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OpenSUSE Leap fuses enterprise-grade stability with cutting-edge software

OpenSUSE Leap fuses enterprise-grade stability with cutting-edge software | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Over the last year, the OpenSUSE community transformed its development process and now promises us "the first hybrid Linux distribution"—OpenSUSE Leap.
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Nice review of Leap 42.1 from Chris Hoffman at PC World. Focuses on the new development process (SLE to openSUSE instead of the other way around).


I'll be installing Leap this weekend. Looking forward to telling you what I think.

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A Guide to Building WordPress on Docker for Windows, Linux and OS X

A Guide to Building WordPress on Docker for Windows, Linux and OS X | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
“Containerization” is a relatively new buzzword in big-company enterprise software circles. Just put a batch of environments in the cloud, or on
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Not directly openSUSE-related, but a fun project if you'd like to test a plugin or theme in a containerized environment. All relevant packages are available on Leap 42.2. Did I mention that I wrote this?

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A new OpenSUSE Linux is coming to town, and it's all about stability

A new OpenSUSE Linux is coming to town, and it's all about stability | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
The first beta version of OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 is now available, giving enterprises and other stability-minded users the chance to check it out and get a taste of what's coming.
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A nice description of the difference between Leap and Tumbleweed.

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openSUSE announces two new, always-updated KDE distributions

openSUSE announces two new, always-updated KDE distributions | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it

For those who want to get it while it’s fresh

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This is an exciting development (in both senses of the term). After one group created a "KDE Linux distribution" based on Ubuntu, openSUSE developers did the same thing for their favorite distribution. This is how open source software is supposed to work. 

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OpenSUSE Leap fuses enterprise-grade stability with cutting-edge software

OpenSUSE Leap fuses enterprise-grade stability with cutting-edge software | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Over the last year, the OpenSUSE community transformed its development process and now promises us "the first hybrid Linux distribution"—OpenSUSE Leap.
Mike McCallister's insight:

Nice review of Leap 42.1 from Chris Hoffman at PC World. Focuses on the new development process (SLE to openSUSE instead of the other way around).


I'll be installing Leap this weekend. Looking forward to telling you what I think.

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openSUSE Leap Second milestone expected soon - Release schedule posted

openSUSE Leap Second milestone expected soon - Release schedule posted | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
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Milestone 2: September 4

Package/Artwork due: September 20

Beta 1: September 24

Release Candidate 1: October 15

Gold Master (ISO ready to go): October 30

Formal Release: November 4 (at SUSECon Amsterdam)

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Why I use KDE's Plasma, and why I am excited about Plasma 5.3

Why I use KDE's Plasma, and why I am excited about Plasma 5.3 | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
The just-released version 5.3 of Plasma brings many improvements and features, and these improvements give us a glimpse of the meticulousness of KDE developers.
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An argument for KDE over GNOME and other free software desktops.

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Half a dozen reasons why openSUSE is a great OS for your PC

Half a dozen reasons why openSUSE is a great OS for your PC | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Here are a few reasons I use openSUSE and why its one of the best choices in the GNU/Linux world.
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Swapnil Bhartiya summarizes his reasons for using openSUSE. I could hardly improve on this text, and heartily approve.

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Live from SUSECon 2014: SUSE Needs to Learn How to Brag | Linux.com

Live from SUSECon 2014: SUSE Needs to Learn How to Brag | Linux.com | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
SUSE is about to unleash some serious, game-changing technology onto the world.
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Jack Wallen has got it right here.

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openSUSE 13.2: green light to freedom!

openSUSE 13.2: green light to freedom! | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it

"With a vastly improved and streamlined installation process, and all the latest technologies from across the open source ecosystem, openSUSE 13.2 is a perfect choice for people who want an operating system that’s modern, stable, and gets the work done."

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Go get openSUSE 13.2! Desktop users have a choice of 7 different base environments -- one for every day of the week! But it's not all fun and games. You can get a lot of work done with this new version.

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New features to be seen in upcoming GNOME 3.14 - The Mukt

New features to be seen in upcoming GNOME 3.14 - The Mukt | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Allan Day shares his favourite features in GNOME 3.14 scheduled to be released next week.
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A preview of GNOME 3.14 from its user experience (UX) designer, Allan Day. Be sure to read his entire post (linked in the first paragraph).

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OpenSuse moves to rolling release development model

OpenSuse moves to rolling release development model | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
OpenSuse Factory build moves to daily release cycle to stay at the cutting edge of development
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Will be following up to see how this announcement relates to the Tumbleweed rolling-release project. More to come...

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Being Current | dennogumi.org

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More information about KDE:Current and the other new openSUSE KDE repositories, which start operating today. Time for all openSUSE users to adjust YaST as explained.

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openSUSE at SCALE 12x Day 1

openSUSE at SCALE 12x Day 1 | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
“The early bird gets the worm” That was the theme of our awakening at 5AM this morning. We arose to 22 notifications of retweets by new followers we made at the conference.
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Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) is one of the bigger Linux conferences in North America. Here's an account of the folks staffing the openSUSE booth.

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KDE at 20: Plasma 5.8 LTS Out Now with Comprehensive Features

KDE at 20: Plasma 5.8 LTS Out Now with Comprehensive Features | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it

Tuesday, 4 October 2016. Today KDE releases its first Long Term Support edition of its flagship desktop software, Plasma. This marks the point where the developers and designers are happy to recommend Plasma for the widest possible audience be they enterprise or non-techy home users.

 

If you tried a KDE desktop previously and have moved away, now is the time to re-assess, Plasma is simple by default, powerful when needed. Plasma's Comprehensive Features Take a look at what Plasma offers, a comprehensive selection of features unparalleled in any desktop software.

 

  • Desktop Widgets Cover your desktop in useful widgets to keep you up to date with weather, amused with comics or helping with calculations.
  • Get Hot New Stuff Download wallpapers, window style, widgets, desktop effects and dozens of other resources straight to your desktop. We work with the new KDE Store to bring you a wide selection of addons for you to install.
  • Desktop Search Plasma will let you easily search your desktop for applications, folders, music, video, files... everything you have.
  • Unified Look Plasma's default Breeze theme has a unified look across all the common programmer toolkits - Qt 4 & 5, GTK 2 & 3, even LibreOffice.
  • Phone Integration Using KDE Connect you'll be notified on your desktop of text message, can easily transfer files, have your music silenced during calls and even use your phone as a remote control.
  • Infinitely Customisable Plasma is simple by default but you can customise it however you like with new widgets, panels, screens and styles.
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KDE Plasma 5.8 is released! This is a pretty exciting release, mostly because it is presented as stable for everyday use for anyone.

 

openSUSE Leap 42.2 delayed its release to include this version of the KDE desktop, and it seems that was the right decision.

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iTWire - openSUSE users are growing by the month

iTWire - openSUSE users are growing by the month | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
The number of users of openSUSE, the community GNU/Linux distribution supported by the Germany SUSE Linux company, has grown, with an average o
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Nice summary of the state of openSUSE from the annual conference held last week.

Be aware that the numbers can be slightly deceptive. You never quite know how many people are running a particular distro. I, for one, install and run both Leap and Tumbleweed in virtual machines to keep up with what's new. Yes, I'm not a standard user, but perhaps there isn't such a thing, anyway.

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7 things you should know about openSUSE Leap

7 things you should know about openSUSE Leap | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Leap is to SUSE what CentOS is to Red Hat and Ubuntu is to Canonical…
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Swapnil Bhartiya offers another interpretation of what Leap means for both ordinary users and enterprises. Need a rock-solid enterprise server? Leap can do that. Like playing around with different desktop environments without having to install separate flavors like Ubuntu? Use Leap's pattern system (though this has been an openSUSE feature for many years).


I'm not sure I completely understand his explanation of the update paths (the inevitable push/pull of stability vs. latest-and-greatest), but I'll be looking closely at that while I play around.

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openSUSE Leap 42.1 Becomes First Hybrid Distribution

openSUSE Leap 42.1 Becomes First Hybrid Distribution | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
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Today marks the release of the new openSUSE Leap 42.1. This official announcement highlights some of the interesting new stuff -- and explains the new naming/versioning convention.

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Work begins on totally new openSUSE release

Work begins on totally new openSUSE release | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it

Deep thought and some additional core SUSE Linux Enterprise source code have given The openSUSE Project a path forward for future releases.

The change is so phenomenal that the project is building a whole new release.

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Douglas Adams told us that the answer to the question of Life, the Universe and Everything was "42." The openSUSE team wants you to start thinking that by this fall, you'll find that you'll find the answers to your computing problems in its "42" release.


Actually, the number represents the project in the Open Build Service, but it certainly resonates nicely with the "geeko" community that openSUSE has been building over the last decade.


Release manager Stephan "Coolo"" Kulow says the first milestone will be ready "soon." I'll be psyched to see it.

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Plasma 5 live images for openSUSE and on the default openSUSE desktop | dennogumi.org

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Luca Beltrame of the openSUSE KDE team describes the current plans for integrating the Plasma 5 desktop into openSUSE. Long story short:

  • You can now download a "live ISO" to burn to DVD for testing on 64-bit systems.
  • At the end of April, Plasma 4 will be replaced by Plasma 5 Desktop and KDE Applications in the rolling Tumbleweed release. 
  • Yet another reworking of the KDE software repositories: KDE:Frameworks hosts Plasma 5 and its libraries, KDE:Applications hosts the released programs, KDE:Extra has KDE/Qt 'community packages'
  • No timetable on when Plasma 5 comes to the stable distribution (Good idea!).
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And the keynote speaker for OSC 15 is…

And the keynote speaker for OSC 15 is… | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Canadian…
Who is it?
Aaron Seigo. The open-source guru confirmed Tuesday that he will provide the keynote speech at oSC15 in The Hague, Netherlands, which happens from May 1 – 4.
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Exciting to hear Aaron Seigo is speaking at this year's openSUSE developers conference. Wish I could be there.


Seigo is one of the stalwarts of the KDE community, and the founder of the ill-fated Vivaldi KDE tablet project. Not shy with his opinions, it should be a great talk.

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all mine!: Where is KDE 5 and when can I use it?

all mine!: Where is KDE 5 and when can I use it? | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it

Bringing it all together:
if you want a stable system, stay on Plasma 4.11 with KDELibs and Applications 4.14 for now. If you want to try out the new tech, try Plasma 5.2, which depends on Frameworks 5.3. With Applications 4.14 - no newer release is out yet, but openSUSE offers regular git checkouts and they have been working quite well for me personally.

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Jos Poortvliet, the former openSUSE Community Manager, offers a terrific explanation of the state of the next generation KDE desktop. Very briefly: The "desktop," called Plasma, will load, but it's really just ready for testing. Applications will be ready next spring, when the big Linux distributions will use it as the 'default' KDE.

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Tumbleweed, Factory rolling releases to merge

Tumbleweed, Factory rolling releases to merge | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it

“With the release of openSUSE 13.2 due in November, we realised this was a perfect opportunity to merge our two openSUSE rolling-releases together so users of Tumbleweed can benefit from the developments to our Factory development process over the last few years,” said Richard Brown, Chairman of openSUSE board. “The combined feedback and contributions from our combined Tumbleweed and Factory users should help keep openSUSE rolling forward even faster, while offering our users the latest and greatest applications on a stable rolling release.”

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This has been in the planning stages for some months. Very glad to hear this merger will be happening with the new release, and that the Tumbleweed name will remain moving forward. Congrats to the development teams!

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KDE Software is going to be simpler, easier

KDE Software is going to be simpler, easier | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
Thomas Pfeiffer of KDE emphasizes "Simple by default, powerful when needed" vision for the future KDE user interface.
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I've been a KDE fan since first using Linux at the turn of the century.  The main advantage the KDE desktop has is its flexibility and power. As with many powerful things, it can be difficult to gain control of all that power. Excited to learn that the usability team is looking to help KDE users learn more about their system as they use it.

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KDE - New Plasma brings a cleaner interface on top of a new graphics stack

KDE - New Plasma brings a cleaner interface on top of a new graphics stack | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
KDE Homepage, KDE.org
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I am really looking forward to playing with this! While I'm quite certain the transition from KDE 4 > 5 will be MUCH smoother than 3 > 4 (how could it not be?), I'm still going to build a separate openSUSE VirtualBox to run the 5.0 desktop.

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openSUSE to offer rolling release KDE Software experience - Muktware

openSUSE to offer rolling release KDE Software experience - Muktware | openSUSE Desktop | Scoop.it
The changes will come with the 4.12.4 release, which is expected on Tuesday.
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