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Mid June Updates

More than 2 weeks since i gave an update to -current development and things are going more interesting in -current branch. It stays up-to-date with latest changes upstream while keeping the stability standards high. Here's some highlight in the last two weeks:
Kernel: Upgraded to 4.9.31Firefox: Upgraded to 52.2.0ESR releaseThunderbird: Upgraded to 52.2.0 release and switched to GTK+3NetworkManager: Upgraded to 1.8.0sqlite: Upgraded to 3.19.3bind: Upgraded to 9.11.1_P1gnupg2: Upgraded to 2.1.21gpgme: Upgraded to 1.9.0 (drop libgpgme-pthread support)pth -> npth replacementdirmngr removal (included in latest gnupg2)samba: Upgraded to 4.6.5glew: Upgraded to 2.0.0irssi: Upgraded to 1.0.3libdrm: Upgraded to 2.4.81mesa: Upgraded to 17.1.2gdb: Upgraded to 8.0sane: Upgraded to 1.0.27alsa-lib: Upgraded to 1.1.4.1cmake: Upgraded to 3.8.2mutt: Upgraded to 1.8.3 Due to the changes in the gnupg2 package, some startup scripts might need a little tweak. It dropped some options, so you might nee…

Migrating to x86_64

This evening, i decided to remove my Slackware-Current installation on my old Asus laptop which is still at 32 bit architecture and replace it with Slackware 14.2 64 bit architecture. The reason is simple: more and more upstream projects are supporting only for x86_64. Google, Facebook, Apple, and many big companies invest heavily on x86_64 architecture which has better future. It supports more memory without the use of PAE and better overall performance. Another reason is because i want to play more with Docker, which is (again) only available for x86_64 platform. Docker is now considered mature and ready to be deployed into production environments, so it's time to learn more about it.

I decided to stay with Slackware64 14.2 instead of going with -current for this laptop. I simply use the dual-side DVD of Slackware64-14.2 i got from Slackware Store and install it directly on the laptop. I formatted the old drive and in just under 15 minutes, the full installation is completed.

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