Slackel 7.2 to be Rolled Out

A main feature of Slackel is the use of the constantly updated Slackware-Current branch and graphic environment is based on Openbox window manager
23 July 2019   678

A release of the Slackel 7.2 distribution kit, built on the designs of Slackware and Salix projects, and fully compatible with the repositories offered therein is presented. A key feature of Slackel is the use of the constantly updated Slackware-Current branch. The graphical environment is based on the Openbox window manager. The size of the boot image that can work in Live mode is 1.5 GB (32 and 64 bits). The distribution can be used on systems with 512 MB of RAM.

Major innovations:

  • Added instonusb graphical user interface for installing Slackel and Salix Live images on a USB drive, including the ability to create an encrypted file with a state that has been modified during the process;
  • A graphical multibootusb utility has been added to create Live USB editions of Slackel and Salix, allowing you to choose from several available live images during the download phase;
  • Introduced the Slackel Live Installer (sli) installer, which represents an interface for installing the distribution in graphical mode and setting basic settings such as language, keyboard layout, time zone, and NTP server for time synchronization.
  • Added the ability to save modified and added during the session data in an encrypted file or to encrypt the / home partition. Encryption modes are enabled through the transfer of options changes = persistent and home = persistent
  • Added new parameter 'medialabel = "USB_LABEL_NAME"', which allows you to specify the label of the boot image when booting multiple OS from Live USB;
  • In the Live-environment added full support for multimedia without installing separate codecs.

Linux 5.5 Kernel to be Released

The new version release took 2 months and it has adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers and 44% of chages relates to device drivers
27 January 2020   205

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux 5.5 kernel release. Among the most notable changes: the ability to assign alternative names to network interfaces, the integration of cryptographic functions from the Zinc library, the ability to mirror more than 2 disks in Btrfs RAID1, the mechanism for monitoring the status of Live patches, the kunit unit testing framework, the increased performance of the mac80211 wireless stack, the ability to access to the root partition via the SMB protocol, type verification in BPF.

The new version adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers, the patch size is 44 MB (the changes affected 11781 files, 609208 lines of code were added, 292520 lines were deleted). About 44% of all the changes presented in 5.5 are related to device drivers, about 18% of changes are related to updating the code specific to hardware architectures, 12% are connected to the network stack, 4% to file systems and 3% to internal kernel subsystems.

As always, new version brought the significant number of changes and improvements, you can check them at the official mainling at the LWM.