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Weekly review: openSUSE Leap 42.1 gets new ports, Hack Week scheduled

November 20th, 2015 by

The openSUSE Project has been very busy this week. The project shared a booth with SUSE at the Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas, this week.

The theme (see photo above) caught the attention of the attendees and those stopping by the booth could get a lightsaber for watching our presentations or playing a retro Sega Star Wars from 1994 running on openSUSE Leap 42.1.

SC15 really put things into perspective on how scientists, physicists and sysadmins use the Geeko distribution for simulations, Exascale computing and High Performance Computing and system management.

Several attendees expressed interest in ARM and the timing was perfect to let the attendees know that openSUSE released a port of openSUSE Leap 42.1 to AArch64, which is installable on the AMD, APM and Cavium SoCs (Seattle, X-Gene, ThunderX). There is also sharing the SLE12 SP1 ARM enablement for those hardware platforms, but providing the full Leap package set.

Hack Week

In three weeks, openSUSE/SUSE hackers will experiment without limits! That’s right, we will have Hack Week from Dec. 7 – 11. This Hack Week 13, which I’ll nickname Hack Week 7/11, is all about bringing innovation to the project and exploring the possibility of making ideas a reality. Anyone can participate. Just visit https://hackweek.suse.com/, sign up for a project you like or create a new project and recruit participants to hack with you.


Tumbleweed is once again finding a rhythm for the release of its snapshots. This week there were three snapshots and its possible there might be a fourth before the end of the week.

The three snapshots this week brought GNOME 3.18.2, KDE Applications 15.08.03 and several other fixes.

In the next snapshot, expect new default system fonts, X.Org 1.18 and Mesa 11.0.5. Ghostscript 9.18 is also expected, but it did cause a few build failures in stagings, so if you’re building anything against it, be forewarned.

There are some projects in Factory staging we need your help with before they will be released in a Tumbleweed snapshot.

Dominique Leuenberger wrote in the Tumbleweed weekly review email that some expect issues with the new Boost version 1.59 and that there are quick a few fixes needed. GStreamer 1.6 has most of the packages ready, but some the critical component Phonon is missing.

With all this, I wish you a great weekend – and always remember: Have a
lot of fun.

Tumbleweed gets Firefox 42, Machinery ready for Leap

November 12th, 2015 by


Two releases snapshots in Tumbleweed brought a new Linux kernel and a web browser update for Mozilla.

Firefox updated to version 42 in the 20151110 snapshot and the 20151106 snapshot updated the Linux kernel to 4.3.

Firefox 42 removed some obsolete patches and had some Login Manager improvements.

Wine updated to version 1.7.54 and improved video decoding; major Turkish translations were in the update as well. Btrfs had several updates in the 20151110 snapshot so expect big improvements to the filesystem and its usage.

Tumbleweed has branding that has yet to be implemented, so contributors are more than welcome to work on including it in Tumbleweed.


For those using openSUSE Leap 42.1 and sysadmins managing several computers, Machinery can now be used with openSUSE’s latest release Leap 42.1. For those who are unfamiliar with the Machinery Project, check it out. It’s a great command line tool that focuses on system analysis, automation and tool integration.

Being able to use Machinery with openSUSE is just one of several reasons for developers, sysadmins and desktop users to use openSUSE’s two distributions Tumbleweed and openSUSE Leap 42.1.

For more information one how to use Machinery, visit the github page.

The weekly review: openSUSE leaps forward, SUSECon jams, Tumbleweed looks at 4.3 Kernel

November 6th, 2015 by

While the work week comes to a close, the openSUSE project’s week continues into the weekend.

The project will have a booth at Open Rhein Ruhr in Oberhausen, Germany, and in two weeks openSUSE will join with SUSE at Super Computing 2015 in Austin, Texas.

openSUSE Leap 42.1 was released this week at SUSECon 2015, which was a blast. If you have not seen the video release at SUSECon called Uptime Funk, you have to listen to it. The hits on YouTube are going through the roof with this parody.

The reviews for openSUSE Leap 42.1 are looking good. While some media are comparing openSUSE Leap 42.1 to the recent release of Fedora 23 (Congratulations Fedora), openSUSE Leap 42.1 is targeting developers, sysadmins and users who want a more mature and stable Linux environment. Through the uses of libraries and other source packages shared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE Leap 42.1 offers something entirely different than the newest open source packages because the openSUSE project has Tumbleweed; Leap’s purpose is focused on giving users who gradually upgrade confidence in our new distribution. While the project is more than happy to gain new Linux users, Leap focuses is on the idea of system upgrades.

Tumbleweed is the project’s other distribution that provide the latest reliable and tested packages, so people who want the latest packages should look at using that rather than Leap. This week Tumbleweed released the 20151030 snapshot.

Some of the newest packages upgraded in that snapshot were Mesa 11.0.4, GNOME 3.18.1, Linux Kernel 4.2.4, LibreOffice 5.0.3 with the GTK3 module split out and XOrg 1.17.4. Expect the Linux kernel to update to 4.3 soon in Tumbleweed.
Expect more news to be posted about Leap in the coming weeks. Details about Power 8 (ppc64le), and ARM (AArch64) in openSUSE Leap 42.1 should be available in the next few weeks as well as some other Leap related news.

openSUSE Leap 42.1 Becomes First Hybrid Distribution

November 4th, 2015 by

Bridging Community and Enterprise

(In other languages: EL, LT, SP, FR)

The wait is over and a new era begins for openSUSE releases. Contributors, friends and fans can now download the first Linux hybrid distro openSUSE Leap 42.1. Since the last release, exactly one year ago, openSUSE transformed its development process to create an entirely new type of hybrid Linux distribution called openSUSE Leap.


Version 42.1 is the first version of openSUSE Leap that uses source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) providing a level of stability that will prove to be unmatched by other Linux distributions. Bonding community development and enterprise reliability provides more cohesion for the project and its contributor’s maintenance updates. openSUSE Leap will benefit from the enterprise maintenance effort and will have some of the same packages and updates as SLE, which is different from previous openSUSE versions that created separate maintenance streams.

Community developers provide an equal level of contribution to Leap and upstream projects to the release, which bridges a gap between matured packages and newer packages found in openSUSE’s other distribution Tumbleweed.

Since the move was such a shift from previous versions, a new version number and version naming strategy was adapted to reflect the change. The SLE sources come from SUSE’s soon to be released SLE 12 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The naming strategy is SLE 12 SP1 or 12.1 + 30 = openSUSE Leap 42.1. Many have asked why 42, but SUSE and openSUSE have a tradition of starting big ideas with a four and two, a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Every minor version of openSUSE Leap users can expect a new KDE and GNOME, but today is all about openSUSE Leap 42.1, so if you are tired of a brown desktop, try a green one.

Have a lot of fun!
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openSUSE Leap 42.1 Preview

October 30th, 2015 by

Leap-greenThe wait is almost over to download openSUSE Leap 42.1. Next week users worldwide will be able to enjoy the power and stability of openSUSE’s newest release when it is unveiled at SUSECon in Amsterdam on Nov. 4. Until then, here is a preview of the features in Leap.

KDE Plasma 5 (version 5.4.2) is the default desktop environment. Plasma 5 is mature enough for a wide audience and is feature rich. The 5.4 version of the workspace introduces a new audio volume applet, a full-screen dashboard menu, and many new icons.

GNOME 3.16 was purposefully put in openSUSE Leap 42.1 and it offers new visuals that are designed to integrate with the visual style of GNOME applications, for a more seamless experience. The Files application in GNOME 3.16 had a number of significant updates. The grid and list views are improved, which provide bigger thumbnails, easier to read rows, and a more attractive appearance. File deletion is also improved and provides an easy to discover undo feature. A built-in OpenGL support has arrived for GTK+. This allows applications that make heavy use of 3D graphics to be written in conjunction with GTK+, using the new GtkGLArea widget.

As for openSUSE technologies, YaST has enhancements, features and modules. YaST’s revamped Authentication Client Configuration module comes with a brand new user interface, and guides users through three simple steps to enable centralised user authentication on the system, seamlessly integrated with services in the users enterprise environment, such as Microsoft Active Directory, FreeIPA, LDAP, and Kerberos. There been a lot of effort put into stabilization and handling of many complex scenarios. Although there are not very many new features, the network modules included in Leap 42.1 are way more solid than the 13.2 versions.

For those who install openSUSE Leap 42.1, when installing from the Live CD, no firewall will be active by default. Users must enable it with YaST or with: systemctl enable SuSEfirewall2 and systemctl start SuSEfirewall2


Rolling Awesome of the Day

October 28th, 2015 by

tumbleweedIf you’re a Tumbleweed and KDE aficionado, this is a good day. You’ll see some major updates:

  • Plasma 5.4.2
  • Frameworks 5.15
  • Applications 15.08.2
  • Qt 5.5.1

Now, yes, that’s all minor versions but stability is a big deal!

Qt 5.5.0 brought some problems for Intel users and this new version, combined with the improvements in the updates from the KDE community, brings a much nicer and more reliable experience to users.

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Weekend Wikithon to refresh content

October 19th, 2015 by

hatLeap comes out in 16 days, but before it does, openSUSE will have a Weekend Wikithon Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 to update, delete and refresh content on the openSUSE wiki.

Contributions will be gauged and four contributors will receive an openSUSE Leap hat that have the most contributions between  Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 in the following four categories:

  1. Contributor who updates the most content on the features page for the upcoming release of Leap 42.1
  2. Contributor who updates the most screenshots on the screenshots page to Leap 42.1
  3. Contributor who makes the most contributions to the 42.1 portal
  4. Contributor who deletes the most irrelevant content on the openSUSE wiki.

Communication for the event will take place on the Freenode IRC opensuse-marketing channel.

The weekly review: Tumbleweed gets 3.18, Leap RC1 out, new T-Shirts in Shop

October 16th, 2015 by


Work under the hood in Factory allowed for only one snapshot of Tumbleweed in 10 days, but the 20151012 TW snapshot provided two updates keenly anticipated by rolling release users.

GNOME 3.18 has automatic brightness adjustments for a user’s screen. A progress bar for copying files gives users more awareness about the progress of copying files. Updating device firmware is now easier with 3.18 and there are many more additions.

KDE Applications updated to 15.08.1 and provides more than 40 recorded bugfixes. The release also includes a Long Term Support version of KDE Development Platform 4.14.12.

KDE Applications 15.08.2 is in Factory staging and the 4.2.3 Linux Kernel is also in staging, which removes the kernel desktop flavor.

The previous TW snapshot 20151002 had some problems with Virtualbox, but users who booted the old kernel were unaffected. The kernel and systemd updates were checked in at the same time causing the build of virtualbox to be unresolvable. A fix was quickly published to the update repos, which is rare because normally fixes come in the next snapshot, but knowing there would be some days until the snapshot the fix went to the update repos. TW users are reminded to subscribe to the Factory mailing list so users can be aware of TW solutions and participate in the development of the rolling release. Read the rest of this entry »

Leap Release Candidate gets new office suite

October 15th, 2015 by

Leap-greenThe Release Candidate (RC1) of Leap 42.1 is out and with it comes more packages as well as  a new office suite.

LibreOffice 5 is in the RC1 and about 400 more packages made it in the RC1 release, which were not in the Beta.

Leap is less about the newest updates, which is the purpose of Tumbleweed and its frequent snapshots; Leap is more about relevance and purposeful updates and packages that provide users prolonged, stable and enterprise-level functionality. Leap has newer, community packages built on core SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) source code for a more stable base. Of the 7,000-plus packages in Leap, 1,500 are from SLE. Read the rest of this entry »

The weekly review: Tumbleweed updates to Firefox 41, Geekos gather in Dublin

October 9th, 2015 by

IMG_0374Another large Tumbleweed snapshot was release this week and although the frequency of snapshot haven’t been as often as in previous weeks, the recent snapshot provides plenty of updates for TW users.

A major update to Mozilla Firefox 41 was in the  20151002 snapshot. Another major update in TW was Git going to 2.6.

GNU’s Autoconf Archive jumped from a 2015.02.24 update to a 2015.09.25 update. Systemd updated to 224.

The last snapshot had several updates for the current TW Linux Kernel is 4.2.1, which is just behind the latest stable Kernel 4.2.3. There were also several updates for LibQt 5.5.

There were several more updates in the snapshot.

LinuxCon Europe

This week SUSE had a booth at booth at LinuxCon Europe in Dublin, Ireland, and a few openSUSE Geekos were able to use half the booth to promote openSUSE and all the tools it offers to developers, sysadmins and desktop users.

The event was an astounding success. There were tons of visitors and users at the booth talking about Linux, Free and Open Source Software, openQA, Tumbleweed, Leap and Machinery.

IMG_0381At the booth, there were videos displaying testing of Tumbleweed, Leap and SUSE Linux in openQA. Large groups of developers crowded around the booth to try and figure out what they were watching. It was a great conversation starter and gave Geekos an opportunity to explain why openSUSE is an enjoyable community. Plus SUSE brought beer bottle sleeve coolers and openSUSE brought beer coasters for the booth beer crawl; we know how to have a lot of fun!


Next on the agenda for the Leap 42.1 roadmap is RC1. The beta was well received and we want to thank everyone who tested it.

There are about 80 open bugs for Leap and thanks to openQA, it’s able to catch a lot of bugs before the releases are released.


There are tons of things people can do to help with the release of Leap 42.1 like adding screenshots and features. We hope you all contribute to the wiki and have a lot of fun!