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openSUSE Leap

Posted by Ish

Earlier I wrote about about openSUSE:42 and explained the particular branch will include core SUSE Linux Enterprise code. There was a long debate on the openSUSE mailing list to find a suitable name. On 25 June 2015, Rainer Fiebig sent the following to the list:

But excitement and attention is what you need to get to have an impact in the
crowded markets of today. And the product’s name is the best place to start.

Therefore, my suggestion would be

openSUSE Leap

like in “leap forward”, “quantum leap” or “…but …giant leap for mankind”
(or at least for a chameleon, that is ;-)

Following (service-) releases might be named “openSUSE Leap 1.1″, “Leap 2″
etc. Each release a leap.

The associations that “leap” evokes are obvious. Marketing could spin a nice
story around it. And the press would have something to play with.


openSUSE-13.2-smallThe name Leap got its notoriety and overtook earlier suggestions like Oak and Rock n Roll. That’s it! On 2 July 2015, Richard Brown, the openSUSE Board Chairman announced the decision to keep the name openSUSE Leap :-)

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Skype “no sound” fix

Posted by Ish

I installed Skype v4.2 on openSUSE 13.1 KDE 64bit. Although having PulseAudio configured, there was no sound in Skype. I checked around and found this announcement:

PulseAudio 4.0 and Skype

By Arun | Published: August 2, 2013

This is a public service announcement for packagers and users of Skype and PulseAudio 4.0.

In PulseAudio 4.0, we added some code to allow us to deal with automatic latency adjustment more gracefully, particularly for latency requests under ~80 ms. This exposed a bug in Skype that breaks audio in interesting ways (no sound, choppy sound, playback happens faster than it should).

We’ve spoken to the Skype developers about this problem and they have been investigating the problem. In the mean time, we suggest that users and packagers work around this problem in the mean time.

If you are packaging Skype for your distribution, you need to change the Exec line in your Skype .desktop file as follows:

Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U

If you are a user, and your distribution doesn’t already carry this fix (as of about a week ago, Ubuntu does, and as of ~1 hour from now, Gentoo will), you need to launch Skype from the command line as follows:


If you’re not sure if you’re hit but this bug, you’re probably not. :-)

Now, instead of launching Skype from command line as instructed, it can be fixed by adding the latency value in the Skype launch file.

sudo vi /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

Replace Exec=skype %U by Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U. Start Skype and audio should now be fixed. Make a test call to verify ( :