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openSUSE Conference 2016 Day 1

June 22nd, 2016 by
SaltStack Chief Technical Officer and technical founder Thomas Hatch talks about the evolution of Salt and IT automation at the openSUSE Conference on June 22.

SaltStack Chief Technical Officer and technical founder Thomas Hatch talks about the evolution of Salt and IT automation at the openSUSE Conference on June 22.

The first day of this year’s openSUSE Conference went well and the  keynote speaker team of SaltStack Chief Technical Officer and technical founder Thomas Hatch along with Senior SaltStack Engineer David Boucha and SUSE’s Joe Werner showed how powerful Salt is for IT automation.

Boucha gave a live demo and Hatch talked about the evolution of Salt and even talked a little about Salt’s Thorium Reactor, which was added to Salt as an experimental feature in the 2016.3.0 release. Werner discussed how SUSE uses Salt with SUSE Manager.

Frank Sundermeyer, from SUSE’s Documentation Team, gave his impressions of the first day of the conference and details a litte more information about Salt in this blog entry.

The SaltStack Summit was standing room only and the talks will be available in the next few weeks for those who are interested is seeing all the convincing arguments for why developers should use Salt for automation.

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New compiler expected in next Tumbleweed snapshot

June 15th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackA new GNU Compiler Collection for openSUSE‘s rolling release Tumbleweed is scheduled to arrive soon.

Tumbleweed 20160613 snapshot will be the last snapshot to be based on GCC 5, according to the openSUSE Project’s Dominique Leuenberger.

GCC 6 will become the new default compiler, but the release date of the snapshot is difficult to predict right now because Tumbleweed is competing with builds allocated for the next Alpha 2 release of openSUSE Leap 42.2, which is scheduled to be release next week before the openSUSE Conference.

Some fixes in the GCC 6 snapshot will likely be needed, so users should pay attention to the openSUSE Factory Mailing List for any fixes that might be necessary.

Previous snapshots this week also brought some goodies in the repositories for users. Snapshot 20160612 provided Mozilla Firefox 47.0, kernel-firmware 20160609 and AppStream 0.9.6.

The 20160611 snapshot provided git 2.8.4 and several updated YaST packages in the repositories while snapshot 20160609 brought updates to gstreamer, Wayland (1.11.0) and autoyast2.

Help Test Alpha 2 Release

As for Leap 42.2, a lot of focus was made on systemd and GNOME for the Alpha 2 release. Once Alpha 2 is released, we encourage people to test it and get involved with the development on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List.

View the road map for Leap 42.2 releases at https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Roadmap.