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Systemd updates, ambitious YaST changes in Tumbleweed

February 10th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed updated systemd from 224 to 228 in one of four snapshots this week and there were plenty of other exciting updates.

The change log for the updated systemd states a number of properties previously only settable in unit files are now also available as properties to set when creating transient units programmatically via the bus.

Screenshot from 2016-02-10 11-45-32

GCC 5 updated to 5.3.1 in the most recent snapshot, 20160208. The update of GCC 5 will raise more errors, yet creates more consistent behavior.

Mozilla Firefox updated to 44.0 in the same snapshot and has updates to assist with spoofing attacks, unsafe memory manipulation found through code inspect and allows for control characters to be set in cookie names.

The 20160207 snapshot had ambitious change for YaST, which resulted in a big changes for YaST and a blog on openSUSE Lizards about those changes.

boxThe YaST team did a three-week sprint where they changed the design and revamped dialog for creating local users. Updates were made to core, network and update. The new dialog looks like the screenshot on the right and the openSUSE community needs to decide the default behavior for Tumbleweed regarding password encryption methods. The YaST team is putting a lot of effort in rewriting the layer that access to disks, partitions and volumes. A milestone met was the rewrite ability to examine a hard disk with a complex partitioning schema (including MS Windows partitions, a Linux installation and so on) and propose the operations that need to be performed in order to install the Geeko distribution. Read more about developments in YaST on Lizards.

One last package to highlight from the four Tumbleweed snapshots this week is sysdig in the 20160208 snapshot. Sysdig updated from 0.7.1 to 0.8.0. Sysdig is an open-source system-level exploration and troubleshooting tool. It captures system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze, which allow sysadmins to see the containers that are running. Take a look if that sounds interesting.

Users of Tumbleweed and expect minor changes in the coming week as there are currently no big changes in the factory staging. Plasma 5.5.4 is expected soon.

New openSUSE Board Elected

February 3rd, 2016 by

The campaign is over; the votes are counted and three members of the openSUSE community will lead the overall project on the openSUSE Board.

Tomáš Chvátal, Gertjan Lettink, and Bryan Lunduke take the helm with the existing board members of Michal Hrušecký, Kostas Koudaras and chairman Richard Brown.

The new board members each bring different experiences and cultural backgrounds, which will no doubt provide for an exchange of ideas in fulfilling their role of representing the community and the project. The new members are from the Czech Republic, Netherlands and United States, respectively.

Manu Gupta and Efstathios Iosifidis, who ran in this year’s elections, received several votes. Both are great members of the community and will have a chance to run in next year’s elections.

Many thanks to the departing board members Andrew Wafaa, Robert Schweikert and Bruno Friedmann; your efforts and time on the board are valued.

The project can not exist without its members and board, which represent the community. The board helps to resolve conflicts, facilitates decision making processes when needed and communicates with the community and project stakeholders. And yes, like the picture above suggests, occasionally slap each other in the face.

Those who make the decision to volunteer their time and efforts toward representing the project are greatly appreciated. Thank you to all future, past and present board members. Congratulations.

Tumbleweed delivers several KDE updates

January 28th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenLast week’s updates to Tumbleweed brought several new packages to openSUSE’s rolling release like Kmail 5, KDE Framework 5.18.0 and updates to Perl and YaST.

This week’s snapshot has KDE Applications 15.12.1, which contains only bugfixes and translation updates, and the virtual globe and world atlas Marble updated to from 15.08.3 to the 15.12.1 version.

Libre Office updated to 5.1.0.2. Perl Image ExifTool’s update to 10.10 provided several visual equipment updates and the notes related to the update provided some criticism of programmers from a camera manufacturer.

Auto YaST updated to 3.1.113 fixing the warning message about the ‘init’ section not being processed. GNOME Bluetooth updates to 3.18.2 and Mesa to 11.1.1.

Perl XML XPath updated to 1.24 and Snapper updated to 0.2.10, which added conditional compilation of installation-helper.

OBS welcomes new lambkins

January 27th, 2016 by

The openSUSE build service becomes more and more a victim of his success: building constantly more than 300,000 packages for more than 43,000 developers needs really a lot of build power! And build power means not only CPU! It includes everything that you can expect from an IT infrastructure:

Old hard-drives from OBS-workers

Old hard-drives from OBS-workers

  • CPU power
  • RAM (the more, the better)
  • Storage (temporary local, on the clients and also to store and distribute the results)
  • Network
  • electic power (and cooling, and maintenance, and manpower to maintain the hardware, …)

Thankfully our main sponsor SUSE allowed us now to buy some new hardware to replace some of the old machines that build software packages for over ten different distributions all day long.

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Comedy, tech coming to SCALE

January 20th, 2016 by

The stage is set for the 14th annual Southern California Linux Expo in Pasadena, Calif., this week and openSUSE will be apart of the scheduled entertainment and tech talks.

openSUSE will have a booth at the event with several experts that can answer questions attendees of SCALE have related to open source and openSUSE. Learn about Tumbleweed, Leap, YaST, the Open Build Service and more.

The chameleon enthusiast will also participate in several of the evening events. openSUSE will contribute to the Game Night on Saturday at 8 p.m., so come play games and talk with open-source enthusiast.

Two talks scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. are openSUSE related. Mark Fasheh, a Linux kernel developer for SUSE Labs, will have a talk about de-duplication on btrfs, which is the default file system for openSUSE, and I will talk about automated testing with openQA.

Fasheh will also provide a short introduction on duperemove tool on Thursday. Later that evening, Bryan Lunduke will entertain and fall short of any reasonable thoughts in his Linux Sucks tour. Lunduke will also join his fellow tech pundits from Bad Voltage to have a Live show on Friday at 8 p.m.

There is much more to see at SCALE and tons of entertainment. Cya you there.  Have a lot of fun!!

openSUSE makes the Leap to the Public Cloud

January 19th, 2016 by

openSUSE Leap 42.1 is now available on Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure. Leap has been available on EC2 & GCE since shortly after it release; the Azure release was delayed due to a qemu bug resulting in incorrectly formatted images. These images are maintained by SUSE’s Public Cloud Engineering Team. If you’d like to peek inside, they’re developed on Open Build Service (OBS), in the Cloud:Images project.

 

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openSUSE expands outreach for Google Summer of Code

January 14th, 2016 by

The community of openSUSE is expanding its outreach efforts to get more involvement from students and mentors to participate in the Google Summer of Code.

Members of the community have been working with University of Applied Science in Nuremberg to encourage interest Free Open Source Software, openSUSE and GSoC.

To do this, members of openSUSE created http://opensuse.github.io/mentoring/, which is a mentor/mentee page to provide information about topics potential GSoC selectees could participate in with the openSUSE project.

“We had plenty of good conversations with students,” said Christian Bruckmayer, who set up an information booth along with Hernan Schmidt and Nadja Greiner at the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg – Georg Simon Ohm on Jan. 13 to discuss with students the importance of open source and GSoC. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for papers for openSUSE Conference starts tomorrow

January 14th, 2016 by

openSUSE Conference CrowdopenSUSE is pleased to announce a call for papers for the openSUSE Conference 2016 (oSC16) taking place in Nuremberg, Germany.

The dates for submission will be Jan. 15 through April 15. The 90-day plus period is plenty of time to submit a proposal, but don’t wait until the late minute.

Presentations can be submitted in one of the following formats

  • Lightning Talks (10 mins)
  • Short Talk (30 mins)
  • Long Talk (60 mins)
  • Workshop (3 hours)

There are tracks listed for the conference. While these tracks might be refined, people should submit proposals even if they don’t think it fits into one of the tracks.

A Program Committee will evaluate the proposals based on the submitted abstracts and the accepted proposals will be announced no later than May 15.

There is also a few summits combined with this years conference schedule that will interest several open-source users, developers, sysadmins and users.

There will be an Own Cloud Summit, Kolab Summit, Kernel Summit (by SUSE Labs) and Salt Stack Summit during the four-day event.

Volunteers who would like to participate on the Program Committee or the Organizing Team for the conference should email ddemaio@suse.de.

Visit events.opensuse.org for more information about oSC16.

openSUSE at FOSDEM 2016

January 11th, 2016 by

Happy New Year Geekos

It is mid-January and in a few days is FOSDEM time again. openSUSE will be there once again to show the entire Free Open Source Software community what openSUSE has achieved this past year. This year FOSDEM will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31. If you  have some time to contribute at the booth, we would like you to volunteer here

There will be plenty of swag and a specialty German brew from the beer capital of the world at the openSUSE booth to cure your weekend hangover(s).

FOSDEM is free and our openSUSE beer is 1€, so there is no excuse not to come see us and talk shop or talk about beer; we have experts in both at our booth.

For those of you lucky enough to live near Nuremberg, SUSE are sponsoring a coach bus that will be taking as many as they can from SUSE’s HQ in Nuremberg to Brussels. Most of the people on the bus are staying at the NH City Centre or NH Stephanie hotels, so picking a hotel near there will be most convenient you take the bus. The bus will be leaving *promptly* at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and returning late on Sunday, Jan. 31. (it’s a long drive, but a lot of fun). There are currently 14 seats available,please email Michael Haefner (mhaefner@suse.de) if you’re interested in coming along.

Hardware problem: rsync.opensuse.org down

January 11th, 2016 by

rsync-logoWhat a start in the new year: the server running rsync.opensuse.org died with two broken hard disks at 2016-01-10.

As the hardware is located in the data center of our sponsor IP Exchange, we apologize for the delay it will take to fix the problem: we need not only the correct replacement hard drives, but also a field worker at the location who has the appropriate permissions and skills.

During the downtime (and maybe also a good tip afterward), please check on http://mirrors.opensuse.org/ for the closest mirror nearby your location that also offers rsync for you.