neatx and chromium in portage status updates
Yesterday, I finally found the bug which prevented neatx from working on my
system (thanks upstream for the debugging), so in your next portage sync,
you'll find net-misc/neatx-0.3.1_p43 ready for your testing! If you don't need
vnc/sound/printer tunneling or load-balancing, neatx is easier to set up than
freenx and works great out-of-the-box. Thanks again to Mike Auty (ikelos) for
his work on the ebuild.
Another work-in-progress for me these days is a source ebuild for chromium
(open-source version of Google Chrome). A binary version (chromium-bin) has
been available in portage for some time now (with amd64 support added
recently), but source version ebuild had some problems. Now my current version
(available in my overlay for the curious) has fixed most of them, including use
of system libraries, makefiles use instead of scons, --as-needed support, ...
So why is it not yet in portage? Well, for now the tarballs from upstream are
not yet available, so you won't go past the fetch phase These should be
available soon, once available you can expect chromium to quickly land in a
portage tree near you.
By the way, if chromium crashes at startup for you (either binary or source
version), they finally found the cause: you are probably using nvidia-drivers
and nvidia opengl (via eselect opengl). However the libGL.so from nvidia
overrides dlsym/dlopen (dynamic linker functions) with broken replacements,
breaking applications relying on these functions! Chromium devs implemented a
workaround, available for -bin in versions >=184.108.40.206_p25708, but expect
some breakage in time-related functions. All the gory details are here:
And now to change a bit from technical talks, I wanted to say a big "thank you" to all of you Gentoo users who spend time filing bugreports, fixing, writing or rewriting ebuilds, debugging and finding the cause for all sorts of bugs (finding that some dynamic linkers break with specific video cards for example...), in short to all of you who work to make your distro a better one! And recently, a special thanks to Bernd Lommerzheim, who helps me a lot in proftpd maintenance, up to providing an entirely new ebuild for latest version, with lots of fixes and new features.