Sunday, April 28, 2013

Good Bye 2, Welcome 3

Oh well, i'm 30 years old now and Google also knows about it too. I guess it's time to say good bye to 2[0-9] and welcome 3[0-9] :)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dropbox Auto Update Service

For those who have been using Dropbox service, you might notice that since version 2.0, Dropbox has an ability to auto-update to the latest version, meaning that we no longer need to download every update manually. Let your computer connected to the Internet and it will download the update and upgrade it automatically.

If you haven't upgraded to 2.0 yet, it's time to do so since there has been a lot of improvements since then. Please refer to Release Notes document for more information about the changes in Dropbox.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ubuntu 13.04 Released

Ubuntu 13.04 aka Raring Ringtail has been released and it's available for download. There are several flavor: Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Chinese version (Kylin).

Here are the highlights of this release:
  • Linux Kernel 3.8.8
  • Unity 7
  • Upstart 1.8
  • LibreOffice 4.0
  • CUPS 1.6.2 and cups-filter-1.0.34
  • Python 3.3
There are other variants such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and UbuntuKylin which was released on the same day. Check the Release Notes for more information about this release and possible known issues.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

MU Claimed Their 20th Title

After they got beaten by Manchester City to the title race last year, Manchester United finally claimed their trophy back to Old Trafford after crushing Aston Villa 3-0, thanks to Robin Van Persie's hattrick. This is 20th EPL title for MU, 13th for Sir Alex Fergusson and first for some new players who have joined MU this season, including our hero of the match, RvP and also Shinji Kagawa.

Visit Manutd's Champions 2013 page for more story about their journey to reclaim their title.

Viva Manchester United

Monday, April 22, 2013

IRIS II Completed

Finally the second season of IRIS KDrama has been completed with another same ending, the main character died. This time, it's not by gunshot, but he died due to health problem and also because he took the nuclear bomb with a helicopter to an island far away from Seoul to minimize the casualties due to the effect of nuclear explosion which was estimated of bigger than the bomb exploded in Hiroshima Japan long long ago.

It's been a great movie, but then the ending that makes me kinda disappointed with the writer. I hope they produce IRIS III with a better plot in the end.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Patrick Volkerding's CafePress Account

I saw an interesting thread on LQ about Patrick Volkerding's CafePress account. I recall few years ago, i tried to buy items from this site and yet it failed, because they weren't shipping to Indonesia and decline my transactions.

Since Ruario started this topic, i got curious if they have improved or not, so i tried to buy two items from them and it seems that they accepted my transactions this time. This is a great news since by doing this, i can directly help Slackware Project financially and it provides another alternatives to Slackware Store.

Let's wait for the next few weeks before the items reached my house. Can't wait to use them :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hacking Secret Ciphers With Python

If you like Cryptography and you like to learn programming language, then i would suggest you to read Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python. It's available for free in PDF format or the online HTML version or you can buy it for $25 in Amazon.

What you will get is a fun tutorial with Python on Cryptography. This book is aimed at people who have no experience programming or with cryptography. The book goes through writing Python programs that not only implement several ciphers but also can hack these ciphers.

The book's website is available on

Sunday, April 14, 2013

H@dfex Conference

Last Saturday, i attended H@dfex conference in Royal Ambarrukmo after i got a free pass for the conference from the commitee. They even gave 5 discount voucher for students who would like to participate on this conference.

There i met several colleagues which was invited as a speaker and we had some discussions about security and also other things. Chances like this doesn't happened so often, so that's why i forced myself to attend this event even though i also have other activities on Saturday which is supervising the KKN program, but my schedule is for next week.

Thank you UII commitee for the free pass :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Final LibreOffice 3.6.x Release

The Document Foundation has released their last release for LibreOffice 3.6.x branch. They will focus on fixing bugs on LibreOffice 4.0.x and probably working for future release of LibreOffice 4.1.x.

This is an unplanned release as LibreOffice 3.6.5 was supposed to be the last maintenance release for 3.6.x branch, but then it was decided to have another release and this is it. It brings over 50 bug fixes since LibreOffice 3.6.5.

Users who prefer stability to more advanced features should stick with this release and for those who are willing to test new features should go with LibreOffice 4.0.2 which was released last week.

You can download it from their Download page, but you will have to switch the version to 3.6 since 4.0.x is the default option picked.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

NVidia Start to Support Optimus Users in Linux

NVidia has finally started to support Optimus in Linux Platform by releasing their new beta driver 319.12. By utilizing RandR 1.4, the new beta driver adds a way for drivers to work together so that one graphics device can display images rendered by another. This can be used on Optimus-based laptops to display a desktop rendered by an NVIDIA GPU on a screen connected to another graphics device, such as an Intel integrated graphics device or a USB-to-VGA adapter.

This is a great news for Optimus users as they don't have to use bumblebee project anymore and with further releases from NVidia, i think Optimus users should have smoother performance in the future.

Here's the changes in 319.12:
- Support for restoring of EFIFB consoles on UEFI systems with VGA/DVI/HDMI/LVDS/DP outputs.

- Support for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST graphics card.

- Support for application profiles to the NVIDIA client-side GLX implementation.

- Support within the NVIDIA Installer to cryptographically sign the NVIDIA kernel module as would be needed for SecureBoot.

- RandR 1.3 panning support.

- A new nvidia-modprobe user-space utility.

- Improved debugging of the NVIDIA OpenGL libraries by including proper stack unwinding information.

- RanDR Border and BorderDimensions output properties.

- Better HyperMesh performance for some versions on Quadro GPUs.

- A new NVIDIA VDPAU page is present on the NVIDIA Settings control panel to display decoding capabilities of GPUs.

- Memory leak, bug, and performance fixes.

Monday, April 08, 2013

KDE 4.10.2 on Slackware-Current

Nowadays, Slackware-Current is quite active and it's taking most of the bleeding-edge applications such as XFCE 4.10.2 and KDE 4.10.2, GLIBC 2.17, GCC 4.8.0, and many others. This is a good sign that next Slackware release will be another great release as usual and it should support major components out there without any big issues.

Next release should also mark a new milestone where it should be a UEFI-compliant version of Slackware. Patrick is working hard on this issue with the help of others.

Meanwhile, Eric Hameleers is now working on an ARM port of Slackware on his new Google Chromebook. He is targeting the next Slackware release to bring a full ARM port of Slackware that can be used for modern CPUs

Thursday, April 04, 2013

New NVidia Drivers for Linux

NVidia has released three updates to their proprietary drivers for each category:
Latest Long Lived Branch version: 310.44
Latest Short Lived Branch version: 313.30
Latest Legacy GPU version (304.xx series): 304.88

All of them fixed one security update
  • CVE-2013-0131: NVIDIA UNIX GPU Driver ARGB Cursor Buffer Overflow in "NoScanout" Mode. This buffer overflow, which occurred when an X client installed a large ARGB cursor on an X server running in NoScanout mode, could cause a denial of service (e.g., an X server segmentation fault), or could be exploited to achieve arbitrary code execution.
Great news is that this driver also fixed a blank TTY problem found on 304.84. I have been waiting for this update as i can switch back to console or logged out from any DE back to my console instead of having a blank screen.

Thanks to NVidia for this update.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Firefox 20 Features

For those expecting new Mozilla Firefox 20, here are the highlight of changes implemented in the final release:
  • Per-window Private Browsing 
  • New download experience
  • Ability to close hanging plugins, without the browser hanging
  • Continued performance improvements around common browser task
  • Continued implementation of draft ECMAScript 6
  • New JavaScript Profiler Tool
  • blend modes supported by <canvas>
  • <audio> and <video> improvements 
  • getUserMedia implemented for web access to the user's camera and microphone (with user permission)
You can download them in their FTP Server as of now, but expect an automatic update within 2x24 hours

Monday, April 01, 2013

MATE 1.6 is Close

MATE 1.6 is getting closer as some of the core modules has been bumped to 1.6.0 release on their GIT repository. The roadmap indicates that most of their TODO list for 1.6 release has been completed and the rest is a minor task to do. We should expect a MATE 1.6.0 release on April.

I have been working closely with Chess Griffin to bring MATE Desktop 1.6.0 for Slackware users in our MSB project and we are preparing to test the upcoming 1.6.0 release when it's released.

I have personally prepared two virtual machines which i installed Slackware-Current and Slackware64-Current on it. Both are updated with the latest patch and update from Pat.

So far, the basic desktop has been quite stable, with some minor problem as noted in the KNOWN ISSUE file. I really hope that MATE Desktop will bring another great experience for those who liked GNOME 2.