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openSUSE forums defaced, user emails leaked

January 7th, 2014 by

Testing-Group-Logo As hackernews.com noted, the public openSUSE forums have been compromised and defaced. A cracker managed to exploit a vulnerability in the forum software which made it possible to upload files and gave access to the forum database.

Passwords: Safe! Emails: Not so much :-/

Credentials for your openSUSE login are not saved in our application databases as we use a single-sign-on system (Access Manager from NetIQ) for all our services. This is a completely separate system and it has not been compromised by this crack. What the cracker reported as compromised passwords where indeed random, automatically set strings that are in no way connected to your real password.

However, some user data is stored in the local database for convenience, in the case of the forum the user email addresses. Those the hackers had access too and we’re very sorry for this data leak!

And now?

As the exploit is in the forum software we use and there are no known fixes or workarounds we have decided to take the forums offline for now, until we have found a solution. Stay tuned for updates here, on twitter, facebook or g+.

The openSUSE Travel Support Team wishes you a Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2014 by

Great News!!!

For almost 2 years Izabel Valverde and Kostas Koudaras run the Travel Support Program Team with the openSUSE Board & SUSE support.

After a great job done into TSP, Kostas is now member of the openSUSE Board so we have have 2 new members on TSP filling his spot and giving us an extra help. At the dawn of the new year we are pleased to announce the current openSUSE Travel Support Team: Efstathios Iosifidis a.k.a Diamond_gr, Izabel Valverde and Marcel Kühlhorn a.k.a. Tux93.

The new TSP Team wishes to Kostas good luck on his new journey and is thankful for all the work done.

Happy 2014 to everyone in the openSUSE Project!

Your TSP Team

Announcing openSUSE Education Li-f-e 13.1

December 18th, 2013 by

Get Li-f-e from here : Direct Download | Torrents | Metalinks | md5sum

openSUSE Education community is proud to bring you an early Christmas and New Year’s present: openSUSE Education Li-f-e. It is based on the recently released openSUSE 13.1 with all the official online updates applied.

We have put together a nice set of tools for everyone including teachers, students, parents and IT administrators. It covers quite a lot of territory: from chemistry, mathematics to astronomy and Geography. Whether you are into software development or just someone looking for Linux distribution that comes with everything working out of the box, your search ends here. Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: Vote for the openSUSE Board!

December 14th, 2013 by

GeekoVote
It is december 14, dear Geekos! That means that tomorrow, December 15, the official deadline for voting for the openSUSE Board Elections ends! That’s right, you have only about 24 hours to cast your vote.

Elections

As we explained in the earlier announcement, there are 4 seats up this year and all openSUSE Members are eligible to vote. This year, the candidates are:

You can find each candidate’s Election Platform on the last link. Candidates marked with a (*) are SUSE employees.

Once you’ve done your democratic duty and decided who to vote for, 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.

 

Be a part of it!

openSUSE Admin: manage the complexity

November 24th, 2013 by

200px-Caméléon_commun_In the Service Team’s Cave, where the infrastructure of openSUSE servers and services runs, the openSUSE Service Team faced an issue: requests to admin@opensuse.org were managed only by mail, making it hard to keep track of all the open issues and leading to coordination problems. As some requests to this list also contain log in credentials, the list itself could not have a public archive. This could have exposed sensitive data to the public. So it is always complicated telling people what’s going on there, and even more complicated, allowing interested people to subscribe. (Please note: including credentials in plain Emails is never ever a good idea – it is even not the intention of the Service Team to get such credentials. But sometimes people don’t care about their sensitive data, or just realize too late that their log files contain information that should not be visible).

But openSUSE – and especially the administration of all openSUSE services – is all about collaboration and communication. So hiding in a small cave might not be a good idea if you want to get some helping hands or reach out for collaboration.

Today we took one big step forward with our infrastructure by integrating admin@opensuse.org into the ticket system available at http://progress.opensuse.org/ ! At first this may not sound very interesting, but please remember that this service is already integrated into our authentication infrastructure. Now everyone with an openSUSE account is able to  check the state of public tickets (warning: tickets are set to private per default), create new ones a have a look at other public modules of this “openSUSE admin”-project – or become part of the team.

Just to avoid confusion: sending an email to admin@opensuse.org is not only still possible but also the preferred way to reach us.

For coordination and to be “reachable” for all those guys hanging around at some IRC channel, we now also have a public channel on irc.freenode.net: #opensuse-admin Feel free to say hello, thank you, or ask us questions.

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

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

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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We’re Ready For The Release, Are You?!

November 18th, 2013 by

Release Geeko
Dear Geekos!

We’re sure you are all anxiously awaiting the release of openSUSE 13.1, coming in 24 hours. Yes, just around the corner! So we want to remind you that you can help us promote the release, plan release parties and of course read the many articles we’ve written! So much to do both before and after the release…

Before the release

There is still preparation to do: a lot to read about the release -so you can tell your friends about it- and some work in order to promote the release. You are very welcome in helping us to spread the word in your blog and other places!

Learn about the release

As a preparation for the release we wrote bunch of sneak peaks so you can learn about what is so cool in new openSUSE. Let’s start from the most visible parts – as always we have new versions of desktops environments. We write articles about both major ones – GNOME and KDE. Changes in these two are probably the most visible to the end user. We hope exactly the opposite happening with YaST. There were really big changes under the hood of YaST this release as we wrote. The interface and functionality are both the same, so users will barely notice, but we hope an horde of new developers attracted by the new code.

We also wrote about more hardcore/geeky stuff. "Cloud" is still a magical and cool word and we have everything you need to create your own cloud in openSUSE. Check out what is new in this area! And as this is more sysadmins cup of tea, let’s mention yet another article that we prepared. This one is full of useful tips and tricks. Even if you are skilled sysadmin, you might learn a thing or two there that will make your everyday life easier.

And last but not least, don’t forget about all the love and attention that have been put into Btrfs. Even whether is not the default option for new installations, openSUSE 13.1 looks like the best choice for everybody wanting to try this next generation filesystem.

Promote the release

You might have seen that we created some cool materials to promote the release. There are banners, backgrounds for social media accounts and more in this article and we have this cool “Release Geeko” background for you:

ReleaseIsComingBackground

Release Geeko background

Find more related artwork in our github repository.

During the release day

For the release itself, we created both Facebook event and G+ event to be sure that no one forgets (like if it is possible to forget the release date of your favorite Linux distribution). But more important, there will be public hangout on G+ as part of the G+ event, so you can join and share your excitement about the new release. Apart from that, we will be updating all our social channels all day long, so don’t worry, you will not miss anything… and you are also welcome to help in these tasks.

After the release

In the party department, there have been people planning launch parties already. At the moment of writing, we are already aware of parties in:

  • Orlando FL, just a couple of days ago
  • Nuremberg, punctually at the release day
  • Copenhagen, the day after
  • SUSE offices in Prague, next week
  • Zacatecas, during Free Software Lab-COZCyT
  • Taipei, in the near future (stay tuned, more information coming)

If you would like to attend a launch party in your neighborhood, check the Launch Party wiki and if there’s no party yet, read this article with some tips on solving that problem ;-)

We hope you are now a little more prepared for the release. And, of course, not forget to…

have a lot of fun!

openSUSE Summit Was Geeko Awesome

November 18th, 2013 by

Orlando - not so sunny

Our openSUSE Summit 2013 has just finished here in Orlando. We were hosted in a Mexican themed hotel in the area of Disney World, with our own special area setup nicely for our presentations and workshops. The location was a nice new touch for the geeko friends to reconnect and collaborate, if only because there was a large number of lizards all around here!

Weather wasn’t very loving down here in Florida, USA but being in such a family-like get together, it didn’t really matter. Read the rest of this entry »

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!

Get Ready to Party: Release is Around the Corner!

November 11th, 2013 by

release is comingIn just a little over a week, openSUSE 13.1 will be released! As we’ve all put in serious work to make this happen, it is certainly a good cause for celebration. Time to organize Launch Parties!

Launch Parties

A launch parties are to celebrate an openSUSE release. To start with the celebration part, as we all enjoy hanging out with fellow geekos, just having a space where you can talk and perhaps drink a beverage of choice should do the trick just fine. Of course, conversation starts easier if there is a subject to discuss – and that is where the release comes in! By the time the release is out, there is plenty of information on the openSUSE 13.1 Portal page that can be discussed.

Release parties are part of openSUSE. That means: they should be open, cool and featuring lots of fun! That doesn’t mean just following a ‘code of conduct‘, no, it means going out to people and being inviting! We’re all geekos, we’re all the same and we’re in this together, so we’re all responsible for each others fun.
Party time

Organizing

Organizing a release party requires the following three simple steps:

      1. Find a space. Simple is good: perhaps a room in your university, office or a cafe or restaurant.
      2. Register your launchparty on this wiki page
      3. Invite people: create a facebook and G+ event page, and send a mail to relevant mailing lists
        - like your local translation list or the project list… A blog can be helpful, too.

    Finally, Have a lot of fun! Welcome every new geeko and remind them that we’re all here for fun: talk to everybody you don’t know first! Perhaps a quick presentation on what is new is nice but not mandatory. Just remember: people are what makes openSUSE, so bringing them together is all that really counts.

    See this how-to for more info and tips!

    If you want to party on the release date, consider joining our G+ release day hangout!

    Have a lot of fun!