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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.

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23 Responses to “The weekly review: openSUSE leaps forward, SUSECon jams, Tumbleweed looks at 4.3 Kernel”

  1. Kr Iv

    I tried the Leap 42.1 and the recent Tumbleweed in VirtualBox.
    Unfortunately after a normal installation process I have got Black screen during the starting of the system.
    May be this is because I have Intel graphics.

    So I am afraid both will not work well on my hardware.
    Any idea about how to overcome this Intel Graphics card problems?

    • @Kr Iv, it seems that KDE has some issues with 3D acceleration. You can try disabling 3D acceleration in VirtualBox, I believe that would resolve the black screen issue.

    • Jacob

      Intel intergrated graphics work great with Tumbleweed, 13.2 and 13.1, and I would assume Leap. But I guess it may matter what version you are using exactly. I have Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated Ivy Bridge GPU). Never any issue.

  2. kernell

    I am sorry, but mark Leap as stable is nonsense, especially considering that it includes by default Kde5 which is not production ready, it is at best working prototype.

  3. mike

    KDE 5 kinda blows, especially hte kickoff launcher. Instead of being nice and organized you get a loooong list of non-categorized names

  4. Kr Iv

    Sorry I have disabled the acceleration but still have got the black screen.
    For me it could be any thing else but not a stable release. Sorry.
    I used SUSE and then openSUSE since SUSE 7.
    It was time when this distro was second to none comparing to others in Linux but lately it lost the quality of releases.

    • hyphone

      You also need the newest VirtualBox release.
      I’ve read comments like this all the time and they are not helpful – even misleading.

      • You’re right about that. I’m running VirtualBox 5.0.8. openSUSE comes (by default) with the VirtualBox 5.0.6 drivers. So you need to have the proper version installed.

        For the record, I’ve just done two fresh installations of openSUSE Leap 42.1 in VirtualBox 5.0.8:

        – KDE desktop, default installation, 3D acceleration disabled: it all works nicely. No problems, just a little slow but that’s because of the lack of 3D acceleration. I don’t know the exact details of why it doesn’t work, I just know it works without 3D acceleration. This might be an issue with KDE specifically, SDDM or even the VirtualBox video driver which might still be lacking.

        – GNOME desktop, default installation, 3D acceleration enabled: This setup works out of the box and works like a charm!

        Regarding GNOME, the openSUSE release notes mentioned an issue with GDM and the VirtualBox video driver. GDM runs in user space which will eventually result in X.org crashes. The resolution to this is installing this package:

        – lightdm

        And enabling this in the following config file:



        I’ve just double checked my GNOME installation, and this is indeed something you’ll have to manually adjust. Though I’ll probably wait to see when GNOME crashes and then edit this setting, just out of curiosity since GNOME seems to start just fine with GDM.

        • norman iglesias

          I have Intel graphics too but i tried it on virtual box and it work fine, this is the first I ashley got KDE to work finally. So I install on my laptop a fresh install and it works fine, the only problem is that plasma crashes a lot, don’t know what the deal is with that is always been so problematic, so ill just stayed with Gnome desktop.

        • Dominique Leuenberger

          The part in the release notes about GNOME/GDM in Virtualbox has long been removed – as an actual fix for the issue could be found in time and be checked in to Leap 42.1 before the product was released.

          So you should not see any issues with GNOME on VirtualBox.

    • Jacob

      This is an issue with the VirtualBox settings you are using and/or your video card support in VirtualBox, and all of that interacts with KDE 5. Not with the distribution. You’re just confused and spreading FUD.

      For me VirtualBox has worked with both KDE 4 and 5 no problem, I even ran a distro upgrade from 13.2 to Tumbleweed to see how that works out in VirtualBox, and it worked. Intel graphics on host.

      Although if you want to see how well a distro will work “out-of-box” with defaults (so no custom video drivers), use the Live CD, using VirtualBox to test your video card is stupid, since you’re testing how the distro works with the fake (emulated) VirtualBox video card, not your computer video card.

  5. Armin

    jdk8 run fast on opensuse leap 42.1. good job

  6. Vitaly

    Hi there.
    Is there is still a problem with loading from USB in UEFI mode? I’ve tried to load in UEFI mode with previous snapshot, but got just black screen.

    • Aleksandr

      Disable secure boot. This should help.

    • casperius

      yes, I guess it is some kind of problem, I’ve got the same issue with DVD UEFI boot, just black screen, but I do have 2 graphic cards (intel and nvidia) but nvidia is the primary, and the monitor is on, it is not on standby like when there is no input.
      I have done the non uefi install but then again it doesn’t boot my windows system (on the separate drive) becouse of it.

      I hate uefi.

  7. YY

    Ok, a bit a noob question so please forgive me.
    Is it possible to somehow install/upgrade Gnome 3.18 in Leap after installation?
    Or is it coming soon, for instance in a next point release?

  8. Ilia

    I’m fine with the new release. However attaching a secondary display makes my plazma crazy – it is pretty unsure which display is default one and if you try to set the default display manually, it only makes things worse.

    • alanbortu


      What driver are you using? I had issues with nouveau but switching to nvidia has resolved them for me. If you are using nouveau maybe try that?

  9. Jarl Gjessing

    Hmm, I’m using Leap now on my work computer.
    This means that I use it for everything. Developing, Video, music, everything. And I see no serious problem at all.

    Yes, there are small issues, but none big ones. And especially not with KDE5
    I have problem with Danish chars in FS, but that is it.

    I use 3 monitors, no problem, I use only KDE, no problem.

    VirtualBox, yes there is the problem with 3D, I disabled 3D and it worked flawlessly

  10. Pi

    “The reviews for openSUSE Leap 42.1 are looking good.”???

    Which ones??? Any links, please. I found only very short reviews, which has not any information value. Just standard PR craps.

    • kernell

      I am also curious about good reviews. All i have found are critical reviews about bugs, kde5 even gnome integration in Leap. Everyone have complaints about stability, reliability.

  11. Martin

    I installed the Leap RC freshly on my machine ( Gnome ) I have try to add KDE5 and switch with Log On (after reboot) which have not worked nicely, so I put the KDE 5 away and stay with Gnome, what was absolutely amazing was the upgrade with the package updater to the released version, adding NVIDA driver and now it is perfect .

    IM HAPPY GUY’S , many thanks

  12. Jeff

    I tried it on my laptop. The AMD drivers included are not production quality at all. Lots of flickering, and non updating. No crashing, but just not refreshing the right portions of the screen. It’s like the z-buffer is completely non-existent.