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Introducing: openSUSE heroes

July 25th, 2016 by

openSUSE-Heroes LogoDuring the last weeks, the openSUSE board and others expressed their concern about the current state of some openSUSE infrastructure: especially the reaction times to change something in the setup were mentioned multiple times. Looks like we lost some administrators and/or contact points at SUSE who helped out in the past to eliminate problems or work together with the community.

As result, there was a meeting held during the openSUSE Conference 2016, including some SUSE employees and openSUSE community members to discuss the current situation and search for some possible solutions. The discussion was very fruitful and we’d like to share some of the results here to inform everyone and actively ask for help. If you want to join us, the openSUSE heroes, do not hesitate to contact us and join an incredible team!

If you first want to know more about the status, read on what the openSUSE Heroes discussed in their first meeting on 2016-06-26 (Participants: cboltz, orangecms, adalovelace, ganglia, wnereiz, mcaj, lrupp):

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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.

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Tumbleweed waits for workers

February 17th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenopenSUSE’s rolling distribution Tumbleweed goes through automated tests before a snapshot is released and heavily relies on openQA for the process of Tumbleweed to create regular snapshots.

The last snapshot was 20160209, which produced new grub2, python, YaST and GTK3 packages.

The automated testing of openQA is currently running with only two workers left instead of the usual 10. The remaining workers are largely overloaded and can’t cope with the workload to produce new snapshots.

Various solutions are being evaluated to get new workers for openQA, which includes borrowing machines from other SUSE owned instances. Thank you SUSE!

The team has opted to hold back creating new snapshots until more workers for openQA become available. Once the team resumes with staging, testing and releasing, which is expected for a 20160217+ snapshot, Tumbleweed fans can expect updates to Firewalld, CMake 3.4.3, GStreamer 1.6.3 and Plasma 5.5.4.

OBS welcomes new lambkins

January 27th, 2016 by

The openSUSE build service becomes more and more a victim of his success: building constantly more than 300,000 packages for more than 43,000 developers needs really a lot of build power! And build power means not only CPU! It includes everything that you can expect from an IT infrastructure:

Old hard-drives from OBS-workers

Old hard-drives from OBS-workers

  • CPU power
  • RAM (the more, the better)
  • Storage (temporary local, on the clients and also to store and distribute the results)
  • Network
  • electic power (and cooling, and maintenance, and manpower to maintain the hardware, …)

Thankfully our main sponsor SUSE allowed us now to buy some new hardware to replace some of the old machines that build software packages for over ten different distributions all day long.

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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.

Weekend Wikithon to refresh content

October 19th, 2015 by

hatLeap comes out in 16 days, but before it does, openSUSE will have a Weekend Wikithon Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 to update, delete and refresh content on the openSUSE wiki.

Contributions will be gauged and four contributors will receive an openSUSE Leap hat that have the most contributions between  Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 in the following four categories:

  1. Contributor who updates the most content on the features page for the upcoming release of Leap 42.1
  2. Contributor who updates the most screenshots on the screenshots page to Leap 42.1
  3. Contributor who makes the most contributions to the 42.1 portal
  4. Contributor who deletes the most irrelevant content on the openSUSE wiki.

Communication for the event will take place on the Freenode IRC opensuse-marketing channel.

Testing Leap milestone in openQA

July 15th, 2015 by

Screenshot from 2015-07-15 15:11:21Developing Leap 42.1 is happening quickly and it was announced yesterday that the milestone was being built.The first milestone will hopefully be released this week. Leap is going through its testing and the importance of openQA (Quality Assurance) in this development process can not be understated.

openQA is used for testing an operating system, finding and files bugs and provides fully automated testing to ensure a distribution work correctly with clean functionality.

The wonders of openQA determine if a build is good and triggered errors allow testers and developers to see errors quickly and determine a cause.

Feel free to look at the test of the Leap milestone and use the hints below to navigate through openQA.

See what Richard Brown, openSUSE chairman, had to say about Leap and openQA on Reddit.

How To: Use openQA to find and file bugs (more…)

Planned downtime 2015-06-09: Mailing Lists

June 5th, 2015 by

Update: The migration of the openSUSE Mailing Lists has been finished successfully. If you encounter any issues, please let us know by mail to admin@opensuse.org.

On Tuesday 2015-06-09, from 09:00 to 11:00 UTC, the machine that hosts the
openSUSE Mailing Lists will be offline. During that
time, sending or receiving mails to the  openSUSE mailing lists, or viewing
their archives will not be possible.  All the mails that will be sent during
the downtime will be  delayed.
Failgeeko
The  reason is that the old machine is on an old distribution, and running  out
of resources. We will migrate the service to a new virtual machine,  that will
integrate it to a new configuration management infrastructure.

We’ll send a followup announcement with the final status as soon as we finish
the migration.

On behalf of the openSUSE Administration team

OSEM in 10.1 simple steps

April 23rd, 2015 by
osemnewsby Alex Vennos

What is OSEM?

OSEM is an event management web application, tailored to the needs of FOSS conferences. You can visit http://osem.io/ to find out more about it.

You can contribute too!

The guide is based & tested on openSUSE 13.2 and it will help you get started with your development right away!

How to install OSEM

Step 1. Install Ruby & Bundler (version >= ruby 2.1.2)

sudo zypper in ruby rubygem-bundler

Step 2. Install git to your system

sudo zypper in git

Step 3. Clone the repository locally to your machine (more…)

Sometimes you need some luck (was: build.opensuse.org downtime)

April 24th, 2014 by

A morning you love as admin: starting with one single disk in your storage array failing, ending up in a whole array crashing. (more…)