Zenwalk 7.0 is available for immediate download ! Still desktop, Internet and multimedia oriented, Zenwalk 7.0 is a milestone in the evolution of the distribution. This release brings several major changes at user level and system level. At user level, the XFCE desktop environment has been updated to major version 4.8.1, coming with a new VFS, XFCE 4.8 allows CIFS and SFTP shares browsing through the file manager, making it mostly feature equivalent to Gnome while still a lot faster. The new panel has good support for transparency, and is packaged with many plugins out of the box. Zenwalk 7.0 will come with XFCE 4.8.1 (stable version, many bugs have been fixed since 4.8.0).
We are pleased to announce that OpenOffice will be replaced by LibreOffice which appeared to be more reliable on Zenwalk during our testing process (stability is very important for an office software).
At system level Zenwalk 7.0 is our first release coming without HAL, which has been completely replaced by udev/GIO. The Zenwalk 7.0 kernel will be 22.214.171.124, with KMS support. KMS is disabled by default but can be enabled easily in the bootloader configuration.
As usual most packages have been updated to the latest stable version :
- LibreOffice 3.3.1
- XFCE 4.8.1
- Icecat 3.6.15
- Icedove 3.0.4
- Kernel 126.96.36.199 with BFS scheduler and performance tweaks
Here you can find some information about the new XFCE 4.8 Desktop : http://www.xfce.org/about/news/?post=1295136000
We also changed a little bit the way we manage packages, you may have noticed that we no longer provide a “current” repository. We had to find a solution to make package management safe and clear for the average user : from now, for each version of Zenwalk, we will provide a versionalized repository including extra packages, where all packages are “certified compatible” with the given version (ie : 6.4, 7.0, …). The “snapshot” repository will keep being an “experimental” work-in-progress repository, as usual.
We hope you’ll like the new artwork, and will appreciate the consistency of the desktop layout, as well as the performance of Zenwalk 7.0 🙂
Have fun !
And changelog since RC3 :
-----< Mar 23 2011 >---- NMAP... ------- [a] Updated mkinitrd-1.4.6-i486-7.txz (Rebuilt.Use "mdadm -S -s" in the init script to fix device numbers.Thanks to Eric Hameleers.Poke the kernel with fdisk after assembling RAID.Thanks to Csaba Biegl.) [ap] Updated linuxdoc-tools-0.9.66-i486-8.txz (Rebuilt.Upgraded to gnome-doc-utils-0.20.4.) [l] Updated gdk-pixbuf-2.23.1-i486-70.1.txz (New version) [l] Updated gst-plugins-good-0.10.28-i486-70.1.txz [n] Updated nfs-utils-1.2.3-i486-3.txz (Rebuilt.Added /etc/nfsmount.conf set to protocol version 3 by default.Thanks to Niels Horn.) [n] Updated nmap-5.51-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [a] Updated lilo-23.1-i486-70.1.txz (Upgraded.) -----< Mar 22 2011 >---- PYCUPS... ------- [a] Updated kernel-188.8.131.52-i486-70.1.txz [ap] Updated mc-184.108.40.206-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Fixed smb (cifs?) filesystem ./configure options.Thanks to Ferenc Deak.) [a] Updated mkinitrd-1.4.6-i486-6.txz (Rebuilt.Use --resolve-names=never when starting udevd in the initrd.Thanks to crocket.) [a] Updated usbutils-002-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [ap] Updated dmidecode-2.11-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [ap] Updated hpijs-3.11.3-i486-70.1.txz (New version) [d] Updated kernel-headers-220.127.116.11_smp-x86-2.txz (Rebuilt.) [l] Updated cairo-1.10.2-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Added configure option --enable-tee for Firefox.) [l] Updated gamin-0.1.10-i486-3.txz (Rebuilt.Install a /etc/gamin/gaminrc with reasonable defaults.Thanks to Niels Horn.) [l] Updated glib2-2.28.3-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Updated glibc-2.13-i486-3.txz (Rebuilt.) [l] Updated gtk+2-2.24.3-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Updated pycups-1.9.55-i486-70.1.txz (New version) [n] Updated ndiswrapper-1.56-i486-18.104.22.168.txz [n] Updated net-snmp-5.6.1-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Updated nfs-utils-1.2.3-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.In rc.nfsd, test for nfsd support in the kernel before trying to modprobe.Thanks to Vincent Batts.) [n] Updated openssl-0.9.8r-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Make sure that the fixed certwatch script gets installed.) [x] Updated dejavu-fonts-ttf-2.33-noarch-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated mesa-7.9.2-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated liberation-fonts-ttf-1.06.0.20100721-noarch-2.txz (Rebuilt.Removed obsolete /etc/fonts/conf.avail/60-liberation.conf.Thanks to Dugan Chen.) [x] Updated libX11-1.4.2-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-input-keyboard-1.6.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-input-mouse-1.7.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-input-wacom-0.10.11-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-video-ati-6.14.1-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xorg-server-1.9.5-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xorg-server-xephyr-1.9.5-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xorg-server-xvfb-1.9.5-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [xap] Updated gucharmap-2.33.2-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [xap] Updated sane-1.0.22-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Configured backends with --enable-libusb_1_0.Thanks to Heinz Wiesinger.) [xap] Updated xsane-0.998-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [xap] Uptated system-config-printer-1.3.2-i486-70.1.txz (New version) -----< Mar 16 2011 >---- MKINITRD... ------- [a] Updated mkinitrd-1.4.6-i486-5.txz (Rebuilt.Updated mkinitrd_command_generator.sh. Thanks to Eric Hameleers. Search for libraries in /lib and /lib64, not /lib*.) [a] Updated pciutils-3.1.7-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [a] Updated usbutils-001-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Updated usb.ids.) [x] Updated xf86-video-radeonhd-1.3.0-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Recompiled to fix unresolved symbol. Thanks Luigi Genoni.) -----< Mar 11 2011 >---- GCONF... ------- [a] Updated bash-4.1.010-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [a] Updated cpio-2.11-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [a] Updated kernel-22.214.171.124-i486-70.1.txz [a] Updated kernelscsi-126.96.36.199-i486-70.1.txz [a] Updated libcgroup-0.37.1-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.Fixed a heap-based buffer overflow that could allow privilege escalation.) [ap] Updated mc-188.8.131.52-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [ap] Updated mpg123-1.13.2-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [ap] Updated vim-7.3.138-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [d] Updated kernel-headers-184.108.40.206_smp-x86-1.txz (Upgraded.) [d] Updated m4-1.4.16-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [d] Updated subversion-1.6.16-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.Fixed a remotely triggerable NULL-pointer dereference in mod_dav_svn.) [l] Updated GConf-2.32.1-i486-70.1.txz (Latest version) [l] Updated glib2-2.28.2-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Updated glibc-2.13-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Recompiled against Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel headers.) [l] Updated jre-6u24-i586-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Updated libao-1.1.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Updated libogg-1.2.2-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Updated ncurses-5.8-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [l] Upated polkit-0.101-i486-70.1.txz [l] Upated polkit-gnome-0.101-i486-70.1.txz [n] Updated bluez-4.89-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Updated dhcpcd-5.2.11-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Updated gnutls-2.10.5-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Updated gnupg-1.4.11-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.Thanks to Markus Reichelt for the reminder.) [n] Updated nfs-utils-1.2.3-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Added iwlwifi-100-ucode-18.104.22.168-fw-1.txz (Added. Microcode to support the Intel Centrino Wireless-N chipset.) [n] Updated iwlwifi-5000-ucode-22.214.171.124-fw-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Updated iwlwifi-6000-ucode-126.96.36.199-fw-1.txz (Upgraded.) [n] Addediwlwifi-6xxx-ucode-188.8.131.52-fw-1.txz (Added. Microcode to support Intel 6000G2A, 6000G2B, 6150BGN, and 6250AGN wifi.) [n] Updated ndiswrapper-1.56-i486-184.108.40.206.txz [n] Updated samba-3.5.8-i486-70.1.txz (New version) [x] Updated libXt-1.1.1-i486-1.txz: Upgraded. [x] Updated radeon_ucode-20110302-noarch-1.txz (Upgraded.Thanks to Gérard Monpontet for the reminder.) [x] Updated fixesproto-5.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated libXfixes-5.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated util-macros-1.12.0-noarch-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xcompmgr-1.1.5-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Merged transparency fix. Thanks to Erik Jan Tromp.) [x] Updated xextproto-7.2.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-input-synaptics-1.4.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-input-vmmouse-12.7.0-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-video-chips-1.2.4-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xf86-video-siliconmotion-1.7.5-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xkbcomp-1.2.1-i486-1.txz (Upgraded.) [x] Updated xorg-server-1.9.4-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.Applied upstream patch to fix EXA color tiling bug.) [x] Updated xorg-server-xephyr-1.9.4-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.) [x] Updated xorg-server-xvfb-1.9.4-i486-2.txz (Rebuilt.) [xap] Updated pidgin-2.7.11-i486-70.1.txz (New version) -----< Mar 07 2011 >---- JRE... ------- [l] Added jre-6u23-i586-1.txz (Moved from extra to ISO. I always install jre after a new install) [xap] Updated geany-0.20-i686-70.1.txz (New version) [xap] Updated icecat-3.6.15-i686-70.1.txz (New version, shipped with two extensions that enhance the security of browsing. Just deactivate them if you don't want to use them.) [xap] Updated transmission-2.22-i686-70.1.txz (New version) [xap] Updated zenwalk-desktop-7.0-noarch-70.4.txz (A few RC3 bugfixes) -----< Mar 05 2011 >---- XSCREENSAVER ------- [xap] Updated xscreensaver-5.12-i686-70.1.txz (disabled DPMS, xfce-poxer-manager will take care of this)