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Sneak Peek openSUSE 13.1: What we have for Plasma Desktop Users

November 4th, 2013 by

Release Geeko Biting KDEA few days ago we featured a GNOME Sneak Peek and today it is time for the Blue camp! Whereas GNOME is still going through radical changes, KDE has been in incremental mode for quite a while, polishing their Plasma Desktop, Netbook interfaces and developing the new Plasma Active interface for touch devices. In this article we’ll introduce Plasma, providing a background to the choices behind Plasma and then review some of the major changes for this release. (more…)

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!

Sneak Peek openSUSE 13.1: What we have for GNOME Users

October 29th, 2013 by
GNOME Shell GNOME 13.1

Clean GNOME Shell

Welcome to our third Sneak Peek of what is coming in openSUSE 13.1! You’ve already learned about the new Cloud features and YaST having been ported to Ruby and  it’s time to talk about… our desktops! We kick this off with GNOME 3.10.

Sticking with our philosophy for shipping the latest and the greatest, openSUSE 13.1 will offer GNOME 3.10 at installation. A great deal has changed since 3.6, and many new features have been added. The GNOME experience is now more coherent and complete with the addition of new apps and the polishing of Gnome-Shell. GNOME has become a solid desktop environment, beautiful to work in and suitable for every kind of daily operation. (more…)

Help test the openSUSE Release Candidates!

October 22nd, 2013 by

RC1 is here_black
openSUSE made its first release candidate for 13.1 available less than two weeks ago. And with it, we issued a call for testing. If you’re interested in helping out but would appreciate a few pointers on how to do so, read on! (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…)

Coming soon: openSUSE 13.1 with YaST in Ruby

October 10th, 2013 by
YaST during installation

YaST during installation

On July 31st the YaST team announced that the final Ruby conversion of YaST YCP code is over and YaST is now at version 3.0. It took about a week for the new YaST to enter Factory, which makes it a part of the upcoming openSUSE 13.1 release. In the following article we’ll answer the questions of why this change took place, what exactly happened, and where YaST is going. We spoke to two SUSE developers who had been involved with the port, Josef Reidinger and David Majda. (more…)

Help promote openSUSE 13.1!

October 7th, 2013 by

Making noise

We’re not at the release, but the beta is out, according to the roadmap RC1 is coming Thursday and our artists have been hard at work preparing artwork. We’ve got badges, backgrounds, counters and banners for you to put on your social media or blog pages, on your desktop or even on your wall! Let’s make sure everybody knows what’s coming. (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…)

openSUSE 13.1 Beta Is Out!

September 19th, 2013 by

WinterIsComingFinal

“Still … in this world only winter is certain.”
― George R.R. Martin

“And thus, Factory is now Frozen.”
― Stephan “coolo” Kulow

Starting today, you can scurry over to software.opensuse.org, grab that beta by its tail and give it a spin. And report your findings, because we want to squash those smelly little bugs out of it during our hackaton. So, shove a pizza in that oven, settle with your laptop next to a roaring fire and a big glas of mead and start testing!

Read on to find out what’s new in this beta, what we’d like you to test and of course what is up with that Party and that Hackaton. (more…)

Beta, Pizza and Hackaton

September 16th, 2013 by

WinterIsComingFinal

Almost time for the release of openSUSE 13.1 Beta.

Many openSUSE contributors, upon hearing that, will feel their bellies rumbling: Pizza! The tradition of Beta, Pizza and Party stands solid in openSUSE. And like last year, the openSUSE team is planning to have a bugfixing hackathon, a hacking sprint to bring some serious stability to openSUSE Factory. This time, however, other SUSE offices and lots of people will join and the openSUSE team has prepared a list of bugs to be fixed. Also, there will be prizes to win!

Read on to find out about Piza Testing and Bugfixing Hackatons. (more…)