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openSUSE Elections Postponed

March 31st, 2018 by

The elections for the openSUSE Board have been postponed until April 15.

The postponement will extend Phase 1 of the elections and give candidates more time to campaign and engage with the community. The voting phase (Phase 2) will start April 15.

Interviews with the candidates will posted next week on news.opensuse.org

There will also be a Q&A session on IRC for community members to ask the candidates questions. The Q&A session on IRC will be announced next week as well.

Tumbleweed Now Has Ratings for Snapshots

March 29th, 2018 by

Major Krita Release Arrives in Tumbleweed


openSUSE’s rolling distribution Tumbleweed produces high-quality snapshots and a new rating tool for the snapshots has labeled two out of the last four snapshots as stable.

The past two snapshots are still pending a rating as it takes about a week after the snapshot release to develop a rating. This blog will cover the last two snapshots that are pending and list some of the new software that arrived in the snapshots.

The most recent snapshot, 20180326, had several new packages including python-packaging 17.1 and python-setuptools 39.0.1. The  python-packaging 17.1 dropped support for python 2.6, 3.2, and 3.3. The update version python-setuptools from 38.5.2 to 39.0.1 now vendors its own direct dependencies and no longer relies on the dependencies as vendored by pkg_resources. The C library for reading, creating, and modifying zip archive, libzip 1.5.0, enabled more functionality by updating dependencies and simplified the licence by the use of a standard cryptographic library instead of custom Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) implementation. IRC client hexchat 2.14.1 made some changes to the preferences so the window can be scroll-able. GNOME’s messaging program empathy reverted back to version 3.12.14 and gnome-documents 3.28.0 updated translations and replaced pkgconfig(libgepub) with pkgconfig(libgepub-0.6). The Linux Kernel 4.15.13 became available in the snapshot, which added the Intel Total Memory Encryption feature, and YaST had several packages updated including autoyast2 4.0.44, which can properly abort when probing devices fails during installation.

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Elections for openSUSE Board Approaching

March 27th, 2018 by

Campaigning for the elections of the openSUSE Board is nearing its end and will move on to the Phase 2 Election phase beginning April 2.

There are three seats available on the board for this election for a standard 24-month term.

Below is the list of candidates and a link to their posts with a short biography, their goals, work summary and the candidates’ future plans.

The candidates are:

Gertjan Lettink ( Knurpht )

Simon Lees

Ana Martinez

Gerry Makaro ( Fraser_Bell )

Aaron Luna

The ballots are expected to open from April 2 to April 13. Members of the openSUSE Community can cast their vote for the candidates during that time frame. The voting process is explained on the openSUSE wiki.

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018: Call for Host

March 13th, 2018 by

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is accepting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the second half of 2018. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia, attended by contributors and enthusiasts from all over Asia.

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution, its applications for personal and enterprise use, and open source culture. It brings together the openSUSE community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.

The Summit’s preference is to find new locations each year as we spread openSUSE throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent openSUSE event. We need individuals and communities to get together and organize a successful openSUSE.Asia Summit. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee assists throughout the process.

Past Summits

The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was held in Tokyo, Japan. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following websites:

Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018

For those of you who are interested in hosting the next openSUSE.Asia Summit in 2018, you are invited to submit a formal proposal to the openSUSE.Asia organization committee. The deadlines for the proposals are as the following:

  • March 31th: Registration on the host candidates
  • April 15th: Submission of the proposals

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Tumbleweed Updates Several GNU Packages

March 8th, 2018 by

openSUSE’s rolling distribution Tumbleweed has had five snapshots so far this month and a lot of those snapshots have includes several GNU packages.

There were many other packages and the first snapshot of the month included an update for KDE Plasma. Here are just a few of those packages that have been updated so far this month.

The Japanese-English Dictionary package edict was updated in snapshot 20180306 and  about 6,000 new dictionary entries were added. Application developers will be happy to see flatpak-builder 0.10.9 fixed the build issues with glibc 2.27. The Windows registry hive extraction library hivex 1.3.15 improved performance by using a cache of iconv handles, especially when dumping out large hives and rubygem-unf_ext 0.0.7.5 was bumped up a version number to add Windows binaries for Ruby 2.5.

The 20180305 snapshot had a little more than a handful of upgraded packages with two related to the chinese language. GNOME desktop developers received the Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool glade 3.20.3, which added the GtkStackSidebar to the toolbox. The ibus-libpinyin package for pinyin and bopomofo input methods based on libpinyin for IBus fixed the config and translate input method name with the updated for 1.9.1 to 1.9.3. The libpinyin package moved to 2.1.91 and fixed zhuyin parsers. The 0.3.5 version of the xfce4-panel-plugin-pulseaudio package fixed a volume sink delay and added new management features for media players.

ImageMagick 7.0.7.24 removed some patches and fixed some timeout and exceeded memory issues in snapshot 20180304. Autoyast2 add missing textdomains to create proper pot files in version 4.0.36. The set of libraries and drivers for fast packet processing through the Data Plane Development Kit package dpdk 17.11.1 made numerous fixes and changed the locations of the GPL and LGPL licenses. The snapshot also updated the GNU Compiler Collection from 7.3.0 to 7.3.1 and add conflicts to non-bootstrap variant for cross packages to silence the repo-checker. The text editor for the GTK toolkit geany 1.33 improved GTK3 theming and documentation and added a tool tip showing the full path on menu items representing documents. The libepoxy 1.5.0 update added new Application Programming Interface and updated the Graphic Library registry to OpenGL 4.6. The libstorage-ng 3.3.182 version updated translations and added unit tests documentation. More than 10 YaST packages were updated in the snapshot; the yast2-samba-server and yast2-samba-client packages replaced SuSEFirewall2 with firewalld. (more…)

Planned Outage To Affect openSUSE Services This Weekend

March 6th, 2018 by

A network outage this weekend will effect openSUSE services that have a Direct Connection to Nuremberg host infrastructure on Saturday, March 10, between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m. UTC.

The outage will last about 30 minutes and take place between the above listed hours.

The outage effects only external connections due to maintenance in the datacenter. All services will run without any downtime.

openSUSE Heroes offsite 2018

March 5th, 2018 by

openSUSE-Heroes LogoThe first weekend in March 2018, the openSUSE Heroes met again in-person, after one year of infrastructure work, which was mostly done from home.

After our last in-person meeting in December 2016, we saw each-other in person at openSUSE conference 2017 and maybe at some other events like release parties – but now it’s the time of the year when it’s very cold outside – so we decided to stay one weekend inside and talk about the topics for 2018 and the future of the openSUSE Heroes team. And getting some work done :).

You might imagine us now two days busy with hacking and a bunch of nerds in front of their preferred shell-window. But it’s the total opposite. Our main “tools” we used this weekend were a flip chart, our voices and a lot of coffee.

By the way, thanks a lot to SUSE for providing us with a room, a network connection, drinks, coffee and cookies. In fact we were given the new and shiny “SUSE Event Area” which was built by SUSE last year to host all kinds of internal, external and community events.

After one year of having our monthly meetings via IRC, we had a lot of topics to discuss and a lot of decisions to make about the openSUSE infrastructure in the future.

After a nice dinner on Day0, Friday 2018-03-02, where most of the Heroes arrived in Nuremberg, we started working on Saturday.

On the Day1, Saturday 2018-03-03 and Day2, Sunday 2018-03-04 we had the following topics on our list, worked through them, defined ToDos for the following months and assigned tasks.

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