LinuxFest Northwest 2017, coming up the first weekend in May, promises to continue its tradition of providing a unique, active, fun experience for open-source enthusiasts at all experience levels. openSUSE continues its long-term sponsorship of the event, and we are looking forward to having a lot of fun! Submit your session proposals by March 1, 2017!
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One year after introducing a new kind of Open Build Service worker machines, the “lambkins”, the openSUSE Build Service got a big hardware refresh. The new machines, sponsored by SUSE, are equipped with:
- 2,8GHz AMD Opteron Processors (6348)
- 256 GB RAM
- one 120 GB SSD
Four of them are located in a chassis with a height of 2 units and run 12-16 workers on them (virtual machines, that are building packages).
That new build power allowed us to remove some of old machines from the pool. The unified hardware makes the management of the machines a lot easier now, even if there are still the most powerful old machines left.
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While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.
So what are our results – and how does the prioritized action item list look like?
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.
The openSUSE Project has two seats for this year’s openSUSE board elections.
Phase 0 has begun and candidates who have an interest in running for the board will need to notify their intent to run by Jan. 1.
Membership Window Open
The window for openSUSE membership is also open. Apply for membership during a three-week window and be a part of directing outcomes in the project.
Only members elect representatives to serve on the openSUSE Board for a 24 months term.
Does it happen to you, too, that there are moments where you ask yourself why others want something from you that is there already since a while? Exactly this happened with https://keyserver.opensuse.org/: the original machine was set up a long time ago to make it easier for people attending the openSUSE GPG key-signing parties, but it looks like nobody officially announced this “new service” for our users…
…and so here we are: the openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that keyserver.opensuse.org is up and running as public GPG keyserver. We are of course also part of the official keyserver pool, which means that some people might already noticed us, as they got redirected to our server with their requests. (And for those who are interested to setup their own SKS keyserver: we have also written a nice monitoring plugin that helps you keeping an eye on the pool status of your machine and the ones of your peers.)
The server may be accessed either via it’s Web interface (please ping the Heroes if you want to improve it) or via the openPGP HTTP keyserver protocol (HKP), which is normally used by GPG clients.
Try it out by calling something like:
gpg --keyserver keyserver.opensuse.org --search-keys 0xF62B7584
on the command line, or enhance your personal GPG configuration file ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf with:
and work as before with your new, preferred GPG keyserver as standard. What more can we say, except “have fun en-/de-crypting your data!”
Release also includes support for ARMv7
The latest release from openSUSE has new images available for the Raspberry Pi and joins SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi in becoming the initial distributions with 64-bit for the Raspberry Pi 3.
The 64-bit image of openSUSE Leap 42.2 for the Raspberry Pi 3 has been out for a couple weeks.
“The ARM and AArch64 Images for openSUSE Leap 42.2 are not a once-only release,” said Dirk Mueller. “They get continuously updated and include fixes as the Leap 42.2 port matures over time. These are the first usable images, and more variants with more fixes will come over time.”
The openSUSE Leap 42.2 images for the Raspberry Pi 3 are regularly rebuilt and constantly improve functionality.
Mueller said having the stable code base of Leap images, which provides fewer updates than the Tumbleweed Raspberry Pi 3 images, give people more stability and expands user opportunities for those who are wanting to use the Raspberry Pi 3 for home automation, mail services or as a small-, low-power server.
Avid Linux users can reap the benefits of four 10.1” Linux tablets offered by MJ Techology. The specifications of the four tablets vary in power and cost, but all come with the power of Linux and openSUSE at the core.
“MJ Technology, a leader in affordable cutting edge tech, is pleased to introduce the MJ Technology Warrior series tablets powered by openSUSE,” said Mark Jun, CEO for MJ Technology.
The preinstalled image on the Warrior Tablet Series is GNOME on openSUSE Leap, but users are welcome to change/reinstall/use Tumbleweed/etc. Any hardware support will be upstream via the Open Build Service and will not impede different usage patterns, so there is no lock-in, which gives the user choice.
The tablets offer dual boot for Windows 10 or use openSUSE Leap as a sole operating system for personal use. System administrators needing to manage multiple servers remotely can fulfill needs with the World’s First actual Made-for-Linux x86/x64 Tablet.
The openSUSE.Asia Committee is seeking sponsors for the third edition of openSUSE.Asia Summit. The summit will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from Sept 30 – Oct 2nd 2016. With over 400 attendees every year, we expect the trend to follow suite. Our attendees are casual, power and business users. Sponsorship covers facility and travel costs.
We aim to provide a free platform for users, contributors, and developers. The summit fosters relationships across open source enthusiasts. Attendees take this opportunity to learn about different modern technologies and share their experiences. Sponsorships show your appreciation for our community. It is also a great way to
- Promote your products in the community.
- Business can promote their solutions / services to our community and stakeholders through business tracks.
- Sponsors can promote their products / services through
- openSUSE.Asia Summit website.
- Printed materials advertising the event.
- Summit welcome package.
- Promotional advertising visible throughout the event location.
- Other community events that to promote openSUSE.Asia summit.
- Sponsors can also request a booth to highlight their products and businesses.
Contact Estu Fardani (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 15th of September, 2016. The sponsorship prospectus is available at https://github.com/tuanpembual/Summit2016/blob/master/CFP_V140616.pdf.
The openSUSE.Asia Committee are announcing the call for papers for 3rd openSUSE.Asia Summit. Starting today, the Committee is looking forward to your proposals. We are looking for free and open source software advocates. All open source contributors, enthusiasts, and business owners can submit.
Presentations are in the following formats
- Lightning Talk (10 mins)
- Short Talk (30 mins)
- Long Talk (60 mins)
- Workshop Short (2 hours)
- Workshop (3 hours)
The openSUSE.Asia committee recommends workshops or hands-on sessions.
The conference website is accepting submissions starting now until 3 August 2016. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 150 – 500 words. The committee will announce the accepted proposals on 17th August 2016.