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Slackware 13.37 RC1 has been released

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A couple of months back, I was participating in a discussion where the Slackware banter was especially light, and Slackware maintainer Patrick Volkerding chimed in.

Rather candidly, and seemingly more tongue in cheek than anything else, Patrick dropped onto the table the possibility for a cult-like version number scheme with regards to the next version of Slackware to be released...

Well, we all had a lot of fun kicking around ideas for a really kewl version number, and why not? Patrick bumped the version several major points a few years back, in part, to poke fun at the skyrocketing versioning that some other distros had engaged in.

Requests have already started pouring in from all over the globe for T-Shirts to commemorate this landmark Slackware version - even though it is still in pre-release.

For those of you who just can't help but read into things more deeply, you may have noticed something peculiar about the time-stamp for this article, and yes, it was intentional. We've catered the scheduling for the release of this news article to coincide exactly with a time to honor both the geeky elitists out there as well as our fellow Slackers!

I remember sitting around with a few LUGgers a few years back, chuckling at how Redhat's versioning schemata had so many Microsoft-isms - like, " ain't stable until service pack two is released", ribbings.

Only with Redhat, at the time it was, "Don't install or upgrade unless it is a point 2 (As in Redhat 6.2 or 7.2) release."

In fact, not long after that Redhat started the clock all over again with version 1 again - this time calling it Redhat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL for short, and Fedora was spun unto its own.

But I digress.

Well, all that light banter and silliness in geekdom came to fruition this morning when Patrick announced the release of (or rather, he says we can consider it as such) RC1 for Slackware 13.37.

hm... aren't we just smug little Elitists?

Here's a quote from Eric Hameleers' blog heralding the event - one that is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows in the UNIX world:

"Yes folks… we have a release candidate for the next stable version of Slackware. Its version number is going to be “13.37” as could be expected… it was too tempting not to be used, after we had “12.34567890? for a little while during an earlier development cycle…

Well, apart from the bad pundits, it's for certain that we're staring at what the next version of Slackware Linux is going to look like, and the Kernel that the team has settled upon for this mission.

So without further ado, NorthTech brings you... The Slackware Changelog....

Current (pre-release) ChangeLog for x86_64

Wed Mar 9 05:52:06 UTC 2011
Hey folks, I think it's time for Slackware 13.37 (hopefully this helps
make up for our lack of code names) release candidate 1!
After a lot of testing and consideration, we've decided to go with the
recently released Linux kernel which seems to work best for X,
contains support for Speakup, and looks like a better kernel branch to
be using as we move forward.
Please test so we can have a stable release soon. :-)
a/aaa_elflibs-13.37-x86_64-1.txz: Rebuilt.
a/aaa_terminfo-5.8-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
a/gdisk-0.6.14-x86_64-1.txz: Added.
GPT fdisk is used to partition disks using GPT instead of MBR.
a/glibc-solibs-2.13-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
a/glibc-zoneinfo-2.13-noarch-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Upgraded to tzcode2011c and tzdata2011c.
a/kernel-firmware- Upgraded.
a/kernel-generic- Upgraded.
a/kernel-huge- Upgraded.
a/kernel-modules- Upgraded.
a/libcgroup-0.37.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
Fixed a heap-based buffer overflow that could allow privilege escalation.
For more information, see:
(* Security fix *)
a/pkgtools-13.37-noarch-1.tgz: Upgraded.
Provide a better mount example in pkgtool.
Changed the output of installpkg's --warn option to be useful for making
a backup and documented this usage in the man page. Thanks to Oda.
ap/vim-7.3.138-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/kernel-headers- Upgraded.
d/m4-1.4.16-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
d/ruby-1.9.1_p431-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
k/kernel-source- Upgraded.
l/glib2-2.28.2-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/glibc-2.13-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
l/glibc-i18n-2.13-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Recompiled against Linux kernel headers.
l/glibc-profile-2.13-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
l/iso-codes-3.24.2-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/jre-6u24-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/ncurses-5.8-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/polkit-0.101-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/polkit-gnome-0.101-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
l/raptor2-2.0.0-x86_64-1.txz: Removed.
This was breaking some things that do not like the raptor2 interfaces.
Revert everything to versions using raptor1 for now.
l/rasqal-0.9.21-x86_64-1.txz: Reverted.
Backed away from newer rasqal versions that require raptor2 for now.
l/redland-1.0.12-x86_64-1.txz: Reverted.
Don't use 1.0.13 which links raptor2 and is causing compile problems.
n/bluez-4.89-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/bluez-hcidump-2.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/dhcp-4.2.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/dhcpcd-5.2.11-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/dirmngr-1.1.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/gnupg2-2.0.17-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/gnutls-2.10.5-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/gpgme-1.3.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/iwlwifi-100-ucode- Added.
Microcode to support the Intel Centrino Wireless-N chipset.
n/iwlwifi-5000-ucode- Upgraded.
n/iwlwifi-6000-ucode- Upgraded.
n/iwlwifi-6xxx-ucode- Added.
Microcode to support Intel 6000G2A, 6000G2B, 6150BGN, and 6250AGN wifi.
n/libksba-1.2.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/nfs-utils-1.2.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/pinentry-0.8.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/samba-3.5.8-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
n/yptools-2.12-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Upgraded to ypbind-mt-1.32 and ypserv-2.24.
x/compiz-50c061b29c-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/fixesproto-5.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libXfixes-5.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libXt-1.1.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/util-macros-1.12.0-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xcompmgr-1.1.5-x86_64-2.txz: Upgraded.
Merged transparency fix. Thanks to Erik Jan Tromp.
x/xextproto-7.2.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-input-synaptics-1.4.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-input-vmmouse-12.7.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-chips-1.2.4-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-siliconmotion-1.7.5-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xkbcomp-1.2.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-1.9.4-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
Applied upstream patch to fix EXA color tiling bug.
x/xorg-server-xephyr-1.9.4-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
x/xorg-server-xnest-1.9.4-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
x/xorg-server-xvfb-1.9.4-x86_64-2.txz: Rebuilt.
xap/blueman-r708-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
xap/mozilla-firefox-3.6.15-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
Firefox 3.6.15 is a security and stability update to Firefox 3.6.x.
(* Security fix *)
xap/mozilla-thunderbird-3.1.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
Thunderbird 3.1.9 is a security and stability update.
(* Security fix *)
xap/vim-gvim-7.3.138-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
extra/jdk-6/jdk-6u24-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
extra/source/flashplayer-plugin/: Upgraded build to version 10_2.111710.
isolinux/initrd.img: Rebuilt.
kernels/*: Upgraded.
usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img: Rebuilt.

Another noteworthy point here is the kernel version we're using with this release - (I think we're on a roll here people!) 37 just might be the new 42!

The Multi-Lib compat32 package repositories have been updated as well, and a new glibc is available as well. Links to the most important aspects of this release have been posted by Gary, all in one place, HERE

As always, you can 'Get Slack' at