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Slackware ARM YouTube channel - SlackChat podcast season02
By mozes on 13 Jan 2021

Season 2 of the SlackChat podcast is on the new Slackware ARM youtube channel!

This season we'll be able to show you behind the scenes of how the port is developed and maintained, and we'll cover the development of SlackwareAArch64 too!

Remember to Like & Subscribe! :-)

MoZes@slackware (Stuart Winter)

Slackware AArch64 (ARM 64bit) port in progress
By mozes on 01 Jan 2021
Happy new year!

The fourth official port of Slackware to the ARM architecture is now in progress, this time targeting the 64bit platform. The initial targets are the RockPro64, and we're aiming for more direct integration for the RaspberryPi systems in conjunction with the SARPi project. Once the RockPro64 support is complete and stable, the next target is the Pinebook Pro laptop.

Thanks PINE64 for their support on the hardware side!

At present, the build system is being updated to support parallel building of ARMv7 and AArch64 targets.

The initial SlackwareAArch64 ChangeLog documents the progress, and packages will be released within the next few months. We're also documenting the progress on the Slackchat podcast.

Funding through donations towards the effort are also appreciated!

MoZes@slackware (Stuart Winter)

Slackchat podcast: Trust and security within the OSS ecosystem
By mozes on 27 Aug 2020
Why do you trust software developed and distributed by people you don't know? Phil and I are sharing our insights and experiences into this topic, in the latest episode of the SlackChat podcast
Your commitment in support of the Slackware Linux on ARM Project
By mozes on 14-Jan-2020

Happy new year (although I'm not sure if there's a date by when you need to stop doing that!).

Some news on the Slackware ARM port. I have had a number of donations to the project since it began and once again I thank all of those who have made them.

As with all Open Source projects, there's a great deal of commitment from the developers to continue to maintain and support the project you're using. In the case of Slackware we have Patrick Volkerding and the rest of the team (including myself) donating their time free of charge.

As always, without Patrick Volkerding, Slackware ARM would cease to exist; so please in the first instance please show your support and commitment.

I've also set up a Patreon account for the users of the ARM port to provide a commitment and demonstration of support and a recognition of the value.

I'll be continuing to maintain and develop the port and distribute it free of charge because I enjoy the creative challenges. However, it has to now contend with other projects. Therefore I've set up a Patreon account for the users of the ARM port to provide a commitment and demonstration of support, which helps me prioritise.

Thanks
Stuart Winter (MoZes)

Beehive glimpse
[ updated every three minutes ]
A sneak peak in to what the Slackware ARM build machines are currently up to:
Slackware branch Status
slackwarearm-current Enqueued activities
slackwarearm-14.2 IN SYNC with public repository

[ Build host: Linux mojo.arm.slackware.com 5.10.19-armv7 #2 SMP Wed Mar 3 18:11:12 GMT 2021 armv7l Allwinner sun8i Family GNU/Linux ] OS installation date..: 15-Feb-21 Slackware distribution: slackwarearm-current Machine designation...: current vice lead - desktop tests, Orange Pi Plus 2E (H3) v1.1, 2GB RAM Present date..........: Fri Mar 5 19:10:02 GMT 2021 Uptime................: 1 day, 8 hours, 19 minutes Load average..........: 0.09, 0.06, 0.01 r2b build status......: Batch completed successfully First build began on..................: Fri Mar 5 08:32:01 GMT 2021 Most recent package began building on : Fri Mar 5 08:32:07 GMT 2021 Build pass......: 1 of 1 Activities......:- Running OS command and ignoring exit value: cd ~/ac/source/k&&./build_all.sh Total elapsed time....................: 537 minutes / 8 hours / 0 days *** Complete.

[ Build host: Linux zaden-142 4.4.240-armv5 #2 Tue Oct 20 12:40:17 BST 2020 armv5tel Marvell Kirkwood (Flattened Device Tree) GNU/Linux ] OS installation date..: 08-Feb-18 Slackware distribution: slackwarearm-14.2 Machine designation...: 14.2 stable builder, SheevaPlug, 512MB RAM Present date..........: Fri Mar 5 19:09:01 -00 2021 Uptime................: 19 weeks, 1 day, 19 hours, 40 minutes Load average..........: 0.20, 0.16, 0.11 r2b build status......: No state log.

[ Build host: Linux zippy.arm.slackware.com 5.10.14-armv7 #2 SMP Wed Feb 10 08:35:36 GMT 2021 armv7l Allwinner sun8i Family GNU/Linux ] OS installation date..: 10-Feb-21 Slackware distribution: slackwarearm-current Machine designation...: current lead, Orange Pi Plus 2E (H3) v1.1, 2GB RAM Present date..........: Fri Mar 5 19:10:01 GMT 2021 Uptime................: 2 weeks, 2 days, 10 hours, 9 minutes Load average..........: 3.01, 3.03, 3.00 r2b build status......: Activities in progress First build began on..................: Thu Mar 4 16:26:04 GMT 2021 Elapsed time..........................: 1603 minutes / 26 hours / 1 days Most recent package began building on : Fri Mar 5 07:43:42 GMT 2021 Success count...: 7 (7%) [ recently: ap/nano, d/help2man, n/libqmi, n/openssh, n/php ] * Will build X11 modules at the end of this pass * Will build minirootfs after this final pass (if pass completes successfully) Build pass......: 2 of 2 Activities......:- Building package d/llvm [ 8 of 91 ]

Linux 5.4.2 hits Slackware ARM -current
By mozes on 10 Dec 2019

Linux 5.4.2 packages are now available in the main tree for all supported systems. That was the easiest and smoothest major upgrade in about fifteen years! Hats off to the Linux developer community.

Slackware ARM world rebuild complete
By mozes on 6th May 2018

The Slackware ARM world rebuild for -current is complete. Updates resume!

Slackware ARM world rebuild for -current
By mozes on 26th Apr 2018

The Slackware ARM world rebuild is happening in -current presently, so there won't be any updates for a while. First build began on..................: Mon Apr 23 15:39:32 BST 2018 Time spent building since first build : 5248 minutes / 87 hours / 3 days Most recent package began building on : Fri Apr 27 07:08:24 BST 2018 Failed count....: 11 (1%) [ recently: l/qtscriptgenerator , l/libtheora , l/libmsn , l/gegl , d/perl ] Success count...: 692 (90%) [ recently: a/bzip2 , a/btrfs-progs , a/bin , a/bash , a/attr ] Build pass......: 1 of 3 Current activity:- Building package a/acpid [ 704 of 765 ]


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