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Tumbleweed Development and Laptop Experience

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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets Qt 5.9, Linux Kernel 4.11.6, and MP3 Out-Of-The-Box

    Users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system are getting a lot of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software applications lately as a total of seven snapshots were released this week.

    openSUSE Project's Douglas DeMaio is back to report that openSUSE Tumbleweed is now powered by the latest Linux 4.11.6 kernel, and the GStreamer multimedia framework was updated to the major 1.12 series, adding out-of-the-box MP3 decoding support in the distribution.

  • Tumbleweed Gets Qt 5.9, mp3 Out-Of-The Box

    A total of seven openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots featuring new software were released this week along with an upgrade to GStreamer that allows for mp3 decoding to work out-of-the box.

    The newest stable Linux Kernel 4.11.6 is also available in the latest Tumbleweed snapshot 20170620.

    Updates in the repositories from the 20170620 snapshot brought both the 52.2 versions of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, which fixed some critical vulnerabilities. Systemd 233 provided a package for a new systemd-umount binary and, with the update of dracut 044.1, supports the new compatibility rule. Fontconfig’s 2.12.3 version fixed the build issues with gperf 3.1 and on GNU Hurd. The Beta 2 version of LibreOffice 5.4 cleaned up the license string and got rid of the Oxygen theme. A removal of support for old, non-systemd distros was made available in the snapshot with libvirt 3.4.0.

  • Dell Latitude D630 Tumbleweed Refresh

    I am not quick to buy new things, though I did replace my Dell Latitude D630 about three months ago with a newer Dell latitude E6440. My plan was to deprecate the machine and put it on a "reserve only" status. In my process of setting up the E6440, I found that I used my D630 still but quite differently, it became my home station machine and my E6440 would be my mobile machine that would return back to "base" where I would have it connect as a client to the D630 for keyboard and mouse. It was a rather nice arrangement.

    Unfortunately, the hard drive died on the D630 and I needed to install openSUSE once again on it in order to continue to use my workspace as I have been. What is $50 on a new hard drive to restore my SuperCubicle, right?

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    I run KDE Plasma for my desktop. I've tried others but the customization options in KDE Plasma just fits my personal tastes best. I have also been real happy with the speed improvements of KDE Plasma in the last couple years and especially those of KDE Plasma 5.10 on Tumbleweed as of late.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Jumps On Qt 5.9, Picks Up Default MP3

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OpenSUSE's Tumbleweed rolling-release distribution continues picking up new functionality in a very punctual manner.

Just weeks after the last of the MP3 patents expiring and Fedora shipping full MP3 support, openSUSE Tumbleweed is now the latest distribution legally shipping MP3 support out-of-the-box. This comes with Tumbleweed using GStreamer 1.12 and enabling mpg123.

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SUSE Leftovers: OBS. Confernece, Vultr, Kubic, and openSUSE Tumbleweed

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  • AppImages OBS Buildable, UBports' Ubuntu Touch, & KDE Plasma 5.10 | This Week in Linux (Ep3)

    Big news about AppImages on openSUSE's OBS, KDE Plasma 5.10 Release and a massive update from UBports regarding their fork of Ubuntu Touch.. Interesting development for the WPS Office story we talked about last week and a lot of application releases from Krita, Scribus, Kodi, and Qt. In addition to a lot of Distro News, we finally got an update from the Xfce team for version 4.14. More Linux Gaming news, Linux Security news and even some hardware updates on this episode of This Week in Linux.

  • openSUSE Is An Amazing Underestimated Distribution
  • openSUSE Conference 2017
  • Deploying openSUSE on Vultr

    As an avid openSUSE user and fan, I wish more VPS providers supported openSUSE images. Linode and Amazon both do, and there’s nothing wrong with them, but I recently learned about Vultr’s custom ISO feature and decided to try to bring openSUSE to Vultr! Vultr provides guides for installing CoreOS and Gentoo, after all, so why not openSUSE?

  • openSUSE Conference 2017 openSUSE Kubic - What is this?
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed OS Is Now Built with PIE as Default for Increased Security

    After finishing the transition of the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 7 to the Tumbleweed repos as the default compiler, it looks like the rolling GNU/Linux distro is now built with PIE (Position Independent Executables) by default.

    OK, so what's PIE? In computing, PIE, which is an acronym for Position Independent Executables and it's also known as PIC (Position Independent Code), is a feature that loads executable binaries compiled with PIE support at random memory addresses, disallowing text relocation.

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Is Now Built With PIE

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The rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed distribution is now building its packages with PIE (Position Independent Executables) as the default.

Following Fedora making PIE their default (since F23) and Ubuntu 17.10 planning PIE for all, Tumbleweed has transitioned to enabling PIE by default in its compiler. This comes as part of their recent transition to using the GCC 7 code compiler.

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Distributions News: MX-16.1, Clonezilla, Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0, and openSUSE Tumbleweed

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  • Debian-Based antiX MX-16.1 Distro Introduces Experimental Encrypted Home Folders

    The development team behind the Debian-based antiX MX GNU/Linux distribution announced the immediate availability for download of the first point release of the antiX MX-16 "Metamorphosis" series.

    The antiX MX-16 "Metamorphosis" operating system series launched last year in mid-December based on the Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 "Jessie" distribution, but without the systemd init system. This release defaults to sysVinit init system, and it's using a highly customized, lightweight Xfce 4.12.2 desktop environment.

  • Clonezilla Live - Clone Your Hard Drive Easily

    ​We all of us have the hard disk that stores our heart pictures, videos, famous games, Eminem songs and many things. Most of all hard disk serves us a way to store orcreate a backup. But what are you going to do if just want the exact clone of your hard disks? How are you going to unhide all hidden files? What if your computer goes dead and you want to backup everything before going for hard way repair? This is time Clonezilla comes in the game.

  • Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0 OS Debuts with Chrome 58 and Firefox 52.1.2 ESR

    Porteus Solutions' Tomasz Jokiel is pleased to announce the release of a new maintenance update for the Gentoo-based Porteus Kiosk operating system designed for deployment on public access computers.

    Powered by a kernel from the long-term supported Linux 4.9 branch, specifically version 4.9.30, Porteus Kiosk 4.4.0 launches two and a half months after the previous point release in the 4.x series of the kiosk operating system with the Google Chrome 58.0.3029.110 and Mozilla Firefox 52.1.2 ESR web browsers.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed Switches Over To GCC 7

openSUSE Tumbleweed Packs GCC 7 as Default Compiler, Qt 5.9 Is Coming Soon Too

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openSUSE Projet's Douglas DeMaio reports today on the latest software updates and technologies that were brought to users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system by a total of four snapshots released this month.

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OpenSUSE and Open Build Service (OBS) Integration

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openSUSE, SUSE, Tumbleweed, and Open Build Service

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Kubic Project Announced

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Distro News: Alpine, Devuan, and openSUSE

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Qt/KDE: Qt5 in Debian and Slackware, QtCreator on Android, KDE Discover, and Plasma's 10th Anniversary

  • moving Qt 4 from Debian testing (aka Buster): some statistics, update II
    We started filing bugs around September 9. That means roughly 32 weeks which gives us around 5.65 packages fixed per week, aka 0.85 packages per day. Obviously not as good as we started (remaining bugs tend to be more complicated), but still quite good.
  • [Slackware] Plasma5 – April 18 edition for Slackware
    The KDE-5_18.04 release of ‘ktown‘ for Slackware-current offers the latest KDE Frameworks (5.45.0), Plasma (5.12.4) and Applications (18.04.0). The Qt5 was upgraded to 5.9.5. Read the README file for more details and for installation/upgrade instructions. Enjoy the latest Plasma 5 desktop environment.
  • Perfect Debugging Experience with QtCreator on Android
    While I was working on a yet-to-be-announced super secret and cool Qt on Android project, I had to do a lot of debugging. This way I found that debugging Qt apps on Android using QtCreator was ok, but it had some issues, which was kinda frustrating.
  • Discover – Easily Install Software on KDE Neon Desktop
    KDE Discover is an Open Source GUI app installer that comes packaged with KDE Neon. It was particularly built from the ground up to be compatible with other modern Linux distros with emphasis on beauty and convenience. KDE Discover was also designed to allow for an intuitive User Experience as it features a clean and clear layout with a high readability value which makes it easy to browse, search for, install, and uninstall applications.
  • Almost 10 years of Plasma-Desktop
    Last week I was at work and start to listen my boss said: “We need to show this to our director”. So I went to my coworker table to see what was happening. So they were using Gource to make a video about the git history of the project. Gource is a software version control visualization tool. So that triggered in my mind some memories about a friend talking about Python and showing how the project as grow in this past years, but I never discovered about the tool that made that amazing video. So well, I started to make some Gource videos, and because my love about KDE Community, why not make one about it?

GNOME: Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04, Bug Fix for Memory Leak

  • Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04 [Quick Tip]
    Ubuntu 18.04 uses a customized version of GNOME and GNOME users might not like those changes. This tutorial shows you how to install vanilla GNOME on Ubuntu 18.04. One of the main new features of Ubuntu 18.04 is the customized GNOME desktop. Ubuntu has done some tweaking on GNOME desktop to make it look similar to its Unity desktop. So you get minimize options in the windows control, a Unity like launcher on the left of the screen, app indicator support among some other changes.
  • The Infamous GNOME Shell Memory Leak
    at this point, I think it’s safe to assume that many of you already heard of a memory leak that was plaguing GNOME Shell. Well, as of yesterday, the two GitLab’s MRs that help fixing that issue were merged, and will be available in the next GNOME version. The fixes are being considered for backporting to GNOME 3.28 – after making sure they work as expected and don’t break your computer.
  • The Big GNOME Shell Memory Leak Has Been Plugged, Might Be Backported To 3.28
    The widely talked about "GNOME Shell memory leak" causing excessive memory usage after a while with recent versions of GNOME has now been fully corrected. The changes are currently staged in Git for what will become GNOME 3.30 but might also be backported to 3.28. Well known GNOME developer Georges Stavracas has provided an update on the matter and confirmed that the issue stems from GJS - the GNOME JavaScript component - with the garbage collection process not being fired off as it should.

Graphics: AMDVLK, XWayland and Vulkan

  • AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Stack Gets Updated With More Extensions, Optimizations & Fixes
    AMD developers maintaining their official Vulkan cross-platform driver code have pushed their end-of-week updates to their external source repositories for those wanting to build the AMDVLK driver on Linux from source. This latest AMDVLK push updates not only their PAL (Platform Abstraction Layer) and XGL (Vulkan API Layer) components but it also updates their fork of the LLVM code-base used for their shader compilation.
  • EGLStreams XWayland Code Revised Ahead Of X.Org Server 1.20
    It's still not clear if the EGLStreams XWayland support will be merged for xorg-server 1.20 but at least the patches were revised this week, making it possible to merge them into this next X.Org Server release for allowing the NVIDIA proprietary driver to work with XWayland.
  • Vulkan 1.1.74 Released With Minor Fixes & Clarifications
    Vulkan continues sticking to the "release early, release often" mantra with the availability today of Vulkan 1.1.74.

Xfce Releases/Updates

  • Xfce Settings 4.12.3 / 4.13.2 Released
    Fixes galore! Xfce Settings 4.12.3 and 4.13.2 were released on March 18th with several improvements, feature parity, and translations.
  • Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.4.0 (and 0.4.1) Released
    Stable as a rock. Xfce PulseAudio Plugin hit a new stable milestone with the 0.4.0 release. This release wraps up the awesome development cycle we’ve had on this over the last few months and is recommended for all users.
  • Xfce Settings Update Brings Better Multi-Monitor Support
    While still waiting on the long-awaited Xfce 4.14, out this weekend is an Xfce Settings 4.14.2 preview release as well as an Xfce Settings 4.12.3 stable series update. Both of these Xfce Settings updates bring better multi-monitor support, including visualization of all display configuration states, visually noting if two displays are mirrored, always drawing the active display last so it's on top, and a number of fixes pertaining to the multi-monitor display handling from this Xfce desktop settings agent.