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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.


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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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!

We have a logo for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015

October 2nd, 2015 by

We’re pleased to announce that the logo for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015. The logo comes from Kukuh Syafaat.

Congratulations, Kukuh Syafaat!!!


A very big thanks from the openSUSE.Asia community to all the logo designers for their time and effort, as well as the voters who actively voted for the event.  We are able to host this event because of such huge support and contributions. We look forward to see you at the Summit.

Next Tumbleweed Snapshot to have systemd 224

October 1st, 2015 by

TumbleweedA large amount of new packages were released in the 20150924 snapshot, which included the highly anticipated update to Mesa 11.

KDE Frameworks 5.14 release in the TW snapshot added needed functionality with 60 addon libraries to Qt. Breeze updated to 5.4.1, which provides some fixes for complications with GCC 5. Digikam updated from 4.11 to 4.13 to provide fixes for several KDE bugs.

In this last snapshot, HarfBuzz reached its first major version with 1.0.3. According to freedesktop.org, HarfBuzz, an OpenType text shaping engine, was used in the latest versions of Firefox, GNOME, ChromeOS, Chrome, LibreOffice, XeTeX, Android, and KDE, among others.

Other package updates in the 20150924 snapshot can found on the openSUSE Factory mailing list.

Tumbleweed had very few snapshots the past couple weeks, which was due to resources devoted to building the release of the Leap 42.1 Beta as well as some complications to build infrastructure, but new snapshots are forthcoming.

Tumbleweed users can expect LibQ 5.5 and systemd 224 in the next snapshot. Linux kernel 4.2 was checked in and might be in the next TW snapshot. GNOME 3.18 has yet to be released due to a test failure in openQA, but it should become available in one of the upcoming TW snapshots.