Absolute Linux Changelog

New in version 14.10

August 28th, 2014
  • This is a "first" release based upon Slackware 14.1
  • It's been a long road back, but here it is. Everythibng has caught up to Slackware (x86), up to and including a recompile with patch for the latest glibc security patch of 20140826. Even have pulseaudio working to keep the Skypers happy :-)
  • Base install still fits easily onto a CD. If you want to burn a DVD or, more likely, plop the iso onto a usb stick -- there is also a "large" version of the ISO, which includes LibreOffice, the kernel source, calibre, Inkscape, Skype, Artha dictionary/thesaurus and several developer tools.

New in version 14.04 (January 14th, 2013)

  • A version bump primariy as an upgrade for laptop power management. (I recieved an older, "broken" laptop from one of my computer-repair customers that I got working again, so I have something to test on :-) Also has latest Chrome browser, working screen locker and a few other tweaks...
  • I know this was too quick for a new release, but having the power management features work out of the box is kind of a big deal.

New in version 14.03 (January 8th, 2013)

  • New kernel, a number of application tweaks and quite a few packages updatred for security fixes. Also made better use of a battery monitor for laptop use, automatically triggers a system shutdown when power gets low enough... gives user 60 seconds to cancel if they need more time to finish up. Fun is fun, but who really needs crashes and file corruption, anyway?

New in version 14.01 (November 8th, 2012)

  • Several tweaks to keep things working well after large update to 10.0.

New in version 14.0 (October 2nd, 2012)

  • Coincides with the Slackware 14.0 release, keeping in step with libraries, toolchain and basic apps. Absolute has moved away from udisks to use the lighter spacefm file manager, which takes advantage of native kernel polling. So as always, Absolute will run fast on modest hardware. Network manager is taking care of internet connections by default. Java and multimedia add-ons need to be installed (via system tools, as root) post-installation.
  • Chrome browser is now the default (taking the place of chromium and/or firefox.) I distribute the browser with several plugins and the Chrome browser comes with a more up-to-date flash release than what is available as a generic plugin for Linux machines. If you install the firefox browser (from Extra/internet) you might want the flash plugin package located there as well. Last note about the browser -- I had briefly switched to Firefox as the Absolute default, but a couple "hang-ups" made me switch back to the Google app. Sorry about any confusion. I just like to use whatever works best.

New in version 13.2.2 (April 29th, 2011)

  • Use of HAL has been dropped for newer consolekit/udisks as well as lxde's newer version of pcmanfm.
  • Code changes for the Absolute customizations in libfm and pcmanfm are included in /usr/doc for each package.
  • Devmon replaces halevt to handle DVD and audio CDs. You'll notice edits to .initrc, .bashrc .bash_logout as well as the startup file for icewm reflecting the changes.

New in version 13.1.6 (October 11th, 2010)

  • Security updates and interface tweaks. Barring any last-minute bug fixing this should be the 13.1.x final.

New in version 13.1.5 (September 13th, 2010)

  • Security updates including mozilla-nss package, (and Firefox, Seamonkey and Thunderbird on CD2.) Icewm menu fixes and re-arrangement and AbiWord is back in base install with gtk printing preview by epdfview (so no more abiWords crashes... right?) Also several package updates including OpenOffice, Imagemagick, Inkscape, Chromium Browser, and new default sound mixer - alsamixer-qt4. New script in menu to change screen locker mode and updated find-installed script.

New in version 13.1.42 (September 3rd, 2010)

  • Security update main cause for version bump. A few new applications, lots of library package updates and a wee bit of interface tweaking. Starting to feel like a 13.1.x final.