Since Beta 2 the following changes have been made, from the bottom of the stack to the top: (more…)
Since Beta 2 the following changes have been made, from the bottom of the stack to the top: (more…)
Update: download.opensuse.org is back up, OBS and mirrors are resyncing
After receiving a new disk array, and restoring backups onto it, download.opensuse.org is back up. The openSUSE Build Service is currently syncing all its repos to it, and then a full mirror rescan will be carried out so that the latest software is on all the mirrors that download redirects to. The temporary redirection has been removed. The outage is to be discussed at today’s openSUSE Project Meeting.
It’s going to be a quiet May 1 for openSUSE users and contributors, due to a rare two-disk failure on download.opensuse.org, the central site for accessing openSUSE distribution releases and packages. To work-around the failure, temporarily change your repository URLs using YaST Software Repositories or zypper (or edit the files in /etc/zypp/repos.d) to a nearby mirror. Normally, requests to download.opensuse.org are redirected automatically to a mirror by the Mirrorbrain software running there. On Monday, the disk hardware on download failed beyond the level its redundancy is designed to handle. We are working to restore the system as soon as possible, and will post updates as soon as we have more information.
openSUSE project manager Stephan Kulow has announced that openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 6 (M6) is ready for testing. With M6, the pace of development is starting to slow down as the focus switches towards QA and bug fixing.
The project has been evaluating systemd vs SysV init to manage system and service startup, and has decided to stay with SysV init for 11.4 due to issues in getting the last 10% of the integration perfect.
M6 sees the completed removal of the HAL hardware abstraction layer, to be replaced with the more up-to-date and actively maintained udev, udisks and upower suite. HAL was already scheduled for removal in 11.3, but it was retained while the last few software packages which depend on it were ported to udev and company.
Branding and artwork has had a lot of attention, with the addition of the final wallpapers, splash screens and branding for 11.4. The default wallpaper is called Celadon Stripes, taking its inspiration from the color codename for this release.
New software added in Milestone 6 includes the WebYaST stack. WebYaST is the web-based admin tool developed for SLES, now available for openSUSE. Professional sysadmins and those who just like to comfortably administer their openSUSE servers will appreciate WebYaST. Also on the server side, the latest versions of the Horde groupware suite are now in openSUSE.
Software updates this milestone include the update of XOrg to 7.6, VirtualBox 4.0.2, GnuCash 2.4, and Scribus 1.3.9. A lively discussion on the opensuse-factory list about whether to include the stable Firefox 3.6.13 or a Firefox 4 beta centered around the limited availability of popular extensions for version 4 versus the short upstream maintenance period of Firefox 3 releases. As this article was published, the discussion was leaning towards taking a Firefox 4 beta and online-updating it to the final release when it becomes available.
Updates are flowing thick and fast to the KDE workspace and applications. KDE 4.6RC2 is on M6, and will be updated to 4.6.0 final for the first Release Candidate. The accompanying flurry of application releases include Amarok 2.4.0, Digikam 1.8.0, KOffice 2.3.1, k3b 2.0.2, KDevelop 4.2, KMyMoney 4.5, Rekonq 0.6 and BlueDevil 1.0.1. Fans of the Oxygen style will also see it in GTK applications, thanks to the native port of Oxygen to a GTK style in the form of the oxygen-gtk package .
As the GNOME project prepares for GNOME 3, the focus at openSUSE is on stabilisation and polish to GNOME 2.32. Bugfixes to PulseAudio, GDM and gnome-main-menu will ensure that 11.4 brings incremental refinement to GNOME users. Clutter 1.5 is included to support the latest available preview of gnome-shell, and the gramps genealogy tool is added in version 3.2.5. The GNOME team is preparing an 11.4-based Live CD that will include GNOME 3 when it is released in March.
The XFCE desktop is updated thanks to the hard work of the community to version 4.8, bringing with it network transparent file management, a rewritten panel, menus editable with Alacarte, and improved packaging and installation selections for openSUSE.
A list of most annoying bugs is being compiled; please check it before installing. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences too. Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been active to ensure that your download of M6 will be at least minimally functional.
Release Candidate 1 is scheduled for February 10 and brings with it a hard freeze. openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.
On Monday, the openSUSE project released the fourth of six milestones in the development of openSUSE 11.4. Milestone 4 (M4) brings a wide range of updates, both major and minor.
Kernel 2.6.37rc3 is the basis of M4, including the famous “200 line” per tty task groups patch to improve desktop interactivity, and featuring the removal of the so-called ‘Big Kernel Lock’ that will improve scalability.
NetworkManager was updated to 0.8.2, seeing several last minute fixes in cooperation with upstream developers.
Libzypp 8.8 adds support for metalinks, the multiple download URL specification.
On the desktops, KDE makes the leap to version 4.6 beta 1. This includes a complete rewrite of Kontact and is undergoing heavy testing. GNOME 2.32.2 is the final version planned for openSUSE 11.4, which is notable for being the last stable release before GNOME 3 in March. Zeitgeist, the activity tracker, is updated to 0.6. KOffice is updated to 2.3beta1, bringing the exciting Krita natural media painting app to M4, while OpenOffice.org is removed, having been succeeded by LibreOffice in M3. Qt 4.7.1 and Qt Creator 2.1beta2 will allow improved Qt Quick development. Other major updates include the addition of the Midori lightweight browser, the Rosegarden musical notation editor in version 10.10 and monodevelop 2.4. Gnash, the free Flash viewer, comes in version 0.8.8, which has “100% Youtube support” and supports hardware acceleration.
And finally, the prize for biggest version number leap goes to xmahjong, which went from 2006.8.10 to 2010.11.8. xmahjong fans will be happy to hear that the version bump is only due to a packaging change removing build support for SUSE versions earlier than 9.1. The graphics and gameplay remain as they were in 1990.
A list of most annoying bugs is being compiled; please check it before installing. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences too. Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been active to ensure that your download of M4 will be at least minimally functional.
The next milestone is scheduled for December 16. openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.
Delayed by a week due to a critical bug that would have prevented testing, the openSUSE project today announces openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 3 (M3), the third of six milestone releases of what will become openSUSE 11.4. The bug, a crash in the software rasterizer of the Mesa OpenGL stack, was found by our automated test suite and the openSUSE XOrg developers swung into action so that KDE would work on systems without hardware acceleration, which includes most virtual machines.
systemd, the alternative init system, becomes available for testing in M3 with version 11. To test systemd, install it, then reboot with init=/bin/systemd as described by Andreas Jaeger. Otherwise, the existing SysV init is used.
M3 includes Gnome 2.32 on the desktop, including metacontact support in the Empathy instant messenger and Banshee 1.8 with Amazon MP3 store plugin, KDE 4.5.3, and a number of independent updates including version 0.11 of the Arora browser, the chemistry tool Avogadro 1.0.1 and Licq 1.5, introducing XMPP support to this venerable IM client.
On the productivity front, M3 includes LibreOffice 3.2.99, a host of additional optional packages for KOffice such as lcms2 giving better colour management and image processing options, and Digikam 1.5.0 including automated lens correction while batch processing multiple images,
Mono 2.8 replaces Mono 2.6 and adds C# 4.0, an new garbage collector and many performance improvements.
At the lower level, Linux kernel 2.6.36 is in, along with smartmontools 5.40 brings SSD support, and Wireshark 1.4 brings many performance improvements and memory footprint reductions.
Due to a new liblzma, delta ISOs from M2 to M3 must be applied using a new version of deltarpm. Stephan Kulow provides this in his home:coolo Build Service project.
A list of most annoying bugs can be found here. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences. Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been active to ensure that your download of M3 will be at least minimally functional.
The next milestone is scheduled for November 25. openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.
Today, Thursday October 7, the openSUSE project announces Milestone 2 of openSUSE 11.4. Milestone 2 (M2) is the second of six periodic development snapshots of openSUSE 11.4 and includes updates to major components across the breadth of the distribution.
Starting at the bottom of the stack, Linux Kernel 2.6.36rc4 made it into M2. This is accompanied by the OpenGL implementation Mesa 7.9, which provides a new shader compiler and support for newer Radeon chips. The cronie crontab manager replaces the Vixie cron used until now and adds the flexible anacron, which allows cronjobs to happen even if the machine was powered down at the scheduled time. D-Bus 1.4 adds support for systemd and fixes the threading issues which gave KDE 4.5 problems.
Productivity users can get a taste of the future with OpenOffice 3.3alpha, including the user interface redesign resulting from Project Renaissance. Developers will enjoy Python 2.7, the latest, and last in the Python 2 line, as well as the new D language support in gdb 7.2, and the newly released Qt 4.7 and boost 1.44 libraries.
Rounding out the milestone are point release updates galore to GNOME 2.31.92, KDE 4.5.1, Inkscape 0.48, KOffice 2.2.2, and Firefox 3.6.10.
We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences. As usual, automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been taking hits for you to ensure that your download of M2 will be at least minimally functional.
The next milestone is scheduled to for November 5. openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.
Edit: Eagle-eyed heise picked up that the announcement only came out today, whereas M2 was scheduled for September 30. We’d like to point out that M2 was released on schedule on September 30; this announcement was late.
openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 1 is available today, Thursday, September 2 for developers, testers and community members to test and participate in the development of openSUSE 11.4. M1 starts off openSUSE 11.4 development at a cracking pace with performance improvements in the package management network layer and version updates to major components.
This milestone contains libzypp version 8.1, which has a new backend for http and ftp package downloads. MultiCurl replaces the old MediaAria backend, and brings support for zsync transfers and better Metalink download support. These will improve both repository refresh and package install and update performance. Metalink allows the multi-channel download of packages by downloading the individual blocks of a package in parallel from multiple servers. ZSync reduces the amount of data to download by only fetching the changed parts of a file instead of the whole file. This speeds up repository refreshes, since due to the way the repository data is structured, it is easy to locate the parts of the metadata that changed since the last update. The new Curl-based zypp backend also gives libzypp and therefore zypper and YaST better support for network proxies, by using the same proxy configuration as the rest of YaST instead of its own, and adds support for HTTP BASIC password-protected repositories. And as an added bonus, MultiCurl should eliminate slow and hanging package installations that occurred due to bugs in the old MediaAria backend.
Other major components that have received updates from upstream projects for Milestone 1 include XOrg 1.9, KDE 4.5 and GNOME 2.32.0 Beta 1. Automated testing and brave openSUSE Factory testers have been validating early builds to make sure that Milestone 1 is suitable for others to test, so please download Milestone 1 and report bugs – the earlier a bug is reported in the development cycle, the more likely it is that it will be fixed on release day, March 10, 2011.
The next milestone is scheduled for September 30.
KDE SC 4.3.5 is about to become available for openSUSE 11.2 as an online update (from 4.3.1). This release fixes many bugs, so we decided to push it as an online update instead of making it an optional update in the Build Service, and by fixing bugs we give our KDE contributors more time to work for openSUSE 11.3.
This makes the Build Service KDE:43 repository redundant, so it is being removed. KDE:43 users should remove this repository from their installation sources.
For more details and information on how to use other KDE versions on all supported openSUSE editions, see KDE Repositories.
Edit: KDE 4.3 users on older versions of openSUSE are not being left out in the rain. KDE:KDE4:STABLE:Desktop contains the same KDE SC 4.3.5 that was added to openSUSE 11.2.
On the evening of Monday the 22nd of February, the KDE Plasma, KWin and Oxygen developers will be holding a public event at the SUSE office in Nuremberg, Germany. All are welcome to come to the openSUSE Community Space to hear the KDE hackers present their vision of the state of the art in user interfaces.
For many years, there has been close cooperation between SUSE and upstream desktop projects. For KDE, this has resulted in the Kiosk lockdown framework, the love-it-or-hate-it Kickoff application launcher, usability testing and more recently the openSUSE Air theming for 11.2, KNetworkManager and integration with Firefox and OpenOffice.
The doors open to the public at 1800 in the openSUSE Community Space, Maxtorhof, Maxfeldstr 5, 90409 Nuernberg. If you’re planning to attend, it would be much appreciated if you can let Will Stephenson know in advance – but feel free to come along spontaneously.