Slackware-14.2 ChangeLog (2016-01-13)

Wed Jan 13 00:01:23 UTC 2016

Hey folks, happy new year!
After upgrading to BlueZ 5 recently, everything seemed to be working great,
but then it was pointed out that Bluetooth audio was no longer working.
The reason was that the newer BlueZ branch had dropped ALSA support and now
required PulseAudio. So with some trepidation, we began investigating adding
PulseAudio to Slackware. Going back to BlueZ 4 wasn't an option with various
dependent projects either having dropped support for it, or considering doing
so. After several iterations here refining the foundation packages and
recompiling and tweaking other packages to use PulseAudio, it's working well
and you'll likely not notice much of a change. But if you're using Bluetooth
audio, or needing to direct audio through HDMI, you'll probably find it a lot
easier to accomplish that.
Best of all, we're finally a modern, relevant Linux distro! ;-)
Thanks to Mario Preksavec, Heinz Wiesinger, and Robby Workman for a lot of
help and testing. Bug reports, complaints, and threats can go to me.
Also, enjoy a shiny new LTS 4.4.0 kernel and consider this 14.2 beta 1.
  • a/apmd-3.2.2-i486-3.txz
    APM is no longer used in the shipped kernels, xapm was broken, and
    it no longer compiles. It's time to remove it.
  • x/xf86-video-modesetting-0.9.0-i586-5.txz
    This driver has been incorporated into the xorg-server package.
    Thanks to ReaperX.
  • xfce/xfce4-mixer-4.10.0-i586-2.txz
    Replaced by xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin.
  • xfce/xfce4-volumed-0.1.13-i586-3.txz
    Replaced by xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin.
  • a/etc-14.2-i586-5.txz
    Added user (pulse) and group (pulse) for PulseAudio.
    Added pulse user to the audio group.
  • a/eudev-3.1.5-i586-8.txz
    Blacklisted new watchdog modules (bcm7038_wdt, max63xx_wdt).
  • a/sysvinit-scripts-2.0-noarch-26.txz
    rc.M: Don't try to start apmd.
  • ap/alsa-utils-1.1.0-i586-2.txz
    Change perms on /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa to 644.
  • ap/ghostscript-9.18-i586-2.txz
    Applied upstream patch to fix missing gerrors.h.
  • ap/mpg123-1.22.4-i586-2.txz
    Add support for PulseAudio and use it for output by default.
  • ap/sox-14.4.2-i586-2.txz
  • d/perl-5.22.0-i586-2.txz
    Added TermReadKey for MariaDB's mytop. Thanks to Larry Hajali.
    Removed dangling s2p symlinks. Thanks to DarkVision.
  • kde/kde-runtime-4.14.3-i586-3.txz
  • kde/kmix-4.14.3-i586-3.txz
  • l/alsa-lib-1.1.0-i586-2.txz
    Added a default /etc/asound.conf redirecting ALSA output to PulseAudio.
  • l/gst-plugins-good-1.6.2-i586-2.txz
  • l/gst-plugins-good0-0.10.31-i586-2.txz
  • l/libao-1.2.0-i586-2.txz
  • l/libcanberra-0.30-i586-4.txz
  • l/phonon-4.8.3-i586-2.txz
  • l/qt-4.8.7-i586-3.txz
    Make sure that .pc and .la files use $LIBDIRSUFFIX in the X11 library path.
    Thanks to Dhaby Xiloj.
  • l/sdl-1.2.15-i586-3.txz
  • l/seamonkey-solibs-2.39-i586-2.txz
  • n/NetworkManager-1.0.10-i586-2.txz
    Added patches from the upstream stable git branch.
    Added back the pm-utils hook.
    Thanks to Robby Workman.
  • n/dirmngr-1.1.1-i586-3.txz
    Patched to fix problems when using libgcrypt-1.6.x. Thanks to xflow7.
  • n/inetd-1.79s-i586-9.txz
    Patched segfault of daytime. Thanks to tfonz.
  • x/xorg-cf-files-1.0.6-i586-2.txz
    Don't use noarch. Thanks to DarkVision.
  • xap/MPlayer-20150721-i586-4.txz
  • xap/seamonkey-2.39-i586-2.txz
  • xap/xine-lib-1.2.6-i586-6.txz
  • xfce/Thunar-1.6.10-i586-3.txz
    Fix some crashes that occur with file moves.
    Thanks to Jean-Philippe Guillemin.
  • xfce/xfce4-power-manager-1.4.4-i586-3.txz
    Don't include NetworkManager; let pm-utils handle it.
    Thanks to Robby Workman.
  • extra/bash-completion/bash-completion-2.1-noarch-4.txz
    Corrected information in slack-desc. Thanks to Arkadiusz Drabczyk.
  • isolinux/initrd.img
  • usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img
  • a/kernel-generic-4.4-i586-1.txz
  • a/kernel-generic-smp-4.4_smp-i686-1.txz
  • a/kernel-huge-4.4-i586-1.txz
  • a/kernel-huge-smp-4.4_smp-i686-1.txz
  • a/kernel-modules-4.4-i586-1.txz
  • a/kernel-modules-smp-4.4_smp-i686-1.txz
  • d/kernel-headers-4.4_smp-x86-1.txz
  • k/kernel-source-4.4_smp-noarch-1.txz
  • l/keybinder-0.3.1-i586-1.txz
    Add support for GTK+3, which is needed by xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin to grab
    multimedia keys.
  • l/xapian-core-1.2.22-i586-1.txz
  • n/bluez-5.37-i586-1.txz
  • n/dhcp-4.3.3_P1-i586-1.txz
    This update fixes a denial-of-service vulnerability.
    For more information, see:
    (* Security fix *)
  • x/libdrm-2.4.66-i586-1.txz
  • x/xf86-input-evdev-2.10.1-i586-1.txz
  • xap/audacious-3.7.1-i586-1.txz
  • xap/audacious-plugins-3.7.1-i586-1.txz
  • xap/mozilla-firefox-43.0.4-i586-1.txz
  • xap/mozilla-thunderbird-38.5.1-i586-1.txz
  • extra/linux-4.4-nosmp-sdk/*
  • kernels/*
    pasture/apmd-3.2.2-i486-3.txz: Moved to /pasture.
  • ap/pamixer-1.3.1-i586-1.txz
    A command-line mixer for PulseAudio.
  • l/alsa-plugins-1.1.0-i586-1.txz
    This provides a plugin to redirect ALSA output to PulseAudio.
  • l/atkmm-2.24.2-i586-1.txz
  • l/cairomm-1.12.0-i586-1.txz
  • l/glibmm-2.46.3-i586-1.txz
  • l/gtkmm3-3.18.0-i586-1.txz
  • l/json-c-0.12-i586-1.txz
    This is needed by PulseAudio.
  • l/libasyncns-0.8-i586-1.txz
    This is needed by PulseAudio.
  • l/libsigc++-2.6.2-i586-1.txz
  • l/pangomm-2.38.1-i586-1.txz
  • l/pulseaudio-7.1-i586-1.txz
  • l/speexdsp-1.2rc3-i586-1.txz
    This is needed by PulseAudio.
  • x/xf86-video-amdgpu-1.0.0-i586-1.txz
  • xap/pavucontrol-3.0-i586-1.txz
    A mixer for PulseAudio. Requires the GTKmm stack.
  • xfce/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.2.4-i586-1.txz
    This replaces xfce4-mixer and xfce4-volumed.
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