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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 »
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.
We are sure that in the end, the 12th incarnation of this event, will give birth to one of the next big openSUSE/SUSE innovations. Like so many Hack Weeks before have! Just think about zypp and zypper, the openSUSE ARM port or YaST in Ruby.
So when next week is Hack Week, support the openSUSE/SUSE hackers where you can when they explore strange new languages, seek out new tools and new communities, when they boldly go where no hacker has gone before!
Firefox 37 is in the latest Tumbleweed, but there are plenty of other updates that make this snapshot unique. One update that is eye catching in this snapshot is that in Firefox 37 Yandex is set as default search provider for the Turkish locale. Hmm… This seems to cement Yandex as the leading search engine in Turkey and positioning it above Google.
For those who are new to Tumbleweed, we recommend you subscribe to the Factory mailing list because we want to keep you aware of Tumbleweed developments. While you can get information on news.opensuse.org, the mailing list will allow you to be informed about the technical details involved with Tumbleweed an fixes they are available for bugs. Currently Tumbleweed suffers from a btrfs bug that leads to a deadlock when booting after a crash. This topic was described on the mailing list yesterday.