Gerardo Zamudio about Linux, open source, and Internet

Opera Developer 24 on Slackware64 14.1

Opera Developer 24 on Slackware64 14.1

Opera 24 for Linux is finally out! This new version, which is the development build and not stable, includes some new features like Discover, Stash, and an improved Speed Dial and Opera Turbo. You can get a full rundown of the changes by checking the change log.

I haven't been a fan of Opera since they switched to WebKit (and eventually dumped that for Blink) but I keep the old 12.16 version from SlackBuilds around as a third browser just in case.

The build is supposed to be for Ubuntu 64bit but you can follow Ruarí's installation instructions for other platforms to install it on Slackware. If you're really impatient, user Vladislav Borisov has already written SlackBuild for it. Grab the tarball directly from here, then install as you normally would:

root@slack-vbox:~# wget http://blog.t-rg.ws/uploads/opera-developer.tar.gz
root@slack-vbox:~# tar -xvzf opera-developer.tar.gz
root@slack-vbox:~# cd opera-developer
root@slack-vbox:~/opera-developer# source opera-developer.info
root@slack-vbox:~/opera-developer# wget $DOWNLOAD_x86_64
root@slack-vbox:~/opera-developer# ./opera-developer.SlackBuild
root@slack-vbox:~/opera-developer# installpkg /tmp/opera-developer-24.0.1537.0-x86_64-1fsleg.txz

I fired up a Slackware64 14.1 virtual machine for some quick testing. Remember if you want Flash support you'll need AlienBOB's chromium-pepperflash-plugin package.

Opera 24 Running on Slackware64 14.1
The browser's window looks out of place in a KDE environment.


You can follow the development at Opera's developer site.

Site Now Served Over HTTPS

In the interest of security for readers, I'm glad to announce my site now supports SSL. You should be automatically redirected. For enhanced security around the web, I recommend the EFF's excellent add-on HTTPS Everywhere.

Xbox 360 Controller on Slackware

Xbox 360 Controller on Slackware

Steam for Linux has been available for a while now and it's coming along nicely. It's easy enough to set up for Slackware using Alien Bob's steamclient packages. Big Picture Mode is available which means more people are going to want to use a gamepad. I have a wired Xbox 360 controller that I purchased to use with my emulators. Slackware's kernel already includes the xpad gamepad module so the controller is detected as soon as it's plugged in.

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eBooks

<zam> what file naming convention would you use for a bunch of books in pdf format?
<Soul_keeper> I usually choose a dir name like "junk" and just cp them in there
<adaptr> and not even check the exit status of cp
<Soul_keeper> exactly
<Soul_keeper> nearly impossible to locate/search for one when you need it anyways
<adaptr> I always use the sha256 hash of (ISBN, year, publisher, random page from book)

Firefox Updates Break Search and Other Settings

Firefox Updates Break Search and Other Settings

This morning I woke up and decided to check the latest tech news, so I opened up Firefox. It seems Firefox had downloaded an update during my last browsing session and was just waiting for me to restart so it can apply it. Not surprising, since I've gotten used to the ridiculously annoying constant updates from Mozilla. After the update was applied, I tried to search using the location bar and was surprised to find my searches were being redirected to my local Google site, https://www.google.com.mx/.

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