Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Audio quality of SBC XQ Bluetooth audio codec

SBC XQ provides a better sound quality than APTX-HQ. It's considered transparent : 100% CD quality.

A good article about Bluetooth codecs on soundexpert.org

SBC XQ is available from scratch in Zenwalk ;)

Enjoy the best BT "lossless" quality available on GNU Linux !

JP

Here is the patch, for those who want to use it to oher distributions : https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/Hyperion/pulseaudio/tree/SBC-XQ

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Spotify client for Slackware or Zenwalk

Just built the latest official and unmodified Spotify client package for Slackware or Zenwalk :


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

DLNA support is ready

I just added DLNA support (Chromecast, and other uPnP streaming services) to Zenwalk.

It will work as well on stock Slack current.

Just install the pulseaudio-dlna package and it's deps, then activate the process in your desktop session manager, and... Have fun :)


Monday, August 12, 2019

XFCE 4.14 is ready !

After a long development period - 4 years and 5 months of work, the XFCE folks have just announced the release of the Xfce desktop 4.14, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.12.

Full changelog here : https://www.xfce.org/about/news

(my small contribution to this release is folder thumbnails support in Thunar ;) )

Packages are ready for Zenwalk and Slackware.

Have fun
JP


Sunday, June 2, 2019

zenwalk current ISO for 02 06 2019

Hi,

 New current ISO is ready ! 

In addition to the hundreds of packages updates from upstream Slackware Current and Zenwalk native, you'll get the new Firefox 67.0, latest XFCE 4.13, a new desktop theme, and a brand new Whisker applications menu.

For complete changelog see both Slack changelog on slackware.com and Zenwalk changelog on this site.

ISO can be downloaded here :
zenwalk-current_190602.iso
zenwalk-current_190602.md5

Don't forget : if you want to support Zenwalk : donations go to Slackware ! Zenwalk is not a job for me, as Slackware is for Pat !

Have fun :)
jp

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pulseaudio with APTX support

Hi,

For your audio experimentations : here's Pulseaudio with APTX support for Slackware/Zenwalk :

http://download.zenwalk.org

Have fun :)


Friday, October 26, 2018

New Xorg vulnerability

An Indian security researcher has discovered a highly critical flaw in X.Org Server package that impacts OpenBSD and most Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, and Fedora.

Xorg X server is a popular open-source implementation of the X11 system (display server) that offers a graphical environment to a wider range of hardware and OS platforms. It serves as an intermediary between client and user applications to manage graphical displays.

According to a blog post published by software security engineer Narendra Shinde, Xorg X server doesn't correctly handle and validate arguments for at least two command-line parameters, allowing a low-privileged user to execute malicious code and overwrite any file—including files owned by privileged users like root.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2018-14665, was introduced in X.Org server 1.19.0 package that remained undetected for almost two years and could have been exploited by a local attacker on the terminal or via SSH to elevate their privileges on a target system.

The two vulnerable parameters in question are:

  • -modulepath: to set a directory path to search for Xorg server modules,
  • -logfile: to set a new log file for the Xorg server, instead of using the default log file that is located at /var/log/Xorg.n.log on most platforms.

Changelog Thu Oct 25 19:21:09 UTC 2018 :x/libinput-1.12.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-1.20.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-xephyr-1.20.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-xnest-1.20.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-xvfb-1.20.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.


 

 Source : https://thehackernews.com

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Firefox 62.0.3 for Zenwalk / Slackware

Hi,

I built the latest stable Firefox.

It's faster at rendering than 60esr.

Have fun ;)

JP


Sunday, September 23, 2018

XFCE 4.13 is ready !

Hi,

I finally managed to merge XFCE 4.13 in Zenwalk...

XFCE 4.13 is mostly a port to GTK3, and I added support for music folders thumbnails and sound files, see below ;)

All packages available from current.

Have fun !
JP


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Wearing a Slack tshirt ?

what's cooler than wearing a Slack tshirt ?

Get yours here : https://store.slackware.com

... and become a true Slacker !!


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Thunar as a Music Library Manager

With the latest Thunar and "zenwalk-desktop" packages from Current, you can (as I did) get rid of your old "music library manager" software : just browse local folders and play them with audacious :)


Linux kernel 4.18: Better security, leaner code

The latest version of the Linux kernel cleans out nearly 100K lines of code, adds file encryption and the Berkeley Packet Filter, plus makes a nod to gamers and mobile devices.












Available for testing :

http://download.zenwalk.org/x86_64/testing/kernel/



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Opera browser is available in Zenwalk

I just built a package for Opera browser.... Oumpfff!! ... it's fucking fast and has free unlimited anonymizer VPN and addblocking host list built in ...

Worth a try !

have fun :)
jp


Monday, June 18, 2018

Google Drive sync native integration

This morning I coded a little daemon for Grive2 (the Google Drive sync tool) to enable real time synchronization with your Google Drive cloud folder in Zenwalk.

All you have to do is make sure that the service is enabled, and you will notice a new "Gdrive" subdirectory in $HOME at next login.

Note : at first run : you once have to execute "grive" inside the Gdrive directory, and follow terminal instructions to set up Google authorization key.

Then it's automagic !

Have fun ;)
JP


Sunday, June 3, 2018

New CPU Frequency governor config tool

New CPU Frequency governor config tool (zenwalk-tools package)


Have fun :)
JP