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GNU Health, openSUSE Pioneer Shift in Healthcare Management

March 13th, 2017 by

The GNU Health Project is one of many noble open-source projects and the openSUSE Project is pleased to announce it has donated 10 Raspberry Pis to help expand the use and development of the project on affordable ARM hardware.

GNU Health, which is a non-profit, non-government organizations (NGO), delivers free open-source software for health practitioners, health institutions and governments worldwide.

“Running GNU Health  on an inexpensive computer like a Raspberry Pi really brings GNU Health’s vision of freedom and equity in health care closer to reality,” said Richard Brown, chairman of the openSUSE Project. “Think of the possibilities devices like these have to improve healthcare management and patient care using GNU Health.”

Raspberry Pis are full-blown computers with a huge potential for GNU Health and the industry, said Luis Falcón, founder of the GNU Health Project. For example, they can be used in real-time monitoring of vital signs in hospital settings and retrieving information from laboratory instruments for Personal Health Records at research and academic institutions.

“The fact that they come with openSUSE and GNUHealth pre-installed on Raspberry Pi, allows for fast deployment in many different contexts,” Falcón said, referring to the Raspberry Pi being put to field use.

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Systemd Gets Important Commit in Tumbleweed

March 9th, 2017 by

A total of five snapshots this week brought openSUSE Tumbleweed users and developers several new packages and an important systemd commit.

Topping this week’s updates were Wireshark, Wayland and KDE Frameworks  5.31.0.

Snapshot 201700308 brought an import commit for systemd that makes sure to destroy all name watching bus slots when kicked off the bus, according to the change log. The snapshot also produced an update to e2fsprogs 1.43.4, which provided a fix for e2fsck’s handling of system.data extended attributes for small files and file 5.30 added some upstream patches.

The 201700305 snapshot produced several packages including diffutils 3.5.15, tcpdump 4.9.0, libX11 1.6.5 and google-noto-fonts 20161025. Grep had a major version update to 3.0 and uses fdupes to replace duplicate files with symlinks. The bluetooth protocol stack BlueZ was updated in the snapshot for version 5.44. (more…)

Committee Accepting Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit

March 3rd, 2017 by

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is accepting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the second half of 2017. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia and is attended by contributors and enthusiasts from all over Asia.

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution and its applications for personal and enterprise use. 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.

Past Summits

The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2016. 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. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following web sites:

Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017

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Tumbleweed Gets Kernel 4.10.1, Mesa 17, Python 3.6

March 2nd, 2017 by

The joy and experimentation of Hack Week didn’t keep openSUSE Tumbleweed from continuing to roll.

Since the last news article on Tumbleweed two weeks ago, there have been eight snapshots featuring new software packages.

The most recent snapshot to land in the repositories was snapshot 20170228, which provided less than a handful of packages.

Snapshots 20170227 delivered the latest stable Linux Kernel 4.10.1. GStreamer 1.10.4 provided various fixes for crashes, assertions, deadlocks and memory leaks in the snapshot, and python-setuptools 34.2.0 had a lengthy list of changes, which also dropped support for python 2.6 and 3.2.

In snapshots 20170226,  Speex, a patent-free audio compression format that aims to lower the barrier of entry for voice applications by providing a free alternative to expensive proprietary speech codecs, officially released its 1.2 version in Tumbleweed. Flatpak 0.8.3 version included backports of the updated OpenGL support from master and in combination with the work in the runtime allows Flatpak to work out of the box with out-of-tree OpenGL drivers, including the nvidia driver. (more…)

Kernels Becoming Tumbleweed Norm, Grub 2 Gets Release Candidate

February 16th, 2017 by

Two Linux Kernels per week in openSUSE Tumbleweed is becoming the norm as the rolling release is providing daily snapshots of new software that are closely aligned with upstream development.

Kernel 4.9.8 and 4.9.9 were released in the 20170208 and 20170212 snapshots respectively and the later brought a fix for a Btrfs system call.

Beside the 4.9.8 Kernel in the first week’s snapshot, 20170208, Mesa users will be happy to see version 13.0.4 had a specfile fix for build configuration for ARM, Power PC and s390 architectures. Gimp 2.8.20 made the color selection of the paint tool more robust and updated translations for a number of European languages. Several other packages were updated in the repositories from this snapshot and python3-kiwi 9.0.2 and vim 8.0.311 provided the most fixes.

Snapshot 20170209 brought the first major release of libosinfo (Operating System information database) in Tumbleweed with version 1.0.0, which focuses on metadata about operating systems and provides a single place to manage it in a virtualized environment.  F Virtual Window Manager (FVWM) 2.6.7 added a handful of new features and removed several other features like  GTK 1.x support.

Plasma 5.9.1 came in the 20170211 snapshot and AppArmor 2.11.0 update provided multiple improvements and fixes, one of which fixed an issue that Kernel 4.8 and above affected Apparmor policy enforcement. Libssh hackers made use of their time at FOSDEM and squashed bugs, which came in the libssh 0.7.4. (more…)

Tumbleweed Snapshots Bring Users New Vulkan, 4.9.7 Kernel

February 9th, 2017 by

Six Tumbleweed snapshots this week brought users newer versions of GStreamer, Wine, Vulkan, and a new Linux Kernel.

The new 4.9.7 kernel arrived over the weekend with the 20170204 snapshot.

The new kernel sources updated config files and fixed a build failure specific to DWARF (Debugging with Attributed Records Format). The snapshot added support for the Perl client ddclient to version 3.8.3 and yast2-installation 3.2.20 added an all-in-one installation overview for SUSE’s new Container as a Service Platform product. More information about CaaSP and transactional updates can be found in a video presented by Thorsten Kukuk at FOSDEM.

GNU Compiler Collection 6.3.1 passed testing in openQA and made it into the 20170205 snapshot and so did python-cryptography 1.7.2 and getdata 0.10.0, which is a library that provides an Application Programming Interface (API) to interface with Dirfile databases.

The 20170206 snapshot gave users Wine 2.1, which provided fixes that were deferred during the code freeze and Direct2D rendering improvements. Mercurial 4.1 reduced server-side PCU usage with a new compression engine.

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New systemd, Plasma 5.9 Arrive in Tumbleweed

February 2nd, 2017 by


Another busy week for openSUSE Tumbleweed brought several new packages in the rolling release along with Plasma 5.9 and systemd 232.

The most recent snapshot, 20170131, added several new features with KDE’s Plasma 5.9.

“In our ongoing effort to make you more productive with Plasma, we added interactive previews to our notifications,” according to the release announcement on Plasma 5.9.

Additional features like icon widgets being created for applications and document when dragged to the desktop and several other new features like streamlined visuals, global menus and a new network configuration module can be found in the newest Plasma 5.9 version.

The  20170131 snapshot also update KDE Frameworks 5.30.0, AppStream 0.10.5, libvirt 3.0.0 and libzypp 16.4.0.

Another big update in Tumbleweed this past week was the arrival of systemd 232 in the 20170128 snapshot. The new systemd version in Tumbleweed includes new options for RemoveIPC, ProtectKernelModules and more.

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openSUSE Cloud Images are Ripe for Users

February 1st, 2017 by

Cloud images for openSUSE Leap 42.2 are now available for Amazon Web Services (AWS EC2), Azure, Google Compute Engine and more cloud providers.

Last week, openSUSE Leap 42.2 cloud image became available in the AWS Marketplace and within the past few weeks cloud images for Azure, Google Compute Engine and OpenStack also became available.

“The project has been used extensively for cloud computing and we are excited that openSUSE is now listed in AWS Marketplace,” said Richard Brown, openSUSE Chairman. “We thank all the cloud providers for working with the openSUSE community to make this possible.”

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New Package in Tumbleweed Enhances Rolling Updates

January 26th, 2017 by

Snapshots of openSUSE Tumbleweed are becoming more frequent once again and a new package in the rolling release should make the handling of updates easier.

The new package called transactional-update was announced on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List on Jan. 21 and it allows for more fluent handling of updates and upgrades for a rolling release. Tumbleweed user are encourage to read the email and thread because the package has potential consequences for those using it if not used correctly.

This week Tumbleweed updated the Linux Kernel twices. Kernel 4.9.3 was added to the repositories in the 20170117 snapshot and four days later the 4.9.4 Kernel was added in the 20170121 snapshot.

In addition to the Kernel added in the 20170117 snapshot, Flatpak 0.8.0 became available and it is recommended to be used with OSTree 2016.15, which was also added in the snapshot, because of how the package verifies checksums.

Apache 2.4.25 fixed several security issues in the snapshot and added new network protocols options to ease the enabling of http2. Wine’s 2.0 Release Candidate 5 was updated and yast2-bootloader and yast2-storage were both updated.

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Tumbleweed Preps for PulseAudio 10, Gets Ruby, Python Updates

January 18th, 2017 by

Developers using openSUSE Tumbleweed are always getting the newest packages as well as updated languages and past week’s snapshots delivered update versions of Python and Ruby.

The most recent snapshot, 20170112, brought Python 2.x users version 2.7.13, which updated cipher lists for openSSL wrapper and supports versions equal to or greater than OpenSSL 1.1.0. Python-unidecode 0.04.20 was also updated in the snapshot. Another update related to OpenSSL 1.1.0 was PulseAudio 9.99.1, which is a release in preparation for PulseAudio 10.0. PulseAudio 10.0 includes compatibility with OpenSSL 1.1.0, a fix for hotplugged USB surround sound cards and and automatic switching of Bluetooth profile when using VoIP applications.

The snapshot identified a packaging bug where the D-Bus service will restart and crash anything connected to D-Bus. This is likely to happen again in a future snapshot, unless some smart developers come up with a great workaround. Users are advised to subscribe to the openSUSE Factory Mailing List to be informed of development issues pertaining to Tumbleweed.

Tumbleweed users wanting the newest cryptographic protocols for secure communication will be pleased to see GnuTLS 3.5.8, which has several authentication enhancement, in the snapshot. LXDE-Common 0.99.2 was also in the snapshot along with Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC 1.3.2), X.org 1.19 and Libproxy 0.4.14.

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