Weekly Status Report: 2019-09-08

Hello all!

The past week has had a large focus on writing good specifications for Horizon. This week has also seen some progress with Rust.

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 71: Google searches
  • 47: DistroWatch
  • 31: DuckDuckGo searches
  • 30: Repology
  • 18: Reddit

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

Horizon

The HorizonScript specification is mostly complete; it will proceed to the comment phase at the same time as the Project Requirements.

The Project Requirements themselves are progressing nicely, with the main sections left to be written being the Disk Partitioner, the Boot Setup, the Runner process, and non-functional (performance and reliability) requirements. Logging, accessibility, and the on-disk HorizonScript format are also being discussed and specified.

General discussion

Samuel Holland (smaeul) has fixed the 32-bit PowerPC ABI in the Rust compiler, which should solve the issues building Firefox for 32-bit PowerPC.

Have fun this week!

Weekly Status Report: 2019-09-01

Hello all!

This week has been dedicated to writing the specifications for our new installation system, Project Horizon. We are happy to announce that the final edition of the Vision Document for Horizon has been completed Saturday, and the formal Requirements Specification is being actively written.

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 73: Google searches
  • 58: This very blog
  • 54: DistroWatch
  • 46: Repology
  • 37: Reddit

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

Horizon

The Vision Document has been finished, and work has commenced on the Requirements Specification. Many of our community members have pointed out issues or typos. Jeremy Rand of Namecoin provided thoughts on a better flow for allowing users to choose whether or not they desire to use non-libre firmware for wireless or GPU devices. A full list of authors, credits, and changes can be seen in the Horizon Git repository.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-08-25

Hello all!

This week’s lead story is of course going to be our release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4. However, we have even more exciting things in the pipeline: the Horizon project is beginning in earnest! We are looking forward to providing a great, easy-to-use installation environment that follows our project’s goals of ease of use, minimal hardware requirements, and reliability.

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 202: This very blog
  • 146: catfox.life
  • 73: Google searches
  • 52: Reddit
  • 46: DuckDuckGo searches

Top 5 pages accessed:

  • 1816: /
  • 611: /about.html
  • 165: /about-qa.html
  • 51: /team.html
  • 43: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Moved /sbin/ip to /bin/ip and /usr/sbin/lspci to /usr/bin/lspci, so that non-administrators can use these utilities.
  • Removed /sbin and /usr/sbin from user $PATH by default.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Fixed regressions in the kbd package that caused some issues with setting console font and keyboard layouts.

Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4 Released

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (22 August 2019) — The Adélie Linux Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4 for all supported platforms. Learn more about Adélie Linux on our Web site.

Please note: This is a test release of Adélie Linux. While every care has been taken to ensure the stability of the system, features and packages may be missing or may not function correctly. You should always back up your computer’s data before you install a new Linux distribution. This release is being actively tested on multiple platforms. It is highly recommended that you use a dedicated computer or virtual machine to learn the environment until you are comfortable with using the Adélie Linux system and its package manager (apk).

Tier 1 platforms supported for this release: 32-bit PowerPC, 64-bit PowerPC, 32-bit Intel x86, 64-bit Intel x86, 64-bit ARM (AArch64).

Tier 2 platforms supported for this release: ARMv7.

We are happy to announce that after months of diligent and tireless effort across multiple communities, we have officially landed Firefox “Quantum” 68 on four of our five Tier 1 architectures. We are also the first Linux distribution to ship Thunderbird 68, and the first OS of any kind to ship Thunderbird 68 for 64-bit PowerPC.

We are also pleased to announce that Max Rees (sroracle@) has removed Bashisms from the entire operating system. This means that Adélie is now bootable — and buildable — using dash as /bin/sh. The default login shell for all normal users is now Zsh, as noted in the 1.0 roadmap. The default root login shell is /bin/sh, which is by default now provided by dash. This will allow computers to boot much faster (over 15% in our testing), and ensures that our scripts are conforming to the POSIX shell standard.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@) has done significant work on our ARMv7 port, and we expect to be able to make a release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4 for ARMv7 in the coming days after this release.

The xfsprogs package has been split into xfsprogs-base, which contains most utilities, and xfsprogs, which contains the xfs_scrub command. This resulted in a reduction in almost 30 MiB for the size of the Live CDs, because xfs_scrub was the only Live CD command present that used the ICU Unicode library. Installations using XFS should not be affected, because the ‘xfsprogs’ package automatically installs xfsprogs-base.

Release Notes

All architectures

  • Split /usr support has been fully tested and is now supported on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • Support for Ada, COBOL, Erlang, and Rust 1.35.0 is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • APK Tools has been updated to 2.10.4; multiple functional and security issues have been fixed; output of –help has been slightly improved.
  • The console-setup package has been fixed to allow non-US keyboard layouts to be utilised properly on the command line and in X11.
  • Firefox “Quantum” 68 and Thunderbird 68 are now available on all Tier 1 architectures except 32-bit PowerPC.
  • GTK+ has been reconfigured to allow use of languages other than English in software that supports multilingual user interfaces.
  • The iptables firewalling system is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • Fixed display and networking issues in the Java runtime. Additionally, the Ant build system is now available.
  • KDE Applications have been updated to 19.08.0, and KDE Plasma has been updated to 5.12.8.
  • easy-kernel has been updated to 4.14.138-mc15, and its configuration has been overhauled, including:
    • Removal of the MuQSS scheduler.
    • Better networking configuration for all platforms.
    • More cryptography support, including more algorithms available for LUKS.
    • Wider device support, including addition of drivers on all platforms for Wi-Fi, graphics, and more.
  • LLVM has been updated to 8.0.1, and more targets have been added for cross-compilation.
  • The MariaDB database system is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • The MPlayer media player is now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • The musl-locales package has been added, which provides the locale(1) command and translations for on-screen dates and times for four languages.
  • OpenRC service files have been added for SDDM. This allows you to boot directly to graphics mode.
  • PostScript support is now available in most document viewers, including Evince and Okular.
  • Rust utilities, including ripgrep, xsv, and zola, are now available on all Tier 1 architectures.
  • The s6-linux-init system is now available on all Tier 1 architectures, as an alternative to sysvinit.
  • WeeChat now correctly loads Python scripts.
  • X11 drivers for more GPUs are now available, including AMDGPU, VirtualBox, VMware, and more.
  • XFCE has been updated to 4.14, and multiple issues with starting XFCE sessions have been fixed.
  • …and over a thousand other enhancements, updates, and fixes!

Security

Over 200 security issues have been fixed in this version of Adélie Linux, including two identified by our own research: CVE-2019-12875 and CVE-2019-14697.

64-bit ARM (aarch64)

  • Fixed a deadlock in Gamin which caused issues with lighttpd on 64-bit ARM computers.

32-bit PowerPC (ppc)

  • More disk drivers have been enabled in easy-kernel, allowing boot on Power Macintosh G3 and G4.
  • Fixed an issue in the parted utility that caused a crash while manipulating BSD disklabels on big endian systems.
  • Fixed an issue with using a mouse scroll-wheel in Qt 5 on big endian computers.
  • vde2 has been fixed to work on 32-bit systems.

64-bit PowerPC (ppc64)

  • Clang now correctly builds for ELFv2.
  • All issues surrounding booting 64-bit PowerPC computers with GRUB have been fixed.
  • ABI issues have been fixed in the libffi package.
  • The opal-utils package has been added for maintenance of 64-bit PowerPC computers.
  • Fixed an issue in the parted utility that caused a crash while manipulating BSD disklabels on big endian systems.
  • The PCRE 2 library has been updated with JIT support for 64-bit PowerPC.
  • Fixed an issue with using a mouse scroll-wheel in Qt 5 on big endian computers.

32-bit x86 (pmmx)

  • Clang now correctly links for 32-bit x86 computers.
  • More AGP support has been enabled in easy-kernel, and verbose bootup has been disabled allowing faster boot.
  • Fixed an issue in the ICU Unicode library that caused issues with formatting dates on 32-bit x86 computers.
  • The musl C library has been patched for a security issue (CVE-2019-14697) on 32-bit x86 computers involving math functions.
  • Qt 5 QML has been modified to add support for the AMD K6/Athlon and Pentium MMX/2/3 CPUs. This allows KDE Plasma 5 and other Qt 5 software to run on non-Pentium 4 pmmx machines.
  • vde2 has been fixed to work on 32-bit systems.
  • WINE has been updated to version 4.0.1, with much wider compatibility for Windows® applications and games.

64-bit x86 (x86_64)

  • Multiple issues with (U)EFI support have been fixed in GRUB.
  • WINE has been updated to version 4.0.1, with much wider compatibility for Windows® applications and games.

Statistics

Adélie Packages

There were 1,000 commits to packages.git between 1.0-BETA3 and 1.0-BETA4, by thirteen developers:

  • A. Wilcox (625)
  • Max Rees (158)
  • Kiyoshi Aman (97)
  • Samuel Holland (30)
  • Luis Ressel (29)
  • Dan Theisen (28)
  • Alyx Wolcott (14)
  • Laurent Bercot (6)
  • multiplexd (5)
  • Molly Miller (4)
  • Gavin Howard (2)
  • Seamus Caveney (1)
  • zlg (1)

Team

  • zlg, maintainer of Python packages and Certbot, has decided to take their leave of the Adélie project. We wish them the very best in their new endeavours.
  • We have welcomed a new committer, Alyx Wolcott (alyx@).