Building SLiM on Slackware 13.0, 13.1, 13.37 and 14.0

I’ve recently built virtual machines of Slackware64 13.0, Slackware64 13,1, Slackware 13.37, Slackware 64 13.37 and Slackware64 14.0 on which I build custom packages to support our Linux servers. For convenience, I installed and XFCE on the virtual machines. For installs like this, I typically use SLiM as my login manager. On both Slackware … Read more

Getting Ready for 2016: SHA-2 (SHA256) Certificates and Apache

It seems Google has declared SHA-1 encryption insecure. Chrome now complains about sites using this protocol for secure (https) connections. From what I understand, certificates and servers should be upgraded before 2016 in order to be viewable by Chrome users. Once again, I turned to Qualys SSL Labs for help. Their SSL Server Test is … Read more

Yes, Virginia (and all other locales), there is an Opera 27-now 76-for Linux!

Like many others, I have been running Opera 12.16 on my Slackware box for a long time. Regular checks at told me that this was the latest version available for Linux. In March 2015, I discovered that Opera 27 was available for 64-bit Linux. With a bit of exploration and fiddling, I was able … Read more

Error with /extra/google-chrome/google-chrome.SlackBuild and Chrome 41.0.2272.76

When trying to update Google Chrome on my Slackware 14.1 box, I ran into the following error when I ran ./google-chrome.SlackBuild: no entry data.tar.lzma in archive lzma: (stdin): File format not recognized tar: This does not look like a tar archive tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors With a bit of poking around, … Read more

Chrome 40.0.2214.95 Stable?

I was updating one of my Slackware 14.1 installs today at work and when I grabbed the latest google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb from, and ran the .Slackbuild on it, I ended up with the package google-chrome-40.0.2214.95-x86_64-1.txz. Strange. When I check the Chrome Releases blog for stable updates, it still shows 40.0.2214.94 (released on 30 Jan 2015) as … Read more

After Upgrading server Compiz Fusion Fails

After installing Sunday’s update to xorg-server-1.14.3-x86_64-3 (aka 11403000) on my Slackware 14.1 box, Compiz Fusion failed with the error: “Environment instance has no attribute ‘glx_vendor’.” Actually, I first noticed that the mouse cursor was not visible. Then I found that my emerald window decorations were missing.  To see what was going on, I tried running … Read more

Bash Hell

Yes folks, that’s right. More patches for bash! While I still don’t believe the bash vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely, I am keeping bash up to date on production servers. (I would feel like a complete ID10t if a PEBCAK error on my part led the the breach of one of my beloved boxen.) I … Read more

Taking Bash Patching a Step Further

First, thanks to Pat and the Slackware gang for getting out the patched bash packages so quickly! You folks ROCK! NOTE: I can’t keep ahead of the folks at Slackware. The day after I blogged this, Slackware released the official builds of the fully-patched bash packages. Myself, being extra-paranoid and having time on my hands, … Read more

Pimping the SlackBook

I’ve been running Slackware6414.1 on this MacBook 5.1 for a while.  From what I can tell, Apple calls this a 13-inch, Late 2009 MacBook. Now I’ve decided it’s time to pimp this box. (In my world, time is a slippery thing: It’s been over four months since I started this post and I’m finally getting … Read more

Linux on the ThinkPad T440p

I recently received a Lenovo ThinkPad T440p as my work laptop. Being me, the first think I did after installing Office 2013 on Windows, was install Slackware 14.1. Much to my chagrin, the wireless adapter did not work out of the box. A bit of research revealed that the installed RealTek E8192ee–pci device 10ec:818b–wireless card … Read more