Weekly Status Report: 2020-02-09

Hello all!

This week was spent ensuring that Adélie Linux 1.0 RC1 is the most stable, secure, and solid release yet.


The work to ensure abuild works properly with the dash shell has concluded! This means that the abuild package no longer requires Bash.

Additionally, the work to make automatic ‘dev’ and ‘symbols’ metapackages has been pushed to our abuild.git repository.

These two items comprise the update to Adélie abuild 3.4.1.


An issue with configuring network interfaces automatically via DHCP has been fixed.

Manual network interface configuration is now supported. Code for handling IPv4 subnet prefixes was contributed by Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@).

Image Creation

The adelie-build-txz script was overhauled with the same improvements that the adelie-build-cd script received last week.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) fixed an issue that caused Krita to fail to start properly on some computers. They removed all remaining bash-specific shell constructs from package recipes. They also updated digiKam to its latest version, and updated KDE Applications to 19.12.2 and KDE Frameworks to 5.67.0.

Max Rees (sroracle@) updated LibreOffice to its latest stable version.

Weekly Status Report: 2020-02-02

Hello all!

After many tireless hours of hard work, we’ve reached one of our most important milestones yet — we have tagged Release Candidate 1! Images of Adélie Linux 1.0-RC1 will be available within a few days, along with the official release announcement.

This week has seen significant activity related to final preparations for Release Candidate 1.


A. Wilcox (awilfox@) fixed an issue with the newapkbuild utility.

Max Rees (sroracle@) corrected the last of the bashisms in the abuild utility, fixed issues with the test suite, and added support for new generation tar archives to abuild-gzsplit.

Image Creation

The boot scripts used for Adélie CDs and USB images have been reworked to be faster and more correct.

The directory structure of the image creation suite has been rearchitected. Package lists now live in the packages/ directory, and post-creation scripts live in the post/ directory.

“Kind” support has been added to the adelie-build-cd script. This allows anyone to easily create different spins of Adélie media with custom package lists and services started on boot.

Bashisms have been removed, and the adelie-build-cd script has been tested on dash, mksh, and Zsh.

The CD file system layout has been slightly changed: kernels, initial RAM disks, and SquashFS roots all have an architecture name appended. This will allow us to support multiple architectures with a single CD in the future.


KDE Plasma has been updated to the 5.18 Beta. This brings a great deal of improvements and features to the KDE experience.

An issue with xf86-video-ati that caused a crash during startup on some Radeon cards has been fixed.

Zsh now reads its global profile file on login, enabling the use of our command-not-found hook.

A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated packages, including libarchive, Mesa, and OpenSSH.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) updated packages including MATE, Vim, and XFCE. He also added packages for Rofi, an application launcher, and Samurai, a build tool.

A new contributor, Randy McCaskill, added packaging for the ufw firewall.


Berkeley DB, e2fsprogs, and OpenSSH were fixed for 64-bit time support.

Weekly Status Report: 2020-01-19

Hello all!

This week has seen our momentum increase as we grow closer to our first Release Candidate of Adélie Linux 1.0.

Our multi-project effort to bring 64-bit date/time code to 32-bit architectures is fully underway. This includes developers from Adélie Linux, the musl libc, the Linux kernel, freedesktop.org, and others. We will be publishing an article on this blog soon about the importance of “time64” and details about our porting efforts.


The output of newapkbuild has been modernised dramatically, which should result in easier addition of new packages to the Adélie Linux system.

Support for two new metapackages has been added to abuild and the Adélie Base System: dev, which will automatically install development packages for all software and libraries that you have installed, and symbols, which will automatically install debugging symbols for all software and libraries you have installed.


OpenSSL has been updated from version 1.0.2 to version 1.1.1. This brings many improvements, including TLS 1.3 compatibility, to various applications.

A. Wilcox (awilfox@) updated many packages, including cURL, Git, MariaDB, NFS file sharing, the Node.js programming environment, Qt Creator, and the Thunderbird email client.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) fixed an issue with starting the Prosody messaging server.

Lee Starnes (lstarnes@) updated the Strongswan VPN client.

Luis Ressel (aranea@) updated the Wireguard VPN suite.

Molly Miller (sysvinit@) updated the Firefox Web browser to 68.4.1.


Doxygen has been patched for invalid usage of gettimeofday.

mtdev and libinput have been patched for the new time64-safe input_event API.