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openSUSE 13.1: Ready For Action!

November 19th, 2013 by

Dear contributors, friends and fans: The release is here! Eight months of planning, packaging, adding features, fixing issues, testing and fixing more issues has brought you the best that Free and Open Source has to offer, with our Green touch: Stable and Awesome.The geeko has landed

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This release did benefit from the improvements to our testing infrastructure and much attention for bug fixing. While a combination of over 6000 packages supporting 5 architectures can never be perfect, we’re proud to say this really does represent the best Free Software has to offer! The latest desktops (five of them!), server and cloud technologies, software development tools and everything in between are included as well as a number of exciting, new technologies for you to play with. Enjoy!

openSUSE 13.1 is:

Stabilized
Much effort was put in testing openSUSE 13.1, with improvements to our automated openQA testing tool, a global bug fixing hackathon and more. The btrfs file system has received a serious workout and while not default, is considered stable for everyday usage. This release has been selected for Evergreen maintenance extending its life cycle to 3 years.

 

Networked
This release introduces the latest OpenStack Havana with almost 400 new features. Web server admins will appreciate the latest Apache, MySQL and MariaDB updates. Web developers benefit from an updated Ruby 2.0 on Rails 4 with improvements from core classes to better caching in the Rails framework and the latest php 5.4.2 comes with a build-in testing server. End users can now mount Amazon s3 buckets as local file system and use much improved Samba 4.1 with better windows domains support.

 

Evolved
openSUSE moves forward with AArch64, making openSUSE ready for development on the upcoming generation of 64bit ARM devices. 32bit ARM support has been heavily improved and a special Raspberry Pi build for openSUSE is available. This release also delivers GCC 4.8 with new error reporting abilities, the latest glibc supporting AArch64, C11 and Intel TSX Lock Elision, the new SDL2 and Qt 5.1, bringing QML and C++11 features to developers..

 

Polished
openSUSE 13.1 comes with much improved font hinting thanks to the new font engine in Freetype 2.5. YaST has been ported to Ruby, opening contribution up to a large number of skilled developers. In this release, ActiveDoc replaces doc.opensuse.org and the majority of packaged documents in openSUSE, lowering the barrier to contribution.

 

Faster
New is accelerated video with VDPAU support in MESA and an optimized version of glibc for 32bit systems. Linux 3.11 includes work on ‘page reclaim’, maintaining performance during disk operations.

 

Feature-full
Desktop users will appreciate the Android devices integration in the KDE file manager, in the shell and in music player Amarok. Artists have to try out the new Krita improvements with textured painting, greyscale masks & selections and more. GNOME Shell introduces a redesign of the system status bar and Header Bars in many applications, making better use of screen space. Enlightenment now also has an openSUSE theme.

 

Innovative
This release comes with a number of experimental technologies to try out. This includes preliminary Wayland support with Weston compositor in GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma Desktop as well as improved support for Ultra high-resolution in applications and shells. New is also the LightDM KDE greeter and a plasma NetworkManagement applet for testing.

“We’re proud of this release and of all those who worked on it. With a steady increase in contributors there was a lot of hard work put in by so many people from around the globe. Without all these contributors, initiatives like support for ARM would not be possible and we’re very thankful for their input.”

– said openSUSE Board member Andrew Wafaa.
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Sneak Peek openSUSE 13.1: Geeko Tips

November 13th, 2013 by

WinterIsComingFinalWelcome to our fourth Sneak Peek for openSUSE 13.1! The release is getting very close and you’ve already learned about all the awesome new Cloud features, the new YaST and what our new GNOME and KDE fans will get. Today, we feature a much requested article: some in-depth Geeko Tips!

Tips?

Last release, we featured a set of geeko tips for new users. If you come from Fedora, Gentoo or Ubuntu, that’s the article to read. It not only explains what all that green is about but also gives openSUSE equivalents of your familiar terminal commands and introduces you to YaST, getting software on openSUSE and more. Talking about software, we featured some interesting tips in that area with in this article about getting the latest fresh software from the Open Build Service. Finally, find some more tips and information on using the repositories on OBS and One-Click-Install in this blog post.
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Going advanced

In this article, we’re going a step deeper, bringing you some more tips and tricks we got from the openSUSE community.

zypper

We got many zypper tips. Lots is already in the article for new geekos but we have some ‘deeper’ tips here.
Some useful commands:

  • rpmqpack – lists currently installed packages (without version)
  • rpm -qa –qf ‘%{name}-%{version}-%{release}.%{arch}\n’ – lists currently installed packages (with full version and architecture)
  • rpm -q –qf “%{DISTURL}\n” PACKAGE – gives you an OBS URL to the exact sources for the package PACKAGE. You can, for instance, check them out with osc co DISTURL
  • awk -F\| ‘$6 && $2 == “install” {print $3}’ /var/log/zypp/history – list all packages explicitly installed
  • zypper sh – runs zypper shell, no need to type zypper for each command
  • zypper -v dup -D – simulate(Dry run) an upgrade on all active repositories
  • zypper moo – makes debian users feel at home
The Geekos in Greece!

The Geekos in Greece!

journald

journald is replacing the old logging technologies in openSUSE (at least for most common cases). The two most important commands you need to know:

  • journalctl – the old “cat /var/log/messages”
  • journalctl -f – the old “tail -f /var/log/messages”

Network installation

Network install is native to openSUSE. Just use the dvd as source to install from network. This tool can help a lot for network deployments (or VMs): openSUSE-ipxe on github.

etc-update

New in this release is a Gentoo tool ported to openSUSE: etc-update. This tool goes through your configuration in /etc and merges new configuration files with your own modifications automatically or presents you the differences and lets you merge the changes.
etc-update is used to merge config files in non-intrusive cli way. It goes file by file in etc, where you can show unified diff and merge the changes as whole or interactively. It can merge trivial changes by itself “-p” preen option, or you can also set the default action to take on all files “automerge, discard, …”. Basically you just run “etc-update” and then press numbers on what action you want to take :)

Easy OBS

A major technology in openSUSE is the Open Build Service or OBS. We’ve got it running on build.opensuse.org where it servers tens of thousands of packagers building hundreds of thousands of packages for one or more of the 15+ different distributions on 8+ architectures. And this can be massively useful – to you! Information on using the repositories on OBS and One-Click-Install in this blog post, but here we’ll focus on how to use OBS to BUILD packages. A simple and graphical tutorial for re-building a package for a different openSUSE version can be found here.

For you command line aficionados interested in more deep changes, here’s the nitty gritty way of customizing/updating or rebuilding packages (we call this process BURPing). If you haven’t set the OBS tool up yet, find a how-to of your first steps with osc here.

geekos!Branch
osc bco /
Update
cd home::branches:/
Change it, fix it, break it
Test your changes with

osc build
Commit your changes to OBS with
osc ci
Request a submit of your changes
osc sr
to the Package

Fixing a package in a released openSUSE distribution and releasing it as maintenance update is as easy as that.
Branch
osc branch -M -c openSUSE:12.3
Update
cd home::branches:openSUSE:12.3:Update/
Change it, fix it, break it
Test your changes with

osc build
Commit your changes to OBS with
osc ci
Request a submit of your changes
osc mr
to the Package

And done! Yes, it really is that easy to contribute to openSUSE and make the distro better for yourself <em>and</em> everybody else.

That’s it for now

We’re out of tips for now, but if you’ve got any – please share them below! We can use them in the next article with Geeko Tips…

Have a lot of fun!

openSUSE 13.1 RC2 Hits the Web, Last Chance for Testing

October 31st, 2013 by

RC2 is coming
The openSUSE 13.1 release is getting very close – just a little over two weeks, according to the Roadmap. Today, Release Candidate 2 is available on software.opensuse.org. Grab one of the images and help us test!

What’s new

The changes in this update are not very big or ground shaking. This is a sign of openSUSE 13.1 maturing quickly: we focused on bug fixing. Obviously, the bugfixing hackathon helped a lot. Below is a limited list of changes (omitting most bug fixes):

  • systemd was updated to version 208
  • Shim should now work which means the secure boot is possible
  • Plasma-nm no longer replaces the knetworkmanager
  • Calibre is now fully operational
  • kernel was updated with more fixes and one speedy improvement everyone could read about on phoronix (the radeon/nouveau timer improvements)
  • In the area of virtualization the xen and libvirt packages were updated
  • A lot of migration issues were fixed so zypper dup from older release will go smoother
  • Apper should no longer choke on multiple license agreements
  • YaST parts were updated fixing bunch of installer bugs
  • XFCE can now properly suspend
  • e17 artwork was openSUSEfied (yay!)
  • Akonadi should better handle PostgreSQL as backend
  • Our vlc version was updated to 2.1 which is the latest and coolest provided
  • Translations updates

And again, this is a partial list: there are bugfixes for many issues reported by testers included.
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Testing

openSUSE 13.1 will have to stand up right in a proud tradition of great stability so it will need a final serious workout before we release it upon the world! We wrote about testing a while ago, and we urge you to check out that article and help out!

We ask you to give some extra attention to:

  • btrfs!
  • livecd’s and usb live sticks – these did not work in RC1, which was in part because this is hard to test automatically. We have some tests set up but manual testing is really needed to ensure the live images work well.
  • Secure Boot/UEFI. If you have a machine with Secure Boot and UEFI and 12.3 didn’t work for you, please, test this 13.1 RC2. With this RC2 we added a fix related with the alignment of certificates that can cause fails on some UEFI firmware.

A list of the most annoying bugs can be found here.

Have a lot of fun!

Board Elections Coming!

October 30th, 2013 by

GeekoVote
The end of the year is approaching. And besides Santa and fireworks, Geekos know: the openSUSE board gets a refresh! The openSUSE Election Committee has announced the time line for this year’s elections and asked candidates to step forward for the job!

Elections

This year, 4 seats are to be elected, two for a two year term and two for a 1 year term. As always, all openSUSE members are eligible to vote. Anybody contributing to openSUSE over a longer period of time can become a member – if you’re not a member yet, you should apply and get your vote in!

Anybody can step up to be on the board, as long as they are openSUSE Members (and not a member of the Election Committee). You can announce your candidacy by emailing the openSUSE Project mailing list AND the Election Committee, best with a short introduction about yourself and information on why people should vote for you.

Role of the board

As board member, you’re a central point of contact for openSUSE. SUSE talks to you about what they’re up to but also people in the project itself will come to the board with issues, conflicts or wishes. The board handles the regular project meetings on IRC (and once a year at the openSUSE conference) as well as trademark issues. The board works with teams like the Travel Support Team and the Marketing team, where travel- and material budgets are involved as well. Find some information about current and past board members on the wiki.

Time line for the elections

For these elections, this is the time line:

  • 28.10. Start of standing up for candidacy, nominating candidates, apply for membership
  • 18.11. Start of candidates campaign
  • 2.12. Ballots open
  • 15.12. End of voting
  • 16.12. Announcement of the results

Be a part of it!

Click here to cast your vote! Note that you have to be logged in with your usual openSUSE credentials to see this page and cast your vote.

openSUSE Summit Schedule Ready!

October 21st, 2013 by

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As you may well know, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in beautiful Florida will welcome all Geekos to this year’s openSUSE Summit from November 15 to 17. This will be a great event, if the brand new schedule is any indication! It has just been made public, together with information about our keynote speakers. (more…)

OpenStack Havana and openSUSE

October 17th, 2013 by

OpenStack logo
Congratulations to the OpenStack community for today’s release of OpenStack Havana! This is the eighth OpenStack release and the community delivered on-time, yet again.

Packages have already made it to openSUSE Factory for those interested in testing. This OpenStack release further expands the capabilities of the industry-leading cloud software by providing improved scalability and performance, monitoring support, automated VM management and improved configuration. openSUSE 13.1 packages are available and so are packages for older openSUSE releases and for SUSE Linux Enterprise. (more…)

openSUSE 13.1 RC 1 Available: Time to Test!

October 11th, 2013 by

RC1 is here_black

It was a dark night, wind howling through the forest… Somewhere far away, a fire was burning and the smell …

Ok, forget that. RC1 is here, so stop watching and start testing!

The openSUSE 13.1 release is planned for November. In preparation, we today announce the availability of the first Release Candidate on software.opensuse.org. Grab one of the images and help us test! (more…)

SUSE Speeds up Building AArch64 Software in QEMU

October 1st, 2013 by

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Following the announcement of much improved Raspberry Pi support, there is more news coming from the openSUSE ARM team! The SUSE team has been developing an AArch64 port of QEMU which is much faster building 64 bit ARM code in emulation and this code is aimed for upstream inclusion. Read on to find out what this is all about. (more…)

Travel support applications to attend openSUSE Summit opened!

September 27th, 2013 by

We are happy to announce the Travel Team is ready to receive applications for sponsorships to attend to openSUSE Summit 2013.

openSUSE Summit 2013 logo

This year openSUSE Summit will be held in the beautiful Florida, November 15 to 17 and the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will welcome all Geekos to this year’s event.

The openSUSE Travel Support Program provides travel sponsorships to individuals that want to attend openSUSE Summit and need financial assistance.

For Summit this year the TSP will work a bit differently. The TSP will make 2 calls, for the first call the deadline is October 3, 2013 and you can start sending your applications now! The results will be given before October 8, 2013.
The second call will start on October 11, 2013 ending on October 17, 2013. The results before October 22, 2013. Important to say that the second call is for those who had applied on CfP and didn’t have answer before the first call ends. Of course, even applied and no answer yet you can send your application on the first call.

About the TSP you can see at https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program The instructions are detailed at https://connect.opensuse.org/travel-support/

 

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Important
* A good application with good information will be processed faster.
* Always choose the most economical option whenever possible.  People who need travel sponsorship, should         look for the best price. If the Travel Committee finds a cheaper price, that will be the price in consideration.

 

 

In case of doubts just drop us an email travel-support@opensuse.org

Do not forget… The Call for Participation still opened so hurry up!

 
Your TSP Team

openSUSE Summit 2013: Registration Opened!

September 24th, 2013 by

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It has already been a year since the first iteration of the openSUSE Summit held in Orlando Florida. Our guests and organizers agreed that tying this community event at the end of SUSEcon is a very good idea and it was set to be repeated in 2013 as well. If you live in the Northern part of the U.S.A. then you know that November can be very cold, therefore, our organizers decided to go back to Florida this year and have everyone warm up to the never-ending summer in the peach state. Our event website is up and running and registrations are open! (more…)