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Optimal Release for Linux Professionals Arrives with openSUSE Leap 42.2

November 16th, 2016 by

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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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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…)

Six Tumbleweed snapshots roll, update systemd, xen, Firefox

August 17th, 2016 by

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 15.46.06 copySnapshot 20160808 brought openSUSE Tumbleweed users Plasma 5.72 shortly after last week’s article was published, but it didn’t last long.

This week Tumbleweed appears to have a strong wind making it roll remarkably fast as openSUSE’s popular rolling release had six snapshots since the last update was published.

The latest snapshot, 20160815, was fairly small updating gstreamer-plugins-bad, libgusb and opus codecs.

Snapshot 20160813 updated repositories for systemd and kernel-source were updated to enable missing BayTrail and LynxPoint drivers. Yast2-firstboot was updated in this snapshot as well as a snapshot the day before. The multipath-tools package had the most fixes and cleanup in the 20160813 snapshot.

Some users might already be using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox after the 20160812 snapshot, which updated Firefox to version 48. Plasma 5.72 had a very short life in Tumbleweed as version 5.7.3 rolled over the previous version that arrived just four days earlier. Other notable updates in the snapshot were qemu, NetworkManager-openvpn and gfxboot.

Snapshot 20160811 had only two packages update in Tumbleweed, but there were a significant amount of patches and cleanup for grub2. (more…)

SoftIron CEO announces new ARM server running openSUSE Leap

June 24th, 2016 by
Chief Executive Officer of SoftIron, Norman Fraser, Ph.D., provides the keynote talk at the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 24.

Chief Executive Officer of SoftIron, Norman Fraser, Ph.D., provides the keynote talk at the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 24.

The keynote speaker for the openSUSE Conference today and Chief Executive Officer of SoftIron, Norman Fraser, Ph.D., made a big announcement about the release of a new powerful ARM server that comes with essential tools to get the 64-bit ARM development up and running, out-of-the-box.

Fraser announced the availability of the affordable, feature rich Overdrive 1000, which is an entry level 64-bit ARM® developer system, powered by the AMD Opteron A1100™ series processor.

“Many developers want more than what the DIY boards can offer but only need specific parts of the functionality delivered by full on enterprise systems,” Fraser said.

The Overdrive 1000 will run openSUSE Leap and comes with Apache webserver, MySQL, PHP, Xen, KVM Hypervisor, Docker and OpenJDK pre-installed so developers can get to work and see results straight out-of-the-box, according to Fraser.

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