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Tumbleweed changes fonts, Leap gets several updates

November 27th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed had one snapshot so far this week that brought more appeal to users of openSUSE.

Snapshot 20151123 changed fonts for openSUSE. The terminal font changed to Adobe Code Pro and Roboto was also added as the default font.

The fonts are not only available in Tumbleweed; users of Leap can update the fonts as an option. The reason for the change was to provide a more appealing, complete font.

Wireshark upgraded to 2.0 in Tumbleweed and the new features are a new user interface. The legacy interface is expected to be removed in Wireshark 2.2. Wireshark’s RPM-based package definition provides the new interface in the “wireshark-qt” package and the old interface in the “wireshark-gtk” package.

Fixes were made for Boost version 1.59 and GStreamer 1.6 and these two are expected to make it into a Tumbleweed snapshot soon. (more…)

Weekly review: openSUSE Leap 42.1 gets new ports, Hack Week scheduled

November 20th, 2015 by

The openSUSE Project has been very busy this week. The project shared a booth with SUSE at the Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas, this week.

The theme (see photo above) caught the attention of the attendees and those stopping by the booth could get a lightsaber for watching our presentations or playing a retro Sega Star Wars from 1994 running on openSUSE Leap 42.1.

SC15 really put things into perspective on how scientists, physicists and sysadmins use the Geeko distribution for simulations, Exascale computing and High Performance Computing and system management.

Several attendees expressed interest in ARM and the timing was perfect to let the attendees know that openSUSE released a port of openSUSE Leap 42.1 to AArch64, which is installable on the AMD, APM and Cavium SoCs (Seattle, X-Gene, ThunderX). There is also sharing the SLE12 SP1 ARM enablement for those hardware platforms, but providing the full Leap package set.

Hack Week

In three weeks, openSUSE/SUSE hackers will experiment without limits! That’s right, we will have Hack Week from Dec. 7 – 11. This Hack Week 13, which I’ll nickname Hack Week 7/11, is all about bringing innovation to the project and exploring the possibility of making ideas a reality. Anyone can participate. Just visit https://hackweek.suse.com/, sign up for a project you like or create a new project and recruit participants to hack with you.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed is once again finding a rhythm for the release of its snapshots. This week there were three snapshots and its possible there might be a fourth before the end of the week.

The three snapshots this week brought GNOME 3.18.2, KDE Applications 15.08.03 and several other fixes.

In the next snapshot, expect new default system fonts, X.Org 1.18 and Mesa 11.0.5. Ghostscript 9.18 is also expected, but it did cause a few build failures in stagings, so if you’re building anything against it, be forewarned.

There are some projects in Factory staging we need your help with before they will be released in a Tumbleweed snapshot.

Dominique Leuenberger wrote in the Tumbleweed weekly review email that some expect issues with the new Boost version 1.59 and that there are quick a few fixes needed. GStreamer 1.6 has most of the packages ready, but some the critical component Phonon is missing.

With all this, I wish you a great weekend – and always remember: Have a
lot of fun.

Tumbleweed gets Firefox 42, Machinery ready for Leap

November 12th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed

Two releases snapshots in Tumbleweed brought a new Linux kernel and a web browser update for Mozilla.

Firefox updated to version 42 in the 20151110 snapshot and the 20151106 snapshot updated the Linux kernel to 4.3.

Firefox 42 removed some obsolete patches and had some Login Manager improvements.

Wine updated to version 1.7.54 and improved video decoding; major Turkish translations were in the update as well. Btrfs had several updates in the 20151110 snapshot so expect big improvements to the filesystem and its usage.

Tumbleweed has branding that has yet to be implemented, so contributors are more than welcome to work on including it in Tumbleweed.

Leap

For those using openSUSE Leap 42.1 and sysadmins managing several computers, Machinery can now be used with openSUSE’s latest release Leap 42.1. For those who are unfamiliar with the Machinery Project, check it out. It’s a great command line tool that focuses on system analysis, automation and tool integration.

Being able to use Machinery with openSUSE is just one of several reasons for developers, sysadmins and desktop users to use openSUSE’s two distributions Tumbleweed and openSUSE Leap 42.1.

For more information one how to use Machinery, visit the github page.

The weekly review: openSUSE leaps forward, SUSECon jams, Tumbleweed looks at 4.3 Kernel

November 6th, 2015 by

While the work week comes to a close, the openSUSE project’s week continues into the weekend.

The project will have a booth at Open Rhein Ruhr in Oberhausen, Germany, and in two weeks openSUSE will join with SUSE at Super Computing 2015 in Austin, Texas.

openSUSE Leap 42.1 was released this week at SUSECon 2015, which was a blast. If you have not seen the video release at SUSECon called Uptime Funk, you have to listen to it. The hits on YouTube are going through the roof with this parody.

The reviews for openSUSE Leap 42.1 are looking good. While some media are comparing openSUSE Leap 42.1 to the recent release of Fedora 23 (Congratulations Fedora), openSUSE Leap 42.1 is targeting developers, sysadmins and users who want a more mature and stable Linux environment. Through the uses of libraries and other source packages shared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE Leap 42.1 offers something entirely different than the newest open source packages because the openSUSE project has Tumbleweed; Leap’s purpose is focused on giving users who gradually upgrade confidence in our new distribution. While the project is more than happy to gain new Linux users, Leap focuses is on the idea of system upgrades.

Tumbleweed is the project’s other distribution that provide the latest reliable and tested packages, so people who want the latest packages should look at using that rather than Leap. This week Tumbleweed released the 20151030 snapshot.

Some of the newest packages upgraded in that snapshot were Mesa 11.0.4, GNOME 3.18.1, Linux Kernel 4.2.4, LibreOffice 5.0.3 with the GTK3 module split out and XOrg 1.17.4. Expect the Linux kernel to update to 4.3 soon in Tumbleweed.
Expect more news to be posted about Leap in the coming weeks. Details about Power 8 (ppc64le), and ARM (AArch64) in openSUSE Leap 42.1 should be available in the next few weeks as well as some other Leap related news.

openSUSE Leap 42.1 Becomes First Hybrid Distribution

November 4th, 2015 by

Bridging Community and Enterprise

(In other languages: EL, LT, SP, FR)

The wait is over and a new era begins for openSUSE releases. Contributors, friends and fans can now download the first Linux hybrid distro openSUSE Leap 42.1. Since the last release, exactly one year ago, openSUSE transformed its development process to create an entirely new type of hybrid Linux distribution called openSUSE Leap.

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Version 42.1 is the first version of openSUSE Leap that uses source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) providing a level of stability that will prove to be unmatched by other Linux distributions. Bonding community development and enterprise reliability provides more cohesion for the project and its contributor’s maintenance updates. openSUSE Leap will benefit from the enterprise maintenance effort and will have some of the same packages and updates as SLE, which is different from previous openSUSE versions that created separate maintenance streams.

Community developers provide an equal level of contribution to Leap and upstream projects to the release, which bridges a gap between matured packages and newer packages found in openSUSE’s other distribution Tumbleweed.

Since the move was such a shift from previous versions, a new version number and version naming strategy was adapted to reflect the change. The SLE sources come from SUSE’s soon to be released SLE 12 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The naming strategy is SLE 12 SP1 or 12.1 + 30 = openSUSE Leap 42.1. Many have asked why 42, but SUSE and openSUSE have a tradition of starting big ideas with a four and two, a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Every minor version of openSUSE Leap users can expect a new KDE and GNOME, but today is all about openSUSE Leap 42.1, so if you are tired of a brown desktop, try a green one.

Have a lot of fun!
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