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August 4th, 2016

Slackware 14.2 now available

Posted at 08:39:54 PM by froems

It's been almost three years, but a new version of Slackware is now available. I'll probably look into installing it soon. I wonder if it comes with a version of udev that's compatible with the old RAID array this thing uses.

December 28th, 2015

Now running PHP 5.4.45

Posted at 04:35:42 AM by froems

I just upgraded PHP 5.4 to its final release. Apparently PHP 5.4 has reached its end of life, and I'll have to move to 5.5 eventually.

July 31st, 2015

And now running Apache 2.2.31

Posted at 11:52:42 PM by froems

I had installed the new version of PHP before checking to see if there was a new version of HTTPD. Lo and behold, there was. So I compiled and installed that, then recompiled PHP for the newer version of apxs.

July 31st, 2015

Now running PHP 5.4.43

Posted at 11:31:28 PM by froems

Upgraded PHP and everything seems to be okay. I had to upgrade freetype to freetype-2.5.5-x86_64-2.txz from slackware-current first because the old version of freetype was looking for an old version of libpng, which I had upgraded while trying to get KDE working.

This time I configured PHP with --enable-mbstring before compiling, because I might want to use some of the mbstring functions in a project.

July 5th, 2015

Now running the 3.18.11 kernel

Posted at 08:12:20 AM by froems

I wanted to see if I could get KDE running on the server, even though I don't really need it.

The first time I tried to run it, startx would fail. Reading through xorg.0.log, I determined that the problem was due to the server's Intel Broadwell 5500 graphics, which was too new and was unsupported by the Linux kernel that came with Slackware 14.1.

So, I installed the kernel-huge-3.18.11-x86_64-1.txz and kernel-modules-3.18.11-x86_64-1.txz packages from slackware-current. Once I was able to get the new kernel running, I found that this wasn't enough to fix the problem itself, so I also installed the video driver package xf86-video-intel-2.99.917-x86_64-1.txz from slackware-current.

I then started receiving messages about an incorrect ABI version. So I installed xorg-server-1.16.4-x86_64-1.txz from slackware-current. This resolved the ABI version but there were still some dependencies that required upgrading, which were the libpng-1.6.16-x86_64-1.txz and libxshmfence-1.2-x86_64-1.txz packages from slackware-current.

Finally, KDE was able to start, but there was no keyboard or mouse support. I had to go back to slackware-current one more time to install the xf86-input-mouse-1.9.1-x86_64-2.txz and xf86-input-keyboard-1.8.0-x86_64-2.txz packages.

And with all of that done, I was finally able to get KDE running with the mouse and keyboard working.

I don't think I'm even going to use it. I just wanted to see if I could get it to work.

June 27th, 2015

Running new server: Intel i7 5500U, 16GB RAM, 64-bit Slackware 14.1

Posted at 06:28:07 AM by froems

The old server, which served us well for almost a decade, finally burned out. Literally, the CPU heatsink seems to have gone bad and its CPU was running temperatures of 200+ degrees and constantly shutting down. So it was time to upgrade.

The new server is running a 64 bit version of Slackware 14.1, Apache 2.2.29, PHP 5.4.42. I rolled back udev from 182 to 165 because I was having the same problem with the new server seeing the RAID array.

I've spent the last week copying over everything from the old server to the new, and it looks like everything is working again.

Also, I saw that mod_perl 2.0.9 is finally out with Apache 2.4 support. I'll have to look into moving to Apache 2.4 now, when I have time.

May 2nd, 2015

Now running PHP 5.4.40

Posted at 03:31:13 PM by froems

I've upgraded PHP again and everything appears to be working.

Still no mod_perl for Apache 2.4.

April 9th, 2015

Now running PHP 5.4.39

Posted at 06:45:50 PM by froems

Upgraded PHP again. Everything seems to be working after the upgrade.

Still no mod_perl for Apache 2.4.

February 11th, 2015

Now running PHP 5.4.37

Posted at 10:01:20 PM by froems

Upgraded PHP once again. Everything seems to be running fine.

There's still no release version of mod_perl for Apache 2.4 yet. I'm starting to wonder if it will ever be released.

October 17th, 2014

Now running PHP 5.4.34

Posted at 04:54:24 PM by froems

New PHP version, patched some security holes, installed without any issues, blah blah blah.