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New Leap Beta Adds Plasma 5.8 Beta

September 22nd, 2016 by

iconThe release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 today added several new minor versions including KDE’s first Long Term Support version for Plasma.

The highly anticipated release of Plasma 5.8 LTS will be the default desktop for openSUSE Leap 42.2 and its beta (5.7.95), which was just released last week, is in openSUSE’s newest beta release.

“The quality of the distribution at this point looks quite good,” said Ludwig Nussel, Leap’s release manager. “Since Plasma 5.8 is still a beta version, it deserves more attention and thorough testing. We can help upstream to release a good 5.8.0 and get a decent quality default desktop in return.”

KDE and openSUSE slightly adjusted release schedules to be able to include Plasma 5.8 in the release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 because Plasma 5.8 is an LTS and complement one another as well as appeal to conservative adapters. (more…)

Updates Enhance Audio, Graphics, Telepathy

September 14th, 2016 by

hexageekoSnapshots this week added new sensations for Tumbleweed users, but there were plenty of other updates in the repositories to get people excited.

While snapshot 20160907 added some subpackages to enhance PulseAudio and updated telepathy-qt5 to version 0.9.7, GStreamer fixed quite a few bugs in its update to version 1.8.3 to improve media processing. Wine’s 32-bit subpackage update in the snapshot, bringing it to version 1.9.18, added support for multiple kernel drivers in a single process.

Snapshot 20160908 offered some updates for yast2-network, -kdump and -user. The snapshot also featured updates for hexchat, libstorage and python-keyring to version 9.3.1.

Mesa’s update to version 12.0.2 in the 20160909 snapshot improved imagery as well as driver crashes. An update to doxygen 1.8.12, which helps generate documentation from annotated C sources, showed several bug fixes in its changelog and glibc updated to version 2.24 in the 20160909 snapshot.

Academic, researchers, and high-performance computer users will be happy to see a new version of openmpi in the snapshot, which provides several upstream bug fixes, improvements and documentation updates in version 1.10.3.

Systemd provided a small fix in snapshot 20160911 and Tumbleweed is now on the same upstream version of wayland-protocols with version 1.7. Gawk, the AWK programming language, which provides more recent Bell Laboratories awk extensions, and a number of GNU-specific extensions, updated to version 4.1.4 in the 20160911 snapshot.

GNOME 3.22 has yet to make it into a Tumbleweed snapshot. It has some new testing issues and is still working its way through staged testing.

Mozilla, systemd, compiler update in Tumbleweed

September 7th, 2016 by

vector chameleonQtCon, Akademy and VideoLAN Dev Days in Berlin this past week kept many developers busy, but openSUSE’s rolling release kept going forward.

Tumbleweed had one new snapshot since that last article was published and more is expected this week.

Snapshot 20160901 provided Mozilla updates for both Firefox and Thunderbird in the repositories. Firefox updated to version 48.0.2 and Thunderbird to version 45.3.0.

The GNU Compiler Collection updated to version 6.2.1, systemd added some subpackages and python-setuptools updated from version 23.1.0 to 26.1.1. Python provided the most updates for the snapshot. The snapshot was a complete rebuild of the distro, so there several package updates needed to be install.

For Tumbleweed users anticipating gblibc 2.24, the package is working its way through staging phases, may be in the next snapshot.

GNOME 3.22 is being Integrated into openSUSE Factory this week; the integration process into Tumbleweed is uncertain. Three weeks of staged testing for 3.22 is expect.

Tumbleweed Enhances Encryption, has Massive Updates

September 2nd, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenopenSUSE users are at no loss for getting new software as this week the rolling distribution Tumbleweed had several snapshot releases and there was a beta release for openSUSE Leap 42.2.

openSUSE’s rolling distribution Tumbleweed, which was originally created by Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, had six snapshots two weeks ago and four last week. This week we will look at another six snapshots.

The most recent snapshot, 20160831, updated seven packages. VirtualBox updated to version 5.1.4 and Pango, a library for laying out and rendering of text, which an emphasis on internationalization updated to version 1.40.2. LibreOffice had several subpackages updated in version 5.2.1.2.

Users waiting for new KDE software were probably ecstatic to see KDE update all three of its projects at once in snapshot 20160830. Plasma 5.7.4, Applications 16.08.0 and Frameworks 5.25.0 all came in this enormous 20160830 snapshot that will have people scrolling down the list for a while to see what was updated. YaST was the other version updated in this snapshot.

Snapshot 20160822 provided updates to ceph, GNOME and YaST packages. GTK3 updated to version 3.20.9 and GNU Compiler Collection 6 update cleaned up some spec files.

Release 20160825 updated the Linux Kernel to 4.7.2. Mozilla  had its first minor release for Firefox 48 and PHP updated to version 5.6.25. GNOME shell had an update to version 3.20.4 and YaST continues to fix bugs for openSUSE Leap and SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Grub2 and Xen had updates in the 20160826 snapshot. The PDF rendering library Poppler updated to version 0.47 and wayland-protocols updated to 1.6, which added to two new protocols.

Snapshot 20160828 had few updates, but one that was upstreamly fast in Tumbleweed. Kernel-firmware 20160824 made it into Tumbleweed four days after upstream released the firmware. GNOME Map users had an update to version 3.20.3 and disk encryption package cryptsetup updated from 1.7.0 to 1.7.2.

Throw a Beta Pizza Party

September 1st, 2016 by

Prosciutto, anchovy and onion pizza.openSUSE Betas are pizza party time.  Have a Pizza Party and test the openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta.

Geeko in Nuremberg will have a party on Sept. 7 at 10:00 UTC. Any Beta tester in Nuremberg is welcome to attend.

If there’s no party around, you can organize your own. Be sure to check the wiki page! Pick a local pizza place or get some delivered to your home or office; invite friends and colleagues and put your party on the wiki. A new openSUSE user may show up! If you are unsure of how to do it, read this.

Download the Beta…

The latest Beta release is available at software.opensuse.org. Make sure to click on the development version. Install it on a VM, virtualbox or on your hardware. Report or help fix any problems you encounter.
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openSUSE Releases Leap Beta, Modifies Road Map

August 31st, 2016 by

Official Release Scheduled for Nov. 1642 copy

Software testers and Linux enthusiasts can now get the Beta release of openSUSE Leap 42.2, which was released today.

Leap is for pragmatic and conservative technology adopters,” said Ludwig Nussel, the release manager for openSUSE Leap. “Testing the beta helps make Leap even more mature, so we encourage as many people as possible to test it.”

openSUSE Leap focuses on well-established packages, like systemd 228 and Qt 5.6. The release day for the official version is scheduled for Nov. 16, which is one week after SUSECon.

The road map was slightly modified to provide a more accurate release time line.

The Package Freeze date was shifted from the Beta 2 release on Sept. 21 to the Beta 3 release on Oct. 6. Once the Release Candidate comes out on Oct. 18, Linux users, system administrators and developers will gain a better knowledge for why openSUSE Leap is a remarkably professional distribution.

This hybrid community-enterprise distribution is the safe choice because it has the stability of an enterprise distribution with community-built packages; the hundreds of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Service Pack (SP) 2 packages and the thousands of community-built packages allow for an effective development-to-production protocol. While most will be utterly content with the life-cycle and versions of packages in openSUSE Leap, the professional distribution gives developers and organizations an ability to bridge to a faster release cycle with openSUSE Tumbleweed or to a more Long Term Support enterprise solution with SLE.

Testers are encouraged to report any bug found in the beta to https://bugzilla.opensuse.org.

Media who are interested in more information should contact Douglas DeMaio at ddemaio(at)suse.de.

openSUSE.Asia Summit has a logo!!!!

August 12th, 2016 by

 

 

 

We are happy to announce that Ramadoni Ashudi design from Indonesia is selected as official logo for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As the winner Ramadoni Ashudi will receive a “magic box” from the committee.
Ramadoni Ashudi submit two designs and his design-2 selected by 28 voters. His design depicts his version of Tugu Yogyakarta, a monument built by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the first King of Yogyakarta in 1755.
Ana Maria Martinez from Spain also submit her version of Tugu Yogyakarta and selected by 17 voters on the 2nd place.
On the 3rd place, Shawhong Ser from Thailand submit a design that showing Arjuna character from Wayang Kulit, a traditional Javanese shadow puppet. Arjuna is the 3rd Pandava Brothers from Mahabharata. It is selected by 9 voters.

Total of voters = 65
Ramadoni Ashudi-2 = 28
Ana Maria Martinez = 17
Shawhong Ser =  9
Aris Winardi =  4
Ramadoni Ashudi-1 =  4
Kukuh Syafaat =  3
Danang Aji Bimantoro-1 =  0
Danang Aji Bimantoro-2 =  0

The complete result can be seen on the contest web page

Congratulation to Ramadoni, and many thanks and appreciation to Ana, Aris, Danang, Kukuh, Shawhong  for your participation in this contest.

Have fun.

Newest Tumbleweed snapshot updates KDE Applications

July 27th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenThe latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot has updated KDE Applications in the repositories to version 16.04.3.

Snapshot 20160724 had a considerably large amount of package updates for Tumbleweed KDE users, but other updates in the snapshot included updates to kiwi-config-openSUSE, Libzypp to version 16.1.3, yast2-installation to version 3.1.202 and Kernel-firmware to 20160712.

Btrfsprogs also moved to version 4.6.1 in the snapshot, which fixed a long-standing bug that led to mixing data blocks into metadata block groups, according to the change log.

There were two Tumbleweed snapshots this week due to some infrastructure issues that slowed the normal Tumbleweed processes.

However, things are continuing to build and be tested and the next snapshot is expected to provide an update to TeXLive 2016. Linux Kernel 4.7 will not be in the next snapshot since it is still going through testing.

The previous snapshot from earlier in the week, snapshot 20160720, had relatively few updates. Gnome-sessions updated to 3.20.2, python-lxml to 3.6.0, purpose to 1.1, and there was one major version update for Virt-viewer to 4.0.

Tumbleweed updates bash, KDE, new Kernel coming soon

July 20th, 2016 by

There is a lot of excitement around the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots because of new KDE features and the newest stable Linux Kernel, which is expected in the next snapshot.

Snapshot 20160715 brought all those KDE updates Tumbleweed users were looking forward to like Framework 5.24.0, Plasma 5.7.0 and Applications 16.04.3. Breeze icons have a new feature and there is now jump list actions for tasks within an application available with KRunner thanks to the new Plasma. There is plenty of other new features with Plasma 5.7, so check out the video to see what is new.

Another snapshot expected today will likely update the kernel to 4.6.4.

The 20160716 snapshot brought updates in the repositories for bash, glibc and GNU Compiler Collection 6, which fixes compile-time issues in the C++ front end.

There was also updates to autoyast2 and python-requests in the 20160716 snapshot and three libraries were also updated. (more…)

Systemd updates in Tumbleweed, Leap to have GNOME 3.20

July 14th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackThe last update provided on Tumbleweed was almost a month ago and a lot has happened since then.

Besides the release of a an Alpha 2 for openSUSE Leap 42.2 and the five-day openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Tumbleweed snapshots have been rolling along with 10 snapshots since the last update, which highlighted the addition of GNU Compiler Collection 6 as the default compiler for Tumbleweed.

The latest snapshot, 20160710, brought a major release for python3-setuptools to version 24.0.2. Systemd also added some subpackages and python3-numpy squashed some bugs.

Recent snapshots brought LibreOffice 5.2, Mesa 12.0, Kernel 4.6.3 and PulseAudio 9 to Tumbleweed.

Plans for future snapshots have Freetype 2.6.5, disabling a new subpixel hinting mode that was added to version 2.6.4, but it shouldn’t be long for that option to be re-enabled in a future Tumbleweed snapshot.

As for Plasma 5.7.0, the version is still in staging and needs some bug fixes before it will be released.

The planned release in November of the next openSUSE Leap version will have GNOME 3.20, Plasma 5.6.4 and KDE Framework 5.23. The Linux Kernel will be 4.4.