So in case you hadn’t heard there’s a WordPress worm/exploit going around that allows all versions prior to the last couple to be hacked. This was a definite concern for me since virtually all my various WP projects including Axodys were several major releases back. Rather than simply upgrading all of them though I decided to tackle a couple tangential yet related projects at the same time. Upgrading the slice. A while back I made the mistake of not upgrading the version of Ubuntu Linux I had originally set our slice up with before it’s support window with Canonical closed. Doh! No more easily accessible package repositories. Back when I discovered that it had happened I considered just doing a back up and going for it via some directions I found on how to access some older packages. The best solution at this point was actually to purchase a second slice temporarily set it up the way I want, work out the configuration kinks and then move over all our accounts and projects.
I took the plunge and installed Kubuntu PPC on my old mostly unused G3 Powerbook this afternoon and it went pretty smoothly. I’m now in the process of poking around the environment and getting a better feel for things. Kynaptic makes adding packages totally easy and I’ve already added a couple games and other random doodads that aren’t installed by default. KDE does seem to have a display bug where window titles get a little screwed up, but it seems to be mainly an aesthetic issue. I’m really impressed in general with the level of integration and functionality you get when you use KDE. For a reasonably skilled computer user this is a totally viable free alternative to the Windows (and Macintosh) world.
Linux on the PPC platform has come a long ways since I first started playing with it 6 or 7 years ago. Installing Linux on Macs used to required special floppy boot diskettes and a lot of crazy hoop jumping, but no more. In fact from what I can tell the Linux PPC releases are basically simultaneous and on par with the Linux i386 releases in the Ubuntu/Kubuntu world. Progress is pretty darn cool.