April 20th, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
There have been a few openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots released in the past two weeks that brought some new features and fixes to users.
This blog will go over the past two snapshots.
The last snapshot, 20180416, had several packages updated. The adobe-sourceserifpro-fonts package updated to version 2.000; with the change, the fonts were refined to make the Semibold and Bold heavier. Both dbus-1 and dbus-1-x11 were updated to 1.12.6, which fixed some regreations introduced in version 1.10.18 and 1.11.0. The gtk-vnc 0.7.2 package deprecated the manual python2 binding, which will be deleted in the next release, in favor of GObject introspection. Notifications that caused a crash were fixed in kdeconnect-kde 1.3.0. The 4.16.2 Linux Kernel made ip_tunnel, ipv6, ip6_gre, ip6_tunnel and vti6 better to validate user provided tunnel names. Due to a build system failure, not all 4.16.2 binaries were built correctly; this will be resolved in the 20180417 snapshot, which will be released shortly. Krita 4.0.1 had multiple fixes from its major version upgrade. The visual diff and merge tool meld 3.19.0 added new features like a new per-pane status bar with selectors for syntax highlighting and text encoding. Python Imaging Library python-Pillow 5.1.0 removed the freetype-2.9.patch and YaST had several packages with a version bump.
Snapshot 20180410 had less than a handful of packages updated. The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture package, alsa ,1.1.6 removed unused macros and added support for python3 and alsa-utils 1.1.6 removed some obsolete patches. GNU Compiler Collection 7 enabled a fix for aarch64 and the communication package rzsz had rebase patches with its release candidate in the 0.12.21 version.
The Tumbleweed rating tool is currently trending the past few snapshots as unstable, but the last snapshots rating is posting a false negative due to comments made on the openSUSE Factory Mailing thread about the 4.16.2 Linux Kernel.
April 19th, 2018 by Thorsten Bro
Maybe some of you noticed, that our certificate *.opensuse.org on many of services will expire soon (on 2018-04-23).
As we noticed that – as well – we decided to put a bit of work into this topic and we will use Let’s Encrypt certificates for the encrypted services of the openSUSE community.
This is just a short notice / announcement for all of you, that we are working on this topic at the moment. We will announce, together with the deployment of the new certificate, the regarding hashes and maybe some further information on our way of implementing things.
Just to give you a small number of services which will be affected, maybe you use one of the following list:
(This is a mixed list of services maintained by openSUSE Heroes and/or several SUSE teams for the openSUSE community – the certificate exchange will affect those services.)
- $LANG.opensuse.org for the several wiki instances
- …and many, many more :) – thanks to everybody in the openSUSE Heroes team for maintaining the zoo of services ;)
Thanks to the FLOSS & openSUSE community, we have full support of Let’s Encrypt certificates already on board our distribution.
As there are so many options to choose, we decided for the following tool to use Let’s Encrypt certificates:
- dehydrated – as client with ACME v2 support – https://software.opensuse.org/package/dehydrated
- with custom hook scripts, that will provide the wildcard-certificates to our proxy-infrastructure
Thanks to everybody involved in this task for getting the migration done.
Fun fact, as you might have noticed before, news.opensuse.org is not part of the openSUSE Heroes infrastructure (yet) and already got a new certificate from DigiCert.
April 19th, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
The ballots for Elections to fill the three seats on the openSUSE Board are open until April 27.
The voting began April 15 and openSUSE Members are able to vote for the following candidates:
Gertjan Lettink ( Knurpht )
Gerry Makaro ( Fraser_Bell )
openSUSE Members should have received an email from the openSUSE Election Officials with a link and Election Fingerprint to cast their ballot on April 15.
The platform gives three steps for voting like selecting the candidates, reviewing and confirming the voter’s choices for the board and the final step of submitting the encrypted ballot.
Those three candidates that are elected to the position will serve a 24-month term.
Visit the openSUSE wiki to understand more about the voting process.
April 18th, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
The release of openSUSE Leap 15 is scheduled to be release during the first day of this year’s openSUSE Conference in Prague, Czech Republic on May 25.
The package submission deadline for non-bug fix package updates is April 24 as Leap enters the release candidate phase. The scheduled release for Leap 15 is May 25 at 12:00 UTC.
Leap has been using a rolling development model for building Leap 15 beta versions. Bug fixes and new packages have been released via snapshots to users testing the beta versions. The snapshots for the test version will stop and maintenance and security updates for Leap 15’s release will begin next month. Linux professionals and anyone looking to use Leap 15 are encouraged to test the beta versions as there is still snapshots being released and announced on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List. A list of items to test is available here.
The openSUSE project is pleased to announce that with Leap 15 Live images will again be available. Both KDE and GNOME can be tested without having to change your current system.
openSUSE Leap 15 shares a common core with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 sources and has thousands of community packages on top to meet the needs of professional and semi-professional users and their workloads.
The Kubic Project contributed a system role selection available with the release that offers two types of server roles; the classic server role and a Transactional Server role, which uses transactional updates and a Read-Only Root Filesystem. The release at the openSUSE Conference will give the openSUSE community and Free Open Source Software projects an opportunity to discuss plans for the openSUSE Leap 15 release, which will receive maintenance updates for at least three years.
April 3rd, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
Elections for the openSUSE Board have been postponed until mid-April. Until then, the community can familiarize themselves with the candidates who are running for three available seats on the board.
openSUSE Community Members can engage with the candidates directly or on the openSUSE-project mailing list if they have specific questions for a candidate(s).
Candidates running for the openSUSE Board were each presented with the following questions:
- What do you think is the best thing about the Project at the moment?
- What do you think is the worst thing in the Project?
- If you are elected as a Board member how are you going to address it?
- What is one thing community members are unlikely to know about you?
- How do you feel about openSUSE collaborating with other FOSS projects and
what would be your first act toward there if you get elected?
Their full responses to the questions are listed below under their name, which is linked to their blog: Read the rest of this entry »
March 31st, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
The elections for the openSUSE Board have been postponed until April 15.
The postponement will extend Phase 1 of the elections and give candidates more time to campaign and engage with the community. The voting phase (Phase 2) will start April 15.
Interviews with the candidates will posted next week on news.opensuse.org
There will also be a Q&A session on IRC for community members to ask the candidates questions. The Q&A session on IRC will be announced next week as well.
March 27th, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
Campaigning for the elections of the openSUSE Board is nearing its end and will move on to the Phase 2 Election phase beginning April 2.
There are three seats available on the board for this election for a standard 24-month term.
Below is the list of candidates and a link to their posts with a short biography, their goals, work summary and the candidates’ future plans.
The candidates are:
Gertjan Lettink ( Knurpht )
Gerry Makaro ( Fraser_Bell )
The ballots are expected to open from April 2 to April 13. Members of the openSUSE Community can cast their vote for the candidates during that time frame. The voting process is explained on the openSUSE wiki.
March 13th, 2018 by Douglas DeMaio
The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is accepting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the second half of 2018. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia, attended by contributors and enthusiasts from all over Asia.
The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution, its applications for personal and enterprise use, and open source culture. It brings together the openSUSE community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.
The Summit’s preference is to find new locations each year as we spread openSUSE throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent openSUSE event. We need individuals and communities to get together and organize a successful openSUSE.Asia Summit. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee assists throughout the process.
The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was held in Tokyo, Japan. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following websites:
Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018
For those of you who are interested in hosting the next openSUSE.Asia Summit in 2018, you are invited to submit a formal proposal to the openSUSE.Asia organization committee. The deadlines for the proposals are as the following:
- March 31th: Registration on the host candidates
- April 15th: Submission of the proposals
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