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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:39:23 +0400
From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com>
To: announce@...ts.openwall.com, owl-users@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: [openwall-announce] Owl updates and new ISOs

Hi,

There are fresh ISO images of Owl-current (for x86 and x86-64) available
on our FTP mirrors:

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

Additionally, as an experiment, now there are direct download links to
these ISOs off of Owl homepage:

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

(these point to some selected mirrors).

The ISOs were generated on September 17, and they contain the package
updates and build environment enhancements that we made lately:

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

Specifically, since the last set of ISOs announced in here, we've
updated Owl to new versions of m4, Linux-PAM, bison, ed, Postfix,
ELinks, GnuPG, and JtR.

Speaking of the build environment, we've introduced a new tri-state
setting into buildworld.conf to control whether the testsuites are to be
run during Owl build.  The default is to run most tests, other possible
settings are to run all of the tests (including extremely slow ones) or
to disable all tests.  This involved updates to lots of individual RPM
spec files, too.  The effect is that we're able to run more tests when
needed (including the slow tests that we don't dare to enable by
default), yet we're also able to do quicker builds when speed is more
important (e.g., when another rebuild is to follow anyway).  Since our
build environment has always been made public along with Owl, and indeed
this continues to be the case, advanced users of Owl can now benefit
from this functionality too.  That's not to mention that all users
benefit from it indirectly as it might enable us to catch more bugs
early on.

These updates are due to work by Dmitry V. Levin, Michail Litvak, and me.

The Linux kernel version has remained unchanged for now (2.4.37.5-ow1),
but I expect that it will change soon to at least 2.4.37.6-ow1 (when I
release it, if I don't happen to jump over this version).  We're also in
the process of officially moving Owl-current to OpenVZ "rhel5 branch"
kernels (which we've been using along with Owl for a long time now), so
it might not be long until we have them in our ISOs.  Obviously, we
intend to integrate vzctl and vzquota, too.

As usual, feedback is welcome (on owl-users, please).

Alexander

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