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Tumbleweed Snapshots Pick Up Pace

June 8th, 2017 by

The care and thoroughness of making GNU Compiler Collection 7 the default compiler for openSUSE Tumbleweed produced a gradual decrease in snapshots over the past month, but it looks like snapshots of the rolling release are beginning to pick up the pace.

The four snapshots released this week aligns much to closer to upstream development and releases of GNOME, KDE, QEMU and Mesa top the list of this week’s new packages in Tumbleweed.

The newest snapshot, 20170605, saw a patch added for grub2 that fixed page fault exception when grub loads with NVIDIA cards and the libgcrypt 1.7.7 update made the noteworthy fix of a possible timing attack on EdDSA session key, which was previously patched. Nano 2.8.4 also improved PHP syntax highlighting in the snapshot.

Both Mozilla Thunderbird received changes to optimize and enhance compatibility with GCC 7 in the 20170604 snapshot with 64-bit. Expect 32-bit to come soon. QEMU 2.9.0 fixed several Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and improved support for several architectures and virtualization. Snapshot 20170604 also fixed some minor vulnerabilities like CVE-2017-9351 with Wireshark’s 2.2.7 version update and sudo 1.8.20 fixed CVE-2017-1000367.

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GNU Health, openSUSE Pioneer Shift in Healthcare Management

March 13th, 2017 by

The GNU Health Project is one of many noble open-source projects and the openSUSE Project is pleased to announce it has donated 10 Raspberry Pis to help expand the use and development of the project on affordable ARM hardware.

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.

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The weekly review: openSUSE leaps forward, SUSECon jams, Tumbleweed looks at 4.3 Kernel

November 6th, 2015 by

While the work week comes to a close, the openSUSE project’s week continues into the weekend.

The project will have a booth at Open Rhein Ruhr in Oberhausen, Germany, and in two weeks openSUSE will join with SUSE at Super Computing 2015 in Austin, Texas.

openSUSE Leap 42.1 was released this week at SUSECon 2015, which was a blast. If you have not seen the video release at SUSECon called Uptime Funk, you have to listen to it. The hits on YouTube are going through the roof with this parody.

The reviews for openSUSE Leap 42.1 are looking good. While some media are comparing openSUSE Leap 42.1 to the recent release of Fedora 23 (Congratulations Fedora), openSUSE Leap 42.1 is targeting developers, sysadmins and users who want a more mature and stable Linux environment. Through the uses of libraries and other source packages shared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE Leap 42.1 offers something entirely different than the newest open source packages because the openSUSE project has Tumbleweed; Leap’s purpose is focused on giving users who gradually upgrade confidence in our new distribution. While the project is more than happy to gain new Linux users, Leap focuses is on the idea of system upgrades.

Tumbleweed is the project’s other distribution that provide the latest reliable and tested packages, so people who want the latest packages should look at using that rather than Leap. This week Tumbleweed released the 20151030 snapshot.

Some of the newest packages upgraded in that snapshot were Mesa 11.0.4, GNOME 3.18.1, Linux Kernel 4.2.4, LibreOffice 5.0.3 with the GTK3 module split out and XOrg 1.17.4. Expect the Linux kernel to update to 4.3 soon in Tumbleweed.
Expect more news to be posted about Leap in the coming weeks. Details about Power 8 (ppc64le), and ARM (AArch64) in openSUSE Leap 42.1 should be available in the next few weeks as well as some other Leap related news.

The weekly review: Tumbleweed gets 3.18, Leap RC1 out, new T-Shirts in Shop

October 16th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed

Work under the hood in Factory allowed for only one snapshot of Tumbleweed in 10 days, but the 20151012 TW snapshot provided two updates keenly anticipated by rolling release users.

GNOME 3.18 has automatic brightness adjustments for a user’s screen. A progress bar for copying files gives users more awareness about the progress of copying files. Updating device firmware is now easier with 3.18 and there are many more additions.

KDE Applications updated to 15.08.1 and provides more than 40 recorded bugfixes. The release also includes a Long Term Support version of KDE Development Platform 4.14.12.

KDE Applications 15.08.2 is in Factory staging and the 4.2.3 Linux Kernel is also in staging, which removes the kernel desktop flavor.

The previous TW snapshot 20151002 had some problems with Virtualbox, but users who booted the old kernel were unaffected. The kernel and systemd updates were checked in at the same time causing the build of virtualbox to be unresolvable. A fix was quickly published to the update repos, which is rare because normally fixes come in the next snapshot, but knowing there would be some days until the snapshot the fix went to the update repos. TW users are reminded to subscribe to the Factory mailing list so users can be aware of TW solutions and participate in the development of the rolling release. (more…)

The weekly review: Tumbleweed updates to Firefox 41, Geekos gather in Dublin

October 9th, 2015 by

IMG_0374Another large Tumbleweed snapshot was release this week and although the frequency of snapshot haven’t been as often as in previous weeks, the recent snapshot provides plenty of updates for TW users.

A major update to Mozilla Firefox 41 was in the  20151002 snapshot. Another major update in TW was Git going to 2.6.

GNU’s Autoconf Archive jumped from a 2015.02.24 update to a 2015.09.25 update. Systemd updated to 224.

The last snapshot had several updates for the current TW Linux Kernel is 4.2.1, which is just behind the latest stable Kernel 4.2.3. There were also several updates for LibQt 5.5.

There were several more updates in the snapshot.

LinuxCon Europe

This week SUSE had a booth at booth at LinuxCon Europe in Dublin, Ireland, and a few openSUSE Geekos were able to use half the booth to promote openSUSE and all the tools it offers to developers, sysadmins and desktop users.

The event was an astounding success. There were tons of visitors and users at the booth talking about Linux, Free and Open Source Software, openQA, Tumbleweed, Leap and Machinery.

IMG_0381At the booth, there were videos displaying testing of Tumbleweed, Leap and SUSE Linux in openQA. Large groups of developers crowded around the booth to try and figure out what they were watching. It was a great conversation starter and gave Geekos an opportunity to explain why openSUSE is an enjoyable community. Plus SUSE brought beer bottle sleeve coolers and openSUSE brought beer coasters for the booth beer crawl; we know how to have a lot of fun!

Leap

Next on the agenda for the Leap 42.1 roadmap is RC1. The beta was well received and we want to thank everyone who tested it.

There are about 80 open bugs for Leap and thanks to openQA, it’s able to catch a lot of bugs before the releases are released.

 

There are tons of things people can do to help with the release of Leap 42.1 like adding screenshots and features. We hope you all contribute to the wiki and have a lot of fun!

The weekly review: Cleanup after Perl 5.22, reading recommendations

September 10th, 2015 by

TumbleweedAfter an update to Perl 5.22 and adding Plasma 5.4, Tumbleweed had no snapshots this week but there is one expected within the next few days.

The Perl update to 5.22 required a lot of cleanup and much of the resources and efforts for builds were focused on Leap this week.

Last week’s release of Leap’s Milestone 2 was well received and contributors have provided feedback about filling the gaps for items in Leap.

The next important dates for the Leap roadmap are Sept. 20, which is the freeze date, and Sept. 24, which is scheduled to provide the Beta.

Other items that are trending within the openSUSE community are an education program related to the openSUSE.Asia Summit and the implementation of the openSUSE landing page, which should be published soon, and an openSUSE search page, which contributors can add new search engines to if they would like.

A topic we want to share in this weekly review is a reading list the SUSE Documentation team lead Markus Feilner put together about 10 books every Linux and Open Source newbie should know.

Top 10 books

  1. Linus Torvalds, “Just for Fun”
  2. Eric S. Raymond, “The cathedral and the bazaar”
  3. Richard M. Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Joshua Gay,: “Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman”
  4. George Dyson “Turings cathedral”
  5. Neil Stephenson: “Cryptonomicon”
  6. Tom de Marco: “The deadline”
  7. Frederick P. Brooks “The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering”
  8. Gorko Adzic “Impact Mapping”
  9. Gunther Dueck,  “Schwarmdumm – So bloed sind wir nur im Team” (german only)
  10. O’Reilly, “Open Source – kurz & gut” (german only)

Another website read that is good is Tim O’Reilly’s Ten Myths about Open Source Software.

Please feel free to comment below and give us your thoughts. Have a lot of fun!

The weekly review: Tumbleweed gets 4.1.5, TW-shirt at FrOSCon

August 22nd, 2015 by

TumbleweedThis week Tumbleweed posted two snapshots in spite of the fact many developers with families had been on holidays before school begins.

In those two snapshots, there were changes to  PyQt4 and an upgrade to a newer Kernel.

Tumbleweed

No major versions were upgraded in the 20150819 Tumbleweed snapshot, but TW did update to Linux Kernel 4.1.5.

The 20150815 snapshot there were bug-fixes in PyQt4 for 4.11.4., 4.11.3 and 4.11.2. Added support was also applied for Qt v4.8.6 and there were several other updates.

FrOSCon

This weekend, we are at the Free and Open Source Software Conference at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Jon “Maddog” Hall, chairman of the non profit Linux International and co-founder of the open source initiative, gives a Keynote speech titled “Beginning of the End or End of the Beginning?

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The weekly review: LibreOffice 5 in Tumbleweed, Leap trends, landing page almost ready

August 13th, 2015 by

IMG_0321Tumbleweed had four snapshots since our last weekly review, upgraded to a newer Kernel and has the latest LibreOffice 5, while Leap’s roadmap was published and version 42 is a trending topic on the Factory mailing list.

Tumbleweed – TW

Tumbleweed 20150807 snapshot last Friday gave many users an update they had been anticipating for a while; LibreOffice 5!

The updated version gives users improved user interface and design. LibreOffice 5 has a new AutoCorrect extension to simplify Emoji and other Unicode character input using de facto standard Emoji shortcodes, and other keywords surrounded by colons. It is now possible to crop an image with the mouse. Crop image, Format ▸ Image ▸ Crop menu entry and Graphic toolbar.

LensFun updated to 0.3.1 and improved performance when used with 32-bit float image buffers and introduced automated testing. It has new interchangeable lenses for Canon Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus Panasonic, Samsung and Sony models.

In the 20150810 snapshot, the Linux Kernel was updated to 4.1.4, which is trailing the newest 4.1.5 stable kernel, but expect the newest stable kernel soon.

Leap

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The weekly review: Tumbleweed and Leap

August 5th, 2015 by

gotherborgThere were multiple things that happened this week with openSUSE, but rather than making each happening a short snippet of information on news.opensuse.org, we felt it best to provide you this weekly review.

Tumbleweed – TW

Tumbleweed updated the Kernel package to 4.1.3-2.1 and 61 packages were upgraded in the 20150802 snapshot. Kernel 4.1.4 may make it in the next snapshot, but it’s more likely to be in the subsequent snapshot. LibreOffice 5.0 was accepted in staging and is on its way to Factory, so soon it should make it’s way into a snapshot.

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The Board Election 2012

November 13th, 2012 by

This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2012 Board elections[0].

The timeline we decided for this year election is the following:

November 13th (Phase 0)
– Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2012.
– Start of 2 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
– Start of 2 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.

November 27th
– Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

November 28th (Phase 1)
– Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

December 5th (Phase 2)
– Ballots open

December 16th
– Ballots close (end of phase 2)

December 17th
– Announcement of the results

So, if you want to participate in the openSUSE board and influence the future direction of the project please stand up and announce your candidacy. If you want to vote for the candidates, please make sure your openSUSE membership [1] is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now[2] and be a part of the changes to come.

For the openSUSE Board will be 2 seats to be elected, each for a 2 year term.

If you have any questions about the election or the board’s tasks, please contact the election commitee (election-officials@opensuse.org) or the board (board@opensuse.org).

With Honour
This year Election Committee
Bryen M Yunashko
Izabel Valverde
Thomas Schmidt

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election
[1] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Members
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Membership_officials#Process