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What’s new in openSUSE Leap 15.2

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openSUSE Leap 15.2 has entered the Beta phase on the 25th February 2020. I have recently installed this on my laptop to check it out. Leap 15.2 will coincide with SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop 15 Service Pack 2. Both Leap and SLED share a lot of underlying packages, so this will be (again) a rock solid release.

openSUSE Leap 15.2 features many big updates. This includes a new version of the KDE desktop environment, a new version of the GNOME desktop environment and a new Linux kernel. In the Leap 15.2 column of the table below, I have highlighted in green the packages that are significantly changed in comparison to Leap 15.1. And in blue, I have highlighted the packages that are changed compared to Leap 15.1 at time of its release, but which are now also available in updated Leap 15.1 installations.

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SUSE carve out affecting openSUSE

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SUSE’s partnership with EQT started last year - and now SUSE starts to separate more and more services from MicroFocus.

SUSE and openSUSE are not only cooperating and share code - often enough they also share the same services. As result, openSUSE is also affected from some of the separation work which is currently going on behind the scenes.

This weekend, the official bug tracking tool for openSUSE related issues (https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/) is one of the targets. The SUSE-IT team is migrating the service together with the bug tracking tool for SUSE to new systems in a new location. As the database has been grown over the last 25(!) years, the scheduled downtime is covering the whole weekend:

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MicroOS - The OS that does "just one job"

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The openSUSE Summit 2020 kicked off yesterday. Like many others this summit was a virtual one too. It ran on a platform managed by openSUSE fan and user P. Fitzgerald.

I was busy with work stuff and couldn't watch the presentations live. I hopped on and off on the platform. I didn't want to miss Richard's presentation about MicroOS but yet I missed it. Luckily he was quick to record his session and upload it on YouTube. I got a chance to watch it afterwards. Surely, all other presentations will be available on openSUSE TV soon and I'll be able to catch-up.

If you didn't rush to watch Richard's presentation on YouTube right-away, here are a few hints that may encourage you to watch it.

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Modernizing AutoYaST

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YaST2 is a venerable project that has been around for more than 20 years now. It keeps evolving and, with every SUSE and openSUSE release, it takes several new features (and a couple of new bugs). Needlessly to say that, to some extent, YaST2 is showing its age. We are aware of it, and we have been working to tackle this problem. The successful rewrite of the storage layer, which brought many features, is an example we can feel proud of.

Now that the development of SLE 15 SP2 and openSUSE Leap 15.2 features is mostly done, we have started to look to AutoYaST. The purpose of this article is to present our initiative to modernize AutoYaST.

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Top 5 Ways SUSE is Supporting You in These Times

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The world is facing an unprecedented threat, each of us are doing what we can to support the global response against COVID-19.
Here are the top 5 ways SUSE is stepping up to help...

Sorry we have not perfected virtual conferencing enough to bring the Guinness to you yet, but hey, you can always heft a pint from your own office, J
Not quite making my top 5 list, but also very important is flexible payment terms. We also have a number of incentives specifically designed for those in government or airline, travel, transportation and tourism & leisure industries.

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Btrfs Authenticated File-System Support Looks To Be Revived

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Last year a SUSE developer sent out a set of patches adding authentication support to the Btrfs file-system. Btrfs already has checksums on meta-data blocks and data blocks while the original implementation of these authentication patches was performing HMAC on a SHA256 checksum as a keyed hash. A proper key in turn is then needed to mount a verified file-system.

That Btrfs authentication support wasn't picked up at the time and the SUSE engineer, Johannes Thumshirn, since left the company. But following new inquiries over the work, it sounds like it will be revived for this authentication that could be used for the likes of embedded devices and containers.

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Also: Linux 5.8 Seeing The Preliminary Changes Ahead Of RISC-V EFI Support

SUSE/OpenSUSE: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 2, SUSE Manager 4.1 Public Beta and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

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  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 2 Public Release Candidate 1!

    Since Public Release Candidate 1 is released more than 2 months after the release of the Public Beta, tons of fixes and enhancement is included in this milestone.

  • SUSE Manager 4.1 Public Beta 3!

    We are pretty excited to announce SUSE Manager 4.1 Public Beta 3. As usual, we have prepared tons of updates and we hope you will like it. We also now have a new Public Mailing List, so you can share your feedback with our Public Beta Community, our Engineering and our Product Managers.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2020/17

    The last week was filled with success. The major change was surely the removal of python2-FOO modules from the distro. Not exactly all are gone yet (packages that fail to build do also not change the published modules), but we went form 2564 (Snapshot 0417) modules down to 203 (0422). But of course, that’s not all that has happened. After all, we released 6 snapshots in the last week (0415, 0416, 0417, 0419, 0421 and 0422).

SUSE Leftovers

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  • SUSE Suggests openSUSE Community To Synchronize Code Streams

    In its proposal to the openSUSE community, SUSE has suggested bringing the code streams of both SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Leap closer together. The proposal includes SLE binaries for the community version.

    According to the proposal, bringing the code streams closer together to provide full compatibility provides several advantages to the community going forward. These include the use of higher-quality code due to the clean-up of spec-files, an improved relationship between the two distributions, easier bug reporting, less code streams to maintain, extensively tested packages and the inclusion of SLE supported architectures like s390x.

  • SUSE Stratos Console 3.0 & 3.1

    SUSE Stratos Console 3.0 was released a little over a month ago without the fanfare it absolutely deserves. Now the 3.1 release which will be part of Cloud Application Platform 2.0 has just been released, so let’s go over some of the great work the Stratos team has done over the last few months for both releases.

  • Leveraging Cloud Expertise and Consultancy for the UK

    With the election of Matt Eckersall to techUK’s “Cloud Leadership Committee”, a seasoned leader and senior executive with experience across proprietary and opensource vendors, he is now part of the group of experts providing strategic direction for the industry organization’s Cloud Computing work program. The Cloud Leadership Committee currently has 29 members, made up from leading vendors such as Atos, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP and VMware.

SUSE/OpenSUSE: SUSE Manager 4, Storage and YaST

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  • Managing Linux in the Cloud with SUSE Manager 4

    Cloud environments grow organically and often include a dizzying combination of virtual, bare metal and container-based systems. If cloud computing is part of your Linux landscape, you’ll save time and money with a single tool for managing all your Linux resources. SUSE® Manager 4 is a versatile Linux management tool built for the cloud.

  • VMware ESXi 6.7 + SUSE Enterprise Storage = Certified
  • Highlights of YaST Development Sprint 97

    Once most of the features that were planned for SUSE 15 SP2 and openSUSE 15.2 are ready, the team is shifting its focus to SP3 and 15.3. Of course, we are still polishing the releases around the corner, so in the summary of this sprint, you can find a mixture of bug fixes, small features, and preparation for the future work.

Servers: XenServer, OpenStack, Cartesi, SUSE and Red Hat

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  • XCP-ng celebrates six-figure download milestone

    XCP-ng, the crowdfunded effort to deliver an open-source version of XenServer, has passed the 100,000-download mark.

    Founder Olivier Lambert has described the milestone as “only the beginning but it's a symbolic level, and it tells a lot about how many people have been convinced to use XCP-ng!”

    And not just people: in January 2020 the Xen Project adopted XCP-ng as an incubation project. Xena advisory board chair George Dunlap likened the decision to do so as akin to RedHat teaming up with CentOS – it may look like internal competition but having two projects with the same goal in proximity is mutually beneficial.

  • Interoperability of Open-source Tools: The Emergence of Interfaces

    Katie Gamanji works as a Cloud Platform Engineer at Condé Nast. Previously, she worked on maintaining and automating site delivery on OpenStack-based infrastructure, which transitioned into a role with a focus on designing, deploying and evolving a Kubernetes centric infrastructure.

  • Cartesi creates Linux infrastructure for blockchain DApps

    Cartesi is a DApp infrastructure.

    DApps (sometimes called Dapps) are from the blockchain universe and so, logically, the apps part stands for application (obviously) and the D part stands for decentralised (only obvious once you know that we’re talking distributed immutable language here).

    According to the guides section at blockgeeks, DApps are open source in terms of code base, incentivised (in terms of who validates it) and essentially decentralised so that all records of the application’s operation must be stored on a public and decentralised blockchain to avoid pitfalls of centralisation.

    So then, Cartesi is a DApp infrastructure that runs an operating system (OS) on top of blockchains.

  • SUSE’s Bridge Between Kubernetes & Cloud Foundry: Thomas Di Giacomo

    Why did SUSE contribute its project to Cloud Foundry? How is KubeCF going to further bring Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry together? We sat down with Thomas Di Giacomo, President of Engineering and Innovation at SUSE, to get answers to these questions.

  • ZTE collaborates with Red Hat to quickly deploy open 5G Networks

    The collaboration includes a new reference architecture aimed at enabling telcos to more effectively deploy virtual network functions (VNFs) on Red Hat openStack platform, Red Hat’s highly-scalable and agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution on ZTE’s hardware.
    The collaboration combines the open source innovation available in Red Hat openStack platform with ZTE’s Cloud Core Network components. It offers a replicable and cost-effective network solution that can speed integration time by 5 times based on internal Red Hat testing.

  • How Edge Is Different From Cloud – And Not

    As the dominant supplier of commercial-grade open source infrastructure software, Red Hat sets the pace and it is not a surprise that IBM was willing to shell out an incredible $34 billion to acquire the company. It is no surprise, then, that Red Hat has its eyes on the edge, that amorphous and potentially substantial collection of distributed computing systems that everyone is figuring out how to chase.

    To get a sense of what Red Hat thinks about the edge, we sat down with Joe Fernandes, vice president and general manager of core cloud platforms at what amounts to the future for IBM’s software business. Fernandes has been running Red Hat’s cloud business for nearly a decade, starting with CloudForms and moving through the evolution of OpenShift from a proprietary (but open source) platform to one that has become the main distribution of the Kubernetes cloud controller by enterprises. Meaning those who can’t or won’t roll their own open source software products.

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Arm Officially Supports Panfrost Open-Source Mali GPU Driver Development

Most GPU drivers found in Arm processors are known to be closed-source making it difficult and time-consuming to fix some of the bugs since everybody needs to rely on the silicon vendor to fix those for them, and they may even decide a particular bug is not important to them, so you’d be out of luck. So the developer community has long tried to reverse-engineer GPU drivers with projects like Freedreno (Qualcomm Adreno), Etnaviv (Vivante), as well as Lima and Panfrost for Arm Mali GPUs. Several years ago, Arm management was not interested at all collaborating with open-source GPU driver development for Mali GPUs, but as noted by Phoronix, Alyssa Rosenzweig, a graphics software engineer employed by Collabora, explained Panfrost development was now done in partnership with Arm during a talk at the annual X.Org Developers’ Conference (XDC 2020). Read more

Open Up: Open Source Hardware — A Chat with Carl

From a broader lens, to produce “open source hardware” means that we have developed and shared the recipe to create a high-end commercial product that can be learned from, adapted, and used by anyone else. In the same way we’ve stood on the shoulders of the Linux and open source software giants who came before us, we now get to be pioneers in developing open source hardware for those who come next. If you want to learn more how a computer is designed or how something is made, our schematics are the instructions for how to do it. It describes every step of the process, from each piece of the machine and its dimensions, to the type of aluminum used and how to bend it. It’s similar to open source software in that you can learn from the product, adapt it to your needs, and distribute it. The difference is that it requires outside equipment to produce your own version. Open hardware has become more accessible with 3-D printing, but as we found when we were making acrylic prototypes of Thelio, you reach a point where it’s time to work with metal, which presents its own challenges. You have to cut it, bend it, and paint it, all of which requires specific equipment. Read more

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