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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Spring cleanup - Current ISO for 19 04 2018

Hi,

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 !

JP



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
JP

Friday, March 9, 2018

New Zenwalk Current ISO for March 2018

Hi,

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

Hi,

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 :
https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2018/01/03/mitigations-landing-new-class-timing-attack/
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2018-01/

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
JP

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.

zenwalk-current_171209.iso

Have fun
JP

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 (build.sh  configure.sh  postbuild.sh  prebuild.sh) 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
JP





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New current ISO - Christmas edition

Hi,

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 :)
JP



Wednesday, October 4, 2017