First milestone for openSUSE Leap is available!

Leap LogoI’m really excited that this is out there! The first milestone of openSUSE Leap 42.1 was released today! You can read a lot more at that link, but this is a big first step for the new distribution and a great day for the entire openSUSE community.

The idea behind Leap is to combine some of the stability of SUSE Linux Enterprise with the vast array of packages available from the larger openSUSE community. With that steady base, the idea is to be able to support a single Leap release line (like Leap 42, or Leap 42, or Leap 44) for a longer period of time than a release was in the past.

This is new territory. It is not just a repackaging of the SLE sources (like CentOS) but a re-imagining of a longer-term-support distro utilizing the work being done on the SLE code base.

Download and test it out and report anything strange of broken so that they can be fixed before the (hopeful) release in November 2015!

MacBook Impressions

I had some time to play around with the new MacBook at a couple of Apple Stores this week and I have a couple of first impressions about the device.

  • It is super tiny, smaller than I was expecting. It is also really light. When commentators have called it “and iPad with a keyboard” they are not kidding. I’m impressed with what Apple was able to do.
  • The touchpad is really, really nice. I’ve heard some complaints from people, but I’ve been a touch-to-click user as long as I can remember so the Force Touch Trackpad is a huge step forward as far as feedback is concerned.
  • The keyboard is … different. Now having as much of any distance to press down makes the keyboard feel foreign, but I was able to type effectively after only a few minutes of use. I’d like to see that same engineering put to use in a keyboard with deeper presses and see how it feels. The keyboard itself was very solid, each keypress deliberate, but it could use some more distance.

Overall, I’d love to have one. It would instantly become my carry machine, maybe even replacing the iPad in most situations. It is not without tradeoffs, but an impressive machine.

I do not own one and only used it for a total of maybe 40 minutes between the two stores, so feel free to ignore everything I wrote above as well.

The Future openSUSE release is …

openSUSE 42Richard Brown announced today that the version of openSUSE based on the released SUSE Linux Enterprise sources will be …

openSUSE Leap 42.x!

Thanks to the openSUSE Board for coming to a quick decision and getting the community moving forward with this new project. I look forwarding to “kicking the tires” as the project moves forward.

Tumbleweed Updated to GCC 5

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Today’s Tumbleweed snapshot upgraded the rolling distro from GCC 4.8 to GCC 5!

It has been very quiet on the openSUSE Tumbleweed front for the past few weeks as efforts were put into recompiling the entire distribution against the newer version of GCC. This surfaced many errors and bugs that have been squashed by the community and today the greater openSUSE community is able to benefit from that effort.

Moving to GCC 5 is just another huge push from the Tumbleweed developers in a string of big changes for the distro. GNOME 3.16, KDE Plasma 5.3, and Linux Kernel 4.0 have all been pushed out in recent snapshots as well. This is a huge amount of effort from the developers in the community.

Thanks everyone!

openSUSE 42 Work Announced

openSUSE 42The work around the SLE-sources-based openSUSE release has been announced this morning. Douglas DeMaio posted Work begins on totally new openSUSE release this morning which outlines what the release team is thinking of at the moment for the next release of openSUSE.

You can find more information on the openSUSE Wiki on the openSUSE:42 page. That gives you a good outline of what the thinking is at this time along with some background information.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but the future is pretty exciting!