I checked the download site for openSUSE 15.0. And I noticed that there was a newer version available. This one is Build 65.1. My previous look at 15.0 had been for Build 48.1.
As you might expect, I downloaded the iso for the DVD installer. I also downloaded the sha256 checksum file. I then verified the gpg signature on the checksum file, and used the checksum file to verify the download of the iso.
The next step was to “burn” the iso to a USB device. I used a 4G USB flash drive for that purpose.
After downloading, I first decided to update the openSUSE 15.0 from my previous install to a KVM virtual machine. I configured the installer USB as a local repo. And I then brought the system up to date with
After updating, and rebooting, the system seemed to run well. Or, so I thought. But after booting again today, I noticed that it had no network. It seems that the update changed the network setup. The ethernet interface is now “eth0”. It was previously “ens3”. So I had to reconfigure for the new interface name before I could make an ethernet connection. I used Yast network settings to reconfigure.
Work on Leap 15 is underway. There was a short discussion on the factory mailing list, beginning HERE.
Two months after my last status update Leap 15 is almost rolling. Following SLE 15 I’d like to aim for a release in April.
It is worth reading that whole message, and perhaps the other emails that follow it. As the message indicates, there is now a download site for isos, in case you want to try Leap 15 for yourself.
I went to the openQA site to look at failures. And they didn’t seem too bad. So I downloaded an iso from there. It was “openSUSE-Leap-15.0-DVD-x86_64-Build48.1-Media.iso”.
I did another install of 42.3 on Thursday. I guess I’m a tad slow reporting that. This install was for Build 0283. I installed it on my main desktop. At the moment, I am still running 42.2 on that computer. I installed 42.3 on a separate area of the disk.
I do plan to soon switch to running 42.3 full time. That’s the best way of testing this beta release. The final release is due in about one month.
Downloading and installing
I followed my usual procedure. I used “aria2c” to download the iso for the DVD installer. I used “wget” to download the sha256 checksum file. Then I verified the gpg signature on the checksum file, and verified that the checksum matched the downloaded iso.
The next step was to write the iso file to a USB flash drive. I used “dd_rescue” for that. Then I booted the USB, and installed 42.3
Installation itself went well. Everything worked about as expected. Following the install, I booted into 42.3, and did a little final tweaking. And I also added additional software that is not on the install media but is in the repos.
I’m a bit slow in reporting this. I saw the announcement on May 5th, and I downloaded and installed on that same date. This was for build 0184 of 42.3. This was followed a few days later by build 0229. And yesterday we saw build 0243.
I downloaded the install DVD for build 0184 from the download site. That site should have the current build during the testing phase. As of the time of this posting, you can find build 0243 there.
As usual, I downloaded with “aria2c”. I also downloaded the sha256 checksum file (I used “wget” for that download). I verified the gpg signature on the checksum file. And then I made sure that the downloaded iso matched the checksum.
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…