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 :)

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 ;)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

New CPU Frequency governor config tool

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

Have fun :)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Spring cleanup - Current ISO for 19 04 2018


Pat has rebuilt the complete set of Slackware packages, so I thought that providing a new current Zenwalk ISO would make it easier to upgrade everything in one step :)

Here it is : zenwalk-current_180419.iso

Changelog = nearly everything upgraded or rebuilt !

Have fun folks !


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Firefox 60 beta is available from current !

Firefox 60 beta is available from current !

Firefox 60 is carrying with it the removal of trust for Symantec certificates issued prior to June 1st, 2016, with the exception of certificates issued by a few subordinate CAs that are controlled by Apple and Google. This change affects all Symantec brands including GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Thawte, and VeriSign.

 Running pretty stable here :)

Have fun

Friday, March 9, 2018

New Zenwalk Current ISO for March 2018


I'm pleased to announce un new Current ISO for March 2018.

This rolling release introduces native Qt support, wxWidgets support, and focuses on migrating to Python3. The Lollypop music collection manager replaces Gmusicbrowser with Kid3 as tag mass editor. VLC replaces mpv as default media player. Office suite is Libreoffice version 6.0.2, Web browser is Firefox 58.0.2. For packagers the new SlackBuild tool is included. Many other changes can be found in the changelog.

ISO download : zenwalk-current_180309.iso

Friday, January 5, 2018

Firefox 58 beta fixes Meltdown and Spectre timing attacks


You can download and install the latest Firefox 58 beta which fixes several vulnerabilities including Meltdown and Spectre timing attacks through the web browser.

Some information :

I just built a binary package, available here : mozilla-firefox-58.0b14-x86_64-180105.txz

Package works for Zenwalk and, of course : Slackware.

All the best

Sunday, December 10, 2017

new bugfix current ISO

Here's a new build with some bugfixes following several reports about boot problems on some hardware.

New ISO is mostly a rebuild with xorriso, and latest stable kernel from Slack current.


Have fun

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The new SlackBuild tool

Recently, if you take a look at the Zenwalk changelog, you may have noticed the addition of a new tool called SlackBuild.

This script is intended to build auto-magically most "simple" packages. It can be customized with optional hook subscripts ( to handle complex packages builds.

Anyway, for most simple packages (for example : a library package called "foobar") all you have to do is :
  1. put the source alone in a directory (ie : foobar-1.1.tar.gz)
  2. put the slack-desc for foobar in this same directory (if you omit the slackdesc, a generic description for foobar will be generated)
  3. run "SlackBuild foobar" inside the directory

As a result you will get a binary slackware package for the software foobar 1.1

Please try it :) and report improvements !

Have fun

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New current ISO - Christmas edition


It's time to release a new current ISO. As usual many changes on the Slackware side and Zenwalk side.

here's the ISO : zenwalk-current_171202.iso (zenwalk-current_160717.iso.md5)

Please take a look at  Distrowatch for a complete list of packages included in this release.

Since it was uploaded, I found a few bugs, already fixed in the current tree : Changelog

Have fun :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

new Desktop layout


Here's the new default desktop layout. feel free to install the latest "zenwalk-desktop" package and create un new user to get it configured.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Audio and video production tools updated

Mr Emurikku Sensei, our audio and video production tools maintainer, has just updated a bunch of packages. You can get them from the "m" category, or via Netpkg in the Audio & Video branch.

Enjoy !


Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Zenwalk Current ISO for 15 July 2017


After a few months, it's time for a new current ISO.

This rolling release ISO provides lots of packages updates from upstream, latest Zenwalk apps, and a special build of Firefox 55 beta.

  • Sun Jul 16 12:23:13 CEST 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-55.0b9-x86_64-1Z.txz : Upgraded (this beta seems to be stable enough for current)
  • Thu Jul 13 20:36:15 CEST 2017
        z/flashplayer-plugin- Upgraded

  • Fri Jul  7 20:39:36 CEST 2017
        z/libreoffice-5.3.4-x86_64-1alienZ.txz: Upgraded
  • Sun Jun 18 02:01:32 CEST 2017
        z/flashplayer-plugin- Upgraded
  • Sat Jun 10 18:58:13 CEST 2017
        z/ffmpeg-3.3.2-x86_64-2Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/soxr-0.1.2-x86_64-1.txz: Added
  • Thu May 18 19:32:11 CEST 2017
        z/flashplayer-plugin- Upgraded
        z/libreoffice-5.3.3-x86_64-1alienZ.txz: Upgraded
        z/mozilla-firefox-54.0b9-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded
  • Sat May  6 15:07:27 CEST 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-54.0b5-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpeg-3.3-x86_64-2Z.txz: Rebuilt (added mp3lame support, freedom my friends !!) 
  • Thu Apr 27 08:38:08 CEST 2017
        z/arc-gtk-theme-010417-noarch-1Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/gnome-disk-utility-3.22.1-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/zenwalk-desktop-9-noarch-4.txz: Upgraded
  • Wed Apr 19 09:44:10 CEST 2017
        z/ffmpeg-3.3-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpegthumbnailer-2.2.0-x86_64-4Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/mpv-0.24.0-x86_64-3Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/mozilla-firefox-53.0-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/flashplayer-plugin- Upgraded
  • Thu Mar 30 08:28:23 CEST 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-53.0b7-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded (this beta seems to be stable enough for current)
  • Sat Mar 25 08:00:11 CET 2017
        z/ffmpeg-3.2.4-x86_64-2Z.txz: Rebuilt
        z/mpv-0.24.0-x86_64-2Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/libreoffice-5.3.1-x86_64-1alienZ.txz: Upgraded
  • Tue Mar  7 14:37:37 CET 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-52.0-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Firefox 55 beta package is ready for testing

Firefox 55 beta package is ready for testing : mozilla-firefox-55.0b6-x86_64-1Z.txz


  • Browsing sessions with a high number of tabs are now restored in an instant
  • Search suggestions are now enabled by default for users who haven't explicitly opted-out
  • Use virtual reality devices with the web with the introduction of WebVR
  • Simplify print jobs from within print preview
  • Assign custom shortcuts to Firefox menu items on OS X and macOS via System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts
  • Added Belarusian (be) locale
  • Make screenshots of webpages, and save them locally or upload them to the cloud. This feature will undergo A/B testing and will not be visible for some users.
  • Fine-tune your browser performance from the Preferences/Options page.
  • Sidebar (bookmarks, history, synced tabs) can now be moved to the right edge of the window
  • Search with any installed search engine directly from the location bar


  • The Flash plugin is now click-to-activate by default and only allowed on http:// and https:// URL schemes. This change will be rolled out progressively and so will not be visible to all users immediately. For more information see the Firefox plugin roadmap
  • Breaking profile changes - do not downgrade Firefox and use a profile that has been opened with Firefox 55+.
  • Modernized application update UI to be less intrusive and more aligned with the rest of the browser. Only users who have not restarted their browser 8 days after downloading an update or users who opted out of automatic updates will see this change.
  • Insecure sites can no longer access the Geolocation APIs to get access to your physical location
 Have fun :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Firefox 54 beta package is ready for testing

Firefox 54 beta package is ready for testing : mozilla-firefox-54.0b9-x86_64-1Z.txz

This release introduces e10s-multi : 2 content processes are enabled by default in Zenwalk which seems a fair compromise between performance and RAM usage. You can change dom.ipc.processCount to 4 or higher and see if it fits you better. With 4 content processes there's not much difference with Chromium anymore.

 More about e10s-multi  : E10s Update: April 10

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FFmpeg 3.3 "Hilbert", a new major release

FFmpeg 3.3 is available from Zenwalk current repository !


FFmpeg 3.3 "Hilbert", a new major release, is now available! Some of the highlights:
  • Apple Pixlet decoder
  • NewTek SpeedHQ decoder
  • QDMC audio decoder
  • PSD (Photoshop Document) decoder
  • FM Screen Capture decoder
  • ScreenPressor decoder
  • XPM decoder
  • DNxHR decoder fixes for HQX and high resolution videos
  • ClearVideo decoder (partial)
  • 16.8 and 24.0 floating point PCM decoder
  • Intel QSV-accelerated VP8 video decoding
  • native Opus encoder
  • DNxHR 444 and HQX encoding
  • Quality improvements for the (M)JPEG encoder
  • VAAPI-accelerated MPEG-2 and VP8 encoding
  • premultiply video filter
  • abitscope multimedia filter
  • readeia608 filter
  • threshold filter
  • midequalizer filter
  • MPEG-7 Video Signature filter
  • add internal ebur128 library, remove external libebur128 dependency
  • Intel QSV video scaling and deinterlacing filters
  • Sample Dump eXchange demuxer
  • MIDI Sample Dump Standard demuxer
  • Scenarist Closed Captions demuxer and muxer
  • Support MOV with multiple sample description tables
  • Pro-MPEG CoP #3-R2 FEC protocol
  • Support for spherical videos
  • CrystalHD decoder moved to new decode API
  • configure now fails if autodetect-libraries are requested but not found
We strongly recommend users, distributors, and system integrators to upgrade unless they use current git master.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Firefox 53 beta package is ready for testing

Firefox 53 beta package is ready for testing : mozilla-firefox-53.0b9-x86_64-1Z.txz

This release introduces some pieces of the new Servo/Rust engine into Gecko.

More about Servo  : 

More about oxidation :

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Zenwalk Current ISO for 22 feb 2017


Current seems stable enough for a rolling ISO release, so here it is :


The main change is the comeback of Firefox, built with GTK3 and multithreading enabled by default : This build of Firefox starts and react nearly as fast as Chromium, and with many tabs opened : scales much better in terms of responsiveness and memory footprint. You will also notice some improvements around ffmpeg, and MPV which is from now the main media player in Zenwalk. Gstreamer has been dropped from ISO but is still available from Slackware repositories. Of course this ISO contains many updated packages (see changelog below).

Have fun :)

Changelog :
  • Wed Feb 22 16:28:52 CET 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-52.0b7-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded (this beta seems to be stable enough for current)
        z/flashplayer-plugin- Upgraded
        z/libreoffice-5.3.0-x86_64-1alienZ.txz: Upgraded
        z/unrar-5.4.5-x86_64-1alienZ.tgz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Archive-Extract-0.80-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/perl-CPANPLUS-0.9164-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/perl-CPANPLUS-Dist-Build-0.82-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/perl-Devel-Symdump-2.18-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/perl-Gtk2-1.24991-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/perl-Net-DNS-1.08-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/perl-Net-HTTP-6.13-x86_64-1jp.txz : Upgraded
  • Sat Feb 18 08:48:12 CET 2017
        z/gmusicbrowser- : Upgraded
  • Sat Feb 11 16:22:49 CET 2017
        z/ffmpeg-3.2.4-x86_64-1Z.txz : Upgraded
        z/ffmpegthumbnailer-2.2.0-x86_64-3Z.txz : Rebuilt
        z/mpv-0.23.0-x86_64-2Z.txz : Rebuilt
        z/transmission-2.92-x86_64-2jp.txz : Rebuilt
  • Fri Jan 27 15:39:37 CET 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-51.0.1-x86_64-1Z.txz : Upgraded
  • Tue Jan 24 12:51:00 CET 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-51.0-x86_64-1Z.txz : Upgraded
  • Wed Jan 18 20:28:21 CET 2017
        z/systemtools-9.1-x86_64-1.txz : Upgraded (added support for libinput in videoconfig)

  • Sun Jan 15 10:07:37 CET 2017
        z/systemtools-9.0-x86_64-5.txz : Upgraded (fixed a bug in keyboardconfig,thanks to Emurikku for reporting)
        z/encfs-1.9.1-x86_64-1Z.txz : Upgraded
        z/libreoffice-5.2.4-x86_64-1alienZ.txz : Upgraded
  • Sat Jan 14 14:00:41 CET 2017
        z/perl-Archive-Extract-0.78-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-CPAN-Changes-0.400002-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-CPANPLUS-0.9160-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-CPANPLUS-Dist-Build-0.80-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-CPANPLUS-Dist-Slackware-1.024-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Cairo-1.106-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Devel-Symdump-2.17-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Digest-HMAC-1.03-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Encode-Locale-1.05-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-ExtUtils-Depends-0.405-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker-7.24-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-ExtUtils-PkgConfig-1.15-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-File-Listing-6.04-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-GStreamer-0.20-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-GStreamer-Interfaces-0.06-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Glib-1.324-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Gtk2-1.2499-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Gtk2-Notify-0.05-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTML-Parser-3.72-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTML-Tagset-3.20-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTTP-Cookies-6.01-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTTP-Daemon-6.01-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTTP-Date-6.02-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTTP-Message-6.11-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-HTTP-Negotiate-6.01-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-IO-HTML-1.001-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-IO-Socket-SSL-2.043-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-LWP-MediaTypes-6.02-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-LWP-Protocol-https-6.06-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Log-Message-0.08-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Log-Message-Simple-0.10-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Module-Build-0.4220-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Module-Pluggable-5.2-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Mozilla-CA-20160104-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Net-DBus-1.1.0-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Net-DNS-1.07-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Net-HTTP-6.12-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Net-SSLeay-1.80-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Object-Accessor-0.48-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Package-Constants-0.06-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Pango-1.227-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Pod-Coverage-0.23-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Term-UI-0.46-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Test-Pod-1.51-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-Test-Pod-Coverage-1.10-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-WWW-RobotRules-6.02-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-XML-Twig-3.52-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/perl-libwww-6.15-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/netpkg-6.3-x86_64-3jp.txz : Upgraded
        z/gmusicbrowser-1.1.15-x86_64-2jp.txz : Upgraded  
  • Fri Jan 13 20:46:44 CET 2017
        z/tumbler-0.1.31-x86_64-9jp.txz : Rebuilt
        z/flashplayer-plugin- : Upgraded

  • Sat Jan  7 17:26:32 CET 2017
        z/zenwalk-desktop-9-noarch-3.txz : Upgraded (new theme)
        z/arc-gtk-theme-010117-noarch-1Z.txz : Added (new GTK theme)
        z/mozilla-firefox-50.1.0-x86_64-4Z.txz : Rebuilt (e10s multi-thread processing is enabled by default)
  • Fri Jan  6 19:26:32 CET 2017
        z/mozilla-firefox-50.1.0-x86_64-3Z.txz : Added (built with GTK3 and system Cairo)
        z/flashplayer-plugin/flashplayer-plugin- : Added (thanks to Alien Bob)

  • Mon Jan  2 10:34:51 CET 2017
        z/Vivacious-gtk-theme-16.04.4-noarch-2Z.txz : Upgraded (firefox text entries fixed for dark themes)
        z/zenwalk-desktop-9-noarch-2.txz : Upgraded (firefox text entries fixed for dark themes)
        z/ffmpeg-3.2.2-x86_64-2Z.txz : Rebuilt 
        z/mpv-0.23.0-x86_64-1Z.txz : Upgraded

  • Tue Dec 20 15:38:54 CET 2016
        z/systemtools-9.0-x86_64-4.txz : Upgraded (enable/disable ALSA in serviceconfig, still useful to restore mixer levels)
  • Tue Dec  6 14:55:37 CET 2016
        z/ffmpeg-3.2.2-x86_64-1Z.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpegthumbnailer-2.2.0-x86_64-2Z.txz: Rebuilt 
        z/mpv-0.21.0-x86_64-6zen.txz: Rebuilt
  • Sat Nov 26 09:33:20 CET 2016
        z/systemtools-9.0-x86_64-3.txz: Upgraded (added radeon config for new Xorg in videoconfig)
  • Tue Nov 22 08:20:10 CET 2016
        z/mpv-0.21.0-x86_64-5zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpegthumbnailer-2.2.0-x86_64-1zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpeg-3.2-x86_64-1zen.txz: Upgraded
  • Sun Nov 20 10:59:01 CET 2016
        z/mpv-0.21.0-x86_64-4zen.txz: Upgraded
  • Fri Nov 18 20:27:05 CET 2016
        z/chromium-54.0.2840.100-x86_64-1Zalien.txz: Upgraded
  • Fri Nov 11 12:00:27 CET 2016
        z/netpkg-6.3-x86_64-2jp.txz: Upgraded 
        z/libreoffice-5.2.3-x86_64-1Zalien.txz: Upgraded 
  • Thu Nov 10 15:03:44 CET 2016
        z/netpkg-6.3-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded 
        z/chromium-pepperflash-plugin- Upgraded 
  • Fri Nov  4 20:48:27 CET 2016
        z/chromium-54.0.2840.90-x86_64-1Zalien.txz: Upgraded 
        z/chromium-pepperflash-plugin- Upgraded 
  • Wed Nov  2 11:33:37 CET 2016
        z/zenwalk-desktop-9-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded (added web browser pre-loader)
  • Tue Nov  1 10:24:48 CET 2016
        z/chromium-53.0.2785.143-x86_64-2zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/zenwalk-desktop-8.1-noarch-8.txz: Upgraded
        z/firewall-8.1-noarch-3jp.txz: Upgraded
  • Mon Oct 31 13:11:03 CET 2016
        z/firewall-8.1-noarch-2jp.txz: Upgraded
  • Mon Oct 24 13:47:14 CEST 2016
        z/mpv-0.21.0-x86_64-3zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/gnome-mpv-0.10-x86_64-1jp.txz: Added
  • Sun Oct 23 10:46:50 CEST 2016
        z/mpv-0.21.0-x86_64-2zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpeg-3.1.5-x86_64-1zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/ffmpegthumbnailer-2.1.1-x86_64-6zen.txz: Upgraded
  • Wed Oct 19 14:24:04 CEST 2016
        z/geany-1.27-x86_64-1_zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/libgtop-2.34.0-x86_64-1_zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/chromium-53.0.2785.143-x86_64-1zen.txz: Upgraded
        z/seahorse-3.20.0-x86_64-1jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/gnome-disk-utility-3.22.0-x86_64-2jp.txz: Upgraded
        z/systemtools-9.0-x86_64-2.txz: Upgraded (fixed bug in localeconfig)
  • Sun Oct 16 18:04:23 CEST 2016
        z/speech-dispatcher-0.8.4-x86_64-1zen.txz: Added (Chromium dep)
        z/chromium-pepperflash-plugin- Upgraded