[ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

[ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

Postby DidierSpaier » 5. Feb 2018, 20:34

Current Slint users can upgrade without re-installing, to do that read:

New users, to get the new ISO image just type:
wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/slint/files/14.2.1/slint64-

To know more and get started read:
And for the accessibility features:

As a reminder, Slint is a Linux distribution based on Slackware, easy to install and use, polyglot.

It provides to the visually impaired users speech and braille in all contexts: installation, login, usage on text or console made as in desktops including MATE, now also with Compiz (which provides features for partially sighted users), speechd-el and emacspeak. To get this result, orca, speech-dispatcher, espeak, espeakup and brltty are included and configured.

The most notable changes in the new version are:

  • Addition of vlc, the ubiquitous audio and video player and recorder, thanks to Eric Hameleers for the SlackBuild.
  • Addition of mate-tweak, Compiz, Emerald and associated themes.
  • All speech-related applications now rely on alsa or portaudio only and audio settings have been enhanced. Benefits: a better sound quality when using speech in console mode, speech applications now start instantly in all contexts, audio outputs coming from speech application and audio players nicely coexist.
  • Cleaning and fixes of the application menus and the Dashboard Slint.
Information and communication channels:
Slint website: http://slint.fr
Forum: https://forum.salixos.org/viewforum.php?f=44
Mailing list: http://slint.fr/mailman/listinfo/slint_slint.fr
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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

Postby Atip » 6. Feb 2018, 08:42

Since I have Slint64-14.2.1 installed following instructions
I skipped step 1 and went to step 2. That only ugraded thunderbird
and nothing else.

So I started following instructions in step 1. That worked and 9 new
pakages were installed.

upgrade_user_config replaced only my fluxbox menu which I put back
immediately since my menu was saved as menu~. :)

It seems Slint64- has finally reached the point where I will
move it from my testing hard drive to my main HD. :) ;)

BTW skypeforlinux is asking for an upgrade which is not yet in Sourcery.
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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

Postby DidierSpaier » 6. Feb 2018, 13:25


I just edited the upgrade instructions to clarify that slap-get -u && slapt-get --ugrade should be typed in all cases just before step 2.

About skypeforlinux at time of writing the sbo repository is in sync with SlackBuilds.org and the provided version is that I just built and installed through Sourcery.

If writing "skypeforlinux is asking for an upgrade which is not yet in Sourcery", you mean that there is a more recent release (as shown in https://repo.skype.com/deb/pool/main/s/skypeforlinux/), to get it you should either request it from the maintainer whose email address in on this page: https://www.slackbuilds.org/repository/ ... eforlinux/ or rebuild the package yourself using a more recent Debian package as source.

PS There is no obligation for SlackBuilds maintainers to upgrade when a new version becomes available and in many cases (like e.g. a package shipping an ABI or ABI that has changed and whose other packages depend on) this would be a bad idea. Granted, this is not the case of skypeforlinux which is a "leaf" package.
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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

Postby Atip » 7. Feb 2018, 04:02

Thanks for the info on skype.
I found this website:
where one can download the latest version in .rpm.
rpm2txz makes it then easily to install.
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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

Postby hugok » 7. Feb 2018, 17:59

Hi Didier, congratulations for your work.
I'm going to test it with the mate-desktop in virtualbox.
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Re: [ANNOUNCE] Slint64- is released!

Postby DidierSpaier » 7. Feb 2018, 19:23

Hello Hugo,
nice to hear from you.

Be aware that to start the X server in VirtualBox you will need first to install the guest additions.

Give a go to Compiz, it's useful for accessibility but also provides bells and whistles, see:
http://slackware.uk/slint/x86_64/slint- ... zShortcuts

Let me know how that goes.

Cheers, Didier
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