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Tumbleweed Starts Year with New Plasma, Applications, VIM, curl

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This new year has brought several updated packages to users of openSUSE’s rolling release Tumbleweed.

Three snapshots have been released in 2019 so far and among the packages updated in the snapshots are KDE’s Plasma, VIM, RE2, QEMU and curl.

The 20190112 snapshot brought a little more than a handful of packages. The new upstream Long-Term-Support version of nodejs10 10.15.0 addressed some timing vulnerabilities, updated a dependency with an upgrade to OpenSSL 1.1.0j and the versional also has a 40-seconds timeout that is now applied to servers receiving HTTP headers. The changelog listed several fixes for the highly configurable text editor with vim 8.1.0687, which should now be able to be built with Ruby 2.6.0 that was released at the end of December. Google’s re2 20190101 offered some performance tweaks and bug fixes. The fast real-time compression algorithm of zstd 1.3.8 has better decompression speed on large files. There was a change in the yast2-firewall package, which arrived in the the 20190110 snapshot, that allows new ‘forward_ports’, ‘rich_rules’ and ‘source_ports’ elements in zone entries with yast2-schema 4.1.0.

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Testing openSUSE, Manjaro, Debian, Fedora, and Mint Linux distributions on my new laptop

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Due to the recent unfortunate demise of a couple of my computers I found myself in need of a new laptop on rather short notice. I found an Acer Aspire 5 on sale at about half price here in Switzerland, so I picked one up. I have been installing a number of Linux distributions on it, with mostly positive results.

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Video: Five Things to Know About SUSE Linux Enterprise for HPC

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The need to analyze massive amounts of data and transaction-intensive workloads are driving the use of HPC into the business arena and making these tools mainstream for a variety of industries. Commercial users are getting into high performance applications for fraud detection, personalized medicine, manufacturing, smart cities, autonomous vehicles and many other areas. In order to effectively and efficiently run these workloads, SUSE has built a comprehensive and cohesive OS platform. In this blog, I will illustrate five things you should know about our SUSE solutions for AI over HPC.

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Also: Managing compliance for Linux systems with SUSE Manager

VirtualBox 6.0.2 Released with Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.4

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VirtualBox 6.0 brought numerous new features and improvements to the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software used by millions of computer users worldwide to run multiple operating systems on their PCs. These include a major user interface revamp, the ability to export virtual machines to the Oracle Cloud infrastructure, better 4K/HiDPI support for high-end displays, and support for Linux kernel 4.20.

VirtualBox 6.0.2 is the first maintenance update to the VirtualBox 6.0 series, adding support for building the VirtualBox drivers on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.4 operating system, implementing a new virtual optical disk creation window in the UI, making the VirtualBoxVM command accessible on Linux and macOS hosts, supporting older Linux kernels for building the shared folder driver, and fixing resetting of USB devices on Linux guests.

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Red Hat and SUSE Leftovers

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  • DevOps for the hybrid cloud: Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4

    With the growth of the cloud and containers, DevOps has become increasingly important. Old-school sysadmin methods and means simply aren't up to managing server instances that can spin up at a moment's notice when needed. Red Hat knows that better than many companies, so its latest release, Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4, goes even further in automating today's IT stack.

  • Looking for a reason to attend SUSECON? I’ve got 5!
  • SUSE Linux for Arm is now available for all customers

    Subscriptions for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Arm and SUSE Manager Lifecycle for Arm are now available directly to customers through the Corporate price list or through the SUSE Shop https://www.suse.com/shop/
    Previously, SUSE subscriptions for the Arm hardware platforms were only available to SUSE Partners due to the relative immaturity of the Arm server platform. Now that we have delivered four releases of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Arm and have customers running SUSE Linux on Arm servers as diverse as the tiny Raspberry Pi and the high performance HPE Apollo 70 servers, we are now ready to sell subscriptions directly to customers.

First Two Candidates for the 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections Announced

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Outgoing Board Member Sarah Julia Kriesch, aka AdaLovelace, is seeking her second term on the Board as an encumbent. Sarah, from Nuremberg, Germany, is a work-experienced student in Computer Science at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology and has been working as a Student Research Assistant.

A very active openSUSE Contributor, Sébastien Poher, has also thrown his hat into the ring for the first time and is bringing energy and an impressive list of openSUSE activity to the elections race.

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451 Research on Free Software at the Back End

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  • Open source: towards a truly open infrastructure

    The move to microservices and open technologies like containers, Docker and Kubernetes in particular, are helping businesses package up their legacy applications and put them in the cloud.

    Recent estimates from 451 Research noted that the container market, even in the early days of the space, suggested enormous growth, with application containers set to become a $2.7 billion (€2.35 billion) market by 2020.

    The 451 Research report can probably be considered a conservative estimation now, with Docker driving forward its pivot to the enterprise, and considering the popularity of the Google-born Kubernetes container orchestration system, the cash value of the market probably does not reflect usage.

    Not only is Kubernetes adoption growing quickly in the developer world, it is also increasingly informing major enterprise purchasing decisions (see investment – below) such as VMware buying Heptio for a cool half billion dollars.

    There were some interesting developments at the Openstack Foundation in the container space too, with the Intel, and Huawei, backed Kata containers release, which act like lightweight VMs, wrapped with an additional layer of security.

  • How to Overcome the Challenges of Standing Up a Private Cloud with OpenStack for Your Customers

    In “OpenStack: Enabler of Digital Transformation—How Service Providers Can Benefit,” 451 Research speaks directly to some of the concerns you as a service provider probably have, such as utilization rates and scale, when you think of standing up a private cloud for your customers. Your business thrives when you can automate services for your customers, and OpenStack can help. Of course, because OpenStack is an open source technology, you could go the route of downloading the software and setting it up yourself, from scratch—but that will likely involve a lot of DIY work.

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    The paper also outlines four main challenges service providers will face when using an open source cloud management platform (CMP) such as OpenStack to set up a private cloud for customers, and shares a few thoughts on facing down those challenges:

Disabling GUI in SUSE Linux and OpenSUSE Board 'Crisis'

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  • How to disable GUI in SUSE Linux

    Sometimes when installing with ISO you end up in booting Suse Linux system in GUI mode. In this short article, we will walk you through how to disable GUI and how to enable GUI in Suse Linux.

    For demonstration we used SUSE12 in this article. You can use system control systemctl to set default for next reboot. We will be using this feature to enable or disable GUI in SUSE Linux

  • No Candidates? Board might be forced to hand pick new Board Members

    There are less than 10 days left to apply as a Candidate for the openSUSE Board Elections, yet as of this date, no eligible Candidates have stepped up to run for the three vacant Board Member Seats. If there are no Candidates by the closing date of January 13, 2019, the three remaining members of the openSUSE Board will be tasked to choose new Board Members, based on their own personal choices, to fill those three vacant seats.

The Ceph Foundation and Building a Community: an Interview with SUSE

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On November 12 at the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, Germany, the Linux foundation formally announced the Ceph Foundation. Present at this same summit were key individuals from SUSE and the SUSE Enterprise Storage team. For those less familiar with the SUSE Enterprise Storage product line, it is entirely powered by Ceph technology.

With Ceph, data is treated and stored like objects. This is unlike traditional (and legacy) data storage solutions, where data is written to and read from the storage volumes via sectors and at sector offsets (often referred to as blocks). When dealing with large amounts of large data, treating them as objects is the way to do it. It's also much easier to manage. In fact, this is how the cloud functions—with objects. This object-drive model enables Ceph for simplified scalability to meet consumer demand easily. These objects are replicated across an entire cluster of nodes, giving Ceph its fault-tolerance and further reducing single points of failure. The parent company of the project and its technology was acquired by Red Hat, Inc., in April 2014.

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SUSE: KubeCon, SUSE CaaS Platform 3, openSUSE Google Summer of Code

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  • SUSE x KubeCon; a Post-Mortem.

    Socks were handed out, interviews were recorded, Rubik’s cubes got solved, SUSE chameleons proliferated the masses; and now we are very tired. KubeCon taught us all a lot of new things from sessions on new projects like Envoy and Harbor, to discussions on the intersection of technology, society, and the future. We saw some interesting keynotes including one on the donation of Etcd to the Cloud Native Foundation (CNCF), and learned from end users about how they’re utilizing Kubernetes in their technology stacks today. We hope you met some good contacts, and hopefully enjoyed some of the post-show parties too – we loved the MoMo and the glass museum!

  • SUSE CaaS Platform 3 validated for SAP Data Hub 2.4

    We are happy to share the news that SUSE CaaS Platform 3 on premise is validated for SAP Data Hub 2.4 with SUSE Enterprise Storage as storage backend.

  • Google Summer of Code 2018

    One more year, Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a mentoring program in which openSUSE helps university students contribute to open source project, has come to an end. So, before 2018 ends as well and we start preparing for the new edition of GSoC, it is time to speak about all the great things that happened this year.

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