Weekly Status Report: 2019-07-28

Hello all!

We have done so much work on polishing Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA3 Update 1 that we have decided to make it a full release. We are now working towards the release of Adélie Linux 1.0-BETA4!

We have also migrated some of our server systems, including our Community Wiki and issue tracker (BTS), to 64-bit ARM systems. This migration has allowed us to identify and fix certain issues affecting server loads on 64-bit ARM computers. We are very happy to have our partners at WorksOnArm generously providing us our 64-bit ARM build machine, and for their support and knowledge.

We are additionally excited to note that Max Rees (sroracle@) has spent this week working very hard on removing Bashisms from the entire operating system. This means that Adélie is now officially bootable — and buildable — using dash as /bin/sh! This will allow low-end computers to boot much faster, and ensures that our scripts are conforming to the POSIX shell standard.

Web Site

Top 5 referring sites to the Web site:

  • 78: DistroWatch
  • 66: Google
  • 32: Reddit
  • 21: DuckDuckGo
  • 16: ungleich.ch

Top 5 pages accessed (and homepage):

  • 1155: /
  • 309: /about.html
  • 135: /announcements/
  • 78: /about-qa.html
  • 50: /team.html
  • 29: /contribute.html


A. Wilcox (awilfox@):

  • Fixed an issue with the libffi library on 64-bit PowerPC computers.
  • Updated PulseAudio to its current version.
  • Fixed an issue with coreutils.
  • Removed the OpenJDK 7 package.
  • Fixed an issue in the vde2 networking library on 32-bit systems.
  • Updated KDE Applications to 19.04.3.
  • Set the default root shell to /bin/sh, allowing login as root without the Bash shell installed.
  • Set the default user shell to Zsh.
  • Fixed a packaging issue in Lighttpd.

Alyx Wolcott (alyx@):

  • Added a package for dumb-init, the Docker init system.
  • Fixed the maintainer line for the Python D-Bus module.

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@):

  • Updated many packages to their current versions, including XFCE applications, and XTerm.

Laurent Bercot (skarnet@):

  • Added early getty support to s6-linux-init.

Luis Ressel (aranea@):

  • Merged device-mapper into the LVM2 package.
  • Fixed an issue with the packaging of the Adélie Base System that caused the POSIX profile to fail to correctly use the utmpx service.
  • Fixed a packaging issue with the abuild utility.
  • Fixed a configuration issue with i3status and MPlayer.

Max Rees (sroracle@):

  • Added Subversion support to Git.
  • Updated PHP to its current version.
  • Removed Bashisms from all Adélie package recipes. The tree is now buildable with alternative shells, such as dash or Zsh. They additionally changed all package recipes to use LSB-compliant useradd, and changed OpenRC scripts to use POSIX shell constructs as well.
  • Fixed multiple security issues in the patch utility, multiple security issues in the libxslt package, a security issue in bzip2, and a security issue in the Atril PDF viewer.
  • Added a package for cve-check-tool.
  • Fixed an issue in the Python dateutil module.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Independent by design.

Adélie is an independent Linux distribution committed to integrity, privacy, and user freedom. Your donation might be tax-deductible.