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Last Release Candidate for openSUSE Leap 42.2 Released

November 2nd, 2016 by

The development cycle for openSUSE Leap 42.2 Release Candidates (RC) is coming to an end.

RC2, which will be followed by the stable release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 on Nov. 16, is now available for testers after its release today.

“A big change is that the Mesa Nouveau 3D driver was split out to a
separate package as KDE crashes with it on some newer NVidia cards,” wrote release manager Ludwig Nussel to the openSUSE Factory Mailing List.

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 ddemaio@suse.de.

Tumbleweed Gets Two New Kernels

October 26th, 2016 by

In less than a week, openSUSE Tumbleweed had two snapshots that included new Linux Kernels.

Snapshot 20161020 brought users Linux Kernel 4.8.3 and and four days later snapshot 20161024 brought the 4.8.4 Linux Kernel. A kernel patch for the Dirty Cow security vulnerability (CVE-2016-5195) came quickly to the rolling release and was available by Saturday.

The snapshots in between the two kernel snapshots brought timezone updates in  snapshot 20161023 and KDE updates with snapshot 20161022.

Snapshot 20161022 fixed a three-year-old bung in ghostscript fixing CVE-2013-5653.

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.

Tumbleweed gets new Wayland, FreeType, Digikam

October 13th, 2016 by

dododotsA 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.

Wayland 1.12.0 was updated in the repositories and the snapshot also brought Qt 5.7.0, Lightdm 1.19.5 and Libreoffice Mono moved to version 4.6, but most of the fixes in this version seemed to address Mac and Window user crashes.

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.

Beta 3 Release Updates FireFox, KDE Applications, VirtualBox

October 5th, 2016 by

The openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 3 was released today one day ahead of schedule and the last beta for 42.2 brought quite a few new versions for people to test.

VirtualBox was upgraded from version 5.0.24 in Beta 2 to version 5.1.4 and there were an enormous amount of fixes applied to this newer version, which was released in August.

KDE’s Plasma moved from its 5.7.95 beta version in Leap’s Beta 2 to version 5.8.0 in the Beta 3. Plasma 5.8 is new but the purpose of openSUSE Leap is to have well established packages and since Plasma 5.8 is a Long Term Support release, it made sense to have 5.8 in the distribution event though it is very new. Plasma 5.8 will be supported for 18 months, according to KDE’s release team. KDE Applications also have an update in the Beta 3 to version 16.08.1, which unifies the look of KDE and enhance the effects for users.

Firefox 49 was added to the Beta 3. Thunderbird’s has some security and edit fixes with version 45.3.0. Also in the new beta, YaST had storage and ruby updates and there was an installation fix for module crash in the newest yast2-installation 3.1.216 version.


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

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.

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.