elogind available

For those who which to tinker, elogind is available for antiX-17 users.

elogind is the systemd project’s logind, extracted to a standalone package. It’s designed for users who prefer a non-systemd init system, but still want to use popular software such as KDE/Wayland or GNOME that otherwise hard-depends on systemd.

“spectre” and “meltdown” – security kernel upgrades

Now available in antiX stretch, testing and sid repos are security fixes for the ‘meltdown’ and ‘spectre’ kernel vulnerabilities. These versions are available.

4.14.14 (64bit and 32 bit pae)
4.9.77 (64 bit, pae and non-pae-486)

Unfortunately, I have not been able to patch the 4.10-5 kernel (antiX-17 default) or the 4.4 version (antiX-16 series).

Those using antiX-17 have these options at the moment.

1. Use the 4.14.14 kernel
2. Use the 4.9.77.antix.1 kernel (This *should work the same as default 4.10.5)
4. Use a patched Debian, MX, siduction kernel
5. Do nothing (not advised).

antiX-16/16.1/16.2 users have these options.

1. Use the 4.9.77.antix.1 kernel now in jessie repo
2. Use the 4.4.109 kernel. This was built from Ubuntu 4.4.109 source
3. Use a patched Debian kernel (3.16.0-5)
4. Do nothing (not advised)

antiX-13/13.2/13.2 users have these options.

1. Use a patched Debian kernel (3.2.0-5)
2. Do nothing (not advised)

For more information on ‘spectre’ and ‘meltdown’ have a read of this

spectre_flaws_explained

Keep in mind that there are not yet kernel patches available anywhere for all spectre variants and it may be some time before there are.

edited on 18 January 2018 to show latest versions – anticapitalista

“spectre” and “meltdown” – 4.14.11 security kernel upgrades

I’m sure most people have heard about these kernel vulnerabilities by now. If not, have a read
spectre_flaws_explained

I have uploaded ‘meltdown’ secure kernels for 4.14.11 for 64 bit to antiX stretch/testing and sid repos. Patching the default 4.10.5 kernel is not progressing very well since the patches are very complex and there are no existing patches for the 4.10 series (yet).

So, at this moment in time, here are your choices.

1. Do nothing
2. Wait for the 4.10.5 kernel gets patched (no idea when that will be)
3. Use an existing patched kernel from Debian stretch (4.9 series)
4. Use the 4.14.11 antiX patched kernel.

Network-manager available in antiX repos

Yes, you read it right.
Thanks to the great work by the Devuan project package team, I have managed to fork their version of network-manager to antiX stretch (not testing or sid).
You must install eudev for it to work.

apt-get update && apt-get install eudev && apt-get install network-manager

Once installed you will need to make sure /etc/network/interfaces file only contain the following.

# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

Post to let us know how well it works on systemd-free antiX-17.