Category Archives: Release

QTGZManager 1.0.1 now at slackbuilds.org!

Thanks to Robby Workman’s help, QTGZManager is now at

http://www.slackbuilds.org/repository/14.0/system/qtgzmanager/

Enjoy!

QTGZManager 1.0.1 (Miniluv) is out!

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In George Orwell’s 1984 book, there is a building called Ministry of Love – “The place where there is no darkness,” for its interior lights are never turned off. Somewhere inside Miniluv is room 101. If you have never read the book (and you really should cos it’s a timeless masterpiece) you may wonder what is in that room… which at a certain page one of the characters called O’Brien answers:

… I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.

Thankfully, QTGZManager 101 is not that bad. It’s just a harmless bugfix release completely detached from that anguishing work of fiction ;-)

Changelog:

  • Changed default Slackware mirror to http://mirrors.slackware.com/slackware/ – in a patch submitted by Robby Workman. Thanks Robby!
  • Changed the close button of the firefox-like searchbar to the leftmost position.

Go grab it HERE!

QTGZManager 1.0 released!

Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil: Today, with the SVN commit number 600, QTGZManager 1.0 was released. Get it here!

Changelog:

  • Fixed application exit while mainwindow was hidden and user was asked if he/she wanted to download new patches;
  • QTGZ can now open all files from installed packages, including those already removed;
  • Added txz2sb (Ctrl+L) support when using QTGZ under Slax;
  • Changed patch’s download directory to /tmp (press Ctrl+Shift+P to go to that path);

I’d like to thank everyone who helped this project so far: you know who you are! I’m in debt with all slackers from LinuxQuestions as well. Not to mention Patrick Volkerding, for being the man who started it all :-)

THANK YOU! I really hope you all enjoy this application.

Release Candidate 2 is here!

After three previews, good feedback from users, a business trip and some delay here it comes QTGZ’s new version: RC2!

Changelog includes:

  • Fixed crash when a malformed package was detected;
  • Added support for TDE – Trinity Desktop Environment;
  • Warns users if the program needs restart, based on changes in Options/Setup;
  • User defined mirrors can be added just editing ~/.config /QTGZManager/mirrors file;
  • ARM mirrors appear only when using Slackwarearm distro;
  • Checking Slackware patches now outputs status against number of patches available;
  • Window Close button now quits QTGZ by default. Previous hiding behavior can be configured using Options/Setup;

Hope you all like this one.

Release Candidate 2 postponed

Due to some changes I’ve recently introduced in the code and a business trip I have this week, QTGZManager RC2 will be postponed by a couple of days.

Just remember the project needs more translations: French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese (from Portugal), Dutch, Farsi and/or whichever other one you could make!

Third preview of Release Candidate 2

This third and hopefully last preview of the upcoming RC2 version comes with a couple of bugfixes, including one that could segfault the application in some conditions. It even sports a slightly layout change in Setup Dialog. I’ll let you find out for yourselves :-D

The preview can be accessed from this SourceForge link.

At this blog, the Screenshots section got updated, as it was showing outdated images from Beta6. We also added a THANKS section, so all people who worked to improve QTGZ can be given deserved recognition.

Wanna join them?

Just remember the project needs more translations: French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese (from Portugal), Dutch, Farsi and/or whichever other one you could make!

If all goes right Release Candidate 2 will be released next week.

So… Go grab and test it!

Second preview of Release Candidate 2

A few days after our RC2 first preview came out, we have the second incarnation of upcoming RC2!

The preview can be accessed from this SourceForge link.

Thanks to the guys at Slackware LinuxQuestions, RC2 preview2 has important bug fixes and new features: it now supports TDE (Trinity Desktop Environment – the KDE3 fork), warns users if the program needs a restart for the changes to take effect, lets users decide which is the basic behavior for Close Window button, as well as implements “~/.config/QTGZManager/mirrors” file, so people can merge their own mirrors to Slackware mirror list option.

Also notice the Manual section in this blog. It’s a quick start guide for new QTGZManager users feel more comfortable.

Just remember the project needs more translations: French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese (from Portugal), Dutch, Farsi and/or whichever other one you could make!

If all goes right Release Candidate 2 will be released next week.

So… Go grab and test it!

Release Candidate 2 preview

Just 9 days after RC1, we have a surprise to you: a preview of upcoming RC2!

The preview can be accessed from this SourceForge link.

RC2 has a couple of bug fixes and now supports TDE (Trinity Desktop Environment – the KDE3 fork).

Just remember the project needs more translations: French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese (from Portugal), Dutch, Farsi and/or whichever other one you could make!

If all goes right this version will be released next week.

So… Go grab and test it!

Release Candidate 1 is here!

After more than 6 years since its conception and 10 months from Beta6,
QTGZManager has finally reached Release Candidate status.

Dowload it HERE.

As today happens to be the “Day of the Dead”, which in my country, Brazil,
is also a holiday, this release codename is “Miguelina”.

Maria Luiza Miguelina Alaggio Albuquerque was my grandmather, born in 1911.

She was an italian descendant who loved cooking/eating good food,
talking with friends and relatives as well as laughing out loud at a
good joke. She passed away a few days before Christmas, 10 years ago.

Grandma, we miss you!

I’m happy QTGZ is also translated in your dearest italiano,
la più bella lingua del mondo as you used to say!

Here goes the obligatory changelog for RC1:

  • Reworked logic in package version recognition algorithm which    makes it faster and more accurate (thanks to Arch’s pacman code);
  • New icon for different architecture packages;
  • Better looking filter and search buttons;
  • Firefox-like search bar for text highlight search in html content (help, patches and diffs);
  • Now QTGZManager pops up if you try to exec another copy;
  • Option to rename selected directory pressing F2;
  • Option to hide status bar;
  • Option to cut/copy and paste packages;
  • Option to choose user’s prefered privilege escalation tool;
  • Option to use silent output during action execution (do not output pkgtool’s verbosity – improves UI responsiveness);
  • Option to automatically check for new Slackware patches at startup;
  • Option to stop the Slackware patch checking, just pressing Ctrl+P again;
  • Tabs are now movable;
  • Refactored color layout enables using dark Qt4 themes;
  • Updated help usage information (F1);
  • Added support for the Mate desktop (Gnome 2 fork);
  • Many bug fixes;
  • Revised translations (although Farsi is lacking a mantainer);

Special thanks goes to the italian, polish and german translators: Andrea, Grzegorz and Philip, you rock!

I also want to ask for your support: QTGZManager needs more translations! French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese (from Portugal), Dutch, Farsi and whichever other one you could make. Spread the word!

If you can afford it, also consider a donation. It takes a huge amount of time to develop a project this size (around 10k source lines of code).

Thank you!

Some screenshots:

QTGZManager - dark Qt theme

QTGZManager in 3-pane view with a dark Qt theme.

Patches directory

Inside Slackware patches directory created by QTGZ.

Setup tab 1

Selecting some options…

Beta6 Released!

TO THE INTERNET. After two and a half years since the last version, qtgzmanager reached Beta6 status today. In honor to this expressive delay, this release codename is Postmortem.

Beta6 contains MANY bug fixes, including one that addresses an important security issue. It is a MANDATORY update for those who follow the project.

Download it HERE. Untar the file and execute the accompanying SlackBuild in order to generate the package at “/tmp”. Works with 32 and 64bit Slackware 13.37.

QTGZManager now downloads official Slackware patches just pressing “Ctrl+P”. Supports LXDE Desktop Environment. Opens files of non-installed packages. Has a config dialog box to change some options. Sports some changes in the main interface: fonts, icons, style sheets and tooltips. Opens snapshot files, showing changes in installed packages since them. And last but not least, supports the unofficial SPKG tool for package management (it is a faster pkgtool alternative written in C).

Note that you must install Spkg in “/sbin” in order to be compatible with it. You can pick Salix (a Slackware 13.37 compatible distro) Spkg packages if you want to give it a try.

Spkg 32bit:

http://download.salixos.org/i486/13.37/salix/a/spkg-1.0-i486-1gv.tgz

Spkg 64bit:

http://download.salixos.org/x86_64/13.37/salix/a/spkg-1.0-x86_64-1gv.tgz

Enjoy!