Solar Designer | 3 Jun 15:47 2009

new ISOs, new kernel, package updates

Hi,

We've recently made public new Owl-current ISOs for x86 and x86-64.  The
files are:

-rw-r--r--    1 ftp      ftp      437798120 May 29 15:45 Owl-current-20090529-i586.iso.gz
-rw-r--r--    1 ftp      ftp      441368108 May 29 16:52 Owl-current-20090529-x86_64.iso.gz

and they're available under /pub/Owl/current/iso (or equivalent) from
all of our official mirrors listed at:

http://www.openwall.com/Owl/DOWNLOAD.shtml

The i586 ISO fits on a standard (or should I say ancient?) 650 MB disc
(with around 20 MB left "free"), the x86_64 ISO needs 700 MB media (with
around 50 MB left "free").

Both of these ISOs use Linux 2.4.37.1-ow1 as the kernel - this is the
"official" kernel for Owl-current and Owl 2.0-stable right now.
Compared to older 2.4 kernels, this version includes security fixes
(in upstream 2.4.37.1 code, not in the -ow1 patch) and support for some
newer hardware.  Upgrading of existing installs is recommended.

A lot of packages have been significantly updated since the last ISO
snapshot announced in here.  As usual, significant changes are
documented in the Owl-current change log:

http://www.openwall.com/Owl/CHANGES-current.shtml

One new package has been added - cdrkit, a suite of programs for
recording CDs and DVDs, blanking CD-RW media, creating ISO-9660
filesystem images, extracting audio CD data, and more.  A "quick start"
guide for typical systems is currently found in
/usr/share/doc/cdrkit-1.1.9/READMEs/README.ATAPI.setup (this file has
been mostly re-written specifically as part of the Owl package).

As usual, feedback is welcome.

Alexander

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Gmane