Wednesday, September 26, 2012

(open)SUSE conferences

We've just returned from a fantastic week at SUSECon and openSUSE Summit in Orlando, Florida - lots of great presentations, discussions and parties! If you missed that, make sure you sign up early next year. The location for the next SUSECon has not yet been decided, but you can be sure it's going to be even bigger and better!

The videos shown in the SUSECon keynotes are available in the SUSE Linux channel on YouTube. One of my favorites is the customer video from Teradata, which is embedded below. Do check out the rest too.

At SUSECon, we've been busy demoing SUSE Studio all week at the kiosks and booths. It's really awesome to see how new users are amazed by the simplicity and power of Studio - with many asking why they haven't heard of it sooner! We also took the opportunity there to conduct a couple of in-depth introduction and walkthrough sessions, each lasting a little over an hour. The slides are embedded below if you're interested, though they're rather limited on their own.

And there's more! Next month we're going to be at the openSUSE Conference in Prague, so do drop by and say "Hi" to the development team who will probably be hanging out the booths. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Enjoy openSUSE 12.2 in SUSE Studio!

openSUSE 12.2 was officially released today. It brings updated desktop environments and other software, adds many speedups across the board, offers nicer boot experience with GRUB2 and Plymouth, and contains many other features.

As usual, SUSE Studio supports the new openSUSE release from day one. Just click the Create appliance link after you log in and select the template you like to start with.

openSUSE 12.2 templates in SUSE Studio


You may notice that our cloud formats (EC2 and Azure) are not available for openSUSE 12.2. We are still making changes in Studio code necessary to support them. Once we'll make sure everything works smoothly, we'll enable them.

We also switched-off one-click WebYaST integration because WebYaST in openSUSE 12.2 has a critical bug that prevents users to log in. Once a fixed version is pushed into the update channel, we will enable the support on Studio side.

Testdriving openSUSE 12.2 GNOME desktop

Testdriving openSUSE 12.2 KDE desktop


You can upgrade your older appliances to 12.2 easily. Just go to the Start tab and click the Upgrade button in the bar at the top.

Studio will try to change repositories in your appliance to their 12.2 equivalents and add or remove few packages to ensure everything works smoothly. You can see what exactly was done in the log accessible from the bar at the bottom of the Start tab.

Sometimes the upgraded appliance will need few tweaks to work. Just inspect the log, see what was changed, and apply any additional adjustments.

If you are not satisfied with the upgrade, you can always revert to original version by clicking the Undo upgrade link.

Go ahead!

Now that you know everything, go ahead and have a lot of fun with openSUSE 12.2! And share your 12.2 experience with us on our forum or mailing list.
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