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Beta 3 Release Updates FireFox, KDE Applications, VirtualBox

October 5th, 2016 by

The openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 3 was released today one day ahead of schedule and the last beta for 42.2 brought quite a few new versions for people to test.

VirtualBox was upgraded from version 5.0.24 in Beta 2 to version 5.1.4 and there were an enormous amount of fixes applied to this newer version, which was released in August.

KDE’s Plasma moved from its 5.7.95 beta version in Leap’s Beta 2 to version 5.8.0 in the Beta 3. Plasma 5.8 is new but the purpose of openSUSE Leap is to have well established packages and since Plasma 5.8 is a Long Term Support release, it made sense to have 5.8 in the distribution event though it is very new. Plasma 5.8 will be supported for 18 months, according to KDE’s release team. KDE Applications also have an update in the Beta 3 to version 16.08.1, which unifies the look of KDE and enhance the effects for users.

Firefox 49 was added to the Beta 3. Thunderbird’s has some security and edit fixes with version 45.3.0. Also in the new beta, YaST had storage and ruby updates and there was an installation fix for module crash in the newest yast2-installation 3.1.216 version.


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.


What to expect from Btrfs on openSUSE 13.2?

November 12th, 2014 by

As the first major Linux distribution to have Btrfs as the default file system, what can users and developers expect from openSUSE 13.2?

How is the systems capabilities enhanced?

Btrfs has different performance characteristics; it’s a logging-style file system that provides fault tolerance, repair, and easy management features.

The most well known advantage of Btrfs is the rollback capability with the open-source tool Snapper.

“Btrfs is mature,” said George Shi, who helped rollbacks become a reality for openSUSE users. “It works with Snapper to implement snapshot and rollback, the killer function of Btrfs. You can pick any date you saved to rollback your full system.”


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 83

August 8th, 2009 by

news Issue #83 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • KDE 4.3 review
  • Marek Stopka: YaST Education module is no more GSoC project
  • Linux.com/Rob Day: The Kernel Newbie Corner: What’s in That Loadable Module, Anyway?
  • Jeff Jaffe: Cloud Securityv
  • Nat Friedman: Running Linux in the browser

For a list of available translations see this page:

YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!

November 21st, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project and YaST team are happy to announce the winner of the YaST Mascot Contest. After extensive deliberation, the judges have chosen the Aardvark concept, submitted by Klára Cihlářová.

The judges have also settled on a name for the mascot, which will be called Yastie.

We had a lot of great submissions, and it wasn’t easy picking the best idea out of the bunch. We received a number of high-quality submissions, and it’s clear that a lot of thought and hard work went into each submission. Thanks to everyone who participated, it shows just how important YaST is to the community.

As we mentioned in the contest guidelines, we were looking for an idea for the mascot, and not necessarily the final artwork. We want to make sure that the YaST Mascot fits with other openSUSE artwork and branding. Our own Jakub Steiner (jimmac) is going to work on the final artwork, and we’ll be showing that very soon.

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

YaST Mascot Contest

October 21st, 2008 by

Because not everybody was aware of the contest and wondered a little bit about the reminder mail, we extended the deadline for the YaST mascot contest. The new deadline for the submissions is November 09, 12:00 UTC. Participate, show us your vision of the mascot! We are not only searching for a sketch/picture of the mascot, also for a name. The winners will get all the fame and a stuffed Geeko! So get your pencils/mice/brains ready :-)

More information with the rules in the wiki page.

Report from the YaST Workshop

August 7th, 2008 by

The YaST teams met in Nürnberg recently in the SUSE offices to work on several projects.

The team had a number of ideas and projects to tackle, but had to prioritize and tackle the most interesting and viable ones first.

Installation in IPv6 Environment

IPv6 is now in much better shape with YaST. The installation in an IPv6 project has been completed to a point where installing openSUSE over an IPv6 network is possible. The code is already checked in. See this post on YaST on IPv6 for more info.

SOA for YaST

The next project was to define a service-oriented architecture for YaST, ideally REST based. The goal is that for any other system to use YaST functionality should be as easy as doing a smple HTTP request, even using curl from the command line and refactor modules toward this architecture.

This affects a couple of other research areas, namely:

  • Make YaST Independent of YCP
  • Using CIM from YaST modules (not required)
  • YaST DBus Service
  • YaST PackageKit Service
  • YaST Web User Interface (side effect possibility)

For this project, we split a big team of people to cover each one of the areas of research.

At the end we came up with a REST based API proposal for the NTP configuration. Our plan is to prototype a complete vertical area first. A simple prototype for a client Web application to change the time using the Web service was developed for testing purposes.

Another team focused on implementing the service itself based on our APIs. This produced a Django prototype which performs the tasks, and also PolicyKit integration for the Web requests.

Another team tried a different approach for PolicyKit integration at the SCR (System Configuration Repository) level which could bring some role-based management to YaST today, while the other approaches are more focused on a Web service interface.

The team got interesting results, like the timezone dialog, which had widgets disabled because it was running as a user, but after setting up PolicyKit, it allowed the user to change that setting.

At least the last project will probably make its code into YaST very soon to provide role-based management for some specific usecases. The code of the Web services research will probably be the base to experiment with different approaches, but we are not sure if that will be part of the different implementation.

YaST Interface for Webpin

The YaST interface for Webpin was also was completed, and it is very cool for our community users. It basically allows you to search for packages that you don’t have in your repositories directly from YaST, using the Webpin Web service from Benjamin Weber.

We are now discussing how to integrate YaST and Webpin more.

YaST module using mod_ui directly

The mod_ui project was about trying the concept of the modular user interface for first time. You may remember when Stefan Hundhammer made the multi-desktop-terminal-whatever library libyui independant of YaST.

So the YaST teams wanted to try if it would be possible to write a YaST module with it, and at the same time they say, lets use registration, which needs a UI “rethink” anyway. We are not yet sure if this module will replace the current registration, there are some things that need to be figured out, but at least we will take the UI concepts. See the post for more details.

Getting Involved with YaST

The workshop is over, but there’s still plenty to do with YaST. If you’re interested in contributing to YaST or learning more about how to write YaST modules, see the tutorial on the wiki, and join the YaST team on IRC on irc.opensuse.org in the #yast channel and subscribe to yast-devel on the openSUSE mailing lists.

YaST Workshop in Nuremberg, June 30 through July 4

June 25th, 2008 by

Now that openSUSE 11.0 is out the door, the YaST team is looking to get together and improve YaST even more.

Next week the YaST team will be meeting in Nuremberg, Monday through Friday, to hack on YaST and work on some of the projects on the YaST Research page.

The improvements in YaST for 11.0 have been amazing, but there’s always room for improvement and innovation. Some of the ideas on the table now include:

  • Porting YaST to other distros.
  • Integration with PolicyKit.
  • A Web interface for YaST.
  • Make YaST more IPv6 compatible.
  • Improve YaST documentation.

And there’s a lot more where that came from. If you’d like to get involved with the Hackshop, but don’t happen to be in Nuremberg, there’s a few ways you can participate. If you’re interested in taking part in the workshop remotely, please join in on #yast on Freenode and follow the discussion on yast-devel. We have limited space at the meeting facilities, but may be able to accommodate a few interested developers who would like to help improve YaST.

We’ll have a full report after the Hackfest, and would welcome suggestions and discussion on the yast-devel mailing list.

Blast the bugs out of YaST on April 25: Operation YaST Smash

April 21st, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is going Bug Smashing on April 25, and we want you to join us! We’re looking for openSUSE users and contributors who have some time to help triage YaST bugs and clean up Bugzilla.

Join us on #openSUSE-Factory from 09:00 to 18:00 CEST. We’ll be going through the Bugzilla and reviewing YaST bugs to see which bugs are still valid, gathering information about existing bugs, and generally paring down the bug count to help developers focus on the most crucial problems.

Anyone can participate — you don’t have to be a developer or power user to join in, just point your browser at the openSUSE Bugzilla, log in (be sure to create an account if you don’t have one already) and start searching for bugs against YaST. Help verify bugs that are in Bugzilla, and help close bugs that have already been fixed.

Our goal for Friday is to get the YaST bug count in Bugzilla down and clear the field for YaST developers to concentrate on real bugs that need to be smashed for the openSUSE 11.0 release. You can see the current open bugs here.

Why do we do Bug Smashing days? We want to do a couple of things. First, we want to help to train new contributors who haven’t done bug reporting and triage before. By holding a Bug Smashing Day we can be ready to answer questions and provide support for new bug smashers in real time.

Second, we want to focus our attention on a specific application or feature. In this case, we want to focus on YaST and help clean up the bug database so the YaST team can concentrate on the real problems.

What do you need to participate? Just a Bugzilla account, a system with a relevant release of openSUSE, and be signed in to #openSUSE-Factory.

Can’t participate in the Bug Smashing days? No problem. We encourage Bugzilla cleanup all year round! See the page on submitting bug reports, and join us on #opensuse-factory on Freenode.

Have questions about Bug Smashing? See the Bug Reporting FAQ. If your question still isn’t answered, send a note to Christoph Thiel or Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier.

Novell Open Audio: YaST Improvements and 1-Click-Install

November 5th, 2007 by
Novell Open Audio

As part of their openSUSE series over the next coming weeks, Novell Open Audio is taking a look at the YaST Improvements and 1-Click-Install in openSUSE 10.3. It features interviews with Thomas Göttlicher, Martin Lasarsch and Adrian Schröter. They talk about the YaST speed improvements, openSUSE updater improvements, and of course 1-click-install.