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Now that tg@ is back, MirOS has certainly regained its momentum. Great work, it is good to have a developer like him.

For the last six months, we always distributed the same snapshot on exhibitions. I am almost ashamed to admit that the CDs we had at FOSDEM 2008 were burned from the FrOSCon 2007 ISO image that I had lying around on the showcase box, schaaf.mirbsd.org. So my radical proposal was: the code we have has had a lot of testing already and has shown no show-stopper bugs (except on the new Intel Macs, but that is another story). So: let's release what we have and call it MirOS #10.

However, we urgently needed to apply some security fixes first. My task was X. I managed to update the included freetype to 2.3.5, which contains many security-relevant bugfixes and is recommended for all users. Alas, many places under xc/ have to be touched for it to integrate well. I also applied the X.org patch from OpenBSD 4.2-stable. I had to do the applying by hand as there seemed to be some coding style changes from XFree86 to X.org but the code itself seems to have been mostly unchanged since 1987 or so. Some of it does not even have ANSI prototypes (in XFree86 at least).

Some ports have also been updated, mostly security fixes. My build machine is now MirOS in Parallels on a MacBook Pro. I have aqua/qt4-mac in my tree but it does not install quite right yet. A new, unified Ghostscript port is also in the pipeline. However, convincing the build system to only use the system zlib proves difficult.

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