Developers Can Make Use of GCC 9, QEMU 4, Wireshark 3
This week produced a smooth and rapid release of stable openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot as the rolling release produced a total of five stable or trending stable snapshots, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
The production of snapshots provided both large and small package updates with GNU Compiler Collection 9, Wireshark 3.0.1, QEMU 4.0, KDE Applications 19.04.1, GNOME 3.32.2 and KDE Plasma 5.15.5 rounding out the largest package updates this week.
The latest Tumbleweed snapshot, 20190514, hailed in twenty recorded bug fixes for KDE Applications 19.04.1, which include improvements to Kontact, Ark, Cantor, Dolphin, Kdenlive, Spectacle and Umbrello. Among the highlighted fixes were a crash in KMail’s text sharing plugin that was fixed and regressions in the video editor Kdenlive were corrected. The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (alsa) 1.1.9 dropped several patches and fixed a rate plugin for comparisons as well as added support for GCC’s LinkTimeOptimization. The VLC audio visual decoder package dav1d 0.3.1 provided arm optimization for Multiple Sequence Alignment Compressor (MSAC). The package that has the implementation of HTTP/2 and its header compression algorithm HPACK in C, nghttp2, fixed a compilation against modern LibreSSL in the 1.38.0 version update. Tcsh 6.21.00 ported patches and the 4.2.15 version of yast2-storage-ng worked on the partitioner to prevent edition of block devices that are part of a multi-device Btrfs. The snapshot is currently trending at a 96 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
There were three packages updated in snapshot 20190512. Mozilla Firefox 66.0.5 made further improvements to re-enable web extensions that had been disabled for users with a master password. The operating system information database libosinfo 1.5.0 fixed the the loading of the architecture value of OsinfoImages and added Application Programming Interface (API) to set and get an OS from and to OsinfoTrees & OsinfoImages and osinfo-db 20190504 dropped an add support patch for Leap 15.1. The snapshot is currently trending at a 97 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
Snapshot 20190510 reined in GCC 9 and is the first Tumbleweed snapshot to make use of the GCC9 libraries. The snapshot produced several other major version updates. Both Wireshark 3.0.1 and QEMU 4.0 were included in the snapshot. QEMU 4.0 had tons of new improvements for arm, PowerPC, MIPS, s390, x86 and RISC-V. One of the more noteworthy changes were ARMv8 extensions for SB, PredInv, HPD, LOR, FHM, AA32HPD, PAuth, JSConv, CondM, FRINT, and BTI. Wireshark 3.0.1 added the IP map feature back in a modernized form and addressed several Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. Also, TShark now supports the -G elastic-mapping option which generates an ElasticSearch mapping file. GNOME 3.32.2 updated translations, fixed a crash when closing the updates dialog before the content has loaded, and gnome-maps updated some unnecessary instructions in turn-by-turn route searches. IPv6 had a few fixes with the update of the 5.0.13 Linux Kernel. Add support for setting the emulator scheduler parameters were made for QEMU with libvirt 5.3.0 and python-libvirt-python 5.3.0 added all new APIs and constants in libvirt 5.3.0. With all these major updates, the snapshot is remarkably still trending at a 96 rating on the snapshot reviewer.
KDE Plasma 5.15.5 came out just two days after the software was released from upstream in the 20190509 snapshot. The Breeze theme had fix build with Qt 4 and Plasma addons fixed a default visibility unit for non-metric locales. The support library used in the Xfce desktop exo 0.12.5 moved around components to align with the correct library versions. Scripting language php7 7.3.5 fixed a core dump when using server controls for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The snapshot posted stable 94 rating on snapshot reviewer.
The snapshot that started off the week, 20190508, has four packages update. The packages were perl-libwww-perl 6.39, plasma-browser-integration 5.15.5, squid 4.7 and xdg-desktop-portal-kde 5.15.5. Squid 4.7 listed a bunch of CVEs that were fixed either without properly referencing them during the fix or 4.x branch was never affected by them. It also fixed stack-based buffer-overflow when parsing Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) messages. The snapshot posted stable 97 rating on snapshot reviewer.
openSUSE and TUXEDO Computers want to offer the best user experience
KÖNIGSBRUNN, Germany — The cooperation between TUXEDO Computers and the openSUSE project has existed since 2018. This has been very successful, so that the release team of openSUSE has received a permanent loan from TUXEDO Computers and has developed and further developed the new version Leap 15.1 on the InfinityBook Pro 13, which will be released soon.
The openSUSE project mainly uses the InfinityBook Pro 13 from the TUXEDO Computers range. It offers numerous configuration options and is characterized by its mobility, runtime, performance, quality and flexibility. The internal tests at openSUSE were consistently positive. Further information and benchmarks can be found in the current joint success story, which is available for download.
TUXEDO Computers at the openSUSE Conference 2019
From 24th to 26th of May 2019, TUXEDO Computers will be part of the openSUSE Conference 2019 in Nuremberg/Germany. There, the hardware manufacturer from Königsbrunn near Augsburg/Germany will present a selection of current devices. The laptops can be viewed and tested here. Via the TUXEDO Computers online shop, more than 20 devices can be configured according to individual requirements and equipped, for example, with the Linux distribution openSUSE. The openSUSE conference in May is the annual openSUSE community event that brings people from all over the world together. Organized lectures, workshops and BoF sessions provide a setting for more informal meetings and hack sessions.
Further information and ticket can be found here: https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/oSC19
Today, we will start a logo competition for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019, which is going to be held in Bali, Indonesia. A logo is an essential material for the successful summit. As you have seen, the former openSUSE.Asia summits have their unique logos reflecting the communities where the summit took place. Following tradition, we have logo competition to collect great logo for this year’s summit.
The competition is open now and ends on 15 June 2019. The organizing team will send “Geeko Mystery Box” as an appreciation for the best logo designed. This year, logo will be voted by openSUSE.Asia committee.
Deadline: 15 June 2019 UTC 13:00
Announcement Winner: 25 June 2019
The Rules of the Contest are as follows:
- The logo should be licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0 and allow everyone to use the logo without attribution (BY) if your work is used as the logo of openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019. Note that the attribution is going to be shown on the summit website.
- Design must be original and should not include any third party materials.
- Both monochromes and color formats are essential for submission.
- Submissions must be in SVG format.
- Design should reflect the openSUSE community in Asia.
- The logo should avoid the following things:
- Brand names or trademarks of any kind.
- Illustrations that may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
- Sexually explicit or provocative images.
- Violence or weapons.
- Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.
- Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals
- Religious, political, or nationalist imagery.
- The logo should follow “openSUSE Project Trademark Guidelines” published at https://en.opensuse.org/File:OpenSUSE_Trademark_Guidelines.pdf
- The branding guidelines will be helpful to design your logo (optional)
Please submit your design to email@example.com with the following entries:
- Subject: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 Logo Design – [your name]
- Your name and mail address to contact
- A document about philosophy of the design (txt or pdf)
- Vector file of the design with SVG format ONLY.
- Bitmap of design in attachment — image size: 256*256 px at least, PNG format.
- File size less than 512 KB.
The openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee will decide on the logos, subject to the condition, that the logo meets all the requirements. The final decision will be made by openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee and it may not be the highest scored design.
We recommend the artist to use Inkscape, a powerful, free and open source vector graphics tool for all kinds of design.
openSUSE.Asia Summit Logo 2014-2018
This month has produced a total of three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot thus far and GNOME 3.32.1 was made available to Tumbleweed users in snapshot 20190505. The key packages that arrive so far this month are a newer Linux Kernel, a minor update for python-setuptools and the text editor GNU Nano fixed the spell checker from crashing.
The latest Tumbleweed snapshot, 20190507, which delivered nano 4.2, had a large update of changes for ghostscript 9.27; the versatile processor for PostScript data extensively cleaned up the Postscript name space and will now focus on the next releases to make SAFER the default mode of operation. The Optimized inner loop Runtime Compiler, orc 0.4.29, added decorator command line argument to add function decorators in header files. The latest python-setuptools 41.0.1 version fixed issues with the PEP 517, which specifies a standard API for systems which build Python packages. Text editor vim 8.1.1282 was also released in the snapshot. The snapshot is currently trending at a 95 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
Mozilla Firefox 66.0.4 fixed extension certificate chain in snapshot 20190506. There was an improvement to network status detection with Network Manager with the glib2 2.60.2 update. The asn1c-based parser was replaced by an openssl-based PKCS parser with the kmod 26 package. The openblas_pthreads 0.3.6 had some changes for POWER6, PowerPC 970 and ARMv7 and ARMv8. The 1.28 perl-YAML package offered a security fix and xfsprogs updated to the 5.0.0 version from 4.20.0. The snapshot is currently trending stable at a 92 rating on the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
The snapshot that started out the month, snapshot 20190505, had a large amount of package updates. GNOME 3.32.1 was perhaps the most anticipated to arrive as the Taipei version offered various fixes to initial loading screens, updated the featured app ID,fixed Flatpak permissions to correctly show up for available apps and much more. The release introduced an experimental feature for Wayland desktop sessions that enables fractional scaling. Once enabled, desktops at certain resolutions can be scaled by non-integer values. The Advanced Trivial File Transfer Protocol (atftp) 0.7.2 version fixed a potential DoS bug introduced by a IPv6 patch. Compiler cache ccache 3.7.1 fixed a temporary file leak when the depend mode is enabled and the compiler produces standard error output; it also fixed crash when the debug mode is enabled and the output file is in a non-writable directory. Ceph added the lvmcache plugin and both the openSUSE Kubic and MicroOS installation images prevent MD/RAID auto-assembly if linuxrc says so. The 5.0.11 Linux Kernel added new USB Link Power Management (LPM) helpers. Other noteworthy packages updated in the snapshot were libsoup 2.66.1, libstorage-ng 4.1.119, webkit2gtk3 2.24.1 and yast2 4.2.1. The snapshot is currently trending stable at a 96 rating on the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
The openSUSE.Asia Committee call for proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 is now open.
openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun. Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.
Following the Asia Summit in Taipei last year, the sixth openSUSE.Asia Summit year 2019 will be at Udayana University, Bali Indonesia on October 5th and 6th, 2019. The past Asia Summits have had participants from Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Nepal, and etc.
Call for proposals
The speakers are eligible to receive sponsorship from openSUSE Travel Support Program (TSP). Even if you live away from Bali, please consider applying for the event.
openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019 will invite talks/workshop relevant to openSUSE and other topics like Cloud, Virtualization, Container, Container Orchestration, Linux desktop environments and applications since openSUSE is a collection of various FLOSS products. The examples of the topics (not limited to) are as the following:
- openSUSE (including Leap, Tumbleweed, Open Build Services, OpenQA, YaST)
- openSUSE Kubic, Cloud, Virtualization, Container, and Container Orchestration
- Embedded and IoT
- Linux kernel and file system
- Security (Access/Integrity control, Cryptography, Vulnerability management)
- Desktop environments and applications (e.g. GNOME, KDE, XFCE)
- Office suite, graphic art, multimedia (e.g. LibreOffice, Calligra, GIMP, Inkscape)
- Multilingualization support (e.g. input methods, translation)
- Other software running on openSUSE
Please note that non-technical talks are also welcome. For example:
- Explanations of FLOSS technologies
- Development, Quality Assurance, Translation
- Tips & Tricks, Experience stories (success or fail), Best practice
- Marketing and community management
Types of sessions
We will invite the three types of sessions as below. If you apply for TSP, long talk or workshop is strongly recommended.
- Workshop (120 min + Q&A)
- Long talk (30 min + Q&A)
- Short talk (15 min + Q&A)
We do not forget exciting lightning talks at this year’s summit. This year, call for lightning talks is expected to be open in July or later.
- The deadline of call for proposals: June 22, 2019
- Notification to speakers: July 15, 2019
- Speakers TSP deadline: July 26, 2019
- openSUSE.Asia Summit 2019: October 5th and 6th, 2019.
How to submit your proposal
Please submit your proposal to the following website: https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/summitasia19/program/proposals/new
- Your proposal must be written in English and 150–500 words long with an appropriate title.
- You may do your speech in the local language if you write “Speech in local language” to the Requirements field. Presentation in English is recommended, and your slides must be in English.
- Please run spell and grammar checkers for your proposal before submission.
- Your biography on your profile page is also a reviewed document. Please do not forget to write your background.
- You must obey openSUSE Conference code of conduct:
- Please refer to the following URL for how to apply for travel support: https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program
Guide to write your proposal
Please write your proposal so that it is related to one or more topics
For example, if your talk is on security or desktop, it is better that it contains how to install these applications and/or demo on openSUSE.
Please clarify what the participants will learn from your talk.
- The introduction of main technology or software in your talk
- The main topic of your talk
Only workshop: please write how to use your time and what you need.
- We recommend writing a simple timetable on your proposal
- Please write the necessary equipment (laptops, internet access) to the Requirement field
Do not hesitate to contact the committee or a local community if you are not sure about writing your proposal or preparing your presentation.
The release of openSUSE Leap 15.1 is about three weeks away. To help spread the word about the release, we have counters available at counter.opensuse.org and more artwork on https://github.com/openSUSE/artwork/. You can put these items on your social media or blog pages to make sure everybody knows that the Release is Coming!
For you blog and social media accounts
If you want to decorate your blog or website with a nice Leap 15.1 banner, grab one of these:
You can add the openSUSE 15.1 release counter to your website in various sizes by including the following html code in your blog:
“medium” is the size of the counter; it can also be “small” or “large” and we also have “wide” for a banner.
See the Countdown page on the openSUSE Wiki for more countdown information, code and tips!
openSUSE Conference 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, is just four short weeks away. The conference will be from May 24 -26 at the ZBau and will start at 9:30 a.m. with a keynote from Thomas Di Giacomo, SUSE’s President of Engineering, Product and Innovation.
To prepare for oSC19, there are a few things to know before going.
See what the Euro conversion rate is at http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/. Keep your receipt when you convert money; you can get the same rate when you return to the same exchange where you converted the money into euros.
Nuremberg is a smaller sized airport. People can take the U-Bahn to downtown Nuremberg. It only takes about 10 minutes by subway to get to the main station. From the airport, you will want to take U2 to downtown main station (Hauptbahnhof). One-way tickets are about 3 euro. Buy a one-way ticket at a vending machines. A 4-trip pass is 11 euro. An all-day pass is about 12 euro.
You can take a taxi to the hotel, but it’s just as easy to take the subway. Taxi stands are right outside the airport entrance. Costs will typically run between 10 and 20 euro. NOTE – Uber, Lyft and other share riding apps are not available in Nuremberg.
Almost all hotels do not run shuttle services, so don’t expect the hotel to pick you up.
You can get around Nuremberg easily with public transportation. Again, one-way tickets are about 3 euro. The location of the Z-Bau is Frankenstr. 200. To get there, take U1 from the Nuremberg Hbf (Hauptbahnhof); it is just three subway stops from Nuremberg Hbf. Use U1 from the Bahnhof going toward Largwasser and get off on Franken Straße and walk to Franken Straße 200 (9-minute walk to the Z Bau). If you reached Hasenbuck, you have gone one station too far. https://www.vgn.de/liniennetze/schienennetz_nuernberg_furth/
Buy a one-way ticket at a vending machines; bring coins.
There are several different public transportation passes you can get during the openSUSE Conference. Please visit https://www.vgn.de/en/tickets/ for more information.
For those of you who drive, please note that you will need to park in a parking garage when downtown. A map at http://www.parkhaus-nuernberg.de/parkhaeuser/kartenansicht.html shows all the parkhaus in Nuremberg. Parking at the Z-Bau is free. If you want to park the car there overnight and take public transportation, that is probably your best option.
Plugs / Power
There will be power at oSC19, but to make sure you can power your electronics, you will need a Type C plug (Europe) or converter connection from your type plug to the Type C plug. Most electronics are 110/220, so there won’t be a need for a 110 to 220 power transformer.
A pre-conference party is planned for May 23 at the Kater Murr at 7 p.m.
The more recent Tumbleweed snapshot 20190423, provided new cups-filters 1.22.5 that changed a Ghostscript call so that fixes the page count so that it works with Ghostscript 9.27 and later. AV1 decoder package dav1d 0.2.2 brings a speed increase between four and six percent for Multi Slot Amplitude Coding (MSAC) decoding with SSE. The kernel-firmware package was updated to 20190409 and updated the firmware file for Intel Bluetooth and Marvell firmware images. Indonesian translations were made to the libstorage-ng 4.1.112 package. Ruby 2.6.3 updated the Unicode version to 12.1 beta to adds support for New Japanese Era “令和” (Reiwa). Other packages updated in the snapshot were perl-DateTime 1.51 and perl-DateTime-TimeZone 2.35, python-parso 0.4.0, python-qt5 5.12.1 and rdma-core 23.0. This snapshot is currently trending at a 89 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
Mesa 19.0.2 had a few fixes for radeon, radv and v3d in the 20190420 snapshot. A few other packages were updated in the snapshot like kipi-plugins 5.9.1, which was the first official stand-alone release outside of digikam. This snapshot is currently trending at a 97 rating, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
KDE contributors offered up plenty of fixes and addon libraries to Qt with the update to Frameworks 5.57.0 in snapshot 20190419. KDE’s lightweight user interface framework for mobile and convergent applications called Kirigami had the most updates along with KIO and the file management functions it provides to Konqi users. Another package for developers/makers that arrived in the snapshot was python-setuptools 41.0.0; the package removes support for specifying an encoding using a ‘coding: ‘directive in the header of the file. When parsing setup.cfg files, setuptools now requires the files to be encoded as UTF-8. The java-11-openjdk updated to 188.8.131.52 added test cases for lenient Japanese era parsing and pushed several security fixes. This snapshot posted a stable rating of 97 on the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
The snapshot that started the week off, 20190418, posted a stable rating of 94. The snapshot updated ImageMagick to version 184.108.40.206 and closed out several issues tracked on github. The emacs 26.2 package is now compliant with the latest version 11.0 of the Unicode Standard and changes in Specialized Modes and Packages in Emacs 26.2 Dired: The ‘Z’ command on a directory name compresses all of its files. The 5.0.8 Linux Kernel had fixes for arm and other patches. One of the updates in the kernel corrected the regulators for the audio codec for AM335x Evaluation Module processor. Other packages updated in the snapshot were hwdata 0.322, sshfs 3.5.2 and yast2 4.2.0, which was required to load integration tests frameworks.
Mozilla Firefox had a minor release of version 66.0.3 in the latest Tumbleweed 20190415 snapshot. The browser addressed some performance issues with some HTML5 games and provided a Baidu search plugin for Chinese users and China’s Internet space. The command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols, curl 7.64.1 fixed many bugs and added additional libraries to check for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) support. The update of libvirt 5.2.0 dropped a few patches and added several new features like Storage Pool Capabilities to get a more detailed list XML output for the virConnectGetStoragePoolCapabilites Application Programming Interface (API) and libvirt also enabled firmware autoselection for the open-source emulator QEMU. The newest salt 2019.2.0 package in Tumbleweed enhanced network automation and broadened support for a variety of network operating systems, and features for configuration manipulation or operational command execution. Salt also added running playbooks to the 2019.2.0 release with the playbooks function and it includes an ansible playbooks state module, which can be used on a targeted host to run ansible playbooks, or used in an orchestration state runner. The snapshot was trending at a 95 rating at the time of publishing this article, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.
Snapshot 20190412 was trending at a 94 and that package brought an update to Ceph that added a separate option to config a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) port. The cifs-utils 6.9 package, which is part of the Samba Project, added fixes for Azure and removed several patches. The libssh2_org 1.8.2 package fixed a misapplied patch that broke its previous version. A few YaST packages had some updates like the yast2-storage-ng 4.2.5 package that allows for a new format for importing/exporting Network File System (NFS) drives.