Subject This month in KISS (#4)! From Dylan Araps <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date Mon, 3 Aug 2020 06:06:06 +0100 Welcome to month 4! KISS is an independent Linux(R) distribution with a focus on simplicity and the concept of less is more. See https://k1ss.org for more information. [0.0] Index ________________________________________________________________________________ - c package manager [1.0] - https://git.k1ss.org [2.0] - libelf [3.0] - libudev-zero [4.0] - removal of .la files [5.0] - package manager changes [6.0] - neofetch 7.1.0 [7.0] - gkiss [8.0] - paleta [9.0] [1.0] c package manager ________________________________________________________________________________ The C package manager is on hold and I will be revisiting it soon. The vision I have for it has changed and I'd like to explore something slightly different. Will have more to share about this later. [2.0] https://git.k1ss.org ________________________________________________________________________________ KISS now has its own mirror of the repositories which live on GitHub. This currently serves as backup for when GitHub goes down (or vice versa) which has seemingly happened more and more since its acquisition. As a user, feel free to set your git remotes here. Those wanting to avoid GitHub in its entirety can send in patches via email if they like. [3.0] libelf ________________________________________________________________________________ We have swapped libelf implementations from elftoolchain to elfutils. In the past year we have swapped our libelf implementation twice, the most recent swap occurring two days ago. This was just in time for Linux 5.8 as this version cannot be built with elftoolchain libelf. libelf is a library which lets you read, modify or create ELF files in an architecture independent way. There are a few different implementations of this library (some in development, others not). The Linux kernel (from 4.14.12) makes use of this library when CONFIG_UNWINDER_ORC or CONFIG_STACK_VALIDATION are enabled. The former requires the latter so in any case, the latter controls this. E5ten tracked the build failure to a difference in behavior between elftoolchain and elfutils in the gelf_getsymshndx() function. elfutils allows the second parameter to be NULL whereas elftoolchain does not. The kernel build process happens to trigger this which causes build failure when using elftoolchain's libelf. Bug filed here: https://sourceforge.net/p/elftoolchain/tickets/593/ [4.0] libudev-zero ________________________________________________________________________________ libudev-zero is a daemonless, drop-in replacement for libudev written in C99. This library enables the user to run the device manager of their choosing without needing to worry about the udev dependency at all. Development started just a month ago by illiliti, also known for $/illiliti/tinyramfs and $/illiliti/kiss-encryption [5.0] removal of .la files ________________________________________________________________________________ Packages will no longer install libtool's .la files. These files contain descriptions of libraries for use by libtool and they really aren't needed. Arch Linux got rid of them in 2005! https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=14936 [6.0] package manager changes ________________________________________________________________________________ Here are the highlights, more in the commit log. * Git sources now also pull down their submodules (if any exist). * Arguments to 'kiss install' can now be relative. * Added '$KISS_STRIP' to globally control binary stripping. * Removed last Linux-specific pieces of code. * Build files now modifiable in pre-build hooks. * Fixed output bugs with post-install log. [7.0] neofetch 7.1.0 ________________________________________________________________________________ Today I released neofetch 7.1.0. * Neofetch will now detect Ubuntu flavours (Xubuntu, etc) and show their logo. * The latest macOS is now supported. * Memory output unit can now be changed (KiB, MiB, GiB). * Added es-shell support. * Show -current or -release when using OpenBSD. * Desktop environment output now shows version. * ... see commits. Thanks to everyone involved. $/dylanaraps/neofetch/releases/tag/7.1.0 [8.0] gkiss ________________________________________________________________________________ GKISS (GNU KISS Linux) is an alternative rootfs and set of repositories for KISS providing glibc instead of musl. This is a great option for those needing glibc (and it can be run in a chroot under musl too!). https://depsterr.com/gkiss/ [9.0] paleta ________________________________________________________________________________ paleta is a tool I recently wrote in C which enables on-the-fly terminal palette modification, independent of terminal emulator. This covers foreground, background, cursor and colors 0-255. A list of hex colors is passed via stdin to paleta, the input is morphed into a set of escape sequences and sent to every running terminal in the system + stdout. Every terminal's colorscheme is updated in realtime! $/dylanaraps/paleta ________________________________________________________________________________ Dylan Araps (C) 2019-2021 The registered trademark Linux(R) is used pursuant to a sublicense from the Linux Foundation, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a worldwide basis.