Slackware Updates

New gaim packages are available for Slackware 9.0, 9.1, 10.0, 10.1, and -current to fix several security issues. Sites that use GAIM should upgrade to the new version.

Here are the details from the Slackware 10.1 ChangeLog:

patches/packages/gaim-1.3.0-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to gaim-1.3.0. This fixes a
few bugs which could be used by a remote attacker to annoy a GAIM user by
crashing GAIM and creating a denial of service.
(* Security fix *)

For others like me, who uses Slackware-current, the long awaited upgrade of glibc to include NPTL support is finally over! Read the Slackware-current changelog for more information. However, it will take a while for all mirrors to synch… so be patient.

You can upgrade necessary packages by manually downloading the packages. Or use automated updating tools such as Swaret or slapt-get.

5 responses to “Slackware Updates”.

  1. tyler Says:

    I no longer run current! I so wish I did now so I can test out the NPTL support in glibc. I’m probably not gonna upgrade as it will most likely break compatibility with Dropline Gnome packages.

    I guess I’ll have to wait for Slackware 10.2 or 10.5 or 11. Which ever it’s gonna be. 🙂

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Well, NPTL shouldn’t really have an effect to your Dropline packages (hey, isn’t that supposed to be the other way round?).

    Sure, Dropline replaces lots of things that shouldn’t be touched in the first place, especially for a DE, for God’s sake… But I doubt that it will alter glibc in any way.

    Just give it a try… and remember to run ldconfig after your upgrade, just to be on the safe side 🙂

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. tyler Says:

    heh. Ok Azmeen, I’m gonna give it a shot tonight when I get home from work. I read all of Pat’s changelog entry about NPTL and it sounds really neat! I don’t expect to see much of a speed increase on my end though.

    Did it provide a noticable speed increase for you?

  4. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Noticable? Hell yeah. My box is currently (and hopefully temporarily) crippled.

    I’ve been on just 128MB DDR266 for over a month now (my 256MB stick died on me). At first, the speed was noticably slow.

    However, since upgrading glibc, I noticed the lag when starting FF or TB is not as bad as it used to be.

    The only suprise I had was when I couldn’t start X after upgrading glibc… but running ldconfig sorted it out.

  5. tyler Says:

    Man, I am definately gonna try it out tonight then. I have 1.5gb of RAM and 2x 933mhz processors. My RAM is slow though, just the regular old PC133. I don’t wanna leave my Pentium 3’s behind!

    I’ve been using Epiphany on my Slack box at home as FireFox is wicked slow for some reason. Maybe because it’s a Dropline package. 🙂