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An Everyday Linux Review Of openSUSE 13.2

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There are people out there that will want all of the verbose options, giving access to every available installation option but maybe there could be a general installer and a custom installer to make it easier for the masses.

To be honest I found the openSUSE installer more difficult than the Anaconda installer that is shipped with Fedora and that has taken heaps of criticism over the years. Now I would say that the Fedora installer has greatly improved but the openSUSE installer still has some way to go.

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KDE Plasma 5 in openSUSE, a Visual Tour

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We reported a few days ago that the April update of openSUSE Tumbleweed will switch to the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment by default. Today, we have some more news regarding the transition to KDE Plasma 5 in openSUSE.

openSUSE Tumbleweed/Factory is a rolling-release version of openSUSE, where all the new technologies get implemented before they land in the main openSUSE distribution.

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PLASMA 5 LIVE IMAGES FOR OPENSUSE AND ON THE DEFAULT OPENSUSE DESKTOP

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One of the most-often requested ways to test Plasma 5, given it can’t be coinstalled with the 4.x Workspace, is the availability of live images to test either in VM or bare metal without touching existing systems.

Given that other distributions started doing so since a while, naturally openSUSE couldn’t stay still. Wink Thanks to the efforts of Hrvoje “shumski” Senjan, we have now live media available for testing out Plasma 5!

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Gnome 3.16, systemd-journal coming in next Tumbleweed snapshot

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It’s official, Gnome will be in the next Tumbleweed snapshot and the development experience is highly anticipated. A clean installation works, but the guys are working on one last test before its released. We’re not promising an early Easter gift, but Tumbleweed users won’t have to wait long for Gnome’s latest upgrade.

A small change to Linux can be seen in Tumbleweed with a change from the syslog to systemd-journal; the systemd-journal as a binary file needs special tools to look at it. The topic was discussed on how to provides the ability to import structured log messages from systemd journal to syslog and you can read more about this discussion at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-factory/2015-04/.

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SUSE Linux and Veristorm bring Apache Hadoop to the IBM z mainframe

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LINUX DESIGNER SUSE and Apache Hadoop vendor Veristorm are teaming up to bring Hadoop to IBM z and IBM Power systems.

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The Ubuntu, Microsoft & SUSE (Bermuda) Triangle

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So what does the old SUSE/Microsoft deal have to do with Ubuntu and Redmond’s new partnership arrangement? The quick answer: everything and nothing. Or, perhaps more appropriate for this stage of the game: It’s too soon to tell. One thing’s for sure, even if the deal turns out to be benign and never develops into anything as toxic as SUSE/Microsoft has been, this is sure to develop into something of a brouhaha in the FOSS user community. At the very least, this will become a hot topic on the forums.

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SUSE Unveils Open Source Enterprise Storage Based on Ceph

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Open source vendor SUSE jumped into the distributed storage market this week with the launch of SUSE Enterprise Storage. Based on Ceph, the new offering positions the company to compete more strongly in the software-defined, scale-out storage market.

Specifically, SUSE Enterprise Storage is based on Ceph Firefly, which was released last May. Ceph is a leading open source distributed storage system. It is built by Inktank, which Red Hat (RHT) acquired, also back in May.

SUSE's new storage platform is debuting within a crowded market. Red Hat and other open source vendors already have established storage products based on Linux, and a plethora of closed-source solutions exist as well.

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Linux Kernel-Based Operating Systems Will Have 100% Uptime Thanks to Live Patching

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Live patching is the hottest trend when we’re talking about Linux kernel-based operating systems. It was created by SUSE, based on KGraft, and distributed in the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server distribution at the end of 2014. Everyone knows that Linux systems don’t require a reboot every time some packages have been updated, except for the kernel. Well, this is not the case anymore with live patching.

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openSUSE 12.3 Is Officially Dead

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It might not seem like a long time, but two years for a Linux operating system is more than usual. Users need to keep in mind that this is provided for free, so its maintaining it for a long time is actually time consuming, especially since the same devs have released other versions since then, which are better and more up to date.

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Using Tumbleweed, the openSuSE rolling distribution

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On the other hand, the 'Tumbleweed' distribution was started by a Linux developer (Greg Kroah-Hartman) who originally wanted to get the latest Linux kernel incorporated into the current openSuSE distribution.

Shortly before the release of openSuSE 13.2 last November, it was announced that the Tumbleweed and Factory distributions would be merged. Well, not exactly merged, although that is what the announcement said, it was more like they were adopted into the same family.

Tumblewee became a more official openSuSE rolling release, so it gets not only the latest kernel but all the rest of the ongoing development for the next openSuSE release, and Factory gets to return to what it was intended to be, an unstable platform where ongoing development, integration and testing is being done.

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