Geckolinux is a distro that is based on opensuse. The maintainer uses the handle sb56637 (at least at sourceforge). He use the suse studio site to build his releases. His releases version amount to opensuse that is configured to his liking. The releases are iso files for a live session, and can be installed.
In the move to the Leap series, opensuse no longer provides live versions (except for Tumbleweed). So I have occasionally recommended geckolinux to people looking for a live version that they can test.
I saw the announcement of the 422.161213 release, via a link at Distrowatch. I proceeded to download the bare bones version. I was not fully satisfied with the result, so I tried the XFCE version. I wasn’t happy with that either. Yesterday, I rechecked the site, and I see that there is now a more recent 422.161228 release.
Release candidate 2 (or RC2) is now out. It was announced earlier today:
As you might expect, I downloaded the iso for the DVD installer, and “burned” that to a USB flash drive. I then did an install using it.
The install went quite well. I followed the same general method as in my install for RC1.
I noticed one change. Early in the install, I was told about “Mesa-dri-nouveau”. This is a new package, broken out from mesa. The notification asked me whether I wanted to accept this package. If I did not accept, then 3D would be emulated in software.
I accepted the package. I cannot test it otherwise.
Unfortunately, it does not work well enough with my nvidia card.
According to an announcement on Feb 03, opensuse 13.1 has reached the end of its normal support cycle. The evergreen support team will now take over.
For those still running 13.1, there isn’t any urgent action required. The same repos will be used by the evergreen team, so no repo changes are needed.
What does it mean?
As I understand it, this means that there will be no more bug fixes, with the exception of security problems that the evergreen team consider serious enough to warrant action.
That might not be quite right. I do have 13.1 installed on one of my systems. I’ll leave it there until I need the disk space for something else.
According to the announcement, the “systemd” update was the final update. However, I have not yet received that update. So maybe there’s a brief delay getting that out. When I receive that, I will know that it is the last regular update.
My experience with 13.1 has been that it was a pretty solid system. It should continue to be so, as long as the evergreen team continue with security updates. But it will eventually seem out-of-date compared to newer releases.
I saw the announcement for Li-f-e 42.1 on Monday. Before long, I was downloading it so that I could take a look. I have been reviewing “Li-f-e” releases since that for opensuse 12.3. Search for “li-f-e” in the search box to find those earlier reviews.
Download and install
I picked one of the download sites from the announcement, and fired up “aria2c” for the download. I also used “wget” to download the md5 checksum file. After the download completed, I use the “md5sum” command to verify the download.
I’ll note that, after the “aria2c” download, there was no “.meta4” file. So apparently the download site was not setup for meta-downloads. However, “aria2c” handled that gracefully, presumably dropping back to a plain file download (similar to what “wget” does).
Stephan Kulow, the release manager, announced on Friday that the Gold Master was ready. The GA (general availability) release is supposed to happen on Nov. 4th.
I installed from a recent build (more recent than RC1), and then updated from the already available online repos. So I now have two computers running the final release version of 42.1.
From what I have seen, thus far, it is looking pretty good. The artwork is excellent. The bugs that I have mentioned in earlier posts are mostly fixed. So expect this to turn out to be a pretty good release.
The release candidate for Leap 42.1 was published on Thursday. So I downloaded and installed.
It is mostly looking pretty good. There is a glaring bug when you login to Plasma 5 (or KDE) — namely “kdeinit5” and “Kmix” crash. However, there’s an easy workaround. This should be fixed by the time of the final 42.1 release.
Apart from that one problem, it looks pretty good. I’m sure there are other bugs, but mostly it all works.
Up through Beta1, “ecryptfs” was missing. But it is now there. Most of the software that I normally use is there. One exception is “sendmail”, but I don’t really need that. Read More…
For this month, I decided to install the 20150903 Tumbleweed snapshot. I planned to install on an external drive, and to install only KDE (i.e. Plasma 5).
This install turned out to be a disaster. But that’s why I do these monthly installs. I have reported the problems as bug 944662.
The downloading went well. I used “aria2c” to download “openSUSE-Tumbleweed-DVD-x86_64-Snapshot20150903-Media.iso”. And I used “wget” to download the checksum file “openSUSE-Tumbleweed-DVD-x86_64-Snapshot20150903-Media.iso.sha256”. I then used “gpg” to verify the signature on the checksum file. And I used “sha256sum” to compare the checksum of the downloaded iso with that in the checksum file. All went well.
I saw the announcement this morning
so naturally, I began my download of the iso. Currently there are only a DVD installer and a NET installer available. This might change for later milestones. Note, also, that this is 64-bit only. There is no 32-bit version, and that probably won’t change.
Downloading and installing
I used “aria2c” to download the DVD installer iso, which came in at around 3G in size. The download went smoothly enough. I then copied that to a usb raw device with “dd_rescue”.
Next, I booted the USB. This was on a UEFI box, with secure-boot enabled. It booted into the installer without difficulty.
The installer itself looked familiar. It is similar to what I have been using for recent installs. For partitioning, I selected “create partitioning” followed by “custom partitioning”. There, I specified the partitions that I wanted to use.
Opensuse Tumbleweed has been static since the 20150612 snapshot. But today the 20150630 snapshot was released. We are moving again.
As previously reported, the hold up was the switch to gcc5 and the need to recompile almost everything. Be prepared for a large update.
On my main Tumbleweed install, the update installed 4437 packages. That’s because I have Plasma5, Gnome, XFCE and LXDE desktops, and I also have latex installed.
The update when smoothly enough and after reboot the system continued to run well with the updates in place.
I have been doing monthly installs of Tumbleweed, mainly to test out the installer. For June, I installed the 20150608 snapshot. I used the DVD installer (written to a USB), and this was for the 64-bit version.
Short “tl;dr” version — the install went pretty well, with only one minor problem.
As usual, I used “aria2c” to download the file “openSUSE-Tumbleweed-DVD-x86_64-Snapshot20150608-Media.iso”. In addition, I used “wget” to download “openSUSE-Tumbleweed-DVD-x86_64-Snapshot20150602-Media.iso.sha256”. This is a small file which contains the sha256 checksum for the iso. I used “gpg –verify” to check the digital signature on that “.sha256” file. I then compared the listed checksum of the iso with the one that I computed using the “sha256sum” command. Everything checked as okay.