Wed, Dec 6th, 2023
Syslog-ng can now do a full configuration check
One of the most frequent syslog-ng feature requests is now resolved. Welcome the –check-startup option, allowing you to check the syntax and also spot spelling mistakes!
You can learn more about it at: https://www.syslog-ng.com/community/b/blog/posts/syslog-ng-can-now-do-a-full-configuration-check
Tue, Dec 5th, 2023
The Transitional Journey of openSUSE’s Logo Rebranding
The open-source world is in the midst of an exciting transformation as the openSUSE community prepares to phase in a new project logo.
While the competition, which has more than 5,000 votes, has yet to conclude, below is a bit of information to help people understand the reasoning for rebranding the project’s logo and information about the next steps for the openSUSE brand once the logos contest is complete.
The beloved Chameleon passionately known as Geeko was first introduced in 2005 when the project began and was slightly changed in 2007 when the type was modified for the brand.
The openSUSE Project adopted the SUSE logo from 2003, but was characterized by a different text beneath it, marking an era of brand association for the community lead project. SUSE has refreshed its brand over the years and its newest logo revealed in 2020 differs completely from that of openSUSE’s. However, the brands of both SUSE and openSUSE can oftentimes confuse people who don’t understand the relationship between the open-source company SUSE and the open-source community project openSUSE.
To help reduce this cross-branding confusion, the community seeks to create a unique brand identity, but to help provide a distinction between the company and the community project; hence, the chameleon inspired logo design contest. Differing logos is a first step to help people identify the difference between the two brands and should alleviate issues that have or could arise in community projects from oozing into the company’s brand identity.
The new logo aims to create a distinct identity for openSUSE, enabling a clearer separation from SUSE. The new logo is expected to be distinguishable from SUSE’s branding and is expected to share a similar style with the logos of its distributions.
The next steps after the logo competition concludes is to discuss the winning selection during the openSUSE Community meeting on Dec. 12 at 14:30 UTC. People are welcome to attend and discuss the results and how the project should move forward with the designs.
After the new logo is announced, the old Geeko logo will be used alongside the new one in stickers and other marketing material to bridge this transition to the new logo. Introducing the new logo alongside the old one will help users adapt to the new identity gradually.
Community members will likely see the logo on table clothes, clothing and other apparel during the transition period, which should make these items unique collectibles. Community members can help get information out about the new logo by attending open-source events and organize a booth at one of the several events.
The person doing the branding changes and maintenance for the distributions has a say in any changes. The ultimate brand decision will rest with members of the project doing the implementation, but the results from this logo competition will provide an expressed opinion of the brand identity project wide.
Vote now at survey.opensuse.org.
Mon, Dec 4th, 2023
openSUSE Community Plans Virtual Bar Anniversary
The ways communities connect and interact have also transformed over the year.
What began as an idea to bridge distances and create a welcoming space for enthusiasts has now blossomed into a three-year tradition, marking its anniversary.
When the world was navigating the uncharted waters of remote interactions in 2020, the openSUSE community took a bold step to launch its virtual bar at meet.opensuse.org/bar.
Aimed to emulate the lively atmosphere of a physical bar where individuals gather, chat, share knowledge, stories and, most importantly, bond over their passion for openSUSE and Linux. It even has a Telegram group to let people know when the bar is open.
From its inception on December 19, 2020, this virtual watering hole serves as a hub for both seasoned veterans and newcomers. People on the platform share insights, troubleshoot technical issues, discuss the latest developments in the world of Linux, and build lasting connections over drinks of their choice that transcend geographical boundaries.
The success of the openSUSE virtual bar lies not just in its technical infrastructure but in its vibrant community.
The community gears up to celebrate its third anniversary on December 19, 2023, starting at noon UTC time.
The virtual bar has become more than just a place for technical discussions; it has evolved into a support network where members find encouragement, mentorship, and a sense of belonging. Newcomers, in particular, have found solace in the welcoming environment and are actively participating in the openSUSE Community.
Raise your virtual glasses and join the openSUSE community in commemorating three years of friendship, learning, and camaraderie at the virtual bar.
Fri, Dec 1st, 2023
Installing MySQL Community Server version 8 on openSUSE Leap 15
To begin the installation, visit MySQL Community Downloads page and download the RPM package for openSUSE Leap 15.
Install the RPM
sudo rpm -Uvh mysql80-community-release-sles12-8.noarch.rpm
Import the MySQL GnuPG Key
sudo rpm --import /etc/RPM-GPG-KEY-mysql
Install MySQL with Zypper
sudo zypper install mysql-community-server
A superuser account
'root'@'localhost' is created. A password for the superuser is set and stored in the error log file. To reveal it, use the following command:
sudo grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysql/mysqld.log
Change the root password as soon as possible by logging in with the generated, temporary password and set a custom password for the superuser account:
mysql -u root -p
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'MyNewPassword';
Music of the week: church organ and drums
In the first part of my music recommendation blog series I mentioned that many people turn to me for some less mainstream music. For quite a long time I thought that listening to cellos playing metal is already something niche. Then it turned out that many people around me love this kind of music. Recently I found something really niche: church organ and drums :-)
I love the sound of the church organ. I listened to this instrument as a kid a lot, and I could not get bored of it. I often hear the church organ with drums and several other instruments playing together in contemporary music, and I love it. However, it has never been just the organ and the drums. I have some mixed feelings here: listening to 3-4 songs with just a drums and a church organ is fun. But that’s my limit. So, here I show you three songs.
The first song I have ever listened to was Drumorg playing Popcorn. It is a fun arrangement, and probably the only in this blog, what most other people also find nice:
The next song is a lot more dividing. Many consider it blasphemy: playing the single best known church organ piece with drums. Other consider it fantastic, and listen to it often. The first time I heard it was when someone demonstrated a new pair of self-built speakers to me. At that time the speakers were far from being perfect, however I listened to the music at home, and I liked it:
I was curious, if there is anyone else combining these two instruments. I found one more, the Symphonic Rock Duo, but that was all:
I hope I did not scare you away with this music from my blog series! :-) See you next week!
Post-mortem: Service Degradation in the Notifications System
Thu, Nov 30th, 2023
Major Versions of PipeWire, Firefox arrive in Tumbleweed
El Presidente made an appearance in snapshot 20231127 when the red carpets was rolled out for
PipeWire; Its 1.0 major version, also known as “El Presidente,” brings significant enhancements and numerous fixes like resolving memory management issues related to memfd and dma-buf leaks during buffer uploads. This audio and video package for Linux introduces improvements in time reporting for Advanced Linux Sound Architecture affecting Interrupt Request, which results in reduced timing deviations. Documentation was enhanced and improvements were made with Bluetooth codecs, which introduces the [LC3 codec](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LC3_(codec); this is a the successor to the the SBC codec. Mozilla Firefox also had a major version update and took care of more than a handful of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. Its 120.0 version addresses several security vulnerabilities. CVE-2023-6204, which made it possible for a leak of memory data, was fixed and CVE-2023-6213, which showed evidence of memory corruption that was presumed to exploit the running of arbitrary code, was also fixed. The tool to query connected USB devices, usbutils, had version 017 resolve issues like displaying entries for devices with no interfaces and improving power/wakeup display via
lsusb.py. The changes also ensure better adherence to system
includedir along with various other optimizations. The snapshot had icewm 3.4.4. The X window manager expands image format support for TIFF, WEBP, JXL, JP2, RAW, SVG, and TGA in
icewmbg. The package has crash fixes, improves color interpretation for themes and provides a more stable and feature-rich user experience. The package for conversion between Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Japanese Kanji (Shinjitai) opencc updates to 1.1.7 in the snapshot. It adds support for Python 3.12 and Node.js 20. A few other packages update in the snapshot along with transmission 4.0.4, which resolves issues such as metadata transmission to peers, memory allocation, file renaming collisions, and locale errors affecting number rounding in statistics display.
While snapshot 20231126 had no red carpet treatment for a new president, php8 8.2.13 arrived in the snapshot and demanded attention. The update resolves issues like double-free occurrences and incorrect behavior in various components like Opcache, OpenSSL, XMLReader and more. The update addresses error handling and potential crashes. An update of selinux-policy 20231124 fixes Bugzilla issue bsc#1216903 that involves an error message indicating a permission denied error when attempting to apply firewall rules. The update of libbpf 1.3.0 brings support for netfilter and introduces new section definitions, utility macros and extended functionalities for work with ring buffers. An update of libsolv 0.7.27 introduces zstd support for the installcheck tool, enhances compression capabilities, and implements the
putinowndirpool cache. This new cache significantly accelerates file list handling within the
repo_write function to enhance overall performance. A couple other packages were updated in the snapshot.
Just two packages were updated in snapshot 20231124. New versions of kernel-firmware-nvidia-gspx-G06 545.29.06 improves compatibility and functionality for a kernel module driver and another NVIDIA signing package was also updated in the snapshot.
Introducing Build Status Refresh and Other Insights on Our Request Page
Wed, Nov 29th, 2023
Version 4.5.0 of syslog-ng is now available with OpenObserve JSON API support
Recently, syslog-ng 4.5.0 was released with many new features. These include sending logs to OpenObserve using its JSON API, support for Google Pub/Sub, a new macro describing message transport mechanisms like RFC 3164 + TCP, an SSL option to ignore validity periods, and many more. You can find a full list of new features and bug fixes in the release notes at: https://github.com/syslog-ng/syslog-ng/releases/tag/syslog-ng-4.5.0
In this blog, you can find some pointers on how to install the very latest syslog-ng version and learn how you can configure syslog-ng to use the OpenObserver JSON API: https://www.syslog-ng.com/community/b/blog/posts/version-4-5-0-of-syslog-ng-is-now-available-with-openobserve-json-api-support
Fri, Nov 24th, 2023
openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2023/47
Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,
This has been a week filled with Tumbleweed snapshots. Six of them, to be precise (1116, 1117, 1119, 1120, 1121, and 1122). The most relevant changes that could be delivered this week include:
- Linux kernel 6.6.2
- btrfsprogs 6.6.2
- fwupd 1.9.8 & 1.9.9
- GStreamer 1.22.7
- Node.JS 21.2.0
- Pipewire 0.3.85
- Poppler 23.11.0
- LibreOffice 188.8.131.52
- libxml 2.11.6
- LLVM 17.0.5
Staging projects are far from full: only five out of 15 have anything in them, and 4 of them are not even expected to move at the moment. So keep those things coming! The relevant changes (including the non-moving stagings) are:
- the package cnf-rs will be renamed to cnf (matching the command name)
- PHP 8.2.13
- libxml 2.12.0 in Staging:L – I can’t even start to list what is not building
- Sudo/polkit changes with the introduction of a sudo/wheel group to allow the user to choose if they want to use this over the way we configured sudo so far (targetpw). The sudo submission is interfering on some level with toolbox (toolbox -r id fails to return the expected info so far)
- c-ares 1.21.0: breaks nodejs
- wxWidgets 3.2.3: breaks wxPython bindings
- Testing of the two compiler flags -fcf-protection=full and -ftrivial-auto-var-init=pattern
- RPM 4.19: no further progress made (user handling conflict between sysuser-tools and RPMs new implementation)
- dbus-broker: no progress: openQA fails to even launch the network stack in the installer