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What to expect from Btrfs on openSUSE 13.2?

November 12th, 2014 by

As the first major Linux distribution to have Btrfs as the default file system, what can users and developers expect from openSUSE 13.2?

How is the systems capabilities enhanced?

Btrfs has different performance characteristics; it’s a logging-style file system that provides fault tolerance, repair, and easy management features.

The most well known advantage of Btrfs is the rollback capability with the open-source tool Snapper.

“Btrfs is mature,” said George Shi, who helped rollbacks become a reality for openSUSE users. “It works with Snapper to implement snapshot and rollback, the killer function of Btrfs. You can pick any date you saved to rollback your full system.”

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Help promote openSUSE 13.2!

November 10th, 2014 by

To help promote 13.2, we have assembled some badges, backgrounds, counters and banners for you to put on your social media or blog pages.

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openSUSE project creates buzz in Italy

November 6th, 2014 by

IMG_1484NUREMBERG, Germany (5-Nov.-2014) –  Many Linux user groups throughout Italy met at separate, but collectively themed events on Oct. 25 for Linux Day to promote the use of GNU/Linux and free software.
Alexjan Carraturo, a openSUSE advocate, used this year’s Linux Day, which is sponsored by the Italian Linux Society, to promote participation in the openSUSE Project in both Tuscany and Umbria.
“openSUSE offers something different and intriguing,” Carraturo said.
Not everyone appreciates the value of free software, Carraturo said. One of the greatest satisfactions with promoting free software is the look of surprise people have when they realize that they are not forced to choose only between Microsoft and Apple.
“The free software is an alternative that people need, but they don’t yet know they have,” he said. (more…)

openSUSE 13.2: green light to freedom!

November 4th, 2014 by

Dear contributors, friends and fans: openSUSE 13.2 is out! After one year on continuous improvement in the tools and procedures and many hours of developing, packaging, testing and fixing issues a new stable release is here providing the best that Free and Open Source has to offer with our special green touch: stable, innovative and fun!
Green light to freedom!

(In other languages: cs es fr it nl ru ja zh zh-tw)

This is the first release after the change in the openSUSE development mode, with a much shorter stabilization phase thanks to the extensive testing done in a daily basis in the rolling distribution used now as a base for openSUSE stable releases. The perfect balance between innovation and stability with the great level of freedom of choice that openSUSE users are used to.

openSUSE 13.2 is:

Innovative
Built around the most innovative technologies Linux has to offer: Snapper to take the most from snapshots capability of the powerful Btrfs filesystem offered as default option, Wicked to bring light to network configuration, Dracut to ensure shorter boot times… For users asking for even more innovation Plasma 5.1, the next generation workspace by KDE, is also available as a technical preview.

 

Polished
This version presents the first step to adopt the new openSUSE design guidelines system-wide. The graphical revamp is noticeable everywhere: the installer, the bootloader, the boot sequence and all of the (seven!) supported desktops (KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment 19, Mate and Awesome). Even the experimental Plasma 5.1 is adapted to the overall experience.

 

Easy
The new openSUSE 13.2 installer comes with several changes targeted to make the installation process easier and more welcoming to new users. Those changes include a new and more straightforward installation work flow, better and smarter automatic proposals, less cluttered configuration options and a brand new layout for the user interface. In addition, several tools are included to easy the administration of any system like the Profile Management Tools for AppArmor or the YaST module for Snapper, just to name a few.

“With a vastly improved and streamlined installation process, and all the latest technologies from across the open source ecosystem, openSUSE 13.2 is a perfect choice for people who want an operating system that’s modern, stable, and gets the work done.”

said Richard Brown, Chairman of openSUSE board.
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Tumbleweed, Factory rolling releases to merge

October 24th, 2014 by

With the release of openSUSE 13.2 in November, two of openSUSE’s open-source projects, the ‘Tumbleweed’ and ‘Factory’ rolling releases will be merging, and offered as a single openSUSE rolling release under the name ‘Tumbleweed’

Factory will remain the name of the development process where openSUSE’s new developments are integrated, with the tested, user-ready rolling release assuming the name Tumbleweed from Nov. 4.

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Sneak Peek into GNOME on openSUSE 13.2

October 23rd, 2014 by

openSUSE 13.2 comes with the latest and greatest that the GNOME desktop has to offer — GNOME 3.14. At the time of the release 13.2 offers GNOME 3.14.1, which improves upon the user-experience of GNOME 3.10, that came with openSUSE 13.1, several notches, featuring notably a much improved gnome-shell with pretty-but-subtle animations and multi-touch gestures for the first time. The core applications have all seen remarkable activity during the development of 3.14 (and earlier, 3.12), focused on exciting features but also to make the desktop experience more unified and consistent.

Activities overview

Video player

Evince, Notes, Font viewer

 

 

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Hack Week Event Inspires Innovation, Creativity, Fun

October 21st, 2014 by

hack weekHi everyone, I’m Doug! This is the beginning of my third week at openSUSE contributing to marketing and communications. It is great to be of the community. Everything here is new, and during my first week, I kept hearing people here talk about Hack Week.

Several thoughts of what Hack Week could be crossed my mind.

Having worked in government for several years, I associated hacking with bad people and bad intentions, which is why I thought I should visit the website and see what the hype was all about.

The ideas running through my head were way off.

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Asia Summit Highlights Growing Open Source Community in Asia

October 16th, 2014 by

opensuseasiasummitThis weekend is the start of openSUSE’s first Asia Summit in Beijing.

The summit, which is a follow on to an open source summit SUSE sponsored in May, is expected to increase awareness in Asia about openSUSE and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Students, professors and computer technologists attending the summit will listen to several keynote speakers like Dr. Qiu Shanqin, Chairman of China Open Source Software Promotion Union, and Ralf Flaxa, Vice President of SUSE. Richard Brown, President of the openSUSE board, will also provide a keynote speech to attendees.

Noteable workshops scheduled for the conference on Day 1 are SUSE’s project manager Anja Stock’s about Bugzilla, FOSS community member Eleanor Chen, about Hands-on into Open Source Community, and Saurabh Sood, an engineer working with Unisys Corporation, about Programming with the Qt Framework.

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openSUSE 13.2: time to get your hands dirty

October 16th, 2014 by

I want YOU!With less than three weeks from the release of our beloved green distro and the first release candidate already rocking, we can feel like we are almost there. This is exactly the right time to remember that there is still a lot of work to do and fun to have. Open source is awesome, but only as awesome as the people working on it. Nothing will happen unless YOU make it happen, so it’s time to get your hands dirty!

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openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is now out, hands on

October 9th, 2014 by

openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is baked and ready to serve!. This previous Beta release was a blast with almost 10.000 downloads. The community responded to the call and we had lot of eyes looking for bugs in openSUSE 13.2 Beta1. Many of them have been already squashed and openSUSE 13.2 Release Candidate 1 is here to prove it.

But don’t fear the boredness, there are more things to test and enjoy than just bugfixes, the release candidate also brings an important updates to the desktop experience. This release includes GNOME 3.14, which brings new animations, better handling of WiFi hotspots, improvements in some applications like Weather and Photos and much more. Another highlight is the brand new Firefox 32, with new HTTP cache for improved performance and public key pinning support. The KDE applications have been updated from version 4.14.0 to 4.14.1 and Plymouth (from 0.8.8 to 0.9.0) should also help to boost stability and to smooth the end user experience.

So if you missed the Beta but still want to help, don’t hesitate to grab one of the available ISOs. If you are already using openSUSE 13.2 Beta, it’s time to update! In either case, make sure to give GNOME a try and report any found bug. It’s the biggest change and we need as many geekos as possible trying to break it in creative ways.

With less than a month from the release of 13.2 the only thing that last to be said is:

Hands on Geekos