Slackware 11.0.0 is really feeling “official” now for me. Yesterday, Patrick made an update to the -current ChangeLog stating he had bumped the /etc/slackware-version number up to 11.0.0. I had been waiting for him to bump that version number up. Now that he’s done so, I know Slackware 11.0 will be out soon. I am excited.
Last week, there were reports of a “kill switch” being built into Windows Genuine Advantage. Ed Bott, the guy who first got word of the “kill switch”, got an email from Microsoft saying there will NOT be “kill switch” technology built into WGA.
No, Microsoft anti-piracy technologies cannot and will not turn off your computer. In our ongoing fight against piracy, we are constantly finding and closing loopholes pirates use to circumvent established policies. The game is changing for counterfeiters. In Windows Vista we are making it notably harder and less appealing to use counterfeit software, and we will work to make that a consistent experience with older versions of Windows as well.
Hopefully this is true and MS won’t just start disabling PC’s found to be running illegal versions of its operating system. And if they do, so what? Switch to Linux.
Windows Genuine Advantage is Microsofts way of making sure you’re running a legal version of Windows. WGA is pretty easy to break, as demonstrated in this post at My Digital Life. WGA is currently optional but may be required in the coming months.
There are reports of Microsoft introducing a kill switch to WGA. The “kill switch” functions exactly as you would expect: if you don’t have WGA or your WGA authentication fails, Windows will stop functioning, totally.
He told me that “in the fall, having the latest WGA will become mandatory and if its not installed, Windows will give a 30 day warning and when the 30 days is up and WGA isn’t installed, Windows will stop working, so you might as well install WGA now.”
That’s pretty shitty of Microsoft to do. I think a whole lot of people are gonna be upset about this. Been contemplating switching to Linux? Now’s probably a great time to do that.
Really though, none of this matters, thanks to release groups like eth0 who release cracked versions of WGA hours after their official releases are out. The crackers will always be one up on Microsoft.
Slackware 10.2 has been released. I will probably upgrade to 10.2 sometime this weekend. I know the Dropline guys are hard at work prepping their Gnome 2.12 release for Slackware 10.2. They were expecting Slackware 10.2 to be released right about now. Below is taken straight from the Slackware homepage:
Slackware 10.2 includes the Linux 2.4.31 kernel, with Linux 2.6.13 available in the /testing directory. For the first time, a 2.6 kernel with support for SCSI, RAID, and SATA is offered as a boot option in the installer (called “test26.s”). Slackware 10.2 also sports a new revision of glibc (2.3.5) with NPTL support for improved thread performance when using a kernel with NPTL support, the latest KDE 3.4.2 and XFce 4.2.2 desktop environments, updated development tools, and new additions like SASL support in sendmail, the Subversion version control system, the Firefox browser, and the Thunderbird email and news client. For a complete list of changes since Slackware 10.1, check out the Slackware 10.2 ChangeLog.
Read the official announcement here.
To order the official release of Slackware or other Slackware products (and help support the Slackware project), visit the Slackware store.
ISO images are available through BitTorrent here.
A list of mirrors that are likely to be among the first offering the 10.2 release may be found here.
I’m excited. I love new Slackware releases, nothing more exciting. Azmeen at HTNet has word of the new Slackware too. I bet he’s just as excited as I am.