Slackware 14.2 and Adaptec AIC94xx SCSI

I recently upgraded a Supermicros X7DB8 motherboard server from Slackware64 13.37 to Slackware64 14.2. Initially, I had issues with the built-in Adaptec AIC-9410W SAS not detecting the attached drives. After much thinking and some poking around, I finally discovered that the package kernel-firmware-20191108 is missing the firmware for this card: aic94xx-seq.fw. As an expedient, I … Read more

Installing LibreOffice 4.1 on Slackware by tweaking the 4.0.4 .SlackBuild

NOTE: The .SlackBuild for Libre Office has been updated for LibreOffice 4.1.3, so these directions are obsolete. Being an impatient person, I chose not to wait for the .SlackBuild for LibreOffice to be updated for version 4.1, so I hacked the file intended for version 4.0.4 to work. Blessings be, it turned out to be very … Read more Fails With Segfault After Upgrading Slackware Packages (NVidia)

When I upgraded the packages on my Slackware64 13.37 workstation recently, XWindows failed to start, bombing with a lovely segfault: /usr/bin/X (xorg_backtrace+0x28) [0x4a02e8] /usr/bin/X (0x400000+0x60fd9) [0x460fd9] /lib64/ (0x7f682d403000+0x340b0) [0x7f682d4370b0] Segmentation fault at address (nil) Fatal server error: Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault). Server aborting It occurred to me that the NVidia driver I was … Read more

Mozilla Firefox 6.0.1 on Slackware 13.37

I was getting tired of WordPress telling me that my version of Mozilla Firefox was out of date, so I decide to see if I could build the latest version for my Slackware64 13.37 workstation. This is the journal of that journey. If you’re looking for directions without all the commentary and interesting stuff, try … Read more

Google Chrome on Slackware: Go Borderless!

When I upgraded Google Chrome to version 6.0.472.53, borders appeared around the window: these borders were not there when I was running version 5.x and I was not happy! After wasting much time creating a Window-Specific behavior–causing my KDE theme’s minimize, maximize and close buttons to disappear–I realized that what I was looking for was … Read more

Slackware64 13.0 on the MacBook: sound

With the stock kernel,, I had to install the latest alsa drivers from: and still, I had sound only from the right channel.  This may have been my fault I added the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/sound: options snd_hda_intel model=mbp3 Anyway, I decided to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.34 and found that its drivers … Read more