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Leap 15.2 Enters Beta Builds Phase

Tuesday 25th of February 2020 09:36:38 AM

openSUSE Leap 15.2 entered the Beta phase last week and has already released two snapshots with the release of build 581.2 and build 588.2. Leap has a rolling development model until it’s final build, so multiple builds will be released according to the road map until the gold master is released, which is scheduled for May 7.

There are no concrete milestones in the rolling development model. As bugs are fixed and new packages introduced or excluded, snapshots of the latest beta phase builds will be released once they pass openQA testing.

After the gold master is released, the rolling development model will stop and maintenance and security updates will then be released for the new minor version of the Leap 15 series.

The alpha phase has been ongoing for several months now and builds have been released regularly on a rolling basis. The alpha was stable enough to use for demos at FOSDEM, but testing is still needed.

Distro hoppers, hobbyists, users and tech enthusiast can download the current builds and help test the releases at People testing the beta are encouraged to

Record their Leap Beta testing effort on the following spreadsheet:

Leap Beta testers have an option to receive a T-shirt, so make sure to fill in all the proper information and bug reports to get one.

In the email announcement notifying the community about Leap entering the beta phase, Leap’s new release manager, Luboš Kocman stated the release team is working on a 15.1 upgrade test suite to get decent upgrade test results.

“So any manual upgrade effort would be extremely valuable,” Luboš Kocman wrote.

Kocman also highlighted Windows Subsystem for Linux and said the hard work put in for WSL images has risen it to a first-class citizen in both the Open Build Service and openQA.

Those interested in Beta testing of openSUSE Leap 15.2 WSL images can contact Kocman or the factory mailing list. For more information on WSL, visit

Plasma, NodeJS, pip, Grep update in Tumbleweed

Thursday 20th of February 2020 08:21:47 AM

Three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots arrived this week and the snapshots provided a few major version upgrades and several minor updates with newer features.

The latest snapshot was 20200218. This snapshot updated a subpackage for btrfsprogs to version 5.4.1 and fixes the docbook5 builds. The Linux Kernel updated to 5.5.4 and had a few changes for KVM on arm64. The update of glibc 2.31 now supports a feature test macro _ISOC2X_SOURCE to enable features from the draft ISO C2X standard. Command line utility grep 3.4 fixed some performance bugs and adds a new –no-ignore-case option that causes grep to observe case distinctions, overriding any previous -i (–ignore-case) option. The DBus-activated daemon controlling mobile devices and connections, ModemManager fixed the handling of hexadecimal 0x00 bytes at the end of GSM encoded strings in version 1.12.6. There were several other packages updated in the snapshot. Among the packages to be updated were flatpak 1.6.2, GNOME’s web browser epiphany 3.34.4, email client mutt 1.13.4, strace 5.5, sudo 1.8.31 and whois 5.5.5. With less than a week to go until a rating is finalized, a rating of 92 was initially released for the snapshot, according to the snapshot reviewer.

Snapshot 20200214 updated both Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird to versions 73.0 and 68.5 respectively. The new major version of the browser addressed six Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) that included one bug fix that affected the memory. The new release includes new features that help users view and read website content more easily by enhancing the page zoom feature. The version also added NextDNS as an alternative option for DNS over HTTPS. The Thunderbird email client addressed seven CVEs and added support for client Identity IMAP/SMTP Service Extension and for OAuth 2.0 authentication for POP3 accounts. KDE users had multiple package updates from Plasma Framework 5.67.0; Kirigami removed the header top margin from private ScrollView and properly expanded the fillWidth items in mobile mode. The KTextEditor fixed the drag and copy function, and the framework’s package also fixed a crash in the variable expansion with the use of external tools. The package for the JavaScript runtime environment, nodejs12 updated to version 12.16.0 added a new core module for a WebAssebly System Interface as an experimental feature. The NodeJS version also added Hash.prototype.copy making it possible to clone an internal state of Hash object. Text editor nano 4.8 improved the handling of lock files on start-up. Two other major version updates in the snapshot were python-packaging 20.1 and python-pip 20.0.2;  the new pip version switches to a dedicated command-line interface tool for vendoring dependencies and the changelog points out that the wheel cache is not retro-compatible with previous versions and that pip will continue to take advantage of existing legacy cache entries until pip 21.0 is released. Version control tool mercurial 5.3 fixed some bugs and added a new Large File Storage experimental feature. The utilities package for controlling TCP / IP networking and traffic control in Linux, iproute2, updated to version 5.5.0, which added four patches and a new timestamp format. Other packages that updated in the snapshot were babl 0.1.74, ccache 3.7.7 and gegl 0.4.20. The snapshot is currently trending moderately stable at a rating of 80, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

A little more than half a dozen packages were updated in snapshot 20200213. The interactive Python accessibility explorer package accerciser 3.34.4 updated translations and documented a new python-xlib dependency. The update elfutils 0.178 package fixed variable references in specfile and added a RISC-V disassembler. Windows Server 2019 support was added with the update of vm-install 0.10.08. The snapshot recorded a moderately stable rating of 75, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The previous week’s 20200211 snapshot recorded a rating of 71 and brought KDE’s plasma5-desktop 5.18.0, which will be the version in openSUSE Leap 15.2 when it’s released. The new Plasma 5.18 Long Term Support (LTS) is even more user-friendly and filled with more features. The new Emoji Selector is just two keystrokes away. Hold down the Meta key and press the period (.) and it will pop up. The version also provides a new Night Color feature to relax users eyesight. KDE Applications was also updated in the snapshot. The 19.12.2 version update provided a big release of KDevelop 5.5, which is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that makes writing programs in C++, Python and PHP easier. . PHP gets PHP 7.4’s typed properties and support was added for array of type and class constant visibility. In Python, support was added for Python 3.8.

Call for Papers, Registration Opens for openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference

Friday 14th of February 2020 09:00:51 AM

Planning for the openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference has begun and members of the open-source communities can now register for the conference. The Call for Papers is open and people can submit their talks until July 21.

The following tracks can be selected when submitting talks related to openSUSE:

  1. a) openSUSE
  2. b) Open Source
  3. c) Cloud and Containers
  4. d) Embedded.

The following tracks can be selected when submitting talks related to LibreOffice:

  1. a) Development, APIs, Extensions, Future Technology
  2. b) Quality Assurance
  3. c) Localization, Documentation and Native Language Projects
  4. d) Appealing Libreoffice: Ease of Use, Design and Accessibility
  5. e) Open Document Format, Document Liberation and Interoperability
  6. f) Advocating, Promoting, Marketing LibreOffice

Talks can range from easy to difficult and there are 15 minute, 30 minute and 45 minute slots available. Workshops and workgroup sessions are also available and are planned to take place on the first day of the conference.

Both openSUSE and LibreOffice are combining their conferences (openSUSE Conference and LibOcon) in 2020 to celebrate LibreOffice’s 10-year anniversary and openSUSE’s 15-year anniversary. The conference will take place in Nuremberg, Germany, at the Z-Bau from Oct. 13 to 16.

How to submit a proposal

Please submit your proposal to the following website:

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 that applications 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
Travel Support

The speakers are eligible to receive sponsorship from either the openSUSE Travel Support Program (TSP) or the LibreOffice’s Travel Policy process. Those who wish to use travel support should request the support well in advance. The last possible date to submit a request from openSUSE’s TSP is Sept. 1.


For citizens who are not a citizen of a Schengen country in Europe, you may need a formal invitation letter that fully explains the nature of your visit. An overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can be found at the Federal Foreign Office website. If you fall into one of the categories requiring an invitation letter, please email ddemaio (@) with the email subject “openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference Visa”.

Other requirements for a visa state you must:

  •     Have a valid passport
  •     Have enough money for each day of their stay)
  •     Be able to demonstrate the purpose of your stay to border officials
  •     Pose no threat to public order, national security or international relations

People of openSUSE: An Interview with Ish Sookun

Thursday 13th of February 2020 08:22:43 AM
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean (20°2′ S, 57°6′ E), called Mauritius. I work for a company that supports me in contributing to the openSUSE Project. That being said, we also heavily use openSUSE at the workplace.

Tell us about your early interaction with computers ? How your journey with Linux got started?

My early interaction with computers only started in the late years of college and I picked up Linux after a few students who were attending the computer classes back then whispered the term “Linux” as a super complicated thing. It caught my attention and I got hooked ever since. I had a few years of distro hopping until in 2009 I settled down with openSUSE.

Can you tell us more about your participation in openSUSE and why it started?

I joined the “Ambassador” program in 2009, which later was renamed to openSUSE Advocate, and finally the program was dropped. In 2013, I joined the openSUSE Local Coordinators to help coordinating activities in the region. It was my way of contributing back. During those years, I would also test openSUSE RCs and report bugs, organize local meetups about Linux in general (some times openSUSE in particular) and blog about those activities. Then, in 2018 after an inspiring conversation with Richard Brown, while he was the openSUSE Chairman, I stepped up and joined the openSUSE Elections Committee, to volunteer in election tasks. It was a nice and enriching learning experience along with my fellow election officials back then, Gerry Makaro and Edwin Zakaria. I attended my first openSUSE Conference in May 2019 in Nuremberg. I did a presentation on how we’re using Podman in production in my workplace. I was extremely nervous to give this first talk in front of the openSUSE community but I met folks who cheered me up. I can’t forget the encouragement from Richard, Gertjan, Harris, Doug, Marina and the countless friends I made at the conference. Later during the conference, I was back on the stage, during the Lightning Talks, and I spoke while holding the openSUSE beer in one hand and the microphone in the other. Nervousness was all gone thanks to the magic of the community.

Edwin and Ary told me about their activities in Indonesia, particularly about the openSUSE Asia Summit. When the CfP for oSAS 2019 was opened, I did not hesitate to submit a talk, which was accepted, and months later I stood among some awesome openSUSE contributors in Bali, Indonesia. It was a great Summit where I discovered more of the openSUSE community. I met Gerald Pfeifer, the new chairman of openSUSE, and we talked about yoga, surrounded by all of the geeko fun, talks and workshops happening.

Back to your question, to answer the second part about “why openSUSE”, I can safely, gladly and proudly say that openSUSE was (and still is) the most welcoming community and easiest project to start contributing to.

Tea or coffee?

Black coffee w/o sugar please.

Can you describe us the work of the Election Committee ? What challenges is it facing when elections time comes?

An election official should be familiar with the election rules. These help us plan an election and set the duration for every phase. The planning phase is crucial and it requires the officials to consult each other often. Some times being in time zones that are hours apart it is not obvious to hold long hours chats. We then rely on threaded emails that then takes more time to reach consensus on a matter. The election process becomes challenging if members do not step up for board candidacy as the deadline approaches. When the election begins, the next challenge is to not miss out any member. We make sure that we obtain an up-to-date list of openSUSE members and that they receive their voter link/credentials. We attend to requests from members having issues finding the email containing their voter link. Very often it ends up being something trivial as members using two different email addresses; one on the mailing list and a different one in their openSUSE Connect account.

I call these challenges to address the question but in reality it’s fun to be part of all this and ensure everything runs smoothly. Gerry has set a good example in the 2018-2019 Board election, which we still follow. Edwin has been extremely supportive in the three elections where we worked together. Recently joined, Ariez Vachha has proven to be a great addition to the team.

What do you like the most about being involved in the community?

The people.

What is one feature, project, that you think needs more attention in openSUSE?


What side projects/hobbies you work on outside of openSUSE?

I experiment with containers using Podman. It’s a fairly recent love but it keeps me busy. Community-wise, I like to attend local meetups, events and blog about those activities. I often help with the planning or any other task within my capacity for the Developers Conference of Mauritius. It’s a yearly event that brings the local geeks together for three days of fun. Luckily I have a supportive wife who bears with the geek tantrums and she volunteers in some of the community activities too. Oh, I might get kicked if I do not mention and give her credit for the openSUSE Goodies packs she prepares for my local talks.

What is your desktop environment of choice / preferred desktop setup?

GNOME until recently. I switched to KDE after my developer colleagues would not stop bragging about how good their KDE environment is and my GNOME/Wayland environment started acting weird.

What is your favorite food?

Paneer Makhani (Indian cottage cheese in spicy curry gravy).

What do you think the future holds for the openSUSE project?

With the example set by the openSUSE Asia community, I think the future of the project is having a strong openSUSE presence on every habitable continent.

Any final thoughts or message to our readers?

Let’s paint the world green!

New IP addresses for

Monday 3rd of February 2020 05:05:42 PM

During the maintenance window this Thursday (2020-02-06) we will move the IPv4 and IPv6 address of The new addresses are:

  • 2001:67c:2178:8::162

People using this Open Build Service instance should normally not notice – but if you were crazy enough to add the old IP addresses to some firewall rules or configuration files, please make sure that you update your configuration accordingly.

Please note that this affects also the following CNAME (alias) entries:

Using Tilix – Part 2 on openSUSE

Monday 3rd of February 2020 09:27:38 AM
Last week, we introduced Tilix and started exploring its basics, let’s now familiarize ourselves with the advanced features of Tilix, namely:
  • Management of bookmarks, local or remote;
  • Personalized links (clickable links based on regular expressions);
  • Automatic profile switching depending on location (local or remote (SSH));
  • Password management;
  • Launch of internal actions.
Bookmark management

Tilix allows you to save and manage a list of “bookmarks”, that is to say local or remote locations. Just open the Preferences and define some folder or remote servers to connect to, then open this list, select the desired bookmark and go immediately to the folder or open the SSH session to a remote host.

Note: the bookmarks are saved in $HOME/.config/tilix/bookmarks.json We recommend that you create this file by hand beforehand if you notice that your bookmarks are not saved correctly after leaving Tilix.

Create a bookmark folder

Tilix allows you to organize your bookmarks by creating a simple folder in which you can create them, so that they are well organized. This is useful for, for example, grouping SSH connections to the same group of machines:

Click on the folder then on the + to add bookmarks.

Local bookmarks

To add bookmarks, open Tilix preferences, then go to the Bookmarks section to click on the +”.

Here we will add a bookmark to the local copy of a project on the Open Build Service.

Remote bookmarks

The procedure is the same, but choose Remote then enter the bookmark parameters:

  • Name: the reference of your bookmark;
  • Protocol: choice: SSH, SFTP, TELNET, FTP;
  • Host: the host name of the target followed by the port number;
  • User: the user of the connection;
  • Settings: SSH options for example;
  • Command: if it is an SSH connection, the command to launch on the remote host.


Same procedure as the others, but here we simply enter a command to launch. The bookmark is therefore here a simple alias.

My order to update the local copy of my OBS repository.

Use bookmarks

You can access your bookmarks via “Ctrl + Shift + B”, you just have to select it and the corresponding command is launched:

Personalized links

Tilix allows you to define a list of links (URI to a web page or a local or remote file:// location) that will be made clickable based on a regular expression or a simple word. To do this, open the Preferences then the Advanced section. For the example, we will add a link to the Open Build Service with the key work obs;

The regular expression has become clickable, either by “Ctrl + click”, or by a right-click.

Automatic profile change

We arrive there in a functionality of Tilix, which is particularly useful and must care to avoid to make severe mistake by typing a command in the bad directory or in a remote connection: the automatic change of profile. Tilix, like many modern terminal emulators, allows you to create several profiles (colors, shell used, font etc …) but in addition, it allows to automatically switch from one to the other, depending from the active location: either a local folder or, more interesting, but also requiring a little more manipulation, an SSH connection.



For the example, we will create a profile called “Root” that will be activated automatically when we explore one of the following folders:

/etc /usr /root

Now, in the “Advanced” tab of the profile, we will define the condition necessary for its activation.

As specified, the values ​​must be in the format “host:folder” or “host:” or “: folder”, the “:”. These are mandatory, so “host” or “folder” alone are not allowed.

And now if we go to /etc:

The changeover was done automatically and as soon as we leave /etc, Tilix will use the default profile again.

During a remote connection

Tilix allows us to do the same during an SSH connection. But this requires a bit of configuration on the remote host:

Copy of the script on the remote host:

You must push the script /usr/share/tilix/scripts/ in the $HOME of the remote user (or to any other folder from where it can be sourced like /usr/local/bin):

scp /usr/share/tilix/scripts/ user@hostname:/home/user

Then connect to it beforehand to add the launch of the script to the connection, via its .bashrc for example:

[geeko@host ~]$ cat .bashrc # .bashrc # User specific aliases and functions . ./

Then, there too, define the profile switch condition as above but by specifying the host (the one provided by the hostname command on which Tilix itself is bases) this time. Then connect. The profile will change as soon as the SSH connection is established. It will switch back to the default profile as soon as we log out.

Password management

Tilix also allows you to store passwords in memory. To do this, click on the menu of the active terminal and choose “Passwords …”:

And fill it in:

Tilix keeps the passwords saved in the GNOME keyring.

This is a very interesting function coupled with the previous ones:

  • using bookmarks, you launch a remote connection;
  • thanks to the saved passwords you unlock your SSH key for example;
  • then Tilix immediately switches you to the profile of your choice if necessary.
Launch of internal actions

Within a current Tilix session, it allows you to launch internal actions that can be useful, for example, to split the window in two and then open an X program in the created tile:

tilix -a session-add-right -e htop

This functionality is very useful when coupled with an alias or chained, allowing you to build your session layout and start your apps.

In conclusion

Tilix has been ​​actively developed and is now considered mature. We hope that this review of its advanced features will have convinced you, or at least made you want to try it.

See you soon, enjoy!

Libvirt, PHP, FFmpeg Updates Roll Out on Tumbleweed

Wednesday 29th of January 2020 11:53:09 AM

A total of five openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots have been releases since last week for the rolling release users.

The Libvirt 6.0 package came earlier in the week.

LibreOffice, Firefox, PHP and FFmpeg were amongst the most notable packages to update this week.

The 1.4 version of kdeconnect-kde was updated in the most recent 20200127 snapshot. The version offers a new “KDE Connect” desktop app to control the phone from the PC and SMS app that can read and write SMS texts. The newer version also offers compatibility with Xfce‘s file manager Thunar. The third release candidate for LibreOffice requires java 1.8 or newer with the libreoffice package. Some core and curl bugs were fixed with php7 7.4.2, which included an Exif fix, and a handful of rubygem packages had minor version bumps. The snapshot is currently trending at a stable rating of 99, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Snapshot, 20200125 had a half dozen packages updated. GNU’s Utilities tool package for multi-lingual messaging, gettext-runtime 0.20.1, removed dynamic linker ldconfig and script builder autoreconf. GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library has a new C++ function in the gmp 6.2.0 update and the new version provides better assembly code and greater speed for AMD Ryzen, Power9 and ARM 64-bit CPUs. An updated to the authentication-related tool shadow 4.8 synced password field descriptions in man pages and migrated to ITS Tool for translations. The snapshot is currently trending at a stable rating of 99.

The largest snapshot of the week came in 20200124. Mozilla Firefox 72.0.2 had a fix for a web compatibility issue with CSS Shadow Parts that was introduced in version 72 and made various stability fixes. FFmpeg 4.2.2 alo made some stability fixes mostly for the codecs and formats. Portugueses Brazilian translations were made for libstorage-ng, which bumped the version to 4.2.57. Multi-purpose desktop calculator qalculate 3.7.0 provided a few new functions added support for complex numbers in the exponential integral, Logarithmic integral function, Trigonometric integral and a few more integral functions. WebKit rendering engine webkit2gtk3 2.26.3 had a fix for playing a video on NextCloud and had a fix for a web process crash when displaying a KaTeX formula; the new version also addressed three Common Vulnerabilities and Exposers. YaST had many packages updated including the yast2 4.2.59 version, which added an option to enable the online search in the package. The snapshot is currently trending at a stable rating of 98.

ImageMagick was updated in snapshot 20200123. The image editing vector suite allows for a larger negative interline spacing and support Jzazbz colorspace. Logging package audit 2.8.5 updated lookup tables and fixed the segfault on the shutdown. Ethtool 5.4 fixed a compiler warning with the new GNU Compiler Collection. The major release of libvirt 6.0.0 removed support for python2 and added some new features like introducing a new PCI hostdev address type ‘unassigned’, which gives the user a new option to manage the binding of PCI devices via Libvirt, declaring PCI hostdevs in the domain XML but allowing just a subset of them to be assigned to the guest. The 6.0.0 version of python-libvirt-python was also released.

The sqlite3 3.30.1 package fixed regression found when running python-Django and provided a fix when running the testsuite on Btrfs and XFS. The snapshot is currently trending at a stable rating of 97.

Snapshot 20200122 recorded a stable rating of 93, which had less than a handful of packag updates. The Linux Kernel updated to 5.4.13 and had a fair amount of fixes for s390. Email client mutt 1.13.3 fixed a crash when polling a closed Secure Sockets Layer connection and updated translations in Catalan, Czech,Danish, German, Russian and Ukrainian.

Using Tilix – Part 1 on openSUSE

Monday 27th of January 2020 07:32:24 AM

Today we present Tilix, a tiling terminal emulator, and share some tips that make this terminal an excellent tool for all users especially system administrators. As a reminder, Tilix (formerly Terminix) is a terminal emulator using libvte and written in D language with a GTK3+ interface. As such, it is therefore specially designed to integrate with GNOME.

Like Terminator, it can be split, which allows you to have many terminals in a single window:

It can also be a replacement for Guake, as it also functions as a dropdown terminal (this feature is not available inside of a Wayland session).


You can have several sessions inside one Tilix window. A session is simply a group of split terminals. The sessions can be displayed as a toggleable side-bar:

Or, in more classic way, as tabs. You can set this inside the Preferences (changing this setting requires a restart).

Splitting the window

You can easily split the current terminal by using the buttons in the top bar. The current terminal can be split vertically or horizontally. New terminals are always created below or on the right of the active terminal.

Synchronize input

Tilix allow us to set some terminals of a session in sync. This means that all you type in a terminal is sent as well to all the other synced terminals. This is particularly useful when you are connected to several remote hosts and want to send them the same commands.

Search for text

Via the magnifying glass icon, you can search for text inside all the text outputed in the currently active terminal.

Protect terminals from mistakes

When working a lot with terminal emulators, with a lot of them open, it is easy to start typing in the wrong one. Tilix allows you to set a terminal in read only so that nothing you type in will have effect (no sequences will be sent).

Advanced clipboard management

Tilix offers us interesting copy and paste options. They are to be activated in the preferences:

Advanced paste dialog

You can configure a shortcut to display it or choose to always display it. This dialog allows for example to configure the number of spaces in the tabulations when pasting:

Tilix has a functionality that warns you when pasting a potentially dangerous command (to be executed with sudo for example). This is useful when you follow a tutorial from the Web without thinking but only works when the command is followed by a line break, which will lead to its immediate execution:

Warning in case of dangerous paste:

This concludes our presentation of Tilix. In next week’s article, we will go deeper and explore its advanced features. Spoiler: there is a lot of them ! Stay tuned.

Winner Announced for 2020 Conference Logo Competition

Friday 24th of January 2020 09:00:40 AM

The winner of the openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference logo competition is Kukuh Syafaat from Indonesia.

Kukuh’s “Fresh Community Spirit” was the winning design and was one of 10 designs submitted during the competition. “Mystery Box” will be sent to Kukuh for the winning design.

In 2020, openSUSE and LibreOffice will have a shared conference from October 13 – 16 in Nuremberg, Germany.

The organizing committee for this year’s joint conference selected the winning design during a meeting on Jan. 20. The logo portrayed an ideal fit for the conference since openSUSE and LibreOffice are combining their community conferences for just one year in 2020 to celebrate LibreOffice’s 10-year anniversary and the openSUSE Project’s 15-year anniversary.

Now that the logo has been announced, fliers and posters can be created to help advertise the event. The conference website will soon be available on and the Call for Papers will begin next month.

This openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference logo should not be confused with the LibreOffice 10th anniversary logo announced on the LibreOffice blog.

LibreOffice, Firefox, Curl Receive Updates in Tumbleweed

Wednesday 15th of January 2020 11:37:46 AM

Several packages were updated this week for openSUSE Tumbleweed as was expected after the holiday season. Five snapshots of the rolling release have been delivered so far this week after passing the rigorous testing applied by openQA.

The releases are trending incredibly stable with trending or recorded ratings abovea 96 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The most recent snapshot, 20200112, updated Xfce desktop environment with an update for xfce4-session 4.14.1 and xfce4-settings 4.14.2. Various developer visible changes were made with Google’s 20200101 re2 library for regular expressions updates. GNOME’s application for managing images with a users Flickr account, frogr 1.6, removed the deprecated use of GTimeVal. The open source platform for the scale-out of public and private cloud storage, glusterfs 7.1, fixed storage rebalancing caused by an input error and fixed a memory leak in the glusterfsd process. ImageMagick version optimized the special effects performance of Fx and virglrenderer 0.8.1, which is a project to investigate the possibility of creating a virtual 3D GPU for use inside qemu virtual machines to accelerate 3D rendering, added some patches. The snapshot continued to update packages for KDE Applications 19.12.1 that started in the 20200111 snapshot. Improvements to the scroll wheel speed was made for KDE’s Dolphin, the video editing software Kdenlive had multiple fixes and an adjustment for faster rendering, and obsolete code was removed from Applications’ diagram package umbrello. Most of the KDE Applications packages also updated the Copyright year to 2020.

In addition to the  KDE Applications 19.12.1 packages that began arriving in snapshot 20200111, KDE’s Plasma 5.17.5 also arrived in the snapshot. The updated Plasma fixed a regression in the “Port the pager applet away from QtWidgets” and fixed the drag from Dolphin to a virtual desktop switcher widget. The Plasma NetworkManager also had a fix for a crash when changing advanced IPv4 configurations. The much-anticipated fix for the security vulnerability in Firefox was made with the Mozilla update to Firefox 72.0.1; there were eight Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) fixes in the update from the previous 71 version included in Tumbleweed, but the 72.0.1 fixed the bug that hackers could use to access a computer of anyone using the browser because of incorrect alias information in the IonMonkey JIT compiler. LibreOffice added a patch to fix a button that allowed the wrong ordering of a Qt interface and curl 7.68.0 had a lengthy amount of fixes and changes to include adding a BearSSL vtls implementation for the Transport Layer Security (TLS). openSUSE’s snapper 0.8.8 version had a rewrite of a subpackage from Python to C++ and several YaST packages were updated, which included the fixing of an error during an upgrade if /var/lib/YaST2 was missing when using Btrfs.

Troubleshooting tool sysdig was updated in snapshot 20200110; it fixed a memory leak as well as updated the use of Kubernetes APIs to support version 1.16.vMany GNOME packages were updated to version 3.34.3 and the fwupd 1.3.6 package for updating firmware added a new plugin for working with embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) devices. A drop of python3-setuptools dependencies from rpm-build was made with the update of rpm 4.15.1 and Optimized Inner Loop Runtime Compiler (orc) 0.4.31 fixed various PowerPC issues.

Snapshots 20200109 and 20200108 had a minimal amount of package updates, but the Linux Kernel was updated to version 5.4.7 in the 20200108, which provided a large amount of updates from the previous 5.3.12 kernel Tumbleweed was running. Updates for Btrfs in the kernel were plentiful and there were about a handful of fixes in the kernel for IBM’s s390 and for the file system ext4.

Tumbleweed Provides Some Stability to 2020

Thursday 9th of January 2020 10:40:40 AM

The year of 2020, at least in the openSUSE world, is starting out to be pretty stable. In little more than a week into the new year, there have been five openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots released.

The releases, with the exception of one, are either posting a stable rating or are trending at a stable rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

With the release of snapshot 20200107, more OpenGL and Vulkan driver features and improvements came in the update of the Mesa 19.3.1 package. The newer version update also provides better AMD Radeon Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) performance

The bluez-tools package that is a set of tools to manage Bluetooth devices for Linux had a minor update from the previous three-year-old package included in Tumbleweed. GNOME’s web browser package epiphany provided some security AdBlocker preferences in the version. Message transfer agent exim reduced the start up process initialization with version and fixed more than a half dozen bugs. KDE’s kdevelop5 5.4.6 version fixed some wrong text in the license. Network detector, packet sniffer, and intrusion detection system package for wireless network kismet updated to its December release in the snapshot. One package update that stands out in the snapshot is the release of the finger reader package for Linux devices libfprint 1.0; this first major release provides better documentation and bug fixes related to restarting a failed verification immediately.The osc 0.167.2 package fixed regression in osc chroot. Other packages updated in the snapshot were rubygem-parser and tigervnc 1.10.0 among others.

Snapshot 20200106 snapshot provided an update of ImageMagick that fixed the a bug for custom profile (CMYK or RGB) conversions and the -layers optimize option now requires a fully transparent previous image. Argyll Color Management System package argyllcms had a new major version update; the 2.1.1 version update removes bundled zlib source, that could trigger a fatal rpm check failure on Leap 15.x. The library for handling OpenGL function pointer management libepoxy 1.5.4 requires only the python3-base package for building instead of full python3 package. GNOME’s photo manager shotwell 0.30.8 updated translations and fixed Tumblr publishing.

Several updated YaST packages came in the 20200105 snapshot. Improved sorting by device name and size in tables were made with the yast2-storage-ng 4.2.67 update and an improved warning when all repositories are disabled were made with the yast2-packager 4.2.42 update. The same version number for yast2-network added support for reading / writing Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU). The libstorage-ng 4.2.44 package improved the sort-key for block devices and libyui 3.9.1 added sort key to the table cell. Python-passlib 1.7.2 added some new features like supports Argon2 and utility program to control and monitor computer storage systems smartmontools 7.1 added enhancements for AT Attachment (ATA) ACS-4 and ACS-5. The snapshot also provided an update to the 2.6.0 version of usb_modeswitch, which added several devices and changed the Makefile to prevent parallel build issues.

ImageMagick also had an update in the 20200103 snapshot. NetworkManager 1.22.2 fixed multiple issues in the internal DHCP client and drop support for BlueZ 4 for BlueZ 5, which has been around since 2012. The  Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) package brought about 30 upstream patches. File searching tool catfish 1.4.12 adds support for running on Wayland and provided dialog improvements, which were introducted in the 1.4.10 version. Flatpak 1.6.0 made a change in the support for OCI and only support the use of labels, not annotations, as labels work with more registries. Pre-existing OCI flatpak registries (like Fedora) may need some changes, according to the changelog. The new major 7.0 glusterfs, which is an open source platform for scale-out public and private cloud storage, provided improved read workload latency in a cluster, especially in a cloud setup along with load balancing with the outstanding pending requests. The library for reading raw files from digital cameras, libraw 0.19.5, fixed a possible buffer underrun in the modern Samsung loader. Improved responsiveness during large file transfers were made with the sshfs 3.7.0 and vim text editor 8.2.0063 fixed several problems. This snapshot is trending at a rating of 83, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer, but most of the issues recorded with the rating were related to the NetworkManager.

Tumbleweed had a New Year’s snapshot this year. Snapshot 20200101 had 13 packages updated. Of those, key ones to point out were the update of diffstat 1.63, which improved parsing for git diffs, and Fast Light Toolkit, which is a cross-platform widget library for graphical user interfaces, had some security fixes with the fltk 1.3.5.

Q&A: What it is like to be on the openSUSE Board

Tuesday 7th of January 2020 08:07:11 AM

You already know what a fantastic platform openSUSE is for doing just about anything with Linux. So what’s behind that easy-to-use and super powerful distribution that we know and love, and have come to rely on. In many minds there is a perception that its simply SUSE with the proprietary code stripped out. It’s true that a lot of the development work does flow down from SUSE but there is also an active community of dedicated volunteers who drive and make the project work, adding the goodies we have come to take for granted for the myriad of uses we have come to rely on it for.

It’s election time at openSUSE and the election board asked an existing board member Gertjan who has agreed to step up again and run for re-election of what it is like to be on the board. Below is a transcript of an offline interview between fellow election committee member Edwin and Gertjan highlighting what it’s like to be on the board of openSUSE.

Edwin: Would you like to tell us about your daily schedule and how does being an openSUSE Board member impacts on that?

Gertjan: To be fair, my daily schedule varies a lot, depending on what is on my table. Most of the time this leaves me with enough spare time to do board related things. But before I was on board, I spent that time in openSUSE too, i.e. forums, IRC etc., so the main impact on my daily schedule were the bi-weekly video conference calls. For the rest I just spread the spare time a bit differently. It does take a couple of hours though, on an average week.

Edwin: Do you still remember what motivated you to step up for Board candidacy the first time? And then why a second time?

Gertjan: O, yes, I do. I was asked by Richard whether I had ever considered running for board. My reply was “Hey, you know me, I’m the one that considers others to run”… Followed by a small discussion, a night of sleep, some others asking me to step up as a candidate. All in all, I felt I could not ignore all that, and at least see if the community would have me on board. So basically the community motivated me, and felt I had to go for it. The second time was not much different. And, in both cases, a huge motivation was the love I feel for the project and the people in its community.

Edwin: What was your first task as a Board member?

Gertjan: To read all the docs. Like many people, I had to find out that my impression of what the board does wasn’t accurate.

Edwin: What’s your best memory serving on the openSUSE Board?

Gertjan: Lots of good memories, but to summarize: The learning experience re. all the aspects of the openSUSE Project, the relationship with SUSE.

Edwin: Any negative incident that you recall and would like to share?

Gertjan: I do recall some, yeah. Most of them with the PRIVATE stamp all over them, but the thing I disliked most was me crossing ( a.o. my own ) lines on a couple of occasions.

Edwin: Could you tell us what is the biggest transformation / change in the openSUSE community that you witnessed after becoming Board member?

Gertjan: For me that would be the current process of getting some form of openSUSE Foundation on its feet.

Edwin: How is life as an openSUSE Board member?

Gertjan: Not too bad. I loved the biweekly video meetings, the F2F meetings, working together with people passionate about the project and the community.

Edwin: Any message or suggestion for members unsure about running for Board?

Gertjan: Don’t doubt, do it. It’s fun. And, the project needs you !!!

Edwin: Is there anybody you would like to nominate?

Gertjan: O, yes !!! Stasiek Michalski, a.k.a. hellcp, a.ka. LCP

Edwin: Would you still be involved in the project as your second and last term ends?

Gertjan: No doubt. I’m still a forums admin / mod, mod on Discord, Matrix, Facebook, so I’ll be around on those a bit more after my term ends. And who knows, I might go for another term next year.

So you can see there is no magic to being a board member the main criteria is to have a love for the project and a desire to move it forward. You don’t have to be a geek or niche expert, the project and the board needs all types of skill-sets so if you feel you have some free time and something to contribute jump in and put in your nomination, as Gertjan says “Don’t doubt, do it. It’s fun. And, the project needs you !!!”

This article was revised at 10:35 on Jan. 7, 2020.

openSUSE Board election 2019-2020 – Call for Nominations, Applications

Thursday 5th of December 2019 07:00:31 AM

Election time is here!

Two seats are open for election on the openSUSE Board. Gertjan Lettink completed his second term. Simon Lees completed his first term and thus he is eligible to run as a Board candidate again should he wish to do so.

The election schedule is as follows:

== Phase 0 ==

5 December 2019

* Announcement of the openSUSE Board election 2019-2020

* Call for Nominations and Applications for Board candidacy

* Membership drive. Become an openSUSE Member. Take the opportunity to apply for an openSUSE Membership during this phase (in order to vote or to run as a candidate).

25 December 2019

* Nominations and Applications for Board candidacy close

== Phase 1 ==

26 December 2019

* Announcement of the final list of candidates

* Campaign begins

* Membership drive continues, opportunity to apply for openSUSE Membership, but members will only be eligible to vote and not run as a candidate.

== Phase 2 ==

16 January 2020

* Ballots open: Please cast your vote during this time

* Campaign continues

31 January 2020

* Ballots close

1 February 2020

* Announcement of the results

The Election Committee is composed of Edwin Zakaria and Ish Sookun.

Only openSUSE members are eligible to run for openSUSE Board openings. Election Committee officials, however, are not eligible to run in order to avoid conflicts of interest. To stand for a position in the openSUSE Board please send an email to:

* and *

If a member would like to nominate somebody else, please inform the Election Committee and the officials will contact the nominee to ask whether s/he would like to run as a Board candidate.

The Election Committee is hereby calling for Nominations and Applications for the openSUSE Board.

Tumbleweed Snapshots Rate Top-Notch, Get Krita, QEMU, Mesa Updates

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 09:43:46 AM

There were 20 openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots released in the month of November and the snapshots brought in a large amount of updated packages to include KDE Applications 19.08.3, Frameworks 5.64.0 Plasma 5.17.2 and 5.17.3, Linux kernel 5.3.9 and 5.3.11, Mozilla Firefox 70, libvirt 5.9.0 and more. During the month, even Java 12 OpenJDK was dropped from the distribution.

One of the more amazing aspects of Tumbleweed in November, 2020, is that the last 10 snapshots of the month all produced a constant level of stable rating and the last seven had rating of 99 out of 100, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

Closing out the month, there were two snapshots with version upgrades and one snapshot (20191127) that produced some minor changes to a couple Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) packages.

The first Tumbleweed snapshot for December arrived with the 20191202 snapshot. Updated were also made to ALSA with the update of the versions of alsa-plugins, alsa-utils and asla, which dropped 25 patches and fixed regressions for the UCM parser. GNOME had several package updates for gedit, evolution and more. The 3.34.2 version of gnome-software fixed a potential threading crash when using flatpak and had an upstream fix for fwupd. An updated version of ModemManager 1.12.0, which is a DBus-activated daemon that controls mobile broadband devices and connections, had a large amount of improvements and changes to include adding support for Mobile Station Based Assisted-GPS in addition to Mobile Station Assisted Assisted-GPS. Revision control tool mercurial 5.2 made some backwards compatibility changes and added some new feature extensions with its quarterly release. The update of perl 5.30.1 triggered an issue recorded on the snapshot reviewer because the newer version and patch that came in it is problematic for embedded Perl usage. Several other packages were updated in the snapshot to include qemu 4.1.93, re2 20191101, xen and xorg-x11-server. The one major version change in the snapshot was an update to terminal multiplexer tmux 3.0a; the major release that allows its users to easily switch between several programs in one terminal offers new features like added support for the SD (scroll down) escape sequence and for underscore colors.

There were several RubyGems packages updated in snapshot 20191128, but the digital paint application Krita had the most fixes. Krita removed the CSV export filter that had not worked in a long time and fixed the crop tool that loses a constant ratio when the handles touched the canvas edge. The 2.22.0 tuned package, which is a daemon for monitoring and adaptive tuning of system devices, fixed a bug that makes use of the self defined profile_dir argument instead of libexecdir. November’’s update of the wireguard package, which is a free and open-source software application and communication protocol for point-to-point connections, added a syncconf command and changed the wg-quick tool to only touch net.ipv4 for v4 addresses.

The 3D Graphics Library Mesa 19.2.6 arrived in snapshot 20191126 and fixed builds on PowerPC and added some stability patches. The digital audio editor and recording application audacity 2.3.3 added several improvements like splitting the equalization effect into two Filter Curve and Graphic EQ effects; the package update also fixed some crashes and the software’s refusal to export some large (4GB) files. The bind 9.14.8, package, which provides a DNS server and client utilities, set a limit on the number of concurrently served pipelined TCP queries and added support for the GeoIP2 Application Programming Interface (API) from MaxMind. The Antivirus Toolkit clamav updated to version 0.102.1 and introduced a new configure option to statically link libjson-c with libclamav and added support for HTTPS. The exo 0.12.10 for the Xfce desktop fix typeahead search regression and firewalld 0.7.2 added 15 new service definitions and provided a new option FlushAllOnReload in firewalld.conf. Improved experimental support was made for building Node.js with Python3 in the nodejs 12.13.1 long-term-support package. Python-networkx 2.4 added support for Python 3.8 and home media solution rygel 0.38.3 were also updated in the snapshot.

In an email this week, Tumbleweed Release manager Dominique Leuenberger indicated that a build fail notification for the python-numba package in openSUSE Factory has not been addressed for the past four weeks and unless somebody steps up and submits fixes, the python-numba will be removed.

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