Deep thought and some additional core SUSE Linux Enterprise source code have given The openSUSE Project a path forward for future releases.
The change is so phenomenal that the project is building a whole new release.
Some people might be perplexed over the next regular release, but rather than bikeshedding the name over the next few months, for the moment, we will call it openSUSE: 42 after its project name in the Open Build Service. And we are going to explain the roadmap for this regular release.
openSUSE 42 is scheduled to be released around SUSECon, which is in Amsterdam this year from Nov. 2 – 6.
Unlike old releases, future releases of “42” are expected to align with the releases of SLE service packs and major releases.
There are about 2,000 packages in openSUSE 42 right now, said Stephan “Coolo” Kulow, release manager. Of course, many more are expected.
openSUSE 42 will be a long-term type release with enduring updates and maintenance commitments by the community and SUSE.
Kulow said a milestone will be released soon.
“We have to come up with solutions as problems arise,” Kulow said.
There is currently no plans for live CDs, but he said expect other media formats to be added later.
Developers waiting for a new compiler in Tumbleweed need to wait no more.
The newest GNU Compiler Collection was checked in today to openSUSE Factory, which is the rolling development code base for Tumbleweed, as the default compiler, so all packages will be rebuilt against GCC 5 and the next Tumbleweed snapshot will include GCC 5.1.1
The snapshot is expected later in the week, making it one of the first rolling releases to have the compiler as a default within Linux, according to DistroWatch’s package tracker.
“GCC 5 made great progress the last week,” said Dominique Leuenberger, the Factory master. “We will rebuild more than 8,000 source packages with GCC 5.”
The expected build time has a rough estimate of about 48-hour in Open Build Services and about a 10-hour test time in openQA.
All packages that are shipped on the DVD have been resolved and have been built without issues, Leuenberger said. Not all of them have been run-time tested.
“Thank you to those who have invested their time and efforts to reach this achievement and want to thank the people who will continue to contribute to the follow-on efforts regarding coming none-ring packages, which will still need some work,” Leuenberger said.
Update: The migration of the openSUSE Mailing Lists has been finished successfully. If you encounter any issues, please let us know by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday 2015-06-09, from 09:00 to 11:00 UTC, the machine that hosts the openSUSE Mailing Lists will be offline. During that
time, sending or receiving mails to the openSUSE mailing lists, or viewing
their archives will not be possible. All the mails that will be sent during
the downtime will be delayed.
The reason is that the old machine is on an old distribution, and running out
of resources. We will migrate the service to a new virtual machine, that will
integrate it to a new configuration management infrastructure.
We’ll send a followup announcement with the final status as soon as we finish
An estimated 45,000 students from a province in Indonesia have enhanced their education and computer-usage knowledge through a pilot program using Linux and openSUSE that is expected to become a nationwide educational program.
From 2009 to 2014, the project called “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Utilization for Educational Quality Enhancement in Yogyakarta Province” used openSUSE and created material with Linux to enhance educational quality and equality in Yogyakarta Province schools.
“More and more education people and officials come to Yogyakarta to learn about how to implement information technology in basic education,” said Mr. Mohammad Edwin Zakaria, an IT and Linux consultant for the program.
The program is expected to become a model of ICT utilization in the educational sector of Indonesia, Zakaria said. The pilot’s goal supports teaching and learning activities by providing ICT-based learning facilities, providing equipment, communication and network facilities, creating e-learning systems and developments, and by providing tools and support that are needed for schools activities to improve educational quality.
The GCC 5 compiler is gradually making its way to be the default compiler for Tumbleweed, but until then, GCC4 is it. There is a blockage in the build caused by what some believe to be an issue with the signing key and libzypp.
For GCC 5 to move forward, it needs to pass openQA to build. Anyone willing to take a look at the code is more than welcome.
Many other items are being worked on in Tumbleweed and a new kernel is pending, but nothing is problematic and most of the items are easy fixes for the next snapshot, according to an update by Tumbleweed team.
Most of the work taking place these past few days have been bug fixes for the latest release of Plasma 5.3 and GNOME 3.16.2.
Other noteworthy items in the latest snapshot were updates to the libqt5 and LibreOffice. Python-keyring updated from 4.0 to 5.3 and there were some additional updates to YaST’s user experience and network.
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The latest and greatest desktop tech from the KDE community
At the time of writing this, the openQA servers were busily running tests and, by the time we publish this article, they should be done. What was being tested? A massive amount of changes, bringing not only the latest Plasma 5.3 and Applications 15.04.1 to Tumbleweed, but also marking the switch to Plasma 5 as the default desktop!
Some of the biggest improvements in Plasma Desktop include much improved power management and widget handling. New are a touchpad configuration module, Comic widget and some system monitoring applets and improvements to plasma widgets like Clipboard, Recent Documents.
The spirit of last month’s Hackweek is still alive and well and it’s about time we review some of the projects from openSUSE’s Hackweek.
The first project I want to highlight is the Google Hangouts killer – https://hackweek.suse.com/12/projects/832. This WebRTC-based video conferencing system is still in its early stages of development and there are tweaks being made to move the project forward. Unlike Google Hangouts’ 10 person limitation, the project currently dubbed Jangouts exceeds that capacity limit. During the testing, 18 people attended the 25-person room limitation of 25. The latest test even worked on a mobile device. If anyone want to get involved with this project, join the #jangouts channel on Freenode. Jangouts is hosted on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), but donations of servers to the openSUSE project are always welcomed. Just email me at email@example.com if you are interest is donating a server with 100 gb or more of RAM to the openSUSE project. Read the rest of this entry »
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Last month’s screenshot contest was a complete success! Our geeko friends submitted twice the usual amount of screenshots, sporting variying setups, environments and workflows. No two were alike! It was very refreshing to see how GNU/Linux desktops can be modified to suit everyone’s taste. Read the rest of this entry »
The community kicked off the first day of the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, with tons of exciting news about project.
Keynote speaker Markus Feilner gave a brief overview of trending topics for this year’s conference.
One of topics was Richard Brown’s “The Future is Unwritten” presentation about building the perfect regular release using new source code from SUSE Linux Enterprise submitted into the Open Build Service. Using this source code, Richard was advocating for a new, more stable and well maintained release with a life cycle of three years or more, which would provide engineering efforts to focus on common elements between SLE and openSUSE.