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LibreOffice, Firefox, Curl Receive Updates in Tumbleweed

January 15th, 2020 by

Several packages were updated this week for openSUSE Tumbleweed as was expected after the holiday season. Five snapshots of the rolling release have been delivered so far this week after passing the rigorous testing applied by openQA.

The releases are trending incredibly stable with trending or recorded ratings abovea 96 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The most recent snapshot, 20200112, updated Xfce desktop environment with an update for xfce4-session 4.14.1 and xfce4-settings 4.14.2. Various developer visible changes were made with Google’s 20200101 re2 library for regular expressions updates. GNOME’s application for managing images with a users Flickr account, frogr 1.6, removed the deprecated use of GTimeVal. The open source platform for the scale-out of public and private cloud storage, glusterfs 7.1, fixed storage rebalancing caused by an input error and fixed a memory leak in the glusterfsd process. ImageMagick version 7.0.9.14 optimized the special effects performance of Fx and virglrenderer 0.8.1, which is a project to investigate the possibility of creating a virtual 3D GPU for use inside qemu virtual machines to accelerate 3D rendering, added some patches. The snapshot continued to update packages for KDE Applications 19.12.1 that started in the 20200111 snapshot. Improvements to the scroll wheel speed was made for KDE’s Dolphin, the video editing software Kdenlive had multiple fixes and an adjustment for faster rendering, and obsolete code was removed from Applications’ diagram package umbrello. Most of the KDE Applications packages also updated the Copyright year to 2020.

In addition to the  KDE Applications 19.12.1 packages that began arriving in snapshot 20200111, KDE’s Plasma 5.17.5 also arrived in the snapshot. The updated Plasma fixed a regression in the “Port the pager applet away from QtWidgets” and fixed the drag from Dolphin to a virtual desktop switcher widget. The Plasma NetworkManager also had a fix for a crash when changing advanced IPv4 configurations. The much-anticipated fix for the security vulnerability in Firefox was made with the Mozilla update to Firefox 72.0.1; there were eight Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) fixes in the update from the previous 71 version included in Tumbleweed, but the 72.0.1 fixed the bug that hackers could use to access a computer of anyone using the browser because of incorrect alias information in the IonMonkey JIT compiler. LibreOffice 6.4.0.1 added a patch to fix a button that allowed the wrong ordering of a Qt interface and curl 7.68.0 had a lengthy amount of fixes and changes to include adding a BearSSL vtls implementation for the Transport Layer Security (TLS). openSUSE’s snapper 0.8.8 version had a rewrite of a subpackage from Python to C++ and several YaST packages were updated, which included the fixing of an error during an upgrade if /var/lib/YaST2 was missing when using Btrfs.

Troubleshooting tool sysdig was updated in snapshot 20200110; it fixed a memory leak as well as updated the use of Kubernetes APIs to support version 1.16.vMany GNOME packages were updated to version 3.34.3 and the fwupd 1.3.6 package for updating firmware added a new plugin for working with embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) devices. A drop of python3-setuptools dependencies from rpm-build was made with the update of rpm 4.15.1 and Optimized Inner Loop Runtime Compiler (orc) 0.4.31 fixed various PowerPC issues.

Snapshots 20200109 and 20200108 had a minimal amount of package updates, but the Linux Kernel was updated to version 5.4.7 in the 20200108, which provided a large amount of updates from the previous 5.3.12 kernel Tumbleweed was running. Updates for Btrfs in the kernel were plentiful and there were about a handful of fixes in the kernel for IBM’s s390 and for the file system ext4.

LibreOffice, php, GTK Packages Updated in Tumbleweed

January 31st, 2019 by

Three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots were released this week.

The three snapshots delivered new versions of php7, poppler, gtk3 and LibreOffice. The first snapshot of the week completed all the package upgrades for KDE Applications, which began showing up in last week’s snapshots.

The most recent snapshot, 20190126, brought libreoffice 6.2.0.3, which added a patch to build with java-11.2; the new version also includes a patch submitted last week that has the basic rendering of organizational charts with LibreOffice’s SmartArt objects. There were plenty of security fixes made with java-11-openjdk 11.0.2.0 to include improved JPEG processing and web server connections. The jump from btrfsprogs 4.19.1 to 4.20.1 brought a new metadata Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) feature and a lightweight change of the UUID without rewriting all metadata became available in the newest version. There was a fix for GVariant tests on the P6 microarchitecture i686 with the update of glib2 2.58.3. The newest version of gnome-builder, 3.30.3, now uses –frame and –thread with the GNU Project debugger. Widget toolkit gtk3 3.24.4 had a few fixes for Wayland and updated translations. GNOME’s mobile-broadband-provider-info package was updated after almost two-years to the 20190116 version; the package provides mobile broadband settings for various service provider and a prepaid feature for Iliad telecommunications in Italy help trigger the updated version. Several bug fixes were made with the php7 7.3.1, which included a timevalue change for the curl_getinfo transfer. Significant changes were made in both poppler and poppler-qt5 0.72.0 to avoid cycles in PDF parsing and memory leak, respectively. Other packages updated in the snapshot worth noting were snapper  0.8.2, wicked and YaST.

Snapshot 20190125 only brought a handful of updated packages. The email, contacts and calendar server package cyrus-imapd  2.4.20 provided a fix for crash and a fix for a configured socket path is too long for its buffer. The package without a description, python-xcffib 0.6.0, was updated. The qpdf  8.3.0 and yast2-schema 4.1.1 packages were updated in the snapshot. Attackers can be thwarted with the upgrade of distributed messaging package zeromq 4.3.1.

Snapshot 20190124 completed all the package upgrades for KDE’s Applications 18.12.1, which offers about 20 bug fixes. Tumbleweed started the week with an upgrade of the Linux Kernel to 4.20.2. Indonesian and Spanish translations were updated with the libstorage-ng 4.1.78 update. The package for tracking mission-critical IT infrastructure, nagios 4.4.3, had more than a dozen fixes with one of those fixing a make error when building on the aarch64 architecture. The lightweight Music Player pragha 1.3.99 added a new visualizer plugin and remote desktop client remmina 1.3.0 added language detection and removed deprecated floating toolbar. A long list of changes were made with python-kiwi 9.17.1 package and yast2 packages had several changes for the network, firewall and apparmor packages.

Snapshot 20190124 recorded an unstable rating of 70, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer. Snapshot 20190125 is trending as moderately stable with a rating of 77 and snapshot 20190126 is trending as stable with a current rating of 88.

Transactional Updates in openSUSE Leap 15

May 15th, 2018 by

This blog is part of a series of technical blogs leading up to the release of openSUSE Leap 15. All of the blogs provide a use case regarding openSUSE Leap and the packages available in the distribution. Happy reading.

Transactional Updates is one of the exciting new features available in the upcoming release of openSUSE Leap 15, which is scheduled to be officially released May 25.

Contributed by the Kubic Project, Transactional Updates provides openSUSE systems with a method of updating the operating system and its packages in an entirely ‘atomic’ way. Updates are either applied to the system all together in a single transaction, or not at all. This happens without influencing the running system. If an update fails, or if the successful update is deemed to be incompatible or otherwise incorrect, it can be discarded to immediately return the system to its previous functioning state.

This differs from existing alternatives that already exist in the open source world. Some users use a rather exorbitant approach of maintaining multiple versions of their system in multiple partitions on disk to switch between the partitions to address a fear of tampering with a perfectly running system.

This juggling approach works, but takes an exorbitant amount of disk storage and maintenance efforts. More modern approaches like using ostree and snap attempt to address these problems and bring atomic/transactional updates to their users. However, these solutions have unintended consequence as users, developers, and partnering software vendors all learn new ways of managing their systems and existing packages cannot be re-used, which require either repackging or conversion. All of this develops to a situation where adopters need to redesign their mindsets, systems, tools and company policies to work with these clever tools. These workarounds have some key flaws that Kubic’s Transactional Updates feature strives to avoid.

Under the hood, Transactional Updates are made simple. Utilising the same btrfs, snapper, and zypper technologies that are trusted defaults in openSUSE Leap, Transactional Updates do something very similar to the traditional snapshots and rollbacks in Leap. However, Transactional Updates it never touches the running system. Instead of patching the current system, the transactional-update tool creates a new snapshot. All of the operations required by the update are carried out into a snapshot that ensures the current system is untouched with no changes impacting the running system.

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Official KDE Plasma 5.12 Release Now in Tumbleweed

February 8th, 2018 by

Mesa 18, cryptsetup 2 Also Arrive in Snapshots

KDE Plasma 5.12 transitioned from it beta version of 5.11.95 to the official release in an openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot earlier this week.

On the same day of the upstream release, Tumbleweed snapshot 20180206 brought the new desktop software to its thousands of rolling release users. Improved performance and several new features are available in Plasma 5.12 like Wayland-only Night Color feature that allows adjustments to the screen color temperature to reduce eye strain and the System Activity and System Monitor display per-process graphs for the CPU usage. The new KDE Store offers a wide selection of addons that are ready to be installed. Plasma 5.12 is the second long-term support (LTS) release from the Plasma 5 team and will be the version used in openSUSE’s traditional distribution openSUSE Leap 15, which is expected to be released this spring.

Other notable packages updated in the 20180206 snapshot were compiler cache (ccache) 3.3.6, which improved instructions on how to get cache hits between different working directories. Translations were made for Indonesian, Danish and Catalan in updates of gfxboot from 4.5.26 to 4.5.29. Kernel module handling kmod 25 improved testsuite and allows mkosi to run testsuite in different Linux distributions. The Linux Kernel was updated to 4.15.1.

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Plasma 5.11, GNOME 3.26.1 Land in Tumbleweed

October 12th, 2017 by

The week has been pretty exciting for desktop enthusiast running openSUSE Tumbleweed since two of this week’s snapshots delivered new versions of GNOME and KDE respectively.

Snapshot 20171010, which is the most recent release, fixed numerous memory leaks with ImageMagick 7.0.7.6 and apache 2.4.28 fixed Optionsbleed or Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)-2017-9798, which allows remote attackers to read secret data from process memory. Cmake 3.9.4 added support for Boost 1.65.0 and 1.65.1 and hplip 3.17.9 added support for several new printers. New features were added for the Quick Emulator (QEMU) with the new libvirt 3.8.0 version. Two major version updates were also available in the snapshot; some targets may rebuild when upgrading with the software construction tool SCons 3.0.0 and the memory allocator Jemalloc 5.0.1 added several improvements and new features including the addition of mutex profiling, which collects a variety of statistics useful for diagnosing overhead/contention issues.

Tumbleweed KDE users saw Plasma 5.11 make its way into snapshot 20171009 less than 24 hours after the official upstream release. The new Plasma 5.11 brings a redesigned settings app, improved notifications and a more powerful task manager. The release is the first release to contain the new “Vault”, a system to allow the user to encrypt and open sets of documents in a secure and user-friendly way.    Several CVE fixes were made with the update of Mozilla Firefox 56.0, but users should be aware that Firefox has no 32-bit builds for the application. The Linux Kernel was also upgraded to version 4.13.5 in the snapshot.

Several libraries and XFCE plugins were updated in the 20171007 snapshot and Mesa 17.2.2 had several Vulkan ANV/RADV driver fixes. Support for LLVM 5.0 for the Gallium3D architecture when using SCons was also added with the new Mesa version. YaST 4.0.10 fixed the handling of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) signatures when running in insecure mode. (more…)

Enterprise Beta Sources Added to openSUSE Leap 42.3 Build

May 19th, 2017 by

Sources from the beta version of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Service Pack 3 (SP3) arrived today in the latest build for openSUSE’s next minor release of the 42 series.

The transition to a rolling development process for openSUSE Leap 42.3 has changed the traditional milestone process, but fixed milestones are alive and well with SLE development and Leap is benefiting from that hardened, enterprise core.

The latest sources from SLE SP3 Beta included in Leap builds are security and bug fixes n SUSEConnect version 0.3.0. Additionally, cpupower updated to a turbostat version with 17.04.12. The shared zypper 1.13.27 version helps to tag packages installed by user request as ‘i+’. The beta and Leap build also cleanup an algorithm for rollback snapshots with Snapper 0.5.0. Ceph’s  12.0.2 sets higher disk and memory constraints so s390x builds don’t fail. SLE SP3 and Leap also share the same 4.4.68 Linux Kernel, which provides plenty of improvements for architectures and wireless drivers.

Yast2-installation moved Container as a Service Platform to yast2-caasp package and added a features request, which added Network Time Protocol Servers settings to the overview dialog.

Community packages differing from SLE SP 3 Beta that testers can find in Leap are new features from Mozilla Thunderbird 52.1.0 and security fix from Mozilla Firefox 52.1.1. This past week KDE Applications was updated in the Leap builds to version 17.04.0. Two weeks ago, a Leap build for 42.3 updated Mesa from version 11.2.2 to version 17.0.4 (now Mesa 17.0.5), so more Graphics Processing Units are supported.

“I’d like to ask package maintainers and users alike to check whether there are any bigger changes left to be done in 42.3,” release manager Ludwig Nussel wrote to the openSUSE Factory Mailing List. “If so, please submit affected packages ASAP.”

There are only a few more days left to get any major version updates in the next minor Leap 42 version. All major version updates have a submission deadline of May 21.

Leap 42.3 builds have been coming out on a regular basis with new community packages being updated in the newest builds. Testers are encouraged to test the rolling development and can download the iso image from the development button on software.opensuse.org. After installing Leap, testers can enter the terminal and enter zypper update for the newest Leap 42.3 packages.

Don’t forget to report bugs if you find one.

Tumbleweed Snapshots Bring Users New Vulkan, 4.9.7 Kernel

February 9th, 2017 by

Six Tumbleweed snapshots this week brought users newer versions of GStreamer, Wine, Vulkan, and a new Linux Kernel.

The new 4.9.7 kernel arrived over the weekend with the 20170204 snapshot.

The new kernel sources updated config files and fixed a build failure specific to DWARF (Debugging with Attributed Records Format). The snapshot added support for the Perl client ddclient to version 3.8.3 and yast2-installation 3.2.20 added an all-in-one installation overview for SUSE’s new Container as a Service Platform product. More information about CaaSP and transactional updates can be found in a video presented by Thorsten Kukuk at FOSDEM.

GNU Compiler Collection 6.3.1 passed testing in openQA and made it into the 20170205 snapshot and so did python-cryptography 1.7.2 and getdata 0.10.0, which is a library that provides an Application Programming Interface (API) to interface with Dirfile databases.

The 20170206 snapshot gave users Wine 2.1, which provided fixes that were deferred during the code freeze and Direct2D rendering improvements. Mercurial 4.1 reduced server-side PCU usage with a new compression engine.

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Optimal Release for Linux Professionals Arrives with openSUSE Leap 42.2

November 16th, 2016 by

A Professional Distribution for Developers, System Administrators and Users

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Members of the openSUSE Project are pleased to announce the release of the next minor version of Leap; openSUSE Leap 42.2! Leap is made to give stability-minded users and conservative technology adopters peace of mind. openSUSE Leap 42.2 is powered by the Linux 4.4 Long-Term-Support (LTS) kernel and is a secure, stable and reliable server operating system for deploying IT services in physical, virtual or cloud environments.

A selective process of including well-established packages in openSUSE Leap 42.2 gives new meaning to the term Linux Optimization; openSUSE Leap is simply the safe choice that offers Linux professionals a user-friendly desktop and a feature-rich server environment.

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Continuing the tradition of using source code from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), openSUSE Leap 42.2 provides a level of stability unmatched by other Linux distributions. With community-built packages on top of Leap’s enterprise reliability, openSUSE Leap users benefit both from community and enterprise maintenance efforts.

Contributions to openSUSE Leap from SUSE include several new features like Network Functions Virtualization capabilities that combines Open vSwitch with the Data Plane Development Kit to process packets faster. YaST also has a significant amount of improvements and new features.

Community contributions were equally enormous as more than 1,400 new packages made it into this newest Leap version, with 42.2 providing 17% more packages than 42.1.

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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.

Ceph, Git, YaST, kernel update in Tumbleweed

August 24th, 2016 by

openSUSE Tumbleweed had another abundant week of snapshots.

Four Tumbleweed snapshots were released since the last article and the snapshot of the week, 20160816, brought users a new version of gtk3 (3.20.8). Updated in the repositories for this snapshot was an updated version of yast2-auth-client (3.3.10). Cairo graphics fixed several bugs and Apache2 removed the omc xml config because the change log states it is “useless nowdays.”

Snapshot 20160817 has several updates for the scalable storage platform ceph, which added an ability to reduce the constraints on resources required to build ceph and ceph-test packages. Git updated to version 2.9.3 and glib2 had several subpackages updated as did gnome-desktop. This snapshot caused quite a bit of chatter on the openSUSE Factory mailing list and serves as a reminder for people using openSUSE Tumbleweed to subscribed to the mailing list so they are aware of the updates.

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