Archive for April, 2012


Plymouth in openSUSE Factory

As some of you know, I have been working on plymouth support in openSUSE. This was a feature that was requested already some time ago, but nobody found the time to actually implement it. 

Since a couple of weeks I have been working on getting plymouth to work and to resolve the known issues. This can be tracked on the following link :  http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Plymouth 
With the help of teammembers of the openSUSE KDE team (tigerfoot, einar77), the issues were resolved and Plymouth got accepted in openSUSE:Factory
To get full support for password requests and displaying text, the initrd was enhanced with some additional libraries and fonts. The luks initrd script was reworked to get plymouth support for the password requests and a patch was submitted to the maintainer of the package cryptsetup. 
The full set of packages (including all the latest patches, etc), can be obtained from the OBS project home:tittiatcoke. Plymouth of course can be directly obtained from Factory. 
I would like to ask everybody to test the new Plymouth packages and to fill bugs for things that are not working or to indicate these on the webpage : http;//en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Plymouth. 
Currently we are working on the openSUSE branding for Plymouth, so that we can complete the new boot experience. 

I know that for quite some time the KDE:Unstable:SC repo didn’t contain any recent snapshots. The repo was used to test the 4.8.0 tarballs and since then no more updates took place. 

However since today that has changed. As of now KDE:Unstable:SC contains a very recent snapshot of the KDE SC 4.9 and the packages got published. As always the target is to provide weekly snapshots of the KDE SC 4.9 and other packages. 
At this moment the kdemultimedia packages (juk, kmix, kio_audiocd, etc) are still on the 4.8.2 level as that the main KDE repository is moved from SVN to GIT. As soon as this has been completed, the packages in KDE:Unstable:SC will be updated with the next possible snapshot. 
I have been running snapshots of KDE 4.9 and I have to say that the stability is quite good. Most of the changes are the rewrite of plasmoids, etc to the new QML language. 
Enjoy!