Weekly Status Report: 2019-08-18

Hello all!

We are excited to announce that we are in the testing phase of the 1.0-BETA4 release. Currently, we have verified correct operation on two of our Tier 1 architectures: ppc, and pmmx. We hope to finish testing on the other Tier 1 architectures today, and then 1.0-BETA4 will be ready for release!

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.

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Updated 220 packages to their latest versions, including Firefox, KDE Applications to 19.08.0, Node.js, the Thunderbird email client, and various XFCE applications.
  • Amended the configuration of easy-kernel to support all available wireless LAN chipsets. Additionally, enabled more AGP options for pmmx.
  • Fixed the final issue preventing some 64-bit PowerPCs from booting when using the GRUB 2 bootloader.
  • Split xfsprogs 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.
  • Added support for the AMD K6/Athlon and Pentium MMX/2/3 CPUs to Qt 5 QML. This allows KDE Plasma 5 to run on non-Pentium 4 pmmx machines.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Fixed an issue in skalibs that could cause incorrect configuration in the s6-linux-init early-boot environment.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Fixed security issues in the Apache Web server and the PostgreSQL database system.
  • Updated Netsurf, Vala, VIM, XRandR, and XTerm to their latest versions.
  • Fixed a regression in XTerm that caused display issues with tmux.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@):

  • Updated the ripgrep utility to its latest version.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-08-11

Hello all!

We are elated to announce that after months of diligent and tireless effort across multiple teams, including the Adélie Linux team, the Mozilla JavaScript and Graphics teams, and the Raptor Workstation comunity, we have managed to land Firefox “Quantum” 68 on four of our five Tier 1 architectures!

This week has also seen a flurry of work in preparation for the imminent release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4, including many exciting updates and fixes. This also marks the last release of easy-kernel with the MuQSS scheduler. Read on…

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 70: DistroWatch
  • 49: Google
  • 24: DuckDuckGo
  • 20: Repology
  • 19: ungleich.ch

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 986: /
  • 237: /about.html
  • 157: /announcements/
  • 42: /about-qa.html
  • 29: /team.html
  • 19: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Fixed an issue in the parted utility that caused a crash while manipulating BSD disklabels on big endian systems, including 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC and S390x mainframes.
  • Fixed a packaging issue that resulted in grep failing to start on systems with a split /usr partition.
  • Fixed an issue with Dracut that caused some computers to fail to boot properly with a split /usr partition.
  • Fixed a security issue in the musl C library on 32-bit x86 computers.
  • Updated 94 packages to their current versions, including the Claws email client, Erlang, the FFmpeg media player, the Krita drawing system, LLVM and Clang, NetworkManager, Node.js, OpenTTD, Qt Creator, the SANE scanning library, and the Shadow login management system. With sysvinit@, aranea@, and others, also updated Firefox to the very latest stable release, 68.0.1.
  • Updated the KDE Plasma desktop environment to its latest stable release, 5.12.8.
  • Fixed an issue in the c-ares package that could cause a crash when trying to resolve an .onion domain.
  • Fixed an issue in Gwenview that caused a crash when trying to load a thumbnail for certain Canon RAW images.
  • Fixed an issue in Firefox “Quantum” related to video playback on big endian systems, including 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC computers.

Alyx Wolcott (alyx@):

  • Updated the Redis key-store database to its current version.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Fixed an issue in the cmus media player with playing Audio CDs.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Fixed security issues in the exiv2 graphics library, PHP, and Python 3.
  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including CUPS filters, the feh graphics software, i3lock, the mutt email client, NextCloud, the qpdfview document viewer, youtube-dl, and 15 Python modules.
  • Added new packages, including the Python psycopg2 module for PostgreSQL databases.
  • Fixed a packaging issue in argp-standalone and obstack.

Molly Miller (sysvinit@):

  • Forward-ported many Firefox patches to the 68 ESR branch, fixed AV1 support, and identified build issues with Firefox “Quantum”.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@):

  • Fixed packaging issues in Cyrus SASL, gtk-doc, and Nettle.
  • Updated the easy-kernel package to 4.14.136, and update the mc15 patchset. This includes the removal of MuQSS, and the addition of more security and reliability fixes.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-08-04

Hello all!

We are proud to announce that Samuel Holland (smaeul@) has been hard at work bringing our ARMv7 port back up, and we expect to be able to make a release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4 for ARMv7 in the days after the release for all Tier 1 architectures. We’ve also been hard at work on making Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4 the best release yet — read on for more details!

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 37: DistroWatch
  • 24: Google
  • 19: ungleich.ch
  • 17: DuckDuckGo
  • 8: Tie: Reddit / Repology

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1133: /
  • 310: /about.html
  • 158: /announcements/
  • 51: /about-qa.html
  • 40: /team.html
  • 36: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Fixed a packaging issue with eudev.
  • Fixed a deadlock in Gamin which caused issues with lighttpd on 64-bit ARM computers.
  • Improved the initial experience for new shell login accounts.
  • Fixed an issue with using a mouse scroll-wheel in Qt 5 on big endian computers, including 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC.
  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including the aspell spell checker, the GnuTLS network library, Audio CD support libraries, the Meson build system, and two Python modules.

Laurent Bercot (skarnet@):

  • Updated s6-linux-init and utmps to their current versions.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Fixed security issues in many packages and libraries, including binutils, EXIF, GnuPG, ID3, LDAP, NSS, VNC, and many others.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@):

  • Fixed packaging issues in the iproute2 and LVM2 packages.
  • Fixed issues in APK Tools, LVM2, and libverto relating to building with dash as /bin/sh.
  • Updated the parted utility, the pax(1) utility, JFS support, and the ZIP archiver for the newest version of the musl C library.
  • Fixed issues with the packaging of the Boost C++ libraries, libexecinfo, and the lsof utility for building on 32-bit ARM computers.

Weekly Status Report: 2019-07-28

Hello all!

We have done so much work on polishing Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3 Update 1 that we have decided to make it a full release. We are now working towards the release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4!

We have also migrated some of our server systems, including our Community Wiki and issue tracker (BTS), to 64-bit ARM systems. This migration has allowed us to identify and fix certain issues affecting server loads on 64-bit ARM computers. We are very happy to have our partners at WorksOnArm generously providing us our 64-bit ARM build machine, and for their support and knowledge.

We are additionally excited to note that Max Rees (sroracle@) has spent this week working very hard on removing Bashisms from the entire operating system. This means that Adélie is now officially bootable — and buildable — using dash as /bin/sh! This will allow low-end computers to boot much faster, and ensures that our scripts are conforming to the POSIX shell standard.

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 78: DistroWatch
  • 66: Google
  • 32: Reddit
  • 21: DuckDuckGo
  • 16: ungleich.ch

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1155: /
  • 309: /about.html
  • 135: /announcements/
  • 78: /about-qa.html
  • 50: /team.html
  • 29: /contribute.html

Packaging

A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Fixed an issue with the libffi library on 64-bit PowerPC computers.
  • Updated PulseAudio to its current version.
  • Fixed an issue with coreutils.
  • Removed the OpenJDK 7 package.
  • Fixed an issue in the vde2 networking library on 32-bit systems.
  • Updated KDE Applications to 19.04.3.
  • Set the default root shell to /bin/sh, allowing login as root without the Bash shell installed.
  • Set the default user shell to Zsh.
  • Fixed a packaging issue in Lighttpd.

Alyx Wolcott (alyx@):

  • Added a package for dumb-init, the Docker init system.
  • Fixed the maintainer line for the Python D-Bus module.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@):

  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including XFCE applications, and XTerm.

Laurent Bercot (skarnet@):

  • Added early getty support to s6-linux-init.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Merged device-mapper into the LVM2 package.
  • Fixed an issue with the packaging of the Adélie Base System that caused the POSIX profile to fail to correctly use the utmpx service.
  • Fixed a packaging issue with the abuild utility.
  • Fixed a configuration issue with i3status and MPlayer.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Added Subversion support to Git.
  • Updated PHP to its current version.
  • Removed Bashisms from all Adélie package recipes. The tree is now buildable with alternative shells, such as dash or Zsh. They additionally changed all package recipes to use LSB-compliant useradd, and changed OpenRC scripts to use POSIX shell constructs as well.
  • Fixed multiple security issues in the patch utility, multiple security issues in the libxslt package, a security issue in bzip2, and a security issue in the Atril PDF viewer.
  • Added a package for cve-check-tool.
  • Fixed an issue in the Python dateutil module.