Home Home > Distribution
Sign up | Login

Archive for the ‘Distribution’ Category

New workers get Tumbleweed rolling

February 25th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenopenQA workers that keep Tumbleweed tested and rolling have almost been replenished.

The new hardware can run more workers and is newer, bigger and faster, which increases the speed of openQA testing. One of two Intel E5-2630 v3 is partially running while the other has yet to be integrated into the openSUSE infrastructure. Each machine has 8 cores with 16 threads for a total of 16 cores of 32 threads when both machines become fully functional. The new hardware has each have 256GB of RAM and 400GB Intel NVMe SSDs.

SUSE’s infrastructure team was really helpful in getting the new machine working with openSUSE infrastructure and deserve a lot of credit for their efforts. Thank you SUSE.

The latest, full-testing went through in six hours as opposed to the normal 14 hour duration. That, plus the additional workers currently running greatly increase openQA’s speed.

Since the last update, which informed readers about openQA workers (hardware) that went down, openSUSE Tumbleweed has released three snapshots.

(more…)

openSUSE offers choices for KDE Git builds

February 19th, 2016 by

Diagram without qa obs sleGravitational waves might be the cause of two new live image, spin off projects released today by members of the openSUSE community.

The release of Argon, which is a live installable image based on openSUSE Leap, and Krypton, which is a live installable image based on openSUSE Tumbleweed, offer packages built for KDE Git using stable and tested openSUSE technologies to track the latest development state of KDE software.

Users have a choice on how they get up-to-date packages of Qt and other additional cutting-edge offerings from KDE through the Argon and Krypton live installable images, built directly from the latest sources in KDE git through the Open Build Service.

Argon and Krypton can be either used as live images, without changing an already installed system, or they can be installed, providing a full-stack KDE software environment.

This will allow developers, early testers and enthusiast adopters to experience the latest happenings in KDE software development, while at the same time being able to report bugs and improve the software before a stable release lands.

openSUSE’s Argon and Krypton become the first to offer a continuous stream of KDE software updates by putting the Git builds in the hands of users the way KDE intends it.

openSUSE has an extensive experience in providing almost-daily Git snapshots of KDE software: the Unstable OBS repositories have been running without issues for several years.

Thanks to this expertise, creating Argon and Krypton from Git snapshot is a rather simple endeavor, facilitated by the infrastructure provided by the openSUSE Project.

There are three KDE repositories used for Argon and Krypton, which can be found on the Wiki. They are:

KDE:Unstable:Frameworks

KDE:Unstable:Applications

KDE:Unstable:Extra.

Packages are directly based on the Git repositories and not on any alpha, beta tarballs. These packages are refreshed at least daily.

argon

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/

The below build numbers will change based on rebuilds.

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/openSUSE_Argon.x86_64-5.5.90-Build14.2.iso

 

krypton

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/

The below build numbers will change based on rebuilds.

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/openSUSE_Krypton.i686-5.5.90-Build22.2.iso

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/openSUSE_Krypton.x86_64-5.5.90-Build22.2.iso

GNOME Next

GNOME – Next, which is similar but different than Argon and Krypton, is based on tarballs. GNOME – Next is from the unstable branch of GNOME, currently 3.19.x, but will soon be 3.21.x. For that repo to work, occasionally it reaches beyond GNOME packages with libinput and various hardware libraries to build.

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/Medias/images/iso/?P=GNOME_Next*

Systemd updates, ambitious YaST changes in Tumbleweed

February 10th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed updated systemd from 224 to 228 in one of four snapshots this week and there were plenty of other exciting updates.

The change log for the updated systemd states a number of properties previously only settable in unit files are now also available as properties to set when creating transient units programmatically via the bus.

Screenshot from 2016-02-10 11-45-32

GCC 5 updated to 5.3.1 in the most recent snapshot, 20160208. The update of GCC 5 will raise more errors, yet creates more consistent behavior.

Mozilla Firefox updated to 44.0 in the same snapshot and has updates to assist with spoofing attacks, unsafe memory manipulation found through code inspect and allows for control characters to be set in cookie names.

(more…)

Tumbleweed delivers several KDE updates

January 28th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenLast week’s updates to Tumbleweed brought several new packages to openSUSE’s rolling release like Kmail 5, KDE Framework 5.18.0 and updates to Perl and YaST.

This week’s snapshot has KDE Applications 15.12.1, which contains only bugfixes and translation updates, and the virtual globe and world atlas Marble updated to from 15.08.3 to the 15.12.1 version.

Libre Office updated to 5.1.0.2. Perl Image ExifTool’s update to 10.10 provided several visual equipment updates and the notes related to the update provided some criticism of programmers from a camera manufacturer.

Auto YaST updated to 3.1.113 fixing the warning message about the ‘init’ section not being processed. GNOME Bluetooth updates to 3.18.2 and Mesa to 11.1.1.

Perl XML XPath updated to 1.24 and Snapper updated to 0.2.10, which added conditional compilation of installation-helper.

openSUSE makes the Leap to the Public Cloud

January 19th, 2016 by

openSUSE Leap 42.1 is now available on Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure. Leap has been available on EC2 & GCE since shortly after it release; the Azure release was delayed due to a qemu bug resulting in incorrectly formatted images. These images are maintained by SUSE’s Public Cloud Engineering Team. If you’d like to peek inside, they’re developed on Open Build Service (OBS), in the Cloud:Images project.

 

(more…)

Hardware problem: rsync.opensuse.org down

January 11th, 2016 by

rsync-logoWhat a start in the new year: the server running rsync.opensuse.org died with two broken hard disks at 2016-01-10.

As the hardware is located in the data center of our sponsor IP Exchange, we apologize for the delay it will take to fix the problem: we need not only the correct replacement hard drives, but also a field worker at the location who has the appropriate permissions and skills.

During the downtime (and maybe also a good tip afterward), please check on http://mirrors.opensuse.org/ for the closest mirror nearby your location that also offers rsync for you.

Mesa updates in Tumbleweed, OpenSSL security issue fixed

December 17th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed had two snapshot this week and Mesa updated two new minor versions since Saturday’s 20151209 snapshot.

The biggest package update for the week was to autofs in the 20151214 snapshot. Autofs, which is a program for automatically mounting directories, had several fixes and upstream patches.

Libraries for the Qt Cryptographic Architecture, libqca2, updated from version 2.0.3 to 2.1.1. There were several Perl updates, and Python-Cryptography updated to 1.1 and fixed an OpenSSL security issue reported by Emilia Käsper from the Google Security Team.

Other packages updated in the Tumbleweed snapshots were Mozilla Thunderbird updated to 38.4, Gimp updated to version 2.8.16 and Squid had a major version update to 4.0.3.

Plasma 5.5 is going through staging and users of Tumbleweed might see the update in an upcoming snapshot. However, systemd and the Kernel are blocked due to some issues that need to be resolved, so users should not expect these two in a snapshots until the issues are resolved.

Tumbleweed changes fonts, Leap gets several updates

November 27th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed had one snapshot so far this week that brought more appeal to users of openSUSE.

Snapshot 20151123 changed fonts for openSUSE. The terminal font changed to Adobe Code Pro and Roboto was also added as the default font.

The fonts are not only available in Tumbleweed; users of Leap can update the fonts as an option. The reason for the change was to provide a more appealing, complete font.

Wireshark upgraded to 2.0 in Tumbleweed and the new features are a new user interface. The legacy interface is expected to be removed in Wireshark 2.2. Wireshark’s RPM-based package definition provides the new interface in the “wireshark-qt” package and the old interface in the “wireshark-gtk” package.

Fixes were made for Boost version 1.59 and GStreamer 1.6 and these two are expected to make it into a Tumbleweed snapshot soon. (more…)

Weekly review: openSUSE Leap 42.1 gets new ports, Hack Week scheduled

November 20th, 2015 by

The openSUSE Project has been very busy this week. The project shared a booth with SUSE at the Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas, this week.

The theme (see photo above) caught the attention of the attendees and those stopping by the booth could get a lightsaber for watching our presentations or playing a retro Sega Star Wars from 1994 running on openSUSE Leap 42.1.

SC15 really put things into perspective on how scientists, physicists and sysadmins use the Geeko distribution for simulations, Exascale computing and High Performance Computing and system management.

Several attendees expressed interest in ARM and the timing was perfect to let the attendees know that openSUSE released a port of openSUSE Leap 42.1 to AArch64, which is installable on the AMD, APM and Cavium SoCs (Seattle, X-Gene, ThunderX). There is also sharing the SLE12 SP1 ARM enablement for those hardware platforms, but providing the full Leap package set.

Hack Week

In three weeks, openSUSE/SUSE hackers will experiment without limits! That’s right, we will have Hack Week from Dec. 7 – 11. This Hack Week 13, which I’ll nickname Hack Week 7/11, is all about bringing innovation to the project and exploring the possibility of making ideas a reality. Anyone can participate. Just visit https://hackweek.suse.com/, sign up for a project you like or create a new project and recruit participants to hack with you.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed is once again finding a rhythm for the release of its snapshots. This week there were three snapshots and its possible there might be a fourth before the end of the week.

The three snapshots this week brought GNOME 3.18.2, KDE Applications 15.08.03 and several other fixes.

In the next snapshot, expect new default system fonts, X.Org 1.18 and Mesa 11.0.5. Ghostscript 9.18 is also expected, but it did cause a few build failures in stagings, so if you’re building anything against it, be forewarned.

There are some projects in Factory staging we need your help with before they will be released in a Tumbleweed snapshot.

Dominique Leuenberger wrote in the Tumbleweed weekly review email that some expect issues with the new Boost version 1.59 and that there are quick a few fixes needed. GStreamer 1.6 has most of the packages ready, but some the critical component Phonon is missing.

With all this, I wish you a great weekend – and always remember: Have a
lot of fun.

Tumbleweed gets Firefox 42, Machinery ready for Leap

November 12th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed

Two releases snapshots in Tumbleweed brought a new Linux kernel and a web browser update for Mozilla.

Firefox updated to version 42 in the 20151110 snapshot and the 20151106 snapshot updated the Linux kernel to 4.3.

Firefox 42 removed some obsolete patches and had some Login Manager improvements.

Wine updated to version 1.7.54 and improved video decoding; major Turkish translations were in the update as well. Btrfs had several updates in the 20151110 snapshot so expect big improvements to the filesystem and its usage.

Tumbleweed has branding that has yet to be implemented, so contributors are more than welcome to work on including it in Tumbleweed.

Leap

For those using openSUSE Leap 42.1 and sysadmins managing several computers, Machinery can now be used with openSUSE’s latest release Leap 42.1. For those who are unfamiliar with the Machinery Project, check it out. It’s a great command line tool that focuses on system analysis, automation and tool integration.

Being able to use Machinery with openSUSE is just one of several reasons for developers, sysadmins and desktop users to use openSUSE’s two distributions Tumbleweed and openSUSE Leap 42.1.

For more information one how to use Machinery, visit the github page.