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This weeks highlights in Tumbleweed

December 5th, 2014 by

Here are some highlights from this week’s Tumbleweed snapshot.

The default kernel has upgraded from 3.17.2 to 3.17.4 and several enhancements have been made to the Btrfs command-line tools.

AutoYaST import initializes now the correct FTP server used for configuration. The file package-manager.desktop has been moved from the package desktop-data-OpenSUSE to YaST2-packager.

Updates to the ebook management program Calibre has bugfixes and improves the search and replace function mode; a new function is able to process multiple files better while performing a Replace All.

The free open-source anti-virus software ClamAV now works with OpenSSL in FIPS compliant
mode. It supports the XDP file format and extracting, decoding, and scanning PDF files within XDP files.

DigiKam has several updates to include optional features for face detection (kface) and geotagging (kmap). Improvements for the white balance and auto-rotation of images were implemented as well.

Wine updated to a 1.7.32 development snapshot and has a new version of the Mono engine.

LXSession added the ESCAPE key to close the lxsession-logout menu and has created a lock file to prevent more than one log-out dialog.

Thai fonts have an updated version from 0.6.0 to 0.6.1 and provide a new Laksaman font.

For more highlights, visit http://bit.ly/1FSmSFC.

 

openSUSE-Education 13.2 released

December 4th, 2014 by

openSUSE-Education Li-f-e CDThis time others are faster than the original source: Softpedia as well as Distrowatch already announced the new openSUSE-Education release 13.2.1, which is based on openSUSE 13.2.

While openSUSE-Education 13.1 had over 20,000 downloads alone via Souceforge (which is one of our largest mirrors) and the fact that many people seem to watch our activities so actively that they even know before any official announcement that there is “something new” is heartwarming crazy. To use marketing speak, openSUSE-Education is the most comprehensive Linux distribution for Education and Home use right now. …and now you can even download the most current release based on one of the best Open Source Distributions in the world!

This time we also provide 32bit and 64bit based Li-f-e ISO images – just have a look at our wiki page and choose the one you like most. Download and spread this awesomeness around this festive season.

Both ISOs contain the greatest and latest software available for openSUSE – including not only educational but also multimedia and many other useful software.

 

Three seats available for openSUSE board elections

December 4th, 2014 by

Elections to fill three seats on the openSUSE Board are set to begin in the coming weeks and candidates are needed to fill these three positions.

Individuals who apply for an openSUSE Membership will be able to vote during elections and run for candidacy

Candidates elected to the position will serve a 24-month term. The terms of Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras’ will expire and the seat of Peter Linnell, who was appointed as a replacement for chairman Richard Brown, will need to be filled.

Members of the openSUSE board help to influence the future direction of the project. Members are encouraged to learn the election process, run for the board or propose a candidate.

Election Committee

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What to expect from Btrfs on openSUSE 13.2?

November 12th, 2014 by

As the first major Linux distribution to have Btrfs as the default file system, what can users and developers expect from openSUSE 13.2?

How is the systems capabilities enhanced?

Btrfs has different performance characteristics; it’s a logging-style file system that provides fault tolerance, repair, and easy management features.

The most well known advantage of Btrfs is the rollback capability with the open-source tool Snapper.

“Btrfs is mature,” said George Shi, who helped rollbacks become a reality for openSUSE users. “It works with Snapper to implement snapshot and rollback, the killer function of Btrfs. You can pick any date you saved to rollback your full system.”

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openSUSE project creates buzz in Italy

November 6th, 2014 by

IMG_1484NUREMBERG, Germany (5-Nov.-2014) –  Many Linux user groups throughout Italy met at separate, but collectively themed events on Oct. 25 for Linux Day to promote the use of GNU/Linux and free software.
Alexjan Carraturo, a openSUSE advocate, used this year’s Linux Day, which is sponsored by the Italian Linux Society, to promote participation in the openSUSE Project in both Tuscany and Umbria.
“openSUSE offers something different and intriguing,” Carraturo said.
Not everyone appreciates the value of free software, Carraturo said. One of the greatest satisfactions with promoting free software is the look of surprise people have when they realize that they are not forced to choose only between Microsoft and Apple.
“The free software is an alternative that people need, but they don’t yet know they have,” he said. (more…)

openSUSE 13.2: green light to freedom!

November 4th, 2014 by

Dear contributors, friends and fans: openSUSE 13.2 is out! After one year on continuous improvement in the tools and procedures and many hours of developing, packaging, testing and fixing issues a new stable release is here providing the best that Free and Open Source has to offer with our special green touch: stable, innovative and fun!
Green light to freedom!

(In other languages: cs es fr it nl ru ja zh zh-tw)

This is the first release after the change in the openSUSE development mode, with a much shorter stabilization phase thanks to the extensive testing done in a daily basis in the rolling distribution used now as a base for openSUSE stable releases. The perfect balance between innovation and stability with the great level of freedom of choice that openSUSE users are used to.

openSUSE 13.2 is:

Innovative
Built around the most innovative technologies Linux has to offer: Snapper to take the most from snapshots capability of the powerful Btrfs filesystem offered as default option, Wicked to bring light to network configuration, Dracut to ensure shorter boot times… For users asking for even more innovation Plasma 5.1, the next generation workspace by KDE, is also available as a technical preview.

 

Polished
This version presents the first step to adopt the new openSUSE design guidelines system-wide. The graphical revamp is noticeable everywhere: the installer, the bootloader, the boot sequence and all of the (seven!) supported desktops (KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment 19, Mate and Awesome). Even the experimental Plasma 5.1 is adapted to the overall experience.

 

Easy
The new openSUSE 13.2 installer comes with several changes targeted to make the installation process easier and more welcoming to new users. Those changes include a new and more straightforward installation work flow, better and smarter automatic proposals, less cluttered configuration options and a brand new layout for the user interface. In addition, several tools are included to easy the administration of any system like the Profile Management Tools for AppArmor or the YaST module for Snapper, just to name a few.

“With a vastly improved and streamlined installation process, and all the latest technologies from across the open source ecosystem, openSUSE 13.2 is a perfect choice for people who want an operating system that’s modern, stable, and gets the work done.”

said Richard Brown, Chairman of openSUSE board.
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Sneak Peek into GNOME on openSUSE 13.2

October 23rd, 2014 by

openSUSE 13.2 comes with the latest and greatest that the GNOME desktop has to offer — GNOME 3.14. At the time of the release 13.2 offers GNOME 3.14.1, which improves upon the user-experience of GNOME 3.10, that came with openSUSE 13.1, several notches, featuring notably a much improved gnome-shell with pretty-but-subtle animations and multi-touch gestures for the first time. The core applications have all seen remarkable activity during the development of 3.14 (and earlier, 3.12), focused on exciting features but also to make the desktop experience more unified and consistent.

Activities overview

Video player

Evince, Notes, Font viewer

 

 

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openSUSE 13.2: time to get your hands dirty

October 16th, 2014 by

I want YOU!With less than three weeks from the release of our beloved green distro and the first release candidate already rocking, we can feel like we are almost there. This is exactly the right time to remember that there is still a lot of work to do and fun to have. Open source is awesome, but only as awesome as the people working on it. Nothing will happen unless YOU make it happen, so it’s time to get your hands dirty!

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openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is now out, hands on

October 9th, 2014 by

openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is baked and ready to serve!. This previous Beta release was a blast with almost 10.000 downloads. The community responded to the call and we had lot of eyes looking for bugs in openSUSE 13.2 Beta1. Many of them have been already squashed and openSUSE 13.2 Release Candidate 1 is here to prove it.

But don’t fear the boredness, there are more things to test and enjoy than just bugfixes, the release candidate also brings an important updates to the desktop experience. This release includes GNOME 3.14, which brings new animations, better handling of WiFi hotspots, improvements in some applications like Weather and Photos and much more. Another highlight is the brand new Firefox 32, with new HTTP cache for improved performance and public key pinning support. The KDE applications have been updated from version 4.14.0 to 4.14.1 and Plymouth (from 0.8.8 to 0.9.0) should also help to boost stability and to smooth the end user experience.

So if you missed the Beta but still want to help, don’t hesitate to grab one of the available ISOs. If you are already using openSUSE 13.2 Beta, it’s time to update! In either case, make sure to give GNOME a try and report any found bug. It’s the biggest change and we need as many geekos as possible trying to break it in creative ways.

With less than a month from the release of 13.2 the only thing that last to be said is:

Hands on Geekos

openSUSE 13.2 Is Coming – First Beta Has Arrived!

September 22nd, 2014 by
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Get openSUSE 13.2 Beta!

Our brand new ‘Rolling Factory’ has already amassed over 6000 installations and that’s just kicking awesome. But we won’t just roll: we will still create releases of openSUSE, and 13.2 is next! According to the roadmap, our latest Geeko is due in November and it will be awesome. We promise. But it doesn’t come for free: you will have to help. (more…)