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Announcing openSUSE’s status page – status.opensuse.org

May 10th, 2017 by
Screenshot Status Page

Screenshot https://status.opensuse.org/

Worried about downtimes and maintenance windows of openSUSE services that you missed because there was no information provided? ;-)

Now is your chance to get informed about any (un-)expected downtime of any openSUSE service!

The openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that status.opensuse.org is up and running as public status page, providing you with the latest updates about our infrastructure.  We tried our best to get the page mobile friendly and easy to understand. Even RSS and Atom feeds are available. A big “thank you” to the team from Cachet, the open source status page system, for developing that great tool.

You wonder where this status page get’s it’s information from?

For the moment, the Heroes will update the page manually with information – until our new monitoring system is up and running and can take over some parts of the job. Thanks to a nice API, updates and status queries can be done even via command line (and therefor integrated in whatever tool you can imagine). But as we want to provide you with the best information available, we might still use a “human form” instead of automatism. Let’s see what the future brings and how familiar we will get with the tool…

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Excited about oSC17? Volunteer to experience another aspect of it!

May 8th, 2017 by

oSC17 is just around the corner, and if you want to be part of making it awesome you can now sign up to become a volunteer!

Volunteers are invaluable to conferences, and they play a major role in creating a pleasant conference atmosphere for attendees.

We need volunteers to help out with various things throughout the conference, such as:

  • Help at the registration desk, which involves:
    • welcoming people at the conference and marking them as attended
    • help people find what they are looking for (rooms, toilet, bus stop, etc.)
    • assist people with the schedule, and direct them to the next available session (keynote, workshop, etc)
    • provide people with a t-shirt and urge them to put on a name tag
    • handle incidents that might come up
  • Help with speakers by making sure that:
    • speakers know where they need to be before their talk
    • there is a bottle of water and glasses at the speaker desk
    • speakers upload their presentation and make the link public in OSEM
  • Help setup everything on Friday morning, and tear down on Sunday evening

Volunteers will receive an instructions sheet, as well as a short briefing. Please be available at the registration desk 15-30 minutes prior to the time you are scheduled to volunteer.

Make sure to fill out the volunteers form, so that we know we can count on your help!

See you soon at oSC17, 26-28 May 2017!

Tumbleweed Snapshots Update Fonts, Perl, Python Packages

April 27th, 2017 by

openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots this week gave many newer versions of Perl and Python packages, but several other packages were updated in the repositories including some open fonts.

Google and Adobe fonts were updated in snapshots 20170424 and 20170420 with google-croscore-fonts and adobe-sourcehansans-fonts being added to the repositories respectively.

Besides the google-croscore-fonts in snapshots 20170424, users can get a fix for the CD/DVD burning software Brasero, which provided a patch for Grub2 that fixes builds with the GNU Composite Compilers, and kdebase4-workspace offers a diff to fix an error reported by GCC7, which should be helpful as Tumbleweed works closer to adapt the newest GCC. The snapshot also delivered a patch for VirtualBox that will provide an eventual Application Programming Interface change for the release of Leap 42.3. (more…)

Samba, Ceph, LightDM Update in Tumbleweed Snapshots

April 20th, 2017 by

Snapshots released the past two weeks of openSUSE Tumbleweed have slowed down a bit, but new software continues to be updated in the five snapshots that have been release since April 6.

The most recent snapshot, 20170417, brought Samba 4.6.2, which had an enormous amount of bug fixes and addressed regression issues introduced by the security fixes for CVE-2017-2619. gPhoto had lots of improvements thanks to the update to libgphoto2 2.5.13. The snapshot also updated ethtool to version 4.10, which synchronized the utility used for displaying and modifying some parameters of network interface controllers with the upstream release, and yast2-fonts’ 3.2.0 version fixed regression introduced in version 3.1.17 and added UTF-8 encoding to Ruby strings.

Snapshot 20170414  provided the 3.5.25 version of squid in the repositories, which fixed aspects involved with data connections and FTP traffic intercepts, and yast2-dhcp-server’s 3.2.2 version fixed a crash happens with the latest yast2-core and yast2-ruby-bindings packages. The premier library for Internationalization Components for Unicode (ICU), which provides globalized support for software applications, was updated to version  58.2 and fixed some issues for Cantonese, Greek and Arabic users as well as updated Emoji characters and 19 new symbols for the new 4K TV standard.

Mozilla Firefox fixed a startup crash on Linux with it’s 52.0.2 release in Tumbleweed’s 20170413 snapshot and the Linux Kernel was updated to version 4.10.9. Linux Kernel initiator open-iscsi had a large amount of patch removals and additions. The btrfs file system matured even more with the release of version 4.10.2. The suite and art application Calligra received a fix for crash when using arrow keys in version 3.0.1 and it’s Flow chart added undo commands. The snapshot also merged upstream Ceph fixes for the codestream. WindowMaker 0.95.8 added some patches and new features for veteran users. (more…)

Bird Watching: An openSUSE Maker Project

April 18th, 2017 by

Creating cool projects is what makes openSUSE so much fun and a recent project by an openSUSE member highlights just how creative and fun one can be using openSUSE.

Adrian Schröter took a Raspberry Pi 3 using openSUSE to create a 3D-printed foldable tripod and took the idea even further by using the Raspberry Pi 3 used to build the tripod to take interval photographs of a Storch and it’s nest with a Sony A5100 camera.

The nest appeared in 2016 and Schröter has been taking pictures of the Storch and it’s nest for a few months.

To print the foldable tripod, Schröter made the design using FreeCAD, which is a general purpose 3D Computer-Aided Design program that he packages for openSUSE’s distributions. Sony A5100 support for Gphoto from another community member, Marcus Meissner, helped to get the camera functioning to take photos roughly every 30 seconds.

Schröter has a blog about that updates pictures about the Storch and it’s nest at http://www.storch-bleckmar.de. The blog is in German, so brush up on your Deutsch or just enjoy the photos.

Conference to have Daily Keynote Speakers

April 5th, 2017 by

The openSUSE Conference is about seven weeks away and this year will again have high-quality keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference at the Z-Bau in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 26 – 28 will be from SaltStack, KDE and Free Software Foundation Europe.

Matthias Kirschner, President of FSFE, will take the stage on May 26 at 10 a.m. and provide attendees an exorbitant amount of information about governance and open source.

Later that evening, there will be entertainment and a Brazilian style barbecue, so stick around for the Friday night fun.

The following day (May 27) at 10 a.m., we welcome back the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SaltStack, Thomas Hatch. Hatch will be discussing how to control modern data center complexity, and turn it to a competitive advantage, using SaltStack and SUSE technologies.

This year vice-president of the KDE e.V., Aleix Pol, will discuss the development process, and then will go over what the KDE community has been up to in terms of Quality Assurance. Pol’s keynote, which is at 10 a.m. on May 28, will present ideas to collaborate and create better solutions together across the open-source ecosystem.

If you have not registered for the openSUSE Conference, now would be a good time. Look for the schedule to be released in the coming weeks.

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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Systemd Gets Important Commit in Tumbleweed

March 9th, 2017 by

A total of five snapshots this week brought openSUSE Tumbleweed users and developers several new packages and an important systemd commit.

Topping this week’s updates were Wireshark, Wayland and KDE Frameworks  5.31.0.

Snapshot 201700308 brought an import commit for systemd that makes sure to destroy all name watching bus slots when kicked off the bus, according to the change log. The snapshot also produced an update to e2fsprogs 1.43.4, which provided a fix for e2fsck’s handling of system.data extended attributes for small files and file 5.30 added some upstream patches.

The 201700305 snapshot produced several packages including diffutils 3.5.15, tcpdump 4.9.0, libX11 1.6.5 and google-noto-fonts 20161025. Grep had a major version update to 3.0 and uses fdupes to replace duplicate files with symlinks. The bluetooth protocol stack BlueZ was updated in the snapshot for version 5.44. (more…)

Committee Accepting Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit

March 3rd, 2017 by

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is accepting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the second half of 2017. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia and is attended by contributors and enthusiasts from all over Asia.

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution and its applications for personal and enterprise use. It brings together the openSUSE community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.

Past Summits

The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2016. The Summit’s preference is to find new locations each year as we spread openSUSE throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent openSUSE event. We need individuals and communities to get together and organize a successful openSUSE.Asia Summit. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee assists throughout the  process. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following web sites:

Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017

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openSUSE Heroes December meeting – final results

February 25th, 2017 by

While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.

openSUSE Heroes meeting

So what are our results – and how does the prioritized action item list look like?

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