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Six Tumbleweed snapshots follow Leap milestone release

July 30th, 2015 by

LibreOffice 5.0 is expected soon in openSUSE Tumbleweed.

openSUSE’s rolling release Tumbleweed posted six snapshot updates this past week following the release of Leap’s first milestone.

The only day a snapshot was not posted was on Sunday, so quite a few updates made it onto users’ computers this past week.

Tumbleweed followed the release of the Leap milestone by updating the Linux Kernel to 4.1.3, which is the latest stable version. Oracle’s VirtualBox was updated to 5.0.0 from 4.3.28.

There was an update to the YaST spec for the 20150727 snapshot. GNOME had some minor updates that fixed a crash when reading invalid backlight values. KDE had some minor updates as well and some Plasma 5 addons.

AppArmor updated to 2.10 and received several development updates. The cache time stamp issue was fixed and several memory leak/crashes bugs were fixed for libapparmor.

There was a fix for systemd on Xen and python-sip updated.

LibreOffice 5.0 is approaching soon, according to its roadmap and should make it into Tumbleweed soon, while perl and xfce still need to be fixed before being released in a Tumbleweed snapshot.

openSUSE releases first milestone for Leap

July 24th, 2015 by

Leap1The newest openSUSE release Leap 42.1, which is based on core SUSE Linux Enterprise source code, has just released its first development milestone.

Milestone is being used to avoid the term Alpha because the milestone is able to be deployed without the additional future items and subsystems that will become available when Leap is officially released.

“This is where the excitement for Leap begins,” said Richard Brown, chairman of the openSUSE board. “The opportunity for topping this SLE core with the things you want in a long-term release really makes this attractive and I see people wanting to get involved with this next chapter of openSUSE.”

As Tumbleweed keeps rolling with the latest features and subsystems, Leap will fill the gap between the longevity of a SLE core and the innovation related to Tumbleweed, he said.

The quality and environmental care Tumbleweed provides with its development model should quickly translate to a top-quality distribution for Linux users, sysadmins and developers.

The milestone was moving forward with a 3 series Linux Kernel, but the Long-Term Support 4.1 Kernel, which enhances EXT4 file-system encryption and power improvements for both ARM and x86 devices, was needed for the release of the first milestone. The new Kernel was practically flawless when added to the next build, which had some minor errors. 

Updated drivers and more general improvements are expected in the second milestone.

GNOME 3.16, KDE Plasma 5 and Firefox 38 are projected for the release of Leap in November at SUSECon in Amsterdam.

Stephan “Coolo” Kulow, the release manager, provided an update on the packages for Leap. Since the announcement four weeks ago, the sources leaped from 2,000 to about 5,450 source, which about 1,150 are from SLE 12. The binary packages for the milestone currently stand at about 56,500 compared to 13.2’s 71,750 for the same measure.

If you want to see what the future of Leap will be, try the milestone and contribute to making Leap an LTS-rock release, which will have enduring updates and maintenance commitments by the community and SUSE. Part of that commitment can be seen through the recent job announcement of a Release Engineer for openSUSE.

There is currently no plans for live CDs, but expect other media formats to be added later.

For more information, email ddemaio@suse.com.

Leap milestone in limbo, Tumbleweed snapshot released

July 23rd, 2015 by

TumbleweedLeap’s milestone is inching ever so close to being released. The milestone is very close to being released, but it won’t come out today.

The timeline for the development of these milestones is never concrete, and while the first milestone was looking close to being released today, there was a decision to jump from a 3-series Linux kernel that was planned for developing the first milestone to a 4.1 kernel that is planned for the official Leap release.

People interested in the build and how soon it will be released can track the progress of Leap’s first milestone at https://openqa.opensuse.org/group_overview/7. When everything is green, the Leap milestone is a go. Anyone wanting to help with the following in Leap is more than welcome:

xfce – missing package to complete the pattern (fix submitted)
zdup-13.2 – missing package (bit complex)
sysauth – text needs to be reworked
rescue system – seems the CD does not boot
lxde – does not do autologin (should be using lxdm instead of xdm)

While Leap has been progressing extensively throughout the day, Tumbleweed needed some items debugged, and a snapshot was released at 1600 UTC.

There were some fixes for NFS. Few packages were added in snapshot 20150722  but several were removed. Mozilla Firefox updated to its next major release 39.0, which  enables safe browsing malware detection. Apache2 added a patch. A bash patch for a perl 5.22 fix was added. GNOME had a version update to 3.16.3 and the default kernel updated to 4.1.2.

Release Engineer job offers unique challenge

July 22nd, 2015 by

t-shirt-motiv1A job announcement for a Release Engineer for openSUSE was published today and it offers a unique challenge, which sounds pretty cool. The optional bonus challenges to be included in the candidates’ application are:

1. Being a regular contributor to a community distribution? Point us to your work!

2. Using a programming language of your choice, write a small program that extracts all CVE identifiers from a given set of RPMs, and creates a sort index mapping CVEs to packages.

Bonus points if you can do it in 10 lines of perl. Extra bonus points if our perl experts scratch their head and ask “how does he do that?!” :)

3. Find out what changed in the minimal text installation between 13.2 and current TW and try to find the reasoning behind the changes.

Providing answers to the challenge really give people applying for the position an opportunity to stand out among other candidates.

There are many smart people in the openSUSE Community and taking part in the openSUSE Project every day constantly reminds me of how many brilliant people I work with here in Germany and elsewhere.

If you are going to apply for this position, be sure to bring your “A Game” because to make our perl experts scratch their head is quite the challenge.

Tumbleweed, what’s happening with Leap

July 16th, 2015 by

TumbleweedSince our last update on news.opensuse.org about Tumbleweed, a lot has happened. The rolling release now uses GCC 5 for the compiler. There was a large chunk of bugfixes and powerpc backports. The list for the July 2 snapshot was lengthy and quite a few packages were removed from that snapshot. Apparmor and many libraries a had extensive work done, but the real story about that snapshot is how GCC 5 was tested extensively in openQA and before being released as a Tumbleweed snapshot.

“Better tested/failed in openQA than tested/failed on your own machine, right?” wrote Dominique Leuenberger, the Factory master.

This proves the environmental care and trust people have with using Tumbleweed.

The next big thing coming in Tumbleweed will be Perl updates.

The July 11 snapshot focused primarily on KDE Plasma updating to 5.3.2 and providing bugfixes.

The last Tumbleweed snapshot on July 13 had minimal updates, but there is a reason. Why? Leap!

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Testing Leap milestone in openQA

July 15th, 2015 by

Screenshot from 2015-07-15 15:11:21Developing Leap 42.1 is happening quickly and it was announced yesterday that the milestone was being built.The first milestone will hopefully be released this week. Leap is going through its testing and the importance of openQA (Quality Assurance) in this development process can not be understated.

openQA is used for testing an operating system, finding and files bugs and provides fully automated testing to ensure a distribution work correctly with clean functionality.

The wonders of openQA determine if a build is good and triggered errors allow testers and developers to see errors quickly and determine a cause.

Feel free to look at the test of the Leap milestone and use the hints below to navigate through openQA.

See what Richard Brown, openSUSE chairman, had to say about Leap and openQA on Reddit.

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Work begins on totally new openSUSE release

June 26th, 2015 by

42Roadmap questions answered42

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.

Default compiler for Tumbleweed updating to GCC 5

June 16th, 2015 by

Developers waiting for a new compiler in Tumbleweed need to wait no more. A3_13-825x354

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.

Planned downtime 2015-06-09: Mailing Lists

June 5th, 2015 by

Update: The migration of the openSUSE Mailing Lists has been finished successfully. If you encounter any issues, please let us know by mail to admin@opensuse.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.
Failgeeko
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
the migration.

On behalf of the openSUSE Administration team

Indonesia uses Linux, openSUSE for pilot project

May 27th, 2015 by

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.

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