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openSUSE Community Releases Leap 15.1 Version

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 12:32:02 PM
Leap 15.1 Supports More Hardware, Drivers, Enhances Installation

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22/05/2019

NUREMBERG, Germany – Today’s release of the openSUSE Leap 15.1 brings professional users, entrepreneurs and Independent Software Vendors updated support for modern hardware.

The release of Leap 15.1 improves YaST functionality and the installer.

“Continuity and stability are what we are providing users with Leap 15.1,” said Haris Sehic, a member of the openSUSE community. “With Leap 15, we have introduced a huge number of new features and innovations in security, performance and tool/desktop area. Having in mind how stable, efficient and reliable Leap has become, with this release, we managed to keep the level of quality to the point that our private and Small Business users can, actually more than ever, profit from the enterprise background of an openSUSE Linux Distribution. Let’s continue to have a lot of fun!”

Leap releases are scalable and both the desktop and server are equally important for professional’s workloads, which is reflected in the installation menu as well as the amount of packages Leap offers and hardware it supports. Leap is well suited and prepared for usage as a Virtual Machine (VM) or container guest, allowing professional users to efficiently run network services no matter whether it’s a single server or a data center.

Professional users, system administrators and developers can have confidence in the reliability of the Leap distribution based on its development process to deliver a modern, secure, maintained and highly tested distribution using the open-source build system unique to both SUSE and openSUSE, which is the Open Build Service, along with the automated testing of openQA.

What’s New

An entirely new graphics stack update is available for this stable community- and enterprise-based open-source GNU/Linux distribution. Graphics hardware supported by the 4.19 Linux Kernel were backported for the release of Leap 15.1, which uses the 4.12 Linux Kernel and supports additional graphics drivers for Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and improved support for AMD Vega chipset.

GPU virtualization has become quite popular among vendors like AMD, Intel and Nvidia and Leap 15.1 helps to delivers these implementation and support solutions for virtualized and cloud environments.

Leap 15.1 will now use Network Manager by default for both laptops and desktops – previously only laptops defaulted to Network Manager. Server installations will continue to default to Wicked, the openSUSE advanced network configuration system. The release adds a few popular WiFi drivers for more modern wireless chipsets. A change that applies to both Wicked and Network Manager is that /etc/resolv.conf, yp.conf and some other files are a link to a file in /run and are managed by netconfig.

The management of system services in YaST has been revamped to take advantage of many of the features offered by systemd in that area.

Improved Setup and Configuration

Some of the improvements to YaST have made for better management of services. Firewalld can be managed in text mode. There is a new User Interface to manage Firewalld, including AutoYaST support/advancements. System administrators will have better control with Salt formulas in the yast2-configuration-management module, and management of SSH keys per user will make sysadmins tasks much more pleasant.

YaST comes with an improved Partitioner, that now can automatically format full disks without partition tables, create software MD RAIDs on top of full disks, create partitions within a software-defined MD RAID and many other combinations. AutoYaST also supports all these combinations. The work the YaST team has put into the setup and configuration tool has a better default partitioning proposal in several scenarios like those with small disks or systems with several disks making solutions easier for Linux professionals. Leap 15.1 brings new YaST icons developed by the community.

The YaST team worked hard on improving the 4k display (HiDPI) experience. HiDPI displays are now autodetected and the UI is auto-scaled giving the installer a beautifully crisp interface.

Security and Maintenance

Maintenance updates from both Leap 15 and updates from SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 are inherited into Leap 15.1 and are part of the release. The security team issues fast updates for Leap 15.1. With maintenance updates, about 10 to 20 percent are contributed from the community.

There is a YaST testing option for users to test maintenance updates before being released. The testing repository allows users to test the updates five days before being pushed to the maintenance update repository.

Minor versions of the Leap 15 series have about an 18-month life cycle of maintenance and security as minor releases come roughly once a year. Users of openSUSE Leap, 15.0, which was released on May 25, 2018, should upgrade to Leap 15.1 within the next 6 months. The 15 series of Leap is expected to achieve an estimated 36 months of maintenance and security updates.

Images, Deployment and Hardware with Linode, Slimbooks and Tuxedo

Leap 15.1 continues to add more hardware providers as Slimbook and TUXEDO Computers will both offer the option of purchasing hardware with Leap 15.1 preinstalled. Linode cloud images of Leap are available today and ready for all infrastructure needs.

TUXEDO Computers devices were an important part of the openSUSE reference tests of Leap 15.1.

“We share the fundamental belief that the user should have the best user experience we can offer,” said Herbert Feiler, CEO of TUXEDO Computers. “openSUSE Leap 15.1 is the consistent continuation and further development of stable Linux for end users. Therefore we of course continue to offer openSUSE pre-installed on all TUXEDO notebooks and PCs,” adds Feiler.

Cloud hosting services will offer images of Leap 15.1 in the coming weeks like Amazon Web Services, Azure and OpenStack. Leap 15 is continually optimized for cloud usage scenarios as a host and virtualization guest.

Desktop Environment

Leap offers a great variety of Linux desktops, including traditional KDE, GNOME as well as efficient Xfce. Users can select their preferred desktop environment, configuration and workflow. GNOME 3.26 and the Long-Term-Support version of KDE Plasma 5.12 are in both Leap 15.0 and Leap 15.1. SLE 15 enterprise users can also get the KDE version and other community tools and packages available through PackageHub. Live images of KDE and GNOME are available for simple test-driving through the live tab under the Leap distribution on software.opensuse.org; a Rescue Live image is also available on the Live Images page for those mentioned above.

Containers

Leap 15.1 is filled with several containerization technologies like Singularity, which bring containers and reproducibility to scientific computing and the high-performance computing (HPC) world. Singularity first appeared in the Leap distribution in Leap 42.3 and provides functionality to build smallest minimal containers and runs the containers as single application environments. This is also the first Leap release containing the Podman container runtime and Buildah build tool; the used by default in openSUSE Kubic. Collectively they provide a more lightweight and resilient alternative to the alternative Docker container runtime, while also adding a number of unique features.

Gamers and Designers

Web designers and digital marketers can make use of the newer graphics stack with the minor version update of the Mesa 3d Graphic Library and use open source tools like the 3D Creation Software Blender to create intriguing and captivating animations.

Gamers, music lovers and podcaster can enjoy the enhancements of the High Definition HD-audio, backported USB-audio drivers and software updates that were made for MultiMedia Card (MMC) and embedded MMC (eMMC).

Migration to Enterprise made easy

openSUSE Leap 15.1 brings plenty of community packages built on top of a core sources of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 SP1. The shared common core and alignment with SLE makes migrations to SUSE’s enterprise product easy for professional who want to extend the life cycle of their maintenance and security past the lifecycle of Leap. Migrating from the community version of Leap to SUSE Linux Enterprise is an available option for those who desire to migrate. The migration from openSUSE Leap server installations to SUSE Linux Enterprise is easy for system integrators developing on Leap code who may decide to move to an enterprise version for SLAs, certification, mass deployment, or extended Long Term Support. The instructions on how to do this using the SUSEConnect package and SUSE documentation can be found here.

All Standard and Some Existing Services for Networks

Like prior versions, System Administrators and small businesses can use Leap for hosting web and mail servers or for network management with DHCP, DNS, NTP, Samba, NFS, LDAP, and hundreds of other services.

File sharing and cloud services include software such as NextCloud and even the groupware application suite Kopano (formerly known as Zarafa) is part of the official Leap 15.1 repositories.

Leap 15.1 also introduces automatically configured SSH for both it’s “Server” and “Transactional Server” system roles by default, helping make things a little easier to work on your server immediately after installation.

Health and Science

The Leap distribution supports the health, science, research and developer communities. GNU Health, the award-winning health- and hospital management system, comes in version 3.4.x, which introduces the Federation Server, gnuhealth-thalamus. There is an added setup-script for GNU Health called openSUSE-gnuhealth-setup to ease the setup of a new system for less experienced users. Solve linear and nonlinear problems numerically and perform other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with MATLAB through GNU Octave or use the Free and Open Source Geographic Information System QGIS to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information. Leap has plenty more packages like the Computer Algebra System (CAS) for problems in field theory called Cadabra, the interactive physical simulator Step, and the periodic table package Kalzium.

Platforms

Leap works with X86_64 and deployment scenarios can be run for physical, virtual, host and guest, and cloud. Ports to other architectures like ARM64 and POWER are in the works by the community.

The installation of openSUSE for the Raspberry Pi for ARM64 has been simplified to one image and is customizable. openSUSE Leap 15.1 is the first multi-purpose operating systems to support a full standard Linux experience in Raspberry Pi. There is no need for a custom specific ISO or precooked image to install on the Raspberry PI. The standard unmodified openSUSE image can be installed just like on any other computer. The installer detects and proposes the set of default configurations. Raspberry Pi needs a very specific partition containing the system firmware. This is important for the installer to detect the specific partition, preserve it and mount it in /boot/vc to allow the operating system to perform updates of the firmware.

Download Leap 15.1

To download the ISO image, visit https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/leap

Questions

If you have a question about the release or think you may have found a bug, ask on one of the following :

Get involved

If you would like to help the openSUSE Project, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at: https://rootco.de/2016-04-03-opensuse-and-you/

The openSUSE Project is a worldwide community that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. It creates two of the world’s best Linux distributions, the Tumbleweed rolling-release, and Leap, the hybrid enterprise-community distribution. openSUSE is continuously working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. The project is controlled by its community and relies on the contributions of individuals, working as testers, writers, translators, usability experts, artists and ambassadors or developers. The project embraces a wide variety of technology, people with different levels of expertise, speaking different languages and having different cultural backgrounds. Learn more about it on opensuse.org

Stable Sailing For Tumbleweed Snapshots This Week

Thursday 16th of May 2019 09:03:29 AM
Developers Can Make Use of GCC 9, QEMU 4, Wireshark 3

This week produced a smooth and rapid release of stable openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot as the rolling release produced a total of five stable or trending stable snapshots, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The production of snapshots provided both large and small package updates with GNU Compiler Collection 9, Wireshark 3.0.1, QEMU 4.0, KDE Applications 19.04.1, GNOME 3.32.2 and KDE Plasma 5.15.5 rounding out the largest package updates this week.

The latest Tumbleweed snapshot, 20190514, hailed in twenty recorded bug fixes for KDE Applications 19.04.1, which include improvements to Kontact, Ark, Cantor, Dolphin, Kdenlive, Spectacle and Umbrello. Among the highlighted fixes were a crash in KMail’s text sharing plugin that was fixed and regressions in the video editor Kdenlive were corrected. The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (alsa) 1.1.9 dropped several patches and fixed a rate plugin for comparisons as well as added support for GCC’s LinkTimeOptimization. The VLC audio visual decoder package dav1d 0.3.1 provided arm optimization for Multiple Sequence Alignment Compressor (MSAC). The package that has the implementation of HTTP/2 and its header compression algorithm HPACK in C, nghttp2, fixed a compilation against modern LibreSSL in the 1.38.0 version update. Tcsh 6.21.00 ported patches and the 4.2.15 version of yast2-storage-ng worked on the partitioner to prevent edition of block devices that are part of a multi-device Btrfs. The snapshot is currently trending at a 96 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

There were three packages updated in snapshot 20190512. Mozilla Firefox 66.0.5 made further improvements to re-enable web extensions that had been disabled for users with a master password. The operating system information database libosinfo 1.5.0 fixed the the loading of the architecture value of OsinfoImages and added  Application Programming Interface (API) to set and get an OS from and to OsinfoTrees & OsinfoImages and osinfo-db 20190504 dropped an add support patch for Leap 15.1. The snapshot is currently trending at a 97 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Snapshot 20190510 reined in GCC 9 and is the first Tumbleweed snapshot to make use of the GCC9 libraries. The snapshot produced several other major version updates. Both Wireshark 3.0.1 and QEMU 4.0 were included in the snapshot. QEMU 4.0 had tons of new improvements for arm, PowerPC, MIPS, s390, x86 and RISC-V. One of the more noteworthy changes were ARMv8 extensions for SB, PredInv, HPD, LOR, FHM, AA32HPD, PAuth, JSConv, CondM, FRINT, and BTI. Wireshark 3.0.1 added the  IP map feature back in a modernized form and addressed several Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. Also, TShark now supports the -G elastic-mapping option which generates an ElasticSearch mapping file. GNOME 3.32.2 updated translations, fixed a crash when closing the updates dialog before the content has loaded, and gnome-maps updated some unnecessary instructions in turn-by-turn route searches. IPv6 had a few fixes with the update of the 5.0.13 Linux Kernel. Add support for setting the emulator scheduler parameters were made for QEMU with libvirt 5.3.0 and python-libvirt-python 5.3.0 added all new APIs and constants in libvirt 5.3.0. With all these major updates, the snapshot is remarkably still trending at a 96 rating on the snapshot reviewer.

KDE Plasma 5.15.5 came out just two days after the software was released from upstream in the 20190509 snapshot. The Breeze theme had fix build with Qt 4 and Plasma addons fixed a default visibility unit for non-metric locales. The support library used in the Xfce desktop exo 0.12.5 moved around components to align with the correct library versions. Scripting language php7 7.3.5 fixed a core dump when using server controls for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The snapshot posted stable 94 rating on snapshot reviewer.

The snapshot that started off the week, 20190508, has four packages update. The packages were perl-libwww-perl 6.39, plasma-browser-integration 5.15.5, squid 4.7 and xdg-desktop-portal-kde 5.15.5. Squid 4.7 listed a bunch of CVEs that were fixed either without properly referencing them during the fix or 4.x branch was never affected by them. It also fixed stack-based buffer-overflow when parsing Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) messages. The snapshot posted stable 97 rating on snapshot reviewer.

InfinityBook Pro 13 as an important part of the openSUSE reference tests

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 07:18:43 AM
openSUSE and TUXEDO Computers want to offer the best user experience

KÖNIGSBRUNN, Germany — The cooperation between TUXEDO Computers and the openSUSE project has existed since 2018. This has been very successful, so that the release team of openSUSE has received a permanent loan from TUXEDO Computers and has developed and further developed the new version Leap 15.1 on the InfinityBook Pro 13, which will be released soon.

The openSUSE project mainly uses the InfinityBook Pro 13 from the TUXEDO Computers range. It offers numerous configuration options and is characterized by its mobility, runtime, performance, quality and flexibility. The internal tests at openSUSE were consistently positive. Further information and benchmarks can be found in the current joint success story, which is available for download.

TUXEDO Computers at the openSUSE Conference 2019

From 24th to 26th of May 2019, TUXEDO Computers will be part of the openSUSE Conference 2019 in Nuremberg/Germany. There, the hardware manufacturer from Königsbrunn near Augsburg/Germany will present a selection of current devices. The laptops can be viewed and tested here. Via the TUXEDO Computers online shop, more than 20 devices can be configured according to individual requirements and equipped, for example, with the Linux distribution openSUSE. The openSUSE conference in May is the annual openSUSE community event that brings people from all over the world together. Organized lectures, workshops and BoF sessions provide a setting for more informal meetings and hack sessions.

Further information and ticket can be found here: https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/oSC19

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 Logo Competition

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 12:00:54 AM

Today, we will start a logo competition for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019, which is going to be held in Bali, Indonesia. A logo is an essential material for the successful summit. As you have seen, the former openSUSE.Asia summits have their unique logos reflecting the communities where the summit took place. Following tradition, we have logo competition to collect great logo for this year’s summit.

The competition is open now and ends on 15 June 2019. The organizing team will send “Geeko Mystery Box” as an appreciation for the best logo designed. This year, logo will be voted by openSUSE.Asia committee.

Deadline: 15 June 2019 UTC 13:00

Announcement Winner: 25 June 2019

The Rules of the Contest are as follows:

  • The logo should be licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0 and allow everyone to use the logo without attribution (BY) if your work is used as the logo of openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019. Note that the attribution is going to be shown on the summit website.
  • Design must be original and should not include any third party materials.
  • Both monochromes and color formats are essential for submission.
  • Submissions must be in SVG format.
  • Design should reflect the openSUSE community in Asia.
  • The logo should avoid the following things:
    • Brand names or trademarks of any kind.
    • Illustrations that may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
    • Sexually explicit or provocative images.
    • Violence or weapons.
    • Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.
    • Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
    • Bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals
    • Religious, political, or nationalist imagery.
  • The logo should follow “openSUSE Project Trademark Guidelines” published at https://en.opensuse.org/File:OpenSUSE_Trademark_Guidelines.pdf
  • The branding guidelines will be helpful to design your logo (optional)
    https://opensuse.github.io/branding-guidelines/

Please submit your design to opensuseasia-summit@googlegroups.com with the following entries:

  • Subject: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 Logo Design – [your name]
  • Your name and mail address to contact
  • A document about philosophy of the design (txt or pdf)
  • Vector file of the design with SVG format ONLY.
  • Bitmap of design in attachment — image size: 256*256 px at least, PNG format.
  • File size less than 512 KB.

The openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee will decide on the logos, subject to the condition, that the logo meets all the requirements. The final decision will be made by openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee and it may not be the highest scored design.

We recommend the artist to use Inkscape, a powerful, free and open source vector graphics tool for all kinds of design.

openSUSE.Asia Summit Logo 2014-2018

 

GNOME 3.32 Arrives in Month’s First Tumbleweed Snapshot

Thursday 9th of May 2019 09:28:59 AM

This month has produced a total of three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot thus far and GNOME 3.32.1 was made available to Tumbleweed users in snapshot 20190505. The key packages that arrive so far this month are a newer Linux Kernel, a minor update for python-setuptools and the text editor GNU Nano fixed the spell checker from crashing.

The latest Tumbleweed snapshot, 20190507, which delivered nano 4.2, had a large update of changes for ghostscript 9.27; the versatile processor for PostScript data extensively cleaned up the Postscript name space and will now focus on the next releases to make SAFER the default mode of operation. The Optimized inner loop Runtime Compiler, orc 0.4.29, added decorator command line argument to add function decorators in header files. The latest python-setuptools 41.0.1 version fixed issues with the PEP 517, which specifies a standard API for systems which build Python packages. Text editor vim 8.1.1282 was also released in the snapshot. The snapshot is currently trending at a 95 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Mozilla Firefox 66.0.4 fixed extension certificate chain in snapshot 20190506. There was an improvement to network status detection with Network Manager with the glib2 2.60.2 update. The asn1c-based parser was replaced by an openssl-based PKCS parser with the kmod 26 package. The openblas_pthreads 0.3.6 had some changes for POWER6, PowerPC 970 and ARMv7 and ARMv8. The 1.28 perl-YAML package offered a security fix and xfsprogs updated to the 5.0.0 version from 4.20.0. The snapshot is currently trending stable at a 92 rating on the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The snapshot that started out the month, snapshot 20190505, had a large amount of package updates. GNOME 3.32.1 was perhaps the most anticipated to arrive as the Taipei version offered various fixes to initial loading screens, updated the featured app ID,fixed Flatpak permissions to correctly show up for available apps and much more. The release introduced an experimental feature for Wayland desktop sessions that enables fractional scaling. Once enabled, desktops at certain resolutions can be scaled by non-integer values. The Advanced Trivial File Transfer Protocol (atftp) 0.7.2 version fixed a potential DoS bug introduced by a IPv6 patch. Compiler cache ccache 3.7.1 fixed a temporary file leak when the depend mode is enabled and the compiler produces standard error output; it also fixed crash when the debug mode is enabled and the output file is in a non-writable directory. Ceph added the lvmcache plugin and both the openSUSE Kubic and MicroOS installation images prevent MD/RAID auto-assembly if linuxrc says so. The  5.0.11 Linux Kernel added new USB Link Power Management (LPM) helpers. Other noteworthy packages updated in the snapshot were libsoup 2.66.1, libstorage-ng 4.1.119, webkit2gtk3 2.24.1 and yast2 4.2.1.  The snapshot is currently trending stable at a 96 rating on the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 Bali: Call for proposals is Open

Wednesday 1st of May 2019 01:00:09 AM

The openSUSE.Asia Committee call for proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 is now open.

openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun.  Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

Following the Asia Summit in Taipei last year, the sixth openSUSE.Asia Summit year 2019 will be at Udayana University, Bali Indonesia on October 5th and 6th, 2019. The past Asia Summits have had participants from Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Nepal, and etc.

Call for proposals

The speakers are eligible to receive sponsorship from openSUSE Travel Support Program (TSP). Even if you live away from Bali, please consider applying for the event.

Topics

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 will invite talks/workshop relevant to openSUSE and other topics like Cloud, Virtualization, Container, Container Orchestration, Linux desktop environments and applications since openSUSE is a collection of various FLOSS products. The examples of the topics (not limited to) are as the following:

  • openSUSE (including Leap, Tumbleweed, Open Build Services, OpenQA, YaST)
  • openSUSE Kubic, Cloud, Virtualization, Container, and Container Orchestration
  • Embedded and IoT
  • Linux kernel and file system
  • Security (Access/Integrity control, Cryptography, Vulnerability management)
  • Desktop environments and applications (e.g. GNOME, KDE, XFCE)
  • Office suite, graphic art, multimedia (e.g. LibreOffice, Calligra, GIMP, Inkscape)
  • Multilingualization support (e.g. input methods, translation)
  • Other software running on openSUSE

Please note that non-technical talks are also welcome. For example:

  • Explanations of FLOSS technologies
  • Development, Quality Assurance, Translation
  • Tips & Tricks, Experience stories (success or fail), Best practice
  • Marketing and community management
  • Education
Types of sessions

We will invite the three types of sessions as below. If you apply for TSP, long talk or workshop is strongly recommended.

  • Workshop (120 min + Q&A)
  • Long talk (30 min + Q&A)
  • Short talk (15 min + Q&A)

We do not forget exciting lightning talks at this year’s summit. This year, call for lightning talks is expected to be open in July or later.

Schedule
  • The deadline of call for proposals: June 22, 2019
  • Notification to speakers:  July 15, 2019
  • Speakers TSP deadline: July 26, 2019
  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019: October 5th and 6th, 2019.
How to submit your proposal

Please submit your proposal to the following website: https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/summitasia19/program/proposals/new

Guide to write your proposal

Please write your proposal so that it is related to one or more topics

For example, if your talk is on security or desktop, it is better that it contains how to install these applications and/or demo on openSUSE.

Please clarify what the participants will learn from your talk.

  • The introduction of main technology or software in your talk
  • The main topic of your talk

Only workshop: please write how to use your time and what you need.

  • We recommend writing a simple timetable on your proposal
  • Please write the necessary equipment (laptops, internet access) to the Requirement field

Do not hesitate to contact the committee or a local community if you are not sure about writing your proposal or preparing your presentation.

Help promote openSUSE Leap 15.1!

Tuesday 30th of April 2019 10:00:43 AM

The release of openSUSE Leap 15.1 is about three weeks away. To help spread the word about the release, we have counters available at counter.opensuse.org and more artwork on https://github.com/openSUSE/artwork/. You can put these items on your social media or blog pages to make sure everybody knows that the Release is Coming!

For you blog and social media accounts

If you want to decorate your blog or website with a nice Leap 15.1 banner, grab one of these:

130×130 256×256 400×400 600×100

 

Release Counter

You can add the openSUSE 15.1 release counter to your website in various sizes by including the following html code in your blog:
<a href="http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:15.1"><img src="http://counter.opensuse.org/medium.png" border="0"/></a><br/>
“medium” is the size of the counter; it can also be “small” or “large” and we also have “wide” for a banner.

See the Countdown page on the openSUSE Wiki for more countdown information, code and tips!

What to Know Before Going to openSUSE Conference 2019

Monday 29th of April 2019 08:21:42 AM

openSUSE Conference 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, is just four short weeks away.  The conference will be from May 24 -26 at the ZBau and will start at 9:30 a.m. with a keynote from Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE’s President of Engineering, Product and Innovation.

To prepare for oSC19, there are a few things to know before going.

Money

See what the Euro conversion rate is at http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/. Keep your receipt when you convert money; you can get the same rate when you return to the same exchange where you converted the money into euros.

Arriving

Nuremberg is a smaller sized airport. People can take the U-Bahn to downtown Nuremberg. It only takes about 10 minutes by subway to get to the main station. From the airport, you will want to take U2 to downtown main station (Hauptbahnhof). One-way tickets are about 3 euro. Buy a one-way ticket at a vending machines. A 4-trip pass is 11 euro. An all-day pass is about 12 euro.

You can take a taxi to the hotel, but it’s just as easy to take the subway. Taxi stands are right outside the airport entrance. Costs will typically run between 10 and 20 euro. NOTE – Uber, Lyft and other share riding apps are not available in Nuremberg.

Almost all hotels do not run shuttle services, so don’t expect the hotel to pick you up.

Public Transportation

You can get around Nuremberg easily with public transportation. Again, one-way tickets are about 3 euro. The location of the Z-Bau is Frankenstr. 200. To get there, take U1 from the Nuremberg Hbf (Hauptbahnhof); it is just three subway stops from Nuremberg Hbf. Use U1 from the Bahnhof going toward Largwasser and get off on Franken Straße and walk to Franken Straße 200 (9-minute walk to the Z Bau). If you reached Hasenbuck, you have gone one station too far. https://www.vgn.de/liniennetze/schienennetz_nuernberg_furth/

Buy a one-way ticket at a vending machines; bring coins.

There are several different public transportation passes you can get during the openSUSE Conference. Please visit https://www.vgn.de/en/tickets/ for more information.

Parking

For those of you who drive, please note that you will need to park in a parking garage when downtown. A map at http://www.parkhaus-nuernberg.de/parkhaeuser/kartenansicht.html shows all the parkhaus in Nuremberg. Parking at the Z-Bau is free. If you want to park the car there overnight and take public transportation, that is probably your best option.

Plugs / Power

There will be power at oSC19, but to make sure you can power your electronics, you will need a Type C plug (Europe) or converter connection from your type plug to the Type C plug. Most electronics are 110/220, so there won’t be a need for a 110 to 220 power transformer.

Pre-conference Party

A pre-conference party is planned for May 23 at the Kater Murr at 7 p.m.

New KDE Frameworks, Python Setuptools, Emacs Update in Tumbleweed Snapshots

Friday 26th of April 2019 12:02:09 PM

Four openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot were released this week providing a Linux Kernel, KDE Frameworks, and python-setuptools to give developers plenty of new upstream packages.

The more recent Tumbleweed snapshot 20190423, provided new cups-filters 1.22.5 that changed a Ghostscript call so that fixes the page count so that it works with Ghostscript 9.27 and later. AV1 decoder package dav1d 0.2.2 brings a speed increase between four and six percent for Multi Slot Amplitude Coding (MSAC) decoding with SSE. The kernel-firmware package was updated to 20190409 and updated the firmware file for Intel Bluetooth and Marvell firmware images. Indonesian translations were made to the libstorage-ng 4.1.112 package. Ruby 2.6.3 updated the Unicode version to 12.1 beta to adds support for New Japanese Era “令和” (Reiwa). Other packages updated in the snapshot were perl-DateTime 1.51 and perl-DateTime-TimeZone 2.35, python-parso 0.4.0, python-qt5 5.12.1 and rdma-core 23.0. This snapshot is currently trending at a 89 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Mesa 19.0.2 had a few fixes for radeon, radv and v3d in the 20190420 snapshot. A few other packages were updated in the snapshot like kipi-plugins 5.9.1, which was the first official stand-alone release outside of digikam. This snapshot is currently trending at a 97 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

KDE contributors offered up plenty of fixes and addon libraries to Qt with the update to  Frameworks 5.57.0 in snapshot 20190419. KDE’s lightweight user interface framework for mobile and convergent applications called Kirigami had the most updates along with KIO and the file management functions it provides to Konqi users. Another package for developers/makers that arrived in the snapshot was python-setuptools 41.0.0; the package removes support for specifying an encoding using a ‘coding: ‘directive in the header of the file. When parsing setup.cfg files, setuptools now requires the files to be encoded as UTF-8. The java-11-openjdk updated to 11.0.3.0 added test cases for lenient Japanese era parsing and pushed several security fixes. This snapshot posted a stable rating of 97 on the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The snapshot that started the week off, 20190418, posted a stable rating of 94. The snapshot updated ImageMagick to version 7.0.8.40 and closed out several issues tracked on github. The emacs 26.2 package is now compliant with the latest version 11.0 of the Unicode Standard and changes in Specialized Modes and Packages in Emacs 26.2 Dired: The ‘Z’ command on a directory name compresses all of its files. The 5.0.8 Linux Kernel had fixes for arm and other patches. One of the updates in the kernel corrected the regulators for the audio codec for AM335x Evaluation Module processor. Other packages updated in the snapshot were hwdata 0.322, sshfs 3.5.2 and yast2 4.2.0, which was required to load integration tests frameworks.

Tumbleweed Snapshots Deliver Curl, Salt, FFmpegs Packages Updates

Thursday 18th of April 2019 09:48:11 AM

Three quality openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot were released since last Thursday with updated packages for Curl, Salt, FFmpeg and more.

Mozilla Firefox had a minor release of version 66.0.3 in the latest Tumbleweed 20190415 snapshot. The browser addressed some performance issues with some HTML5 games and provided a Baidu search plugin for Chinese users and China’s Internet space. The command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols, curl 7.64.1 fixed many bugs and added additional libraries to check for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) support. The update of libvirt 5.2.0 dropped a few patches and added several new features like Storage Pool Capabilities to get a more detailed list XML output for the virConnectGetStoragePoolCapabilites Application Programming Interface (API) and libvirt also enabled firmware autoselection for the open-source emulator QEMU. The newest salt 2019.2.0 package in Tumbleweed enhanced network automation and broadened support for a variety of network operating systems, and features for configuration manipulation or operational command execution. Salt also  added running playbooks to the 2019.2.0 release with the playbooks function and it includes an ansible playbooks state module, which can be used on a targeted host to run ansible playbooks, or used in an orchestration state runner. The snapshot was trending at a 95 rating at the time of publishing this article, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Snapshot 20190412 was trending at a 94 and that package brought an update to Ceph that added a separate option to config a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) port. The cifs-utils 6.9 package, which is part of the Samba Project, added fixes for Azure and removed several patches. The libssh2_org 1.8.2 package fixed a misapplied patch that broke its previous version. A few YaST packages had some updates like the yast2-storage-ng 4.2.5 package that allows for a new format for importing/exporting Network File System (NFS) drives.

The 20190411 snapshot started off the week and it posted a moderately stable rating of 89. This snapshot brought the 5.0.7 Linux Kernel and it offered up a mitigation potential for a ptrace system call for PowerPC. There were some bug fixes for codecs, filters and formats in the ffmpeg 4.1.3 update. The JavaScript Bindings for GNOME, gjs 1.56.0, had a significantly large changelog recording info from the previous 1.54.3 version that was in Tumbleweed. The previous logs identified a GNU Compiler Collection 9 bug and added some ESLint rules. The new version was a stable version bump. The python-kiwi  9.17.35 package fixed regressions for the kiwi-repart dracut module. The wget 1.20.3 package fixed the buffer overflow vulnerability found in Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)-2019-5953. Text editor vim 8.1.1137 fixed several bugs including a Python test that didn’t wipe out hidden buffer and a space in number column that was on wrong side with ‘rightleft’ set.

Return of the Rodents: Xfce is back in openSUSE Tumbleweed Installer

Wednesday 10th of April 2019 03:31:37 PM

We are very pleased to announce that installing the lightweight and slim desktop environment Xfce in openSUSE Tumbleweed just got faster and hassle-free!

Along with GNOME and KDE Plasma, Xfce can now be conveniently selected from the installer’s main screen, as your desktop environment from both DVD installer and net installer. All this is combined with a carefully picked selection of packages that rounds off our offered system to get you started quickly and easily.

Our Xfce team has invested a lot of work in the past months to optimize the “cute mouse” by focusing on the desktop and the underlying rolling release of Tumbleweed. It features applications that better suit the desktop, as well as new modern themes that make the default experience refreshing and enjoyable.

Finally, there is a relatively new project in the Open Build Service (OBS), which builds automatically and daily development versions of Xfce software from Xfce Git Master branch. Through this repository, openSUSE Xfce packagers and contributors are able to test commits and can spot bugs before official releases.
Xfce users are welcome to test it and contribute to it at X11:xfce:rat. [1]

Going live

Xfce live images are finally here! The live images give you a close look at the Xfce experience in openSUSE, which allows you to test and preview the system features. Ultimately, if you decide so, you can install the system directly from the live environment.

One of the most important steps for us was the recording of the image in openQA and the associated automation of tests. We are happy to announce that the Xfce environment and all official related ISO images are tested in openQA, which helps us provide quality and stability to the systems. [2] [3] [4]

Live images of openSUSE Tumbleweed Xfce are available in both i586 and x86_64 architectures, and are easily accessible on https://software.opensuse.org along with all the other Live images offered by the openSUSE Project [5].
If you end up using those images on USB stick, they will be persistent, so they are also an excellent way to get a portable and bootable drive with all your settings waiting for you the way you set them up yourself.

Willing to join?

Being small but passionate, openSUSE’s Xfce team is always happy to welcome helping hands for testing, bug reporting, package maintaining, documentation and other tasks. But it’s not limited to technical areas! We are constantly looking for ideas and creative developments to discuss, elaborate and implement. openSUSE is a distribution living from its users and their contributions. If you are happily using openSUSE and want to take part in further development, here’s yet another good point to get started. For some more details, check our wiki page [6] or just feel free to reach out to us!

About Xfce

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. It consists of a number of components that provide the full functionality one can expect of a modern desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick among the available packages to create the optimal personal working environment.

Another priority of Xfce is adherence to standards, specifically those defined at freedesktop.org. Xfce can be installed on several UNIX platforms. It is known to compile on Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Cygwin and MacOS X, on x86, PPC, Sparc, Alpha…

You can find more information about Xfce at their project website. [7]

German Translation

Wir freuen uns sehr, mitteilen zu können, dass die Installation der leichten und schlanken Desktop-Umgebung Xfce in openSUSE Tumbleweed nun schneller und problemloser geht!

Zusammen mit GNOME und KDE Plasma kann Xfce nun bequem auf dem Hauptbildschirm des Installers aus als deine Desktop-Umgebung, sowohl vom DVD-, als auch vom NET-Installer ausgewählt werden. All dies wird mit einer sorgfältig ausgewählten Paketauswahl kombiniert, die unser angebotenes System abrundet, um einen schnellen und einfachen Einstieg zu ermöglichen.

Unser Xfce-Team hat in den letzten Monaten viel Arbeit investiert, um die “niedliche Maus” zu optimieren, indem es sich auf den Desktop und das zugrunde liegende Rolling Release von Tumbleweed konzentriert hat. Es bietet Anwendungen, die besser für den Desktop geeignet sind, sowie neue moderne Designs, die das Standarderlebnis erfrischend und angenehm machen.

Und schließlich gibt es ein relativ neues Projekt im Open Build Service (OBS), das automatisch und täglich Entwicklungsversionen von Xfce-Software aus dem Xfce Git Master Zweig erstellt. Über dieses Repository können openSUSE Xfce-Paketierer und -Beitragende Commits testen und Fehler vor den offiziellen Veröffentlichungen erkennen. Xfce-Nutzer sind herzlich eingeladen, es zu testen und dazu bei X11:xfce:rat beizutragen. [1]

Going live

Xfce Live-Images sind endlich da! Die Live-Images geben einen Einblick in das Xfce-Erlebnis in openSUSE und ermöglichen es die Systemfunktionen zu testen und anzusehen. Wenn du dich dafür entscheidest, kannst du das System schließlich direkt aus der Live-Umgebung heraus installieren.

Einer der wichtigsten Schritte für uns war die Aufnahme des Images in openQA und die damit verbundene Automatisierung der Tests. Wir freuen uns, mitteilen zu können, dass die Xfce-Umgebung und alle offiziell zugehörigen ISO-Images in openQA getestet wurden, was uns hilft, Qualität und Stabilität für die Systeme zu gewährleisten. [2] [3] [4]

Live-Images von openSUSE Tumbleweed Xfce sind sowohl in der i586er als auch in der x86_64er Architektur verfügbar und sind unter https://software.opensuse.org zusammen mit allen anderen Live-Images des openSUSE Projekts [5] leicht zugänglich.
Wenn du diese Images auf einem USB-Stick verwendest, sind sie persistent. Daher sind sie auch eine ausgezeichnete Möglichkeit, ein portables bootfähiges Laufwerk mit all deinen Einstellungen zu erhalten, die auf dich exakt so warten, wie du sie zuvor eingerichtet hast.

Möchtest du mitmachen?

Das Xfce-Team von openSUSE ist klein, aber engagiert und freut sich immer über helfende Hände für Tests, Fehlerberichte, Paketpflege, Dokumentation und andere Aufgaben. Aber es geht nicht nur um technische Bereiche! Wir sind ständig auf der Suche nach Ideen und kreativen Entwicklungen, um diese zu diskutieren, auszuarbeiten und umzusetzen. openSUSE ist eine Distribution, die von ihren Nutzern und deren Beiträgen lebt. Wenn du also openSUSE gerne benutzt und an der Weiterentwicklung teilnehmen möchtest, ist hier noch ein weiterer guter Punkt zum Einstieg. Für weitere Informationen schau auf unsere Wiki-Seite [6] oder melde dich einfach bei uns!

Über Xfce

Xfce ist eine leichtgewichtige Arbeitsumgebung für UNIX-ähnliche Betriebssysteme. Ziel ist es, schnell und ressourcenschonend, aber auch optisch ansprechend und benutzerfreundlich zu sein.

Xfce verkörpert die traditionelle UNIX-Philosophie von Modularität und Wiederverwendbarkeit. Es besteht aus einer Vielzahl von Komponenten, die die volle Funktionalität einer modernen Arbeitsumgebung bieten. Die Komponenten werden einzeln als Pakete zur Verfügung gestellt und Sie können aus allen zur Verfügung stehenden Paketen wählen, um Ihre optimale persönliche Arbeitsumgebung zu erstellen.

Eine weitere Priorität von Xfce ist die Einhaltung von Standards, speziell der von freedesktop.org definierten.

Du kannst Xfce auf verschiedenen UNIX-Plattformen installieren. Bekanntermaßen lässt es sich auf Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Cygwin und MacOS X kompilieren, für die Architekturen x86, PPC, Sparc, Alpha …
Weitere Informationen über Xfce findest du auf der Projektwebsite. [7]

Further Information

[1] RAT Repository https://build.opensuse.org/project/show/X11:xfce:rat
[2] Xfce DVD in openQA https://openqa.opensuse.org/tests/899239
[3] Xfce Live ISO in openQA https://openqa.opensuse.org/tests/899602
[4] Xfce in openQA https://openqa.opensuse.org/tests/899176
[5] Live ISOs https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/tumbleweed#Live-ports
[6] oS Xfce Team https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Xfce_team
[7] Xfce.org https://xfce.org

openSUSE Board Alumni Peter T. Linnell died on March 18th

Monday 25th of March 2019 04:14:33 PM

Peter T. Linnell (1963 – 2019)

Peter was widely known as founder of Scribus, the Libre Graphics Meeting and enthusiastic contributor to countless other Free Software projects. For openSUSE he took over responsibility as an active member of our package review team and has served as openSUSE Board member twice, from 2011-2012 and 2014-2016. Peter passed away a week ago after lengthy battle with cancer, he is survived by his wife Pauline and his daughter Stella. His obituary mentions ways to honor his life.

We will always remember Peter as fellow tinkerer, with an boundless passion to understand the inner workings and meanings of software and people. Farewell Peter, you’ll be missed by the openSUSE Community.

Bali, Indonesia, Selected for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019

Wednesday 6th of March 2019 03:00:51 AM

For the second time, Indonesia was chosen to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 event. A similar event was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2016 and was attended by hundreds of local openSUSE lover as well as from other Asian countries. This year we are challenged to repeat the successful story of the openSUSE.Asia Summit on one of the most exotic islands in Indonesia, Bali.

openSUSE.Asia Summit is an event awaited by fans of openSUSE in Indonesia in particular, and activists of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in general. In this activity, experts, contributors, end users, and technology enthusiasts gather to share experiences about the development of openSUSE and other things related to FLOSS and have a lot of fun.

The island of Bali was chosen as the venue for the openSUSE.Asia Summit after being proposed by the Indonesian community during openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. After going through a long discussion, the Asian committee chose Bali as the host of openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019. openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 will be from October 5 to October 6, 2019, at Udayana University, Bali.

Goals to be achieved in the openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 in Bali include:

  • To promote openSUSE in the Asian region.
  • To provide an alternative to the wider community that FLOSS can be a powerful tool for doing their daily job.
  • To attract new contributors for openSUSE from Indonesia and other Asian countries.
  • To provide a forum for sharing user and developer experiences because usually such discussions only occur online.

In the end, we are proud to present Bali Island to become one of the historical places for the openSUSE.Asia Summit :”)

Pre-announcement

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 will immediately open a call for paper for prospective speakers. In addition, we will also open a logo competition for the openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019. Surely this will be an opportunity for designers in Asia to compete with each other to show their abilities and contribute to this activity. We will inform you of more details about the above information in the near future through news.opensuse.org.

See you in Bali and have fun!

Stepgun – Pantai Kuta, Bali (2) – CC BY-SA 4.0

Bali Beach Taravel Boats Vocation by keulefm

 

 

 

Tumbleweed Snapshots Bring New Mesa, php, python-setuptools

Friday 1st of March 2019 08:41:24 AM
Snapshots Trending Stable

There were three quality openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot released this week bringing updates for python-setuptools, Mesa, php, Flatpak and both Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird.

Eleven packages were updated in the latest snapshot of the week. Snapshot 20190226 updated the efivar 37 package, which is a tools and libraries package to work with Extensible Firmware Interface variables; the package add support for Embedded MultiMediaCard devices and for Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) root nodes without a device link in pseudo file system sysfs. The sensors 3.5.0 package add detection of Microchip MCP9808 and Nuvoton NCT6793D, which has yet to appear on the companies website. Bug fixes were made to the xclock 1.0.8, xev 1.2.3 and xfsinfo 1.0.6 packages. The xfsinfo package fixed a bug in 64-bit builds that caused the maximum request size to be incorrectly calculated. Other packages updated in the snapshot were File 5.36, python-idna 2.8 and python-python-dateutil 2.8.0.

A little more than a handful of packages were updated in the 20190225 snapshot. Mozilla Firefox 65.0.1 improved playback of interactive Netflix videos and provided various stability and security fixes. The libyui-qt-pkg 2.45.26 fixed an icon display to a new libyui-qt function. A suggestion by a user at EuroPython 2018 was made in the python-decorator 4.3.2 package and now the path to the decorator module appears in the tracebacks. The caching proxy squid 4.6 is able to detect IPv6 loopback binding errors and fixed OpenSSL builds that define OPENSSL_NO_ENGINE.  The sysconfig 0.85.2 package fixed the changes file to mention relevant github pull requests.

Mesa3D graphics library was updated to version 18.3.4 in snapshot 20190224.  The Mesa update brought compiler fixes and extra PCI IDs for Intel’s Coffee Lake and Ice Lake processors. The RADV driver has seen addressed to compile correctly with GNU Compiler Collection 9. The package for editing images and vector image files, ImageMagick 7.0.8.28, fixed some bugs including the rendering of complex text for Hindi. Mozilla Thunderbird 60.5.1 fixed four Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) that were all listed as having a high impact. The GNU collection of binary tools, binutils 2.32, now support C-SKY processor series. Flatpak jumped from 1.2.0 to 1.2.3 and fixed some bugs and made some modifications with sandboxing. The 2.2.13 gpg2 implemented a key lookup via keygrip. Several other library packages were updated in the snapshot including libcontainers-common 20190219, libstorage-ng 4.1.91 and libxcrypt 4.4.3. A cURL related fix was made with the update version of php7 7.3.2. The Tumbleweed snapshot also brought a major version update for Python’s package manager/module python-pip; the update from 18.1 to 19.0.2 added improved documentation, deprecated support for Python 3.4 and made failed uninstall roll back more reliable and better at avoiding naming conflicts. The python-setuptools 40.8.0 package will now automatically include licenses if setup.cfg contains a license_file attribute, unless this file is manually excluded inside MANIFEST.in.  Web content engine webkit2gtk3 2.22.6 made kinetic scrolling slow down smoothly when reaching the ends of pages. Intelligent WHOIS client added top-level domain (TLD) server and YaST2 had several package updates including the  yast2-samba-client 4.1.1 package that now performs the workgroup lookup using samba python bindings.

The quality of the above snapshots are all trending as stable with a rating above 91, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Leap 15.1 Beta Pizza Party

Friday 22nd of February 2019 11:56:31 AM

Hunt for bugs & have a lot of fun!

The release manager for openSUSE Leap announced that Leap 15.1 entered its Beta phase this week and that means it’s time for a Beta Pizza Party. Yeah!.

Leap’s Beta phase is a rolling beta until it’s official release. Once released, it will begin its maintenance phase.

To celebrate the Beta phase, why not have a Pizza Party and test the openSUSE Leap 15.1 Beta.

Geeko in Nuremberg will have a Beta Pizza Party on March 1, 2019 during lunch. Any Beta tester in the Nuremberg area are welcome to attend. Just email ddemaio (@) opensuse.org.

If there’s no party near you, organize your own. Be sure to check the wiki page! Pick a local pizza place or get some delivered to your home or office; invite friends and colleagues and put your party on the wiki. A new openSUSE user may show up! If you are unsure of how to do it, read this.

Download the Beta…

Beta’s of Leap 15.1 are available at https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/testing. Install it on a VM, virtualbox or on your hardware. Report or help fix any problems you encounter.

Testing and helping out!

The focus of a Beta Pizza Party is about building a local openSUSE community and testing Leap 15.1 Betas. This means installing it and submitting bug reports when you bump into trouble.

Bugs should be reported and can be tracked via Bugzilla. Find a how-to on reporting bugs on the wiki.

Discussions about openSUSE development takes place on the openSUSE Factory mailing list.  If you want to help out, please see the wiki page on contributing to Factory. Contributing is easy and welcomed!

Have a lot of fun!

Tumbleweed Snapshots Are Steadily Rolling

Thursday 21st of February 2019 09:16:24 AM

Four openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot were released this week bringing updates for Kerberos, GNOME, KDE, YaST and Mozilla Firefox.

The latest snapshot of the week, 20190219, had more than a dozen packages updated. A new Kerberos database module using the Lightning Memory-Mapped Database library (LMDB) has was added with the krb5 1.17 package, which brought some major changes for the administration experience for the network authentication protocol Kerberos. The permissions package update 20190212 removed several old entries and the kernel-space and user-space code package tgt 1.0.74 fixed builds with the newer glibc. A couple xf86 packages were updated. The 1.4.0 version of xf86-video-chips was a bug fix release for X.Org Server. There was an X Server crash bug with the version 1.3 affecting devices older than the HiQVideo generation. The change log said the code may not compile against X Server 1.20 since it no longer supports 24-bit color. A few other YaST packages were updated in the snapshot like yast2-installation 4.1.36, which had an update that saves the used repositories at the end of installation so as not to offer the driver packages again.

The 20190217 snapshot had just three packages updated. The keyboard management library libgnomekbd 3.26.1 fixed a build with new GLib and updated translations. VMcore extraction tool makedumpfile 1.6.5 added some patches, bug fixes and improved support for arm64 systems with Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization (KASLR). The jump in the release of yast2-storage-ng from 4.1.53 to 4.1.59 provided quite a few changes like allowing the partitioner to create block cache (bcache) devices without a caching set and the newest version limits bcache support to x86_64.

The 20190215 snapshot finished the updates of KDE Applications 18.12.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.55.0, which started in the snapshot the day before. Multiple packages were updated in KDE Frameworks 5.55.0. Breeze Icons added a preferences-desktop-effects icon, KIO improved keyboard controls of the checksum widget, KTextEditor added a cancel button to stop long-running tasks in the search bar and KWayland added rows info to the plasma virtual desktop protocol. KDE Applications 18.12.2 had more than a dozen recorded bug fixes include improvements to Kontact, Ark, Konsole, Lokalize, Umbrello, and others. The address book now remembers birthdays when merging contacts from a bug fix with kdepim-addons and Ark no longer deletes files saved from inside the embedded viewer. An update to autoyast2 4.1.1 for the installation made changes to the reading of the IPv6 setting in order to initialize it correctly. Unit test were made in the libstorage-ng 4.1.88 package and it also had a change to detect Direct-Access Storage Devices (DASD) using virtio-blk. The python-cairocffi 0.9.0 package dropped Python 3.2 and 3.3 support. Several other YaST packages were updated in the snapshot including yast2-bootloader 4.1.17, yast2-configuration-management 4.1.3, yast2-firstboot 4.1.5 and yast2-network 4.1.39.

The snapshot that started the week 20190214 brought the newest Mozilla Firefox 65.0. One of the changes to the browser is an updated language section in preferences that allows users to install multiple language packs and order language preferences for Firefox and websites without having to download locale-specific versions. KDE had several updates in this snapshot. Both KDE Applications 18.12.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.55.0 packages started updating in this snapshot and KDE Plasma 5.15.0 was also released in this snapshot. Plasma 5.15 brings a number of changes to the configuration interfaces, including more options for complex network configurations. Many icons have been added or redesigned to make them clearer. Integration with third-party technologies like GTK and Firefox improved substantially.  GNOME’s Almería release received a minor update to the gnome-desktop 3.30.2.1 and other GNOME 3.30.3 packages. Both the KDE and GNOME projects are also highly active with developing package management and application virtualization for the Linux desktop through Flatpak. The new 1.2.0 version of Flatpak generated a fontconfig directory remapping snippet since it will be needed for a newer versions of fontconfig. The ImageMagick 7.0.8.26 version fixed a number of issues listed on github, which brought the amount of open issues to 62. Several other packages were updated in the snapshot. Updates of cups-filters 1.22.0, libostree 2019.1, python-qt5 5.12 and shotwell 0.30.2 were among the most notable package updates.

The quality of the snapshots have steadily improved this week according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.Snapshot 20190215 through 20190219 are trending at stable with a rating above 90 as of the publishing of this article. The 20190214 snapshot has a moderate rating of 83.

Voters Choose Two New Board Members and One Incumbent to openSUSE Board

Saturday 16th of February 2019 05:17:35 AM

Christian Boltz aka cboltz, incumbent

The results are in and the Voting Members have chosen incumbent Christian Boltz aka cboltz, new Board Member Marina Latini aka deneb_alpha, and new Board Member Dr. Axel Braun aka DocB to fill the three vacant seats on the openSUSE Board for the next two years.

New Board Member Marina Latini aka deneb_alpha

Out of 446 eligible voters, 46 more openSUSE Members than last elections, only 231 — 6 fewer than last elections — chose to cast their votes, leaving last spring’s elections holding the record both for most ballots cast and largest percentage of Members who took enough interest in openSUSE to take the time to cast their votes.

Incumbent Christian Boltz aka cboltz garnered the most votes with a total of 141 votes — more than half of those who voted — confirming the Community’s confidence in him.  He was followed closely by Marina Latini aka deneb_alpha with 119 votes — also more than half of the active voters — and Dr. Axel Braun aka DocB with 104 votes, almost half.

As incumbent, Christian is already sitting on the Board and will continue his duties for his second two-year term.  Marina and Axel are expected to join him and take their seats for their first two-year terms sometime within the next couple of weeks.

New Board Member Dr. Axel Braun aka DocB

The runners-up in this tough-to-decide race included three other impressive Candidates:  Incumbent Sarah Julia Kriesch aka AdaLovelace with 98 votes, Vinzenz Vietzke aka vinzv with 78 votes, Nathan Wolf aka futureboy and CubicleNate with 54 votes, and Sébastien Poher aka sogal with 51 votes.  Unfortunately, only three seats were vacant, as these three people would also have been valuable additions to the Board.

Next Elections Expected Less Than a Year in Fall of 2019

The Elections Committee for the 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections — Ish Sookun, Edwin Zakaria, and Gerry Makaro — sincerely hope that the runners up will step up to run again in the next elections as two seats will be up for election, one for Simon Lees, who will be finishing his first two-year term, and the other to replace Gertjan Lettink, who will be ending his second two-year term on the Board.

Board Members can only hold two consecutive two-year terms under openSUSE rules.

The Elections Committee would like to thank all the Community Members who stepped up to the plate and performed their Membership Duties in order to support openSUSE, the Project, and the Community in this elections process.  You can find out more about the Elections and the Candidates at the Official Wiki Page.

 

Inkscape, GTK, glibc Updates Arrive in Tumbleweed

Thursday 14th of February 2019 11:49:03 AM

A single snapshot was released this week for openSUSE Tumbleweed bringing update packages for Mozilla Thunderbird, dbus, Inkscape, Ruby, glibc, gtk and more.

The lone snapshot of the week was 20190209. ModemManager made the jump from version 1.6.14 to 1.10.0 and consolidated common tag names among all the supported plugins as well as provided a new tag to allow specifying flow control settings to use in serial ports. The Mozilla Thunderbird 60.5.0 package gave more search engine options in certain locations offering Google and DuckDuckGo available by default. The email client also added Thunderbird FileLink with WeTransfer to upload large attachments. Thunderbird Filelink provides support for online storage services and allows upload attachments to an online storage service and then replaces the attachment in the message with a link. General-purpose parser generator bison 3.3.1 removed support for the 32-bit C/C++ development system DJGPP. The compiler cache, ccache 3.6,  which speeds up recompilation by caching previous compilations, fixed a problem due to Clang, which is a C language family frontend for LLVM, overwriting the output file when compiling an assembler file and added support for GNU Compiler Collection‘s `-ffile-prefix-map` option. The 1.12.12 version update for dbus stopped a few memory leaks and added a couple patches. The epson-inkjet-printer-escpr 1.6.35 version added support for new printer models EcoTank ET-M1100 and Epson WorkForce ST-2000. GNU C Library glibc 2.29 added getcpu wrapper function, which returns the currently used CPU and NUMA node, and optimized the generic exp, exp2, log, log2, pow, sinf, cosf, sincosf and tanf functions. Cross-platform widget toolkit gtk3 3.24.5 implement gdk_window_present for Wayland, updated translations and refreshed the theme. The health-checker 1.1 package added new plugins for cri-o and kubelet. Users of the professional-quality vector-graphics application Inkscape can now use the 0.92.4 version; the new version improves preferences of the measuring tool when grids are visible and fixes a crash that would happen when a user does a Shift/Ctrl-click when handling shapes. Tumbleweed users will have 1.7x faster performance with Ruby 2.6 as the default as compared to Ruby 2.5. Other library packages updated in the snapshot were libosinfo 1.3.0, libsodium 1.0.17, libsolv 0.7.3, libstorage-ng 4.1.86 and libzypp 17.11.1.

Snapshot 20190209 is trending at a moderate rating of 86, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

First Phase for openSUSE Conference Talks Begins

Wednesday 13th of February 2019 03:43:21 PM

openSUSE is pleased to announce the first phase for accepting talks for the openSUSE Conference 2019 (oSC19) has begun.

A total of 80 talks were submitted during the call for papers, which began in late fall and ended Feb. 4. In total, there were 42 normal talks, two long workshops, four short workshops, 19 short talks and seven lighting talks submitted.

The review team rated all the submitted abstracts and selected 22 normal talks, two long workshops, four short workshops, 13 short talks and five lighting talks.

Speakers have been notified of their accepted talk and must confirm their talk by March 1. If a speaker doesn’t confirm their talk by March 1, the talk will be withdrawn and the next highest rated talks will be accepted to fill the slot as part of the second phase of the talk selections for oSC19. Phase 2 will run from March 2 to March 16. The schedule for the conference will be published shortly after Phase 2.

There are five tracks listed for the conference this year. The tracks are:

  • openSUSE
  • Open Source Software
  • Cloud and Containers
  • Embedded Systems
  • Desktop and Applications

The openSUSE Conference will take place at the Z-Bau in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 24 – 26.

Visit events.opensuse.org for more information about oSC19 or email ddemaio (@) opensuse.org.

Only a Few Days Left to Cast Your Ballot in the Board Elections

Sunday 10th of February 2019 11:36:07 PM
Cast Your Votes While You Can! Ballots Will Close This Friday for 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections

Ahmad Romadhon, left, with openSUSE Board Member Simon Lees at the openSUSE Asia Summit

With only a few days left to go in the Board Elections, openSUSE enthusiast Ahmad Romadhon would like to urge all openSUSE Members who have not yet voted to cast their ballots before voting closes Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12h00 UTC.

The Gajah Mada University Indonesian Literature student from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has contributed a new Poster for the openSUSE Elections with this goal in mind, as a healthy Community depends entirely on the active participation of its Members.

The ballots were sent out last week for the voting process to choose three Board Members in the 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections from a total of seven top quality Candidates in the running.

Check Your Inbox

If you are an openSUSE Member, you should have received an email containing the elections url and your credentials to log in and cast your vote. If you did not receive this e-mail, and if you are a qualified Member, you must contact the Elections Committee immediately.

You may cast your vote until Friday, February 15, 2019. You may also update your vote within this time-frame should you wish to do so.  Qualified Community Members may vote for up to three out of the seven candidates whose biographies were published during the course of the Elections Campaign.

Not an Easy Choice, but it is Important to Choose Your Representatives

2018-2019 Election Poster contributed by Ahmad Romadhon

In this year’s Election, the voters are being asked to choose between a superb crop of seven quality Candidates with extensive credentials of Contributions to the openSUSE Project, and they can only select three of the seven, so it will be a difficult choice to make.

The Elections Committee would like to remind all openSUSE Contributors that a healthy Project is only possible if it has a robust roster of Members who participate in the Elections process, and it is especially important they cast their votes.  Only then can the Board be a true representation of what the Community and the Project want to help guide the current and future path of the organization.

Last spring, the elections included an impressive list of quality candidates in an election that was the longest election period in the history of the project elections, with 237 out of 400 Members voting: A record participation in percentage and actual numbers.

This year, the Elections Committee wants to exceed that record, but only you — as an openSUSE Member — can make that happen.

You can find out more about the Elections and the Candidates at the Official Wiki Page.

 

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