The boot up time for KDE’s new Long Term Support release is faster and there is more optimization.
There have been performance optimizations all over the KDE desktop. The file operations in Dolphin are much faster now than with older KDE Frameworks releases. Plasma 5.12 has lower memory requirements and there are several new features users will notice from Leap 42.3 and Plasma 5.8.
The notification system gained support for interactive previews, which allows users to quickly take screenshots and drag them into a chat window, an email composer or a web browser; that makes it convenient for the user to not have to leave an application that is being used.
Music lovers will enjoy the new Music Controls in the Lock Screen. The new Media Controls include Previous and Next track. Play and pause are also included and it shows the song title that is playing. The lock screen controls can be disabled for added privacy.
Hack Week 0x10 will be Nov. 10 – 16 at many of the SUSE Research and Development locations and developers and hackers from the community are welcomed to participate.
Hack Week is a week-long event where members of the openSUSE community, along with other communities, get a chance to investigate interesting technologies and get involved in promising new or existing projects.
The event focuses not only on building and expanding technology, but brings people with similar interests together to hack for fun. There are several successful stories that have come from previous Hack Weeks like Jangouts, which is open-source video conferencing software.
Europeans can disagree on political issues, but there is one issue the open-source community is bringing to the political spectrum that many citizens can find agreement about; publicly funded software has to be Free and Open Source Software.
“Public institutions spend millions of euros each year on the development of new software tailored to their needs,” according to a release from the non-profit advocacy group Free Software Foundation Europe. “The procurement choices of the public sector play a significant role in determining which companies are allowed to compete and what software is supported with tax payers’ money.
Following the announcement of our logo contests, thanks to our awesome community as usual, we now have several logos. Choosing the best of them off course was a lot of work for us and so the openSUSE.Asia Summit committee has decided that the community will choose its own logo for the summit.
We are happy to announce that following our Call for Logo Design, we are opening our “Choose our Logo” Elections where “You” vote for the best. The voting period is until August 31 and the entries can be viewed here.
Note that in order to view candidates or vote, you need SUSE ID. Please click ‘Sign in with SUSE’ button and log in with your ID and password. If you do not have that ID, you can create a new ID by clicking that button.
The final decision will be made by openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee based on the score. It may not be the highest scored design.
Remember, it is your summit, so every input is appreciated.
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.
There were plenty of Tumbleweed snapshots leading up to the holiday season and openSUSE’s rolling release is gliding into 2017 with several new packages on the horizon.
The last snapshot of 2016, 20161226, updated the Linux Kernel to 4.9, which was a good way to end the year. Several packages were updated in the snapshot including Python3-setuptools to version 31.0.0, gnome-online-accounts 3.22.3, NetworkManager 1.4.4 and yast2-network 3.2.17.
NetworkManager changed the order in which IP addresses are configured is now preserved so that primary address is selected correctly. Yast2-network enabled DHCP_HOSTNAME listbox only when wicked service is used.
The library offering an Application Programming Interface to access secure communication protocols called GnuTLS updated to version 3.5.7, fixed several bugs and set limits on the maximum number of alerts handled.
Also in the snapshot, Wireshark fixed User Interface bugs with an update to version 2.2.3, newbie-friendly text-editor nano updated to 2.7.3 and libvirt-python added new APIs and constants with the update to 2.5.0.
The 20170109 snapshot provided a cleaned up configuration settings for Mesa, so it can be uniform across all architectures except for list of Direct Rendering Infrastructure and Gallium drivers. Btrfsprogs 4.9 clean up was well and offers better handling of file system snapshots. Python3-setuptools updated to 32.3.1, which is fixed regressions and compatibility issues from previous versions.
Having a party to celebrate an achievement is always great and the openSUSE community knows how to party; just look at all the fun we have at openSUSE conferences and summits.
With the release of openSUSE Leap 42.2, a release party is in order. Selecting a good date and having some goodies to pass out to the party requires some planning. The checklist below can help with planning the release party, but the most important thing if you plan on having a party is to email ddemaio (at) suse.de well before the party to get some open-source goodies to give away. Please include “Leap 42.2” Party in the subject line and include a mailing address.
Find a date.
The date of a party is best during a weekend (because it’s easier for people to join, since most people work during the week), but we all function differently. Find two alternative dates for the party if you want and use http://www.doodle.com/ to find a common date that works for most people.
Find a place
A cafe, bar or Linux group meetup location all work. A coffee and cake release party is just as fun as a beer and pizza release party with the benefit of not having a headache. If music is your group’s thing, try a release party with openSUSE karaoke. There are tons of SUSE songs to choose from on it’s YouTube play list.
Pictures, pictures, pictures
Bring one or more cameras to take pictures or videos and post them to social media. Tagging the photos with #GeekoParty
PromoDVDs, webcam covers and stickers – If we can get it to you without too much red tape from governments, we will. Just email that ddemaio guys.
IMPORTANT TIP: Schedule your release party on the wiki and have a lot of fun.
Users of Leap’s newest version will notice improved capabilities with snapper snapshots based on the btrfs file system, which is the default file system selection. A new btrfs quota concept makes snapper much less disk-hungry and can be manually setup. Snapper is a poka yoke and can give system administrators confident about updating new packages and rolling back the system if an error is made. There is a selection of other file systems for Leap, but benefits of snapper are not available with the other file systems.
Leap is a community-enterprise distribution that appeals to stability-minded users and conservative technology adopters. Leap has a shared core with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) and hundreds of SLE 12 Service Pack (SP) 2 packages. There are also thousands of community-built packages in Leap. The distribution gives developers and organizations an ability to bridge to the faster release cycles of openSUSE Tumbleweed or to a more Long Term Support enterprise solution with SLE.
Media who are interested in more information should contact Douglas DeMaio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The snapshot also updated Plasma to version 5.8.2, the cross-distro collaboration package AppStream to 0.10.0 and python3-setuptools to 28.6.1. Php 5 updated to version 5.6.27 adding several subpackages and fixing several security bugs in the release.
KDE’s newest 5.8 version, which is an Long Term Support version for Plasma, provided subpackages for openSUSE branding and fix some bugs for Bluedevil and Breeze.
A couple of snapshots have been released since the last Tumbleweed update, but in those two snapshots were an enormous amount of package updates.
Snapshot 20161003 was the first snapshot to arrive in Tumbleweed during the month of October and it brought two new major version packages.
Digikam 5.2.0 was updated in the repository and the release introduces a new red eyes tool that automates the red-eyes effect reduction process, which was from a new algorithm written by a Google Summer of Code 2016 student named Omar Amin. Python3-setuptools to 28.0.0 was the other package that received a major version upgrade.
The other snapshot that came out in October was the 20161010 snapshot. FreeType was updated to version 2.7, which has the new subpixel hinting mode as the default, emulating a modern version of ClearType. WireShark 2.2.1 now fixes vulnerabilities that cause a Bluetooth crash. A subpackage for VLC will give users installing vlc-codecs a prompt to replace the distro-provided libavcodec package, requires the user to accept a vendor change.
User can expect two new kernels in the rolling release soon. Kernel 4.7.6 is expected soon and Kernel 4.8 is currently being staged so it looks like Tumbleweed might not be running the 4.7 kernel very long.
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