Kernel patches: added support for HTTP mirrors

In the previous post I talked about my attempt to create a script to automate the kernel patches installation procedure on Slackware (stable) and I reported the quick ‘n’ dirty instructions to run it, with also a video demonstration. A few time after, a dear friend tried the script and he pointed out to me ...

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How to install kernel patches automatically on Slackware 2

For some strange reason, some time ago, I started to write down a simple Bash script that only detected the presence of new kernel patches on Slackware stable and installed the respective packages. Then I tried to improve it until I reached the actual version. I’m not so experienced in Bash scripting, but I decided ...

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My Slackware configuration 2

About a month ago I installed Slackware64 14.2 on my laptop, a Dell Inspiron 7537. After a long period spent with Fedora it was time to come back home, so I thought it would be a good thing to write down some system configuration highlights. Let’s see them together ;-) Initial steps after a full ...

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New GitHub account and some SlackBuilds updated

As I said in the previous post, I was in doubt regarding the fact of continuing or not to provide prebuilt packages. Nowadays there are more tools that help Slackware users with the installation of third-party software, compared to the past. This applies both to the installation via SlackBuild scripts and the one from prebuilt ...

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New fresh SlackBuilds!

Here we are! In the last period, during my spare time, I worked on various SlackBuilds. The first of these is I-Nex, a system information tool like the well-known Windows software CPU-Z. I had to wait to build it because it requires libprocps which was not included before the version 14.2 of Slackware. The second one ...

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Upgraded packages for Slackware 14.2

Slackware 14.2 has been finally released, so I decided to (re)create some new prebuilt packages for this version. The packages (for which I also maintain the SlackBuild scripts at SlackBuilds.org) are libcpuid, libmseed and packETH. As usual, the packages are available for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Slackware and you can find them into ...

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libcpuid SlackBuild updated and new SlackBuild for libmseed

A few news for this week. I’ve upgraded the libcpuid SlackBuild for version 0.2.2. You can find it on SlackBuilds.org. The procedure to build the package is the same as described into the second-last post of this blog. In addition I’ve created the SlackBuild script for libmseed. The Mini-SEED library provides a framework for manipulation ...

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packETH 1.8.1 SlackBuild and packages

Hi folks, I’ve found this interesting software which can be very useful for testing purposes. Its name is packETH. packETH is a GUI and CLI packet generator tool for ethernet. It allows you to create and send any possible packet or sequence of packets on the ethernet link. It is very simple to use, powerful ...

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libcpuid 0.2.1 SlackBuild and packages

In the last week I’ve tried to make my first SlackBuild script. I’ve decided to start with libcpuid. libcpuid is a small C library for x86 CPU detection and feature extraction. Using it, you can: get the processor vendor, model, brand string, code name get information about CPU features such as: number of cores or ...

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A way to extract the playback time from mpg123

In the last period I was working on a project concerning UPnP. In particular I was developing a “smart speaker”, a wireless speaker which plays mp3 files by streaming them from a NAS (UPnP media server). The code is written in Java and leans to mpg123, a real time CLI MPEG audio player/decoder. The hardware ...

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