstall my old desktop with Slackware64, but i didn't specify the timeframe or even the version i'm going to install with. The old one was 32 bit since i got it installed since 2009 and it has been working well so far, but it's getting slower for my needs where i got to use virtual machines to build packages for MATE and Cinnamon. It is a dual-core E5300 Intel CPU with 4 GB of RAM, 320 GB + 1 TB hard drive, and NVidia GeForce 7050.

Last week, i decided to try to remove Slackware from my old laptop and replace it with Solus 3. It was a great distro and it worked well on my laptop and probably my family could use it since i have a new laptop in place since last year. So yesterday i had an idea to try Solus 3 on my old desktop and instantly i reinstalled it using Solus 3 written to a flash drive. Everything was perfectly good until i need to install the NVidia driver legacy (304.xx). It wasn't working well on my system, so i decided it was a good idea to return back to Slackware, but this time it's 64 bit. So i installed Slackware64-14.2 from an official DVD i got from Slackware Store and have it ready in no time, thanks to the local repository i had on my computer. Installation was fast as usual and got everything upgraded to the latest -stable updates.

I'm waiting for the next Slackware 15.0 gets released and i'm going to upgrade this machine to 15.0. I'm pretty sure it's going to be another rock-solid release since i have been using it on my new desktop and laptop. It can be considered as a testbed for migrating the servers to Slackware 15.0 as well.

With this migration, i'm saying good bye to 32 bit architecture. It was a pleasant journey since my old time in elementary school where i got to learn computers for the first time, but it's now the 64 bit era for me. It was a little bit late, but at the end i move on. I do still have 1 machine that's using 32 bit, which is my wife's computer and i will probably leave that for now since it's working well and it's still good enough for her and kids' requirements.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 24, 2018 11:11 PM

February 09, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Spectre/Meltdown Finally Fixed in -current

Patrick has just pushed a new kernel in -current branch which is based on 4.14.x branch, which finally fixed the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities as the IBPB support has been included in this release by Ashok Raj of Intel (See commit: d395d69de67ea95760e1f207eb0f6fdfbcb6e069. I have confirmed it by using this script. This batch of update also bump dbus, qpdf, nasm, MPlayer, mozilla-firefox and samba.

Here's the result on my AMD Ryzen machine:
CVE-2017-5753 [bounds check bypass] aka 'Spectre Variant 1' 
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (kernel confirms that the mitigation is active)
* Kernel has array_index_mask_nospec:  YES  (1 occurence(s) found of 64 bits array_index_mask_nospec())
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Mitigation: __user pointer sanitization)

CVE-2017-5715 [branch target injection] aka 'Spectre Variant 2'
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (kernel confirms that the mitigation is active)
* Mitigation 1
  * Kernel is compiled with IBRS/IBPB support:  NO
  * Currently enabled features
    * IBRS enabled for Kernel space:  NO
    * IBRS enabled for User space:  NO
    * IBPB enabled:  NO
* Mitigation 2
  * Kernel compiled with retpoline option:  YES
  * Kernel compiled with a retpoline-aware compiler:  YES  (kernel reports full retpoline compilation)
  * Retpoline enabled:  NO
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (Mitigation: Full AMD retpoline)

CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load] aka 'Meltdown' aka 'Variant 3'
* Mitigated according to the /sys interface:  YES  (kernel confirms that your CPU is unaffected)
* Kernel supports Page Table Isolation (PTI):  YES
* PTI enabled and active:  NO
* Running as a Xen PV DomU:  NO
> STATUS:  NOT VULNERABLE  (your CPU vendor reported your CPU model as not vulnerable)

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 09, 2018 02:20 PM

February 07, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

MATE 1.20 Released

It's a little bit behind the original schedule, but MATE 1.20 is now released for public. It's been a great development cycle and it seems their efforts came to fruit even with last minute commits on adding HiDPI support.

Here's the highlight for MATE 1.20:
  • MATE Desktop 1.20 supports HiDPI displays with dynamic detection and scaling.
    • HiDPI hints for Qt applications are also pushed to the environment to improve cross toolkit integration.
    • Toggling HiDPI modes triggers dynamic resize and scale, no log out/in required.
  • Marco now supports DRI3 and XPresent, if available.
    • Frame rates in games are significantly increased when using Marco.
  • Marco now supports drag to quadrant window tiling, cursor keys can be used to navigate the Alt + tab switcher and keyboard shourtcuts to move windows to another monitor were added.
  • Support for Global Menu providers such as vala-panel-appmenu has been added.
  • MATE Panel has much improved Status Notifier Items (SNI) support.
  • Bookmarks now support GTK3+ locations.
  • MATE Terminal now supports background images, adds solarised themes and keybindings to switch tabs.
  • Atril, the document viewer, has had a massive overhaul and is better in every single way.
    • In particular accessibility support for visually impaired users is considerably improved.
    • Caret navigation has been added.
  • The Invest applet has been dropped from MATE Applets.
    • The API, provided by Yahoo, has been discontinued and there is no reputable drop in replacement available.
  • Panel applets now size correctly based on the units being displayed and many graphs are dynamically scaled.
  • MATE Themes have seen significant improvements to fully implement all style classes exposed by GTK 3.22
  • Engrampa, the archive viewer, has improved support for encrypted 7z archives.
  • MATE Sensors Applet (finally) supports udisks2.
  • OpenBSD authentication is supported in MATE Screensaver and minizip in Atril supports more BSD variants.
  • A-n-d for distro maintainers we’ve bumped the minimum GTK3+ and GLib requirements.
    • GTK 3.22 and GLib 2.50 or newer are required to build MATE Desktop 1.20.
If you look at the last entry, you will notice that it would be impossible to build MATE 1.20 on top of Slackware 14.2 since it's using older version of GTK+3 and GLIB libraries. Therefore, i only provide binary packages for x86_64 architecture. These packages will then be used by Eric Hameleers to create a Slackware Live ISO which is using MATE instead of KDE or any other DE. It can be used as a testing environment or demo showcase. If you need 32 bit packages, i would suggest to clone the project SlackBuild in GitHub and use it to build your own package. You can use the mate-build-{deps,base,extra}.sh script to automatically build them and install them according to the correct build order. You can grab the sources here.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at February 07, 2018 03:42 PM

January 31, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

LibreOffice 6.0.0 Released

At the end of January, The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 6.0, a new major release for their office suite that includes so many new and interesting features:
  • Support for OpenPGP to digitally sign documents
  • Better interoperability on OOXML formats
  • New ePUB export and QuarkXPress import support
  • New online HELP system
  • Default slide size has been switched to 16:9
  • New template for Impress
  • New form menu to create PDF forms
  • Enhanced find toolbar
  • More 1.2 ODF-compliant functions
  • Cell range export to PNG/JPG
  • Better NotebookBar
  • Improved MailMerge functions
  • New splash screen
For more detailed changes, please refer to the Release Notes or watch the video:

At this moment, i have pushed the changes for SBo and it will be part of the next public update, which will be this weekend.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at January 31, 2018 01:36 PM

January 29, 2018

Ali Ahmadi

Mencoba Xfce GTK+3 di Slackware Linux

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ Lingkungan desktop Xfce merupakan salah satu lingkungan desktop bebas untuk sistem operasi Unix dan mirip Unix yang terkenal memiliki antarmuka yang sederhana namun tetap cantik, ramah pengguna, ringan, cepat, serta memiliki penggunaan sumber daya sistem yang cukup rendah. Saat ini lingkungan desktop Xfce ini sedang dalam proses pengembangan untuk beralih dari … Lanjutkan membaca Mencoba Xfce GTK+3 di Slackware Linux

by idnux at January 29, 2018 02:30 PM

January 26, 2018

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

What's New in 2018

Welcome to 2018.

It's been almost a month without any single post and i think it's about time that we catch up with all Slackware changes in -current branch as they are getting more excited in this year.

There was a chaos in the early of January when Spectre/Meltdown attack was disclosed. Many vendors/upstreams are releasing new version, helping downstream projects, and backporting to older releases as far as they can. It's still a in-progress effort by many projects and we will still likely to see many changes in the following months, especially in the kernel area.

Back to Slackware development, Patrick has just pushed a new GCC release (7.3.0) which has support for -mindirect-branch=thunk-extern flag which is needed to provide full mitigation of Spectre variant 2 and also push a new kernel built with CONFIG_RETPOLINE=y.Fixes to Meltdown has been pushed earlier when he delivered Linux Kernel 4.14.14 with KPTI enabled. As for Spectre variant 1, it all depends on microcode update. If you are AMD users, you can easily get it by updating to the latest kernel-firmware package found in -current. Intel users will have to install intel-microcode from SBo repository (it's best to be installed alongside with iucode_tool).

Several new packages has been introduced in the current tree since November 2017:
  • libunwind
  • id3lib
  • easytag
  • opus-tools
  • opus
  • opusfile
  • speex
  • Mako
  • libsodium
  • xf86-video-vboxvideo
  • lzlib
  • plzib
  • man-db
  • talloc
  • tdb
  • tevent
  • intel-vaapi-driver
  • libva-utils
Most of the packages found in -current tree has been updated to the latest version, but i'm still waiting for the last 2 of my wishlist:
  • Migrate to Qt5 and KDE 5
  • Migrate to OpenSSL 1.1.x (Support TLS 1.3).
AlienBOB has published his work on latest KDE 5 and even published a new Plasma5 Live ISO for testing. I have tried to run the ISO image on a virtual machine environment, install to virtual hard drive, and everything works out of the box. It's simply amazing and i can't wait to get KDE 5 merged to Slackware-Current as the underlying packages has been declared LTS by upstream and it's a good base for Slackware since it will have long support from upstream. Slackware itself is known to have a good long support by Patrick himself.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at January 26, 2018 01:54 PM

December 31, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Closing on 2017

It's almost the end of the year 2017 and things are looking great for Slackware development as -current gets more mature everyday with contributions from many people. It's not yet considered Alpha or Beta 1 yet, but if you look at the CHANGES_AND_HINTS, you will notice a lot of packages gets added in this cycle (rust, meson, python3, SDL2, FFmpeg, libwebp, libsodium, libinput, vulkansdk, dovecot, libbluray, and xorriso are some of the big one) and we also have ash -> dash, slocate -> mlocate, man -> man-db, sendmail -> postfix and tetex -> texlive substitution. Almost all of my wishlist (except for the last two by the time i wrote this few days before it was scheduled to be posted while i am away) are now included in -current as well (i hope they will all get approved for Slackware 15.0). With Patrick being more active in LQ, more reports are coming in on this thread (now changed into a new thread). Issues gets found quickly and resolved in short time.

Meanwhile, KDE has just released their KDE Applications 17.12 that gets rid of KDE 4 completely. Eric Hameleers has been working on that and he has posted on his blog about his work. A new LiveSlack ISO is also available as well with all those changes. He is currently working on testing wayland on top of Slackware-Current and i think he has nailed it with his progress in November. More tweaks are still needed to makes every applications are working well, but overall it's working already.

MATE developers have decided to loosen the release schedule to one release per year instead of two, which was following Ubuntu release cycle. By having longer release schedule, the developers has more time to provide bug fix releases as they did with 1.18.x at this moment. In the past, stable releases are only supported for a short time since they need to prepare for next release, causing some features not yet implemented. They are planning to release MATE 1.20 in January (unless there's a delay) but it will not be possible to install it on top of Slackware 14.2 since they have raised the GTK+3 version requirements. It enables them to remove old codes and also fix many bugs that happened only with older GTK+3 releases.

SBo project is also kicking in 2017. Based on some statistics, we had more than 9600 commits alone this year coming from more than 300 contributors and a total of 6868 scripts for 14.2 repository. We also had a new machine replacing the old server which was coming from donations from our users and sponsors. The new servers is way more powerful than the previous one and it enables us to serve users with more resources with better infrastructure.

sbopkg is still alive and there's some new features included in the master branch already which should make sqg LOT faster, thanks to Marcel Saegebarth for his contributions. You will need to install parallel to get the best of sqg in the next release. Basically it allows you to maximize your machine's CPUs to generate all the queue files. On my new Ryzen machine which has 6 (+6) cores, i test it using time sqg -a -j 24 and i can complete the whole process in 67 seconds.

We are now looking forward toward 2018 and hoping that it could be a better year for all open source projects, especially Slackware-related projects.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at December 31, 2017 04:30 PM

December 27, 2017


RepetierHost on Slackware


download & build libgdiplus

Creating Slackware package:  /tmp/libgdiplus-5.4-i586-1_SBo.tgz
Slackware package /tmp/libgdiplus-5.4-i586-1_SBo.tgz created.
root@x86:~# installpkg  /tmp/libgdiplus-5.4-i586-1_SBo.tgz

download & build Mono

Slackware package /tmp/mono- created.
root@x86:~# installpkg  /tmp/mono-

Download Slic3r

# wget
# tar zxvf slic3r-linux-x86-1-2-9-stable.tar.gz 
# mv Slic3r /opt/
# /opt/Slic3r/bin/slic3r

Download RepetierHost

# wget
# tar zxvf repetierHostLinux_2_0_5.tgz
# mv RepetierHost /opt/

Edit /opt/RepetierHost/repetierHost

cd /rh/linux/RepetierHost
mono RepetierHost.exe -home /rh/linux/RepetierHost&


cd /opt/RepetierHost
mono RepetierHost.exe -home /opt/RepetierHost&


# /opt/RepetierHost/repetierHost

by ozzie at December 27, 2017 04:56 AM

December 26, 2017


Build MongoDB

download Slackbuilds script (

# groupadd -g 285 mongo
# useradd -u 285 -d /var/lib/mongodb -s /bin/false -g mongo mongo

download mongodb 3.6.0

# wget

edit monogodb.Slackbuild





# ./mongodb.Slackbuild

ops error:

Compiling build/opt/mongo/scripting/mozjs/base.o
cc1plus: fatal error: js-config.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
scons: *** [build/opt/mongo/scripting/mozjs/base.o] Error 1
scons: building terminated because of errors.
build/opt/mongo/scripting/mozjs/base.o failed: Error 1

copy header js-config.h

#  cp /tmp/SBo/mongodb-src-r3.6.0/src/third_party/mozjs-45/platform/
x86_64/linux/include/js-config.h /usr/include/


# ./mongodb.Slackbuild

edit /etc/rc.d/rc.local

if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.mongodb ]; then
    /etc/rc.d/rc.mongodb start

by ozzie at December 26, 2017 06:18 AM

December 22, 2017


slackware-14.2 yubikey Validation

Download Source

root@badak2:~# git clone
Cloning into 'yubikey-val'...
remote: Counting objects: 3150, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done.
remote: Total 3150 (delta 0), reused 1 (delta 0), pack-reused 3147
Receiving objects: 100% (3150/3150), 766.74 KiB | 216.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (1940/1940), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

edit Makefile

root@badak2:~# cd yubikey-val/
root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# vi Makefile


wwwgroup = www-data
wwwprefix = /var/www/wsapi


wwwgroup = apache
wwwprefix = /var/www/htdocs/wsapi


root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# make install
install -D --mode 644 ykval-verify.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-verify.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-common.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-common.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-synclib.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-synclib.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-sync.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-sync.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-resync.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-resync.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-db.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-db.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-db-pdo.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-db-pdo.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-db-oci.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-db-oci.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-log.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-log.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-log-verify.php /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-log-verify.php
install -D ykval-queue /usr/sbin/ykval-queue
install -D ykval-synchronize /usr/sbin/ykval-synchronize
install -D ykval-export /usr/sbin/ykval-export
install -D ykval-import /usr/sbin/ykval-import
install -D ykval-gen-clients /usr/sbin/ykval-gen-clients
install -D ykval-export-clients /usr/sbin/ykval-export-clients
install -D ykval-import-clients /usr/sbin/ykval-import-clients
install -D ykval-checksum-clients /usr/sbin/ykval-checksum-clients
install -D ykval-checksum-deactivated /usr/sbin/ykval-checksum-deactivated
install -D ykval-nagios-queuelength.php /usr/sbin/ykval-nagios-queuelength
install -D ykval-queue.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-queue.1
install -D ykval-synchronize.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-synchronize.1
install -D ykval-import.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-import.1
install -D ykval-export.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-export.1
install -D ykval-gen-clients.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-gen-clients.1
install -D ykval-import-clients.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-import-clients.1
install -D ykval-export-clients.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-export-clients.1
install -D ykval-checksum-clients.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-checksum-clients.1
install -D ykval-checksum-deactivated.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykval-checksum-deactivated.1
install -D ykval-munin-ksmlatency.php /usr/share/munin/plugins/ykval_ksmlatency
install -D ykval-munin-vallatency.php /usr/share/munin/plugins/ykval_vallatency
install -D ykval-munin-queuelength.php /usr/share/munin/plugins/ykval_queuelength
install -D /usr/share/munin/plugins/ykval_responses
install -D /usr/share/munin/plugins/ykval_ksmresponses
install -D ykval-munin-yubikeystats.php /usr/share/munin/plugins/ykval_yubikeystats
install -D --backup --mode 640 --group apache ykval-config.php /etc/yubico/val/ykval-config.php
install -D --mode 644 ykval-db.sql /usr/share/doc/yubikey-val/ykval-db.sql
install -D --mode 644 /usr/share/doc/yubikey-val/
install -D --mode 644 doc/Generating_Clients.adoc doc/Getting_Started_Writing_Clients.adoc 
doc/Import_Export_Data.adoc doc/Installation.adoc doc/Make_Release.adoc doc/Munin_Probes.adoc 
doc/Revocation_Service.adoc doc/Server_Replication_Protocol.adoc doc/Sync_Monitor.adoc 
doc/Troubleshooting.adoc doc/Validation_Protocol_V2.0.adoc doc/Validation_Server_Algorithm.adoc 
doc/YubiKey_Info_Format.adoc /usr/share/doc/yubikey-val/

Setup & Import MySQL

root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# mysql_install_db --user=mysql
Installing MariaDB/MySQL system tables in '/var/lib/mysql' ...
171222  0:38:39 [Note] /usr/libexec/mysqld (mysqld 10.0.26-MariaDB) starting as process 1116 ...
171222  0:38:39 [Note] InnoDB: Using mutexes to ref count buffer pool pages
171222  0:38:39 [Note] InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
171222  0:38:39 [Note] InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# chmod  +x /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld
root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld  start
root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 4
Server version: 10.0.26-MariaDB MariaDB Server
Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
MariaDB [(none)]> create database ykval;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
MariaDB [(none)]> \q
root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# mysql -u root -p ykval < /usr/share/doc/yubikey-val/ykval-db.sql
Enter password:

SETUP OTP interface

root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# make symlink
install -d /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/2.0
ln -sf /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-verify.php /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/2.0/verify.php
ln -sf /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-sync.php /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/2.0/sync.php
ln -sf /usr/share/yubikey-val/ykval-resync.php /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/2.0/resync.php
ln -sf 2.0/verify.php /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/verify.php

add to php.ini

include_path ".:/etc/yubico/val:/usr/share/yubikey-val"

enable httpd, php, PDO

root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# chmod  +x /etc/rc.d/rc.httpd
root@badak2:~/yubikey-val# /etc/rc.d/rc.httpd start

configure .htaccess

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^([^/\.\?]+)(\?.*)?$ $1.php$2 [L]


root@badak2:~#  wget -q -O - 'http://localhost/wsapi/2.0/verify

by ozzie at December 22, 2017 12:26 AM

December 21, 2017


slackware-14.2 yubikey Key-Storage-Module

Slackware Linux
Apache, PHP, MySQL, OpenPGP

Download source

root@badak1:~# git clone
Cloning into 'yubikey-ksm'...
remote: Counting objects: 681, done.
remote: Total 681 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 681
Receiving objects: 100% (681/681), 133.22 KiB | 154.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (398/398), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

edit Makefile

root@badak1:~# cd yubikey-ksm/
root@badak1:~/yubikey-ksm# vi Makefile


wwwgroup = www-data
wwwprefix = /var/www/wsapi


wwwgroup = apache
wwwprefix = /var/www/htdocs/wsapi

Build & Install

root@badak1:~/yubikey-ksm# make install
install -D --mode 640 .htaccess /usr/share/yubikey-ksm/.htaccess
install -D --mode 640 ykksm-decrypt.php /usr/share/yubikey-ksm/ykksm-decrypt.php
install -D --mode 640 ykksm-utils.php /usr/share/yubikey-ksm/ykksm-utils.php
install -D ykksm-gen-keys /usr/bin/ykksm-gen-keys
install -D ykksm-import /usr/bin/ykksm-import
install -D ykksm-export /usr/bin/ykksm-export
install -D ykksm-checksum /usr/bin/ykksm-checksum
install -D --backup --mode 640 --group apache ykksm-config.php /etc/yubico/ksm/ykksm-config.php
install -D ykksm-gen-keys.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykksm-gen-keys.1
install -D ykksm-import.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykksm-import.1
install -D ykksm-export.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykksm-export.1
install -D ykksm-checksum.1 /usr/share/man/man1/ykksm-checksum.1
install -D ykksm-db.sql /usr/share/doc/yubikey-ksm/ykksm-db.sql
install -D Makefile /usr/share/doc/yubikey-ksm/
install -D doc/Decryption_Protocol.adoc doc/Design_Goals.adoc doc/Generate_Keys.adoc 
doc/Generate_KSM_Key.adoc doc/Import_Keys_To_KSM.adoc doc/Installation.adoc 
doc/Key_Provisioning_Format.adoc doc/Server_Hardening.adoc doc/Sync_Monitor.adoc 

Configure & Import MySQL

root@badak1:~# mysql_install_db --user=mysql
root@badak1:~# chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld
root@badak1:~# /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld  start
root@badak1:~# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 3
Server version: 10.0.26-MariaDB MariaDB Server
Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
MariaDB [(none)]> create database ykksm;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
MariaDB [(none)]> \q
root@badak1:~# mysql -u root -p ykksm < /usr/share/doc/yubikey-ksm/ykksm-db.sql

Edit php.ini

include_path = "/etc/yubico/ksm:/usr/share/yubikey-ksm"

Install OTP

root@badak1:~/yubikey-ksm# make -f /usr/share/doc/yubikey-ksm/ symlink
install -d /var/www/htdocs/wsapi
ln -sf /usr/share/yubikey-ksm/.htaccess /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/.htaccess
ln -sf /usr/share/yubikey-ksm/ykksm-decrypt.php /var/www/htdocs/wsapi/decrypt.php

Generate KSM Key

root@badak1:~# gpg --gen-key
gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.20; Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
gpg: directory `/root/.gnupg' created
gpg: new configuration file `/root/.gnupg/gpg.conf' created
gpg: WARNING: options in `/root/.gnupg/gpg.conf' are not yet active during this run
gpg: keyring `/root/.gnupg/secring.gpg' created
gpg: keyring `/root/.gnupg/pubring.gpg' created
Please select what kind of key you want:
   (1) RSA and RSA (default)
   (2) DSA and Elgamal
   (3) DSA (sign only)
   (4) RSA (sign only)
Your selection? 1
RSA keys may be between 1024 and 4096 bits long.
What keysize do you want? (2048)
Requested keysize is 2048 bits
Please specify how long the key should be valid.
         0 = key does not expire
      <n>  = key expires in n days
      <n>w = key expires in n weeks
      <n>m = key expires in n months
      <n>y = key expires in n years
Key is valid for? (0)
Key does not expire at all
Is this correct? (y/N) Y
You need a user ID to identify your key; the software constructs the user ID
from the Real Name, Comment and Email Address in this form:
    "Heinrich Heine (Der Dichter) <>"
Real name: ozzienich
Email address:
Comment: --
You selected this USER-ID:
    "ozzienich (--) <>"
Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? O
You need a Passphrase to protect your secret key.
gpg: /root/.gnupg/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key 654FBFAC marked as ultimately trusted
public and secret key created and signed.
gpg: checking the trustdb
gpg: 3 marginal(s) needed, 1 complete(s) needed, PGP trust model
gpg: depth: 0  valid:   1  signed:   0  trust: 0-, 0q, 0n, 0m, 0f, 1u
pub   2048R/654FBFAC 2017-12-21
      Key fingerprint = 573F 524E 5A53 C893 87E4  AA47 5D00 059F 654F BFAC
uid                  ozzienich (--) <>
sub   2048R/EA96F715 2017-12-21
root@badak1:~# gpg --list-key
pub   2048R/654FBFAC 2017-12-21
uid                  ozzienich (--) <>
sub   2048R/EA96F715 2017-12-21

Generate Keys

root@badak1:~# ykksm-gen-keys --urandom 1 10 | gpg -a --encrypt -r 654FBFAC  -s > keys.txt
You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
user: "ozzienich (--) <>"
2048-bit RSA key, ID 654FBFAC, created 2017-12-21
root@badak1:~# gpg < keys.txt
You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
user: "ozzienich (--) <>"
2048-bit RSA key, ID EA96F715, created 2017-12-21 (main key ID 654FBFAC)
gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit RSA key, ID EA96F715, created 2017-12-21
      "ozzienich (--) <>"
# ykksm 1
# serialnr,identity,internaluid,aeskey,lockpw,created,accessed[,progflags]
# the end
gpg: Signature made Thu 21 Dec 2017 03:38:02 PM WIB using RSA key ID 654FBFAC
gpg: Good signature from "ozzienich (--) <>"

Import Keys To Yubikey KSM

root@badak1:~# ykksm-import --verbose --database 'DBI:mysql:dbname=ykksm;host=localhost' --db-user XXXX --db-passwd XXXX < ~/keys.txt
You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
user: "ozzienich (--) <>"
2048-bit RSA key, ID EA96F715, created 2017-12-21 (main key ID 654FBFAC)
Verification output:
[GNUPG:] ENC_TO F13DAD25EA96F715 1 0
[GNUPG:] USERID_HINT F13DAD25EA96F715 ozzienich (--) <>
gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit RSA key, ID EA96F715, created 2017-12-21
      "ozzienich (--) <>"
[GNUPG:] PLAINTEXT 62 1513845482
gpg: Signature made Thu 21 Dec 2017 03:38:02 PM WIB using RSA key ID 654FBFAC
[GNUPG:] SIG_ID tYngCEEO/FWR5YCuKihwjTajxo0 2017-12-21 1513845482
[GNUPG:] GOODSIG 5D00059F654FBFAC ozzienich (--) <>
gpg: Good signature from "ozzienich (--) <>"
[GNUPG:] VALIDSIG 573F524E5A53C89387E4AA475D00059F654FBFAC 2017-12-21 1513845482 0 4 0 1 8 00 573F524E5A53C89387E4AA475D00059F654FBFAC
encrypted to: F13DAD25EA96F715
signed by: 654FBFAC
You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
user: "ozzienich (--) <>"
2048-bit RSA key, ID EA96F715, created 2017-12-21 (main key ID 654FBFAC)
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by ozzie at December 21, 2017 03:13 PM

December 08, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

New Desktop Machine

Last week, i decided to buy a new desktop machine for my home as my old desktop is now getting rusty and it's hard to keep up with all the requirements i need. Also it's a good time to switch to x86_64 architecture as my old desktop has been staying at x86 for a long time. I always follow -current development, so i never upgraded my system since the first time i install Slackware on that machine (i believe it was Slackware 13.0). It has been serving me over a great 8 years since 2009 looking from the result of this command:
tune2fs -l /dev/sda8 | grep created
Filesystem created:       Tue Oct  6 03:29:23 2009

So i decided to buy a non-branded PC, but rather i built one myself so i get to pick which parts i'm going to use and finally i decided to take this part:
I actually didn't plan to buy NVidia GTX, but i didn't realized that Ryzen didn't come up with GPU just like Intel and the motherboard doesn't provide one either, so i ended up with another NVidia product which is the moderate level product since i'm not a gamer. I was also surprised to see that Ryzen 1600x doesn't come up with a heat sink so i had to buy a heat sink for it. Hyper 212 LED is a good product and now the temperature is less than 25 C.

The installation of Windows 10 went smooth and i quickly upgrade it to latest Fall Creator update (build 1709) in no time alongside with installation of other applications that i need in Windows environment. I also had time to update my BIOS to the latest version with the utility provided by the vendor. Since i was able to work with UEFI on my laptop, i decided to try again on my new machine and it seems to be a bad decision as i had trouble with it when installing Slackware.

For Slackware installation, i tried to use the -current snapshot per December 4 which already reverted back to Linux Kernel 4.9.66, but i had an infinite loop of IRQ handle messages during initial boot that prevents me to go further. Next i tried to boot using Slackware 14.2 DVD which surprisingly work well so i ended up installing Slackware 14.2 x86_64 before i switched to Slackware64 Current using a local repository i had on my old desktop. I had another issue during boot loader selection as it didn't install elilo even though i have /boot/efi partition detected so i decided to use grub just like what i did with my laptop but i left out Windows since it wasn't detected. When i rebooted, it ended with the same failure as the initial installation. It turns out that Linux Kernel 4.9.x didn't play nice with my Ryzen, so i tried to boot again with my Slackware DVD and this time, i chroot into my root partition and upgrade the kernel to use the latest 4.14.x kernel from testing/. Surprisingly, it worked fine (there's a kernel oops at the beginning about AMD GPIO handler, but it worked fine after that) so i ended up using Linux Kernel 4.14.x for my desktop. I also installed latest NVidia driver and it is working out of the box with 4.14.x.

I started to configure my Slackware so that it can be used just like my previous desktop configuration and so far it is working great. I didn't install too many applications yet on this new system as -current is really a moving target and things changed in fast pace (the icu4c, poppler, and ical upgrade are good example how it can break many things easily). I still need to fix those things on my old desktop (it's compiling Qt5 at this time)

In the end, i still got some issues to solve:
- GRUB is using a low resolution.
  I tried to modify the values in /etc/default/grub, but still it won't work well. vbeinfo doesn't give me a recommended values that i can use. I can live with it though, since GRUB is only displayed like for 10s max before it boots to Linux.

- GRUB is not detecting Windows Boot Manager
  I can still boot to Windows by pressing F12 to boot to Windows Boot Manager directly, but i would rather see the Windows option on GRUB instead of pressing F12 during initial boot.

- Configuring for VGA Switch
  At this moment, i'm working with 2 machines but with 1 monitor. I already ordered a VGA switch to solve this issue, and it's still on delivery. Hopefully i can fix this issue by this week so i don't have to switch cables anymore.

It seems my motherboard has a bug which is reported here. This prevents me to boot properly under 4.9.x and i have to upgrade to 4.14.x in order to boot.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at December 08, 2017 06:43 AM

December 05, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Reverting Back to 4.9.66

Few days ago Patrick decided to revert back to 4.9.x and i think that's a wise decision since 4.14.x has been considered unstable for some people, mostly those who are in x86 architecture. I have been using it since 4.14.x gets included and it has been pretty stable for me with watchdog disabled, but today i got system freeze for 3 times and i was unable to work with my desktop, so on the next reboot i decided to revert back to 4.9.x and so far, it's working well again.

Honestly i was quite excited when 4.14.x entered -current earlier since it's considered LTS and having it early means that it could get more testing. It did got what it was intended for (public testing), but not the results i expected. Hopefully this issue can be solved as soon as possible.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at December 05, 2017 03:11 PM

November 17, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Kernel 4.14 and Watchdog Module

I got early bitten by Linux Kernel 4.14 on my desktop at home. As soon as i reboot, the kernel message log filling up the screen and then it stopped at a typical kernel panic message, but then it continues and then stopped again and it repets over time. I had a chance to take a screenshot using my phone and i saw a glimpse that it's related to watchdog module.

Lucky me that i saved the previous kernel version just in case something like this happened and it saved me. I simply reboot to the old kernel and create a new file /etc/sysctl.d/50-watchdog.conf with this single entry: kernel.nmi_watchdog=0. After that, i rebooted again and this time, it boots properly.

If you happened to have the same problem as i did, just try the above method and see if it works on your system.

I managed to found a patch for legacy NVidia driver 304.137 that should work on Linux Kernel 4.14 and i will push it into my SlackHacks soon.

So far, everything works with latest -current update here. Can't wait to get wet with Slackware Linux 15.0!!!

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at November 17, 2017 10:43 AM

Slackware ditch Sendmail for Postfix

After a long two weeks without any changes, finally a new update happening in -Current tree where all the excitement comes reality and this batch is no exception. We have some plenty new interesting changes, including:
  • Kernel upgraded to latest LTS release: 4.14.x
  • Sendmail is now moved to extra, replaced by Postfix as the default MTA
  • Several utility were split into different packages and removed from util-linux
  • Latest GTK2/3 stack
  • New mozilla-nss 3.34
  • NetworkManager 1.10
  • Dovecot will be the new default IMAP daemon replacing imapd
  • libmilter is now added along with hostname package
  • Networking script will utilise ip instead of ifconfig and route
  • Mozilla Firefox 57 (Quantum) is here
  • mesa 17.2.5 + libdrm 2.4.88
This will make the next Slackware release a big change from previous release and as always, it's going to be rock solid!!

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at November 17, 2017 07:49 AM

November 05, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Desktop Lock Issue in Cinnamon

Philip van der Hoeven informed me that cinnamon-screensaver does not lock the desktop in 14.2. After confirming on a VM, it turned out to be true and it seems that i missed some packages during 3.2 -> 3.4 migration few months ago. There wasn't any mentioning in the ChangeLog that it would require python-xapp and psutil, so i didn't build those two. Unfortunately those two are needed to lock the desktop properly, so i have added those two in both 14.2 and current tree as well as in the repository (master and 14.2 branch).

Please make sure to install those two new packages to get the desktop locking enabled again. If you have psutil from SBo, you might want to upgrade it as well since the one in CSB is built against Python 2 and 3 while the one in SBo is built against Python 2 by default (You need to add PYTHON3=yes before running the script to build Python 3 bindings).

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at November 05, 2017 05:18 PM

October 25, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Early Cinnamon 3.6 Packages for Slackware-Current

It's been a while since i posted news about Cinnamon development and this is the perfect time to share the news that Cinnamon 3.6 is now tagged in the GitHub repository since yesterday and all of the Cinnamon components are tagged as well. There are no official announcement yet, since the developers are still fine-tuning the released tarball for unpredicted surprise (i got one yesterday) that will lead to minor releases in the next few days/weeks.

In the meantime, you can already enjoy Cinnamon 3.6 by downloading binary packages which i built this morning and it has been uploaded the usual repository (only for x86_64) generously provided by Darren Tadgy. It's all built against the latest Slackware-Current update, so please make sure that you are running -current before installing/upgrading to the latest Cinnamon.

All the changes has been pushed to the master branch as well in GitHub so you can also compile it on your own if you prefer to do so. As always, let me know if you found some build issue regarding to Cinnamon SlackBuilds or if you have any feedback while using this work.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at October 25, 2017 02:12 AM

October 16, 2017

Latif Anshori Kurniawan

XFCE, Slackware

Menyenangkan sekali mendapati Igor Ljubuncic (narablog di balik Dedoimedo, salah satu blog populer yang jamak mengulas distribusi Linux dan open-source) mewawancarai Sean Michael Davis. Sean adalah salah satu pengembang inti XFCE.

Sebagaimana jamak diketahui bahwa XFCE …

by Latif at October 16, 2017 06:00 AM

October 14, 2017


Virtual Environtment

Perkembangan perangkat bahasa pemrograman semakin cepat dan bervariasi. Namun pengembang banyak yang masih bertahan di versi ‘jadul’, terutama untuk perangkat di mesin-mesin produksi, dan tampak enggan beranjak karena menjaga stabilitas layanan.

Di sisi lain pengembang bahasa pemrograman terus memperbaiki fitur dan kutu yang tentunya membuat semakin baik lagi. Coba saja ikuti versi setiap bahasa pemrograman.

Apa yang bisa kita lakukan?

Sebagai bagian dari pengembangan, tentunya ada sisi lain yang perlu dilakukan selain menulis baris kode, yaitu riset. Percobaan-percobaan yang perlu dilakukan untuk melihat berbagai kemungkinan penerapan di luar platform yang digunakan maupun penerapan pada platform yang lebih baru.

Mengetahui platform lain perlu sebagai perbandingan atau benchmark akan kondisi teknologi yang digunakan saat ini. Karena pada hakekatnya perkembangan teknologi itu berjalan beriringan namun penerapan bergantung dari fokus pengembang platform. Pengguna tentunya sangat diuntungkan dengan adanya banyak pengembangan yang arahnya sama.

Platform yang lebih baru tentunya memiliki fitur yang lebih, baik dari segi kualitas kode maupun keamanan. Kondisi ini mewajibkan tim riset untuk mencoba mengubah kode seiring dengan naiknya versi platform yang digunakan. Tak melakukannya akan membuat beberapa masalah dikemudian hari. Mau mencoba?

Lingkungan Virtual

Lingkungan Virtual atau Virtual Environtment merupakan sebuah media, sarana percobaan, memasuki lingkungan pengembangan yang baru. Beberapa platform, bahasa pemrograman, sudah memiliki sarana ini. Hal ini memudahkan periset untuk menjalankan tugasnya.

Beberapa bahasa pemrograman yang memiliki sarana ini akan coba dibahas.

Perlbrew untuk Perl

Untuk platform Perl,  silakan coba Perlbrew. Ada 2 cara dalam melakukan pemasangan, dengan CPAN atau manual, namun rekomendasi tentunya menggunakan cara aman, yaitu CPAN.

Melakukan instalasi dengan CPAN sangat mudah cukup jalankan “cpan App::perlbrew” untuk memasang, dan jalankan “perlbrew init” untuk mulai menggunakannya.

Pyenv untuk Python

Jika anda pengguna Python, silakan pasang Pyenv. Untuk pemasangannya silakan clone proyek ke .pyenv di home dengan perintah “git clone ~/.pyenv“.

Setelah semua selesai silakan ubah variabel PYENV_ROOT ke folder tadi ($HOME/.pyenv). Dan tambahkan $HOME/.pyenv/bin ke dalam $PATH. Dan terakhir, jalankan “pyenv init -“. Untuk otomasi silakan edit berkas .bashrc atau .bash_profile Anda.

 Sebenarnya pyenv ini merupakan hasil fork rbenv yang akan dijelaskan kemudian.

Rbenv untuk Ruby

Terakhir kita akan membahas platform Ruby dengan rbenv. Pada dasarnya pemasangan sama dengan pyenv mengingat ini adalah proyek induk. Namun dalam hal pemasangan versi tambahan, membutuhkan pengaya lagi, yaitu ruby-build, dimana  pyenv yang sudah memasukkannya secara built-in. Untuk pemasangan ikuti saja perintahnya di sini, yang pada dasarnya sama dengan pyenv.

Pemasangan paket tambahan dengan memasukkan ruby-build dengan menjalankan perintah berikut:

> mkdir -p “$(rbenv root)”/plugins
> git clone “$(rbenv root)”/plugins/ruby-build

Dan nikmati kemudahannya.


Platform itu adalah pilihan. Layaknya seorang laki-laki yang memilih istri untuk menjadi ibu bagi anak-anaknya. Jadi, silakan pilih dengan seksama dengan siapa Anda akan menikah. Eh, kog jadi ngelantur. 😀

Tapi memang itulah yang sebenarnya, Anda perlu tahu banyak sebagai pertimbangan dalam menentukan platform yang akan Anda gunakan. Bukan untuk menyindir yang suka “gonta-ganti” platform, tapi sebaiknya platform yang digunakan dapat diadopsi dalam waktu hampir tak terbatas untuk menjaga tersedianya layanan. Sekali lagi itu adalah pilihan.

Dan kenapa saya tidak menulis panjang lebar mengenai bagaimana penggunaannya? Hai, pembaca. Apakah Anda yang membaca ini ingin melakukan riset atau hanya membaca? Poin penting periset adalah membaca dan mencoba menerapkan, bila satu poin gagal ya…

Jangan malas membaca, ya. Dokumentasi lengkap kog.

Dan sekali lagi. Ini adalah pilihan. Buru-burulah memilih, sebelum diambil orang. #eh

by yht at October 14, 2017 06:23 PM

October 06, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Perl 5.26.x Included in -Current

Next Slackware release will jump from perl 5.22 to 5.26, which is a big improvements. You can see the changes in perl 5.24 delta and perl 5.26 delta. One of the big changes is considered a security improvements, but as always, security changes means there wil be some changes need (ie. it breaks things). It's the removal of "." in @INC. It was a very convenience feature, but also it posses some security risk if not used properly, so upstream decided to remove it by default, BUT they provided solutions for those affected.

As we are preparing for the next development cycle while monitoring the changes in -current, Matteo Bernardini had made a note on his blog about these changes. If you are running -current and some of your scripts broke after the latest update, you can try his solutions to rebuild all Perl scripts with the solution.

Besides Perl update, we also have other updates, such as kernels, vte, curl, libinput, xorg-server, p11-kit, vim/gvim, gtk3, openjpeg, imagemagick, librsvg, libmtp, ntp, cmake, python3, cups-filters, and ghostscript.

Since Perl update is also on my wishlist, it's now down to 3 left, KDE 5, PHP 7.1, and OpenSSL 1.1. Hopefully they are approved for this cycle.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at October 06, 2017 04:13 PM

September 30, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Welcome TexLive

TeTeX had a long run with Slackware, but it's time to say good bye as the package is severly outdated. I once got a request to edit a LaTeX document from one of my colleague and i can't build the document just because TeTeX and it suddenly worked when i switched to texlive (plus texlive-extra) from SBo. Since texlive is now part of Slackware, i just need to add texlive-extra from SBo for my need :)

I wonder if texlive-extra can be added as well. That will be a great advantage for those using latex as it adds more functionality to the base texlive package, but it comes with a huge size: 263 MB. More over, since Pat has to provide the sources and the SlackBuild itself, it would consume more space on the DVD when it's released. I'm not really sure whether a single DVD can hold up  all those sources if texlive-extra is added.

The other changes are only libpng and cups-filter upgrade.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at September 30, 2017 12:06 AM

September 26, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Cinnamon and MATE Packages Rebuilt

As promised, i have pushed the latest build of Cinnamon and MATE binaries targeting for Slackware Current users to It's built against the latest Slackware Current snapshot (per Tue Sep 26 02:37:01 UTC 2017). Here's some notes on both projects:

  • All python packages support both python 2/3 bindings in the same package
  • New package: graphviz (new dependency for vala)
  • lxml upgraded to 4.0.0 (requires python3)
  • colord upgraded to 1.4.1 (requires meson)
  • json-glib upgraded to 1.4.2 (requires meson)
  • libgtop upgraded to 2.38.0
  • metacity upgraded to 3.25.2 
  • krb5 upgraded to 1.15.2
  • vala upgraded to 0.38.1 (requires graphviz)
  • python3 removed (included in Slackware)
  • pygobject3-python3 removed (included in pygobject3 in Slackware)
  • py3cairo removed (included in pycairo in Slackware)
  • dbus-python3 removed (included in dbus-python in Slackware)
  • A mix of 1.18 and 1.19 since not all 1.19 tarballs have been released
  • New package: graphviz (new dependency for vala)
  • gtksourceview3 upgraded to 3.24.4
  • libgtop upgraded to 2.38.0
  • libpeas upgraded to 1.22.0
  • libgxps upgraded to 0.3.0 (requires meson)
  • vala upgraded to 0.38.1 (requires graphviz)
  • docutils removed (included as python-docutils in Slackware)
As always, if you found any issues, please report it on GitHub (CSB and MSB)

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at September 26, 2017 09:31 PM

MATE and Cinnamon Rebuilt Plan

Since there has been some big changes in -current in the last few batches, i think it's time to test the latest snapshot against MATE and Cinnamon which intended for next Slackware releases. The addition of Python3, meson, and ninja really helped since some of the deps of both projects now requires them as mandatory requirements.

My request of libxslt also got approved and it was needed to build lxml 4.0 properly so at this moment, i'm building latest Cinnamon 3.4 packages against latest Slackware Current. Clem and other developers are still preparing for future Cinnamon 3.6 which is planned to be released by the end of this year (November/December). I hope to release the updated packages in the next few hours if everything goes smooth. Since python 3 got included, i updated some of the python packages to build python 2/3 bindings in the same package instead of splitting them into two packages.

As for MATE, i will merge 1.19-dev branch into master and this will build the latest snapshot of mixed MATE 1.18 and 1.19. Some dependencies have been bumped to the latest version as well since the libraries included in Slackware Current is sufficient to build the latest version. Some of them also migrates to meson, so it's a perfect timing to test them. MATE 1.20 is planned to be released in early 2018, so it will be targeting for next Slackware release. The minimum GTK+3 is probably raised to 3.20/3.22, so Slackware 14.2 will no longer qualified.

Just FYI, the next update of Slackware Live ISO of MATE variants will be based on a mix of MATE 1.18/1.19 built from master branch. Stay tune!!!

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at September 26, 2017 12:16 PM

Meson and Ninja Approved

This morning, Patrick has pushed three new packages for Slackware-Current, in which one of them is also part of my wishlist, meson build. This will allow future mesa and xorg to be build since they have moved on to meson build and soon they will abandon autoconf-based build. I believe many others will follow their move as meson proved to be faster than other builder. Ninja also goes in as well since it's a dependency for meson.

Another big think is the inclusion of qpdf 7.0.0, binutils 2.29.1, and poppler 0.59.0. This brings some changes in the shared library, so other packages that linked into this library will have to be rebuilt (including atril in my MSB).

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at September 26, 2017 03:03 AM

September 24, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

Python3 Now Included in Current

Slackware has finally shipped Python3 by default in the next release after Patrick has approved the queue from Heinz along with other Python3 packages and also some rebuilt packages. You will notice that Patrick decided to unify Python 2/3 binding support into a single package instead of splitting it into python-XXX and python3-XXX. This will reduce the number of packages to support both version and it's going to be a lot easier to kill Python 2 in the future. It's also possible that SBo will follow the same directions from Slackware in  the next cycle.

Since python3 has been included, providing ninja/meson is getting easier as the main dependency has been met. Python3 is also one of the requirement for newer version of vulkan-sdk, so this batch also came with the latest version of vulkan-sdk. If you are using mailman, you can start using mailman 3 which also requires Python 3. It has tons of new features compared to 2.x.

Another big thing is boost 1.65 which is the latest boost library found upstream. Please note that this version *might* breaks some other applications so you might have to find a patch to fix those issues.

One more wishlist granted. Waiting for more :)

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at September 24, 2017 09:36 AM

September 16, 2017

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

New Kernel Update

Patrick has just issued a new security advisory for kernel updates in stable (14.1 and 14.2) and current tree to fix BlueBorne attack which attack the bluetooth stack in the kernel space. The BlueZ package in the user space is also updated to the latest version as well. Please take some time to review this advisory and upgrade as soon as possible.

In -current tree, we got a new package promoted to core package: xorriso. From the description, GNU xorriso is a command line and dialog application, which creates, loads, manipulates, and writes ISO-9660 file system images with Rock Ridge extensions. This package has been used by AlienBOB to produce his Slackware Live ISO images and now it has been included in the core package. The latest ffmpeg, gvfs, and texinfo got included as well.

by Willy Sudiarto Raharjo ( at September 16, 2017 01:45 AM