Weekly Status Report: 2019-07-21

Hello all!

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 65: DistroWatch
  • 65: Google
  • 39: Reddit
  • 27: without-systemd.org
  • 20: Repology

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1130: /
  • 296: /about.html
  • 128: /announcements/
  • 64: /about-qa.html
  • 41: /team.html
  • 38: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Added the fbset package, allowing control of framebuffers.
  • Fixed an issue where the scp command may not work properly when transferring files to systems with only the server components of OpenSSH installed.
  • Added X11 support for the following graphics cards and accelerators:
    • AMDGPU (Bleeding-edge AMD Radeon)
    • GLINT/Permedia
    • Rendition
    • SiliconMotion
    • SiS, both PCI/AGP and USB
    • Sun Leo and Creator
    • Trident
    • VirtualBox Virtual Graphics Adaptor
    • VESA Generic
    • VMware VMSVGA
  • Fixed an issue with Netsurf that may cause a crash loading pages from sites using the experimental HTTP/2 protocol.
  • Added packaging for 6 Python modules.
  • Fixed an issue with libwacom which may cause some drawing tablets to be incorrectly recognised.
  • Fixed an issue with libinput that caused some touchpads and mice to misbehave.
  • Updated many packages to their latest versions, including cURL, file system utilities, graphics and media libraries, the musl C library, ncurses, 11 Python modules, spell checking libraries, and the experimental Wayland base library.
  • Fixed multiple issues in xdg-utils, improving security and reliability on all desktop systems.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@):

  • Updated many packages to their latest versions, including MATE and XFCE applications, the VIM text editor, and ImageMagick.
  • Added a package for the MPlayer media player.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Fixed issues with the configuration of easy-kernel on 64-bit ARM computers.
  • Updated nsd to its latest version.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-07-14

Hello all!

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 65: DistroWatch
  • 49: without-systemd.org
  • 45: Google
  • 31: DuckDuckGo
  • 24: Repology

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1090: /
  • 317: /about.html
  • 140: /announcements/
  • 64: /about-qa.html
  • 48: /team.html
  • 29: /contribute.html

APK Tools

A. Wilcox (awilfox@) added a mention of the search applet to the output of apk --help, an omission noted by fungalnet on Reddit. They also fixed an issue with virtual package versions that caused APK Tools to use a string past its stack lifetime.

Max Rees (sroracle@) changed virtual package versions to always use UTC time, so that local timezone changes and daylight savings time would not cause issues with virtual package updates.

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Updated APK Tools to its current version, 2.10.4, and merged in the patches from the Adélie Linux team as described above.
  • Updated 12 Perl modules, the Argon2 password library, and bash-completion to their current versions.
  • Changed easy-kernel configuration to allow for better network performance on wireless and cellular links.
  • Fixed an issue in the ICU Unicode library that caused issues with formatting dates on 32-bit x86 computers.

Gavin Howard (gdh):

  • Updated bc to its final version.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including i3status, nftables, and s6-linux-init.
  • Fixed a packaging issue in coreutils.
  • Overhauled easy-kernel configuration for better performance and usability.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Fixed a security issue in Redis.
  • Added a package for a new variant of Bubblewrap.

Molly Miller (sysvinit@):

  • Updated cbindgen to its current version.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-07-07

Hello all!

It’s July, and Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3 Update 1 is heating up. We have officially landed MariaDB on all five Tier 1 architectures! We have also welcomed a new committer, Alyx Wolcott (alyx@).

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 76: DistroWatch
  • 67: without-systemd.org
  • 60: Google
  • 39: This very blog
  • 30: Repology

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1172: /
  • 313: /about.html
  • 135: /announcements/
  • 66: /about-qa.html
  • 52: /team.html
  • 39: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Fixed packaging issues with the Ruby programming language.
  • Enabled more testing on the libssh2 package, ensuring continued reliability and security.
  • Fixed issues with DocBook packages.
  • Fixed an issue with LVM that prevented certain computers from booting.
  • Fixed multiple issues in GTK+ that prevented multilingual user interfaces from functioning correctly.
  • Fixed an issue in coreutils that prevented boot on computers that store /usr on a separate partition.
  • Updated NSS to its current version.

Alyx Wolcott (alyx@):

  • Added packages for Rebar (an Erlang build system), three Perl modules, and the Ruby Bundler.

Dan Theisen (djt@):

  • Added packages for ccache, MariaDB, Netcat, and numactl.
  • Added a default configuration file for WPA Supplicant.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@):

  • Fixed security issues in the IRSSI chat client
  • Fixed an issue with the Lua filesystem module.
  • Updated the VIM text editor and five Perl modules to their latest versions.
  • Fixed an issue with GRUB that prevented EFI boot from being installed correctly.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Updated WireGuard to its latest version.

Molly Miller (sysvinit@):

  • Added the iptables package.

Team

zlg, known for working on Python packages and especially Certbot, has decided to take their leave of the Adélie project. We wish them the very best in their new endeavours.

We are happy to announce that Luis Ressel (aranea@) is sponsoring Alyx Wolcott (alyx) as a new committer! They are already a member of the Infrastructure Team, and their venture, Leuhta Labs, is presently donating the hardware that is running our GitLab server.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-06-30

Hello all!

We’re closing out the month of June with a plethora of new languages officially supported by the Adélie Linux system: Ada, COBOL, Erlang, and Rust! The Rust interpreter has been packaged for a while, but in the past week we’ve added multiple packages that are written in Rust. They run on all of our Tier 1 architectures, and we’re very excited to be the first musl-based distribution to have Rust on five CPUs.

This week has also seen our first Infrastructure Team meeting, which allowed us to identify what we need to work on going forward to ensure reliability of our mirrors, Web site, and Git repositories.

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 227: This very blog
  • 103: Reddit
  • 95: DistroWatch
  • 75: Google
  • 53: without-systemd.org

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1567: /
  • 649: /about.html
  • 174: /about-qa.html
  • 149: /announcements/
  • 54: /team.html
  • 41: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including FLTK, GTK libraries, the Guile programming language, and the pax(1) archive tool.
  • With smaeul, added the Ada programming language.
  • With alyx, added the Erlang programming language.
  • Fixed an issue with the console-setup package, allowing non-US keyboard layouts to be utilised properly on Adélie Linux.
  • Updated PCRE 2 to its newest version, which enabled much better performance on 64-bit PowerPC computers.
  • Fixed an issue in Ghostscript that prevented most document viewers from opening .ps (PostScript) files.
  • Fixed an issue in GRUB that prevented it from booting correctly in some configurations on 64-bit PowerPC computers.

Alyx Wolcott (alyx):

  • Added the Erlang programming language (with awilfox@), and fixed issues with it on 32-bit x86 computers.
  • Added the musl-locales package, providing the locale(1) command and translation of months and day names into other languages.

Dan Theisen (djt@):

  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including the BIND suite of DNS software, the DHCP client, the i3 window manager, LVM, the Nano text editor, the C shell, and various network utilities.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@):

  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including GTK+ 3.0, FeatherPad, IceWM, VIM, and WeeChat.

Laurent Bercot (skarnet@):

  • Updated the s6 suite of utilities to their current versions.
  • Added the s6-linux-init system.

Luis Ressell (aranea@):

  • Added more targets to the LLVM package, allowing our LLVM package to build code for more different types of computers.
  • Added better cryptography support to easy-kernel.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Added the COBOL programming language.
  • Fixed a security issue in the PostgreSQL database system.
  • Updated the Exiv2 image metadata library, the Poppler PDF library, and the qpdfview document viewer.
  • Fixed an issue in WeeChat that prevented it from loading Python scripts.

Samuel Holland (smaeul):

  • Added the gprbuild build system.
  • With awilfox@, added the Ada programming language.
  • Added Rust utilities ripgrep, xsv, and zola.