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Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx rpms released

March 23rd, 2014 by

Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx rpms released

Patience is a virtue, especially with AMD gpu drivers, but today is the FGLRX day!

Yesterday Sebastian Siebert has published new versions for almost everything (except legacy dead horse).

So after 3 versions of the driver, compiled for 6 versions of openSUSE, under 2 arch, the rpms have been published today

Question : how many compilation does that mean? :-)


# # AMD fglrx standard (HD5xxx+ radeon gpu) 13.251-4

So we got a new build of the 13.12 standard version, including support for newer 3.14x kernel.Available for openSUSE 11.4 to 13.1 plus Tumbleweed

mirror link

Informations & bugreport Sebastian’s blog

# # AMD fglrx standard BETA 14.3V1.0 (HD5xxx+ radeon gpu)

Sebastian refresh the script to build the last beta offered by AMD

If you feel brave enough to work them, the rpm are located at the repository address

beta mirror link

Informations & bugreport Sebastian’s blog

# # NEW AMD fglrx unified for FirePro & FireMV gpu 13.251-1

Sebastian now offer also the support for the unified driver for FirePro & FireMV gpu.

The driver is also called fglrx, and you should not mix the different repository. So take care of that.

We create a new repository you could use.

amd-fire-unified mirror link

Informations & bugreport Sebastian’s blog


How to filter a certain class of hardware in dhcpd.conf

March 19th, 2014 by

To prepare the end of the XP world

Atfer 8th April 2014, Windows XP system will be Like children in the lions’ den, if connected to internet

In a network around, all the still running XP are all vmware virtual machine, and none of the end-users are the right to modify the settings of the virtual machine, nor has administrative right under XP

The idea is the simply to just suppress the gateway of the network.

Playing with dhcpd.conf

There’s lot of way to handle this classification, but I discover that you need to find the right syntax, and understand how the binary-to-ascii function of dhcpd work.

First binary-to-ascii remove any leading 0, then we will just readd them :-)

Extract of the dhcpd.conf

# binary-to-ascii remove leading 0 rebuild the complete MAC
set testmac = concat ( suffix (concat ("0", binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "", substring(hardware,1,1))),2), ":", suffix (concat ("0", binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "", substring(hardware,2,1))),2), ":", suffix (concat ("0", binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "", substring(hardware,3,1))),2), ":", suffix (concat ("0", binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "", substring(hardware,4,1))),2), ":",  suffix (concat ("0", binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "", substring(hardware,5,1))),2), ":", suffix (concat ("0", binary-to-ascii (16, 8, "", substring(hardware,6,1))),2) );

# Extract the only first 8 chars 
set testclass = substring(testmac, 0, 8);
# You will find a lot of this on internet but doesn't work
# set testmac = binary-to-ascii(16, 8, ":", substring(hardware, 1, 6));

# All our VMware VM use the same prefix
if ( testclass = "00:0c:29" ){
  # put dummy router
  option routers;
  # useful debug log
  log (info, "xp32 lease");
  # Default gateway for anyone else
  option routers;
  log (info, "standard lease");

That’s all for today

osc build with kvm on an encrypted volume group

March 15th, 2014 by

How-to build a initrd-virtio on a fully encrypted volume group

If like me you care about your data stored on your laptop, you certainly use a fully encrypted (excepted /boot) configuration based on lvm.

In my case I also like to create, build, fix packages locally with our tool osc. I’ve plenty of power, beefy ssd, so I dedicate a logical lvm for building cleanly package with qemu-kvm configuration, like obs does

Prepare the kvm building system

As root you create 2 lvm volume with lvcreate, one will be the build root, the other one will be the additional swap

In ~/.oscrc I enable the following parameters

build-type = kvm
build-device = /dev/mapper/vg0-lvobsbuild
build-swap = /dev/mapper/vg1-lvobsswap
build-memory = 4096
build-vmdisk-rootsize = 16000
build-vmdisk-swapsize = 4000
build-vmdisk-filesystem = ext4

You just have to adjust the Memory quantity and the device to what you create for your own environment.


Is my server alive and how good is my connection

March 10th, 2014 by

If you have time to setup real solution and need something reliable test Zabbix (http://zabbix.com). Zabbix is wonderful all in one solutions for monitoring network and your hosts (servers). If you are in need of knowing how good you Internet/(W)LAN connections is then things are getting complicated. (more…)

Network boot live ISO

January 29th, 2014 by

The x86_64 edition of openSUSE Education’s Li-f-e live DVD supports PXE booting the iso over the network, here is how to do it:

* Install Li-f-e (Switch to GRUB from Installation Summary page if your hardware does not support EFI boot ), make sure you have plenty of space assigned to / partition(about 20G)
* Set up LTSP by following this quick start guide
* Create /srv/nfs folder and copy Li-f-e iso there
* Run the following as root in terminal:

mount /srv/nfs/openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e.x86_64-13.1.1.iso /mnt
cp /mnt/boot/x86_64/loader/linux /srv/tftpboot/boot/linux-life64
cp /mnt/boot/x86_64/loader/initrd /srv/tftpboot/boot/initrd-life64
echo "/srv/nfs *(ro,no_root_squash,async,no_subtree_check)" >> /etc/exports
cat <<EOF>> /srv/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default
LABEL Li-f-e
kernel boot/linux-life64
append initrd=boot/initrd-life64 isofrom_device=nfs: isofrom_system=/openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e.x86_64-13.1.1.iso nonm
chkconfig rpcbind on && service rpcbind restart
chkconfig nfsserver on && service nfsserver restart

Now you can PXE boot any machine over the network, select Li-f-e from the end of the boot menu to boot live DVD iso instead of normal LTSP session.

Please note that if you install Li-f-e booted over the network then after the installation you will need to remove “nonm” boot option using yast2 bootloader to get NetworkManager working again.

Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 13.12 (13.251-3) rpm get a new build release

January 27th, 2014 by

Just a small note about a new build (-3) of the 13.251 fglrx version.


AMD has changed /etc/ati/amdpcsdb.default database in its tarball

The packages have just been published on geeko.ioda.net, so next time you zypper up the new build should appear as a proposed update


This release concern only owners of radeon HD5xxx or above.
For older gpu, the fglrx-legacy is still 13.1, and thus didn’t work with openSUSE 12.3 or above.
Beware of that, and prefer the free open-source radeon driver which came out of the box from your openSUSE distribution.
For 12.3 and especially 13.1 the free radeon often offer a better experience than the old fglrx-legacy.

Have fun!

Beta Proprietary AMD/ATI fglrx 13.11 betaV9.95 Catalyst 13.25.18-3 rpm released

January 27th, 2014 by

Beta Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 13.11 (13.25.18-3) rpm get a new release

Just a small note about a new build (-3) of the 13.251 fglrx version.


On AMD website : Release note

Adds support for Steam OS

The packages will be published in a few minutes on geeko.ioda.net/mirror/amd-fglrx-beta, so next time you zypper up the new build should appear as a proposed update, if you use the beta repository (not recommended).


This release concern only owners of radeon HD5xxx or above. And is BETA.
For older gpu, the fglrx-legacy is still 13.1, and thus didn’t work with openSUSE 12.3 or above.
Beware of that, and prefer the free open-source radeon driver which came out of the box from your openSUSE distribution.
For 12.3 and especially 13.1 the free radeon often offer a better experience than the old fglrx-legacy.

Have fun!

How to destroy your data from harddisk permamently?

January 24th, 2014 by

First warning and please read it: If you wipe your harddisk, USB-stick or Flash with any of these tips. Your data won’t magically come back! After correct ‘secure rm’ or ‘NWipe’ there way is no way to bring your valuable data back. Make backups and happy wiping!

Destroying data permanently from hard disk is not as easy as you think. Sometime hard disks just self destructs without notice but when there is police behind you door knocking and you have destroy as much data as you can it’s little bit trickier. Even normal cases when there ain’t police at door and you just want to make sure that your old hard disk is clean and it doesn’t contain your personal data it’s a bit of a problem. (more…)

Unterstanding the nvidia driver process

January 15th, 2014 by

Nvidia pic from Muktware
The NVIDIA drivers for openSUSE 13.1 took a while to appear. Many users have asked why this was and we’d like to explain what happened and what we plan to do to prevent this in the future. This post was written with input from the openSUSE developers who maintain these drivers at SUSE and work with NVIDIA to make them available for our users.

How it should work

Legally, the Linux kernel GPLv2 license leaves proprietary binary drivers in a bit of a tangle. While some claim it should be OK, others say not – and that is what most distributions currently assume: one can not ship a Linux distribution with proprietary, binary drivers. NVIDIA has agreed that our users can grab their drivers from the official NVIDIA servers. They are packaged by SUSE engineers however. They take care of both SLE and openSUSE proprietary driver packaging for NVIDIA hardware, and have contacts at NVIDIA who get the drivers up on their ftp mirrors.
The packages are build on a dedicated system, but the package spec (skeleton for building) is in OBS – for example, G03 is here. Anybody could use these to build the nvidia driver locally (the nvidia binary driver is grabbed from the nvidia driver during building). The command sequence for local building can be found in the README.

Once the packages are build, they are send to NVIDIA, which signs the packages with their key and generates and signs repositories, making them available to the public.

To note is the fact that this is all manual and takes a while on NVIDIA’s side (and ours). This of course is part of the reason why we don’t offer NVIDIA packages for Factory, our fast-rolling development repository.

What happened

What occurred for 13.1 is a typical case of “everything went wrong”.

Up until a few weeks before the release, the driver did not build against the Linux Kernel version 3.11. NVIDIA warned against the use of a patch for this problem created by third parties so the driver team did not have a running build. Due to a holiday, it took a while to get the packages build and pushed to NVIDIA. Unfortunately, by the time this was done, the holiday period at NVIDIA blocked progress for another week. Once the package was signed, it took the webteam at NVIDIA another week to get the repository published. It all added up to almost a month and brought quite some inconvenience for users eager to use their latest NVIDIA cards with the latest openSUSE.

About a week later, the openSUSE 13.1 NVIDIA drivers disappeared again from the nvidia servers for a day or so. We don’t know exactly what happened there, it might have simply been a server issue.

What we will do

The first and most obvious thing to change would be to improve coordination. The developers taking care of the NVIDIA packages should be made aware as early as possible about the release planning and a replacement in case for holidays should be available. We noted this in our 13.1 release report and will make sure that there will be a task in our task tracker for this for the next release. We also need to talk to NVIDIA about this to make sure that there, too, somebody can fill in for SUSE’s contacts.

But there are also thoughts on how to improve further. Some of the current ideas:

  • To get drivers for Factory the process needs more automation as the driver may break on kernel or X changes
  • We could try to open the process and work with community members to secure the process in case the SUSE folks are unavailalbe
  • It would be nice if we could make NVidia to see benefit of working more on the driver in openSUSE, e.g. by doing some testing
  • We could write some scripts that check regularly whether repo and packages are still available and in a valid state (meta data matches available RPMs)

We’ll have to see which of these we can implement, when and how. But rest assured that we will do what we can to prevent this in the future!

statistics with Geeko inside

And the stats!

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back with the numbers. Development has slowed down around new year and isn’t back to speed yet so the 10th spot is shared by quite a big group of people…

Spot Name
1 Stephan Kulow
2 Denisart Benjamin
3 Tomáš Chvátal, Dirk Mueller, Michal Vyskocil
4 Hrvoje Senjan
5 Ciaran Farrell
6 Petr Gajdos
7 Lars Vogdt, Pascal Bleser
8 Jan Engelhardt, Charles Arnold
9 Andreas Stieger, Michal Marek, Niels Abspoel, Kyrill Detinov
10 Dinar Valeev, Bjørn Lie, Ulrich Weigand, Tobias Klausmann, Marcus Meissner, Alexander Graf, Robert Schweikert, Martin Vidner

Proprietary AMD/ATI fglrx 13.251-1 Catalyst 13.12 rpm finally released

December 21st, 2013 by

Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 13.12 (13.251-1) rpm released

Geeko Santa Claus - Crédits Carlos Ribeiro

Geeko Santa Claus – Crédits Carlos Ribeiro

Patience is a virtue, months of it and finally we got a proof that Santa Claus exist :-)
This release allow me to wish you a Merry Christmas!


This release concern only owners of radeon HD5xxx or above.
For older gpu, the fglrx-legacy is still 13.1, and thus didn’t work with openSUSE 12.3 or above.
Beware of that, and prefer the free open-source radeon driver which came out of the box from your openSUSE distribution.
For 12.3 and especially 13.1 the free radeon often offer a better experience than the old fglrx-legacy.

Changing the signer of package

I’ve done a change with which key used for signing the package and repository. So you will need to trust the new key for the repository

zypper ref -f -r amd-fglrx
Forcing raw metadata refresh
Retrieving repository 'amd-fglrx' metadata ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[\]

New repository or package signing key received:
Key ID: 484F703065BE584C
Key Name: builder Ioda-Net (Building and signing packages build at Ioda-Net) 
Key Fingerprint: 80D079EBFB1AB0FEE3CA41E6484F703065BE584C
Key Created: lun 30 jui 2012 15:27:35 CEST
Key Expires: sam 29 jui 2017 15:27:35 CEST
Repository: amd-fglrx

Do you want to reject the key, trust temporarily, or trust always? [r/t/a/? shows all options] (r): a


Help for spreading the word

Dear fellow I’m counting on you to spread the word, in the different social media you’re subscribed, and also on Mailing list, forums.
Feel free also to translate it into your native language

Release note about 13.12

This Catalyst fglrx version support openSUSE version from 11.4 to 13.1 and also Tumbleweed (thus also kernel 3.12/13 series).
A special thanks to Sebastian Siebert for his effort on making this driver working under openSUSE.

If a kind German geeko can take the time to translate his article, put the result in comments below, you will understand that getting it working,
is not just Fun.

Notice for users of the -beta repository

If you previously used the fglrx drivers using the -beta created for fglrx 13.11, you could not switch back the url of the repository to the standard one.
The beta will contain now outdated driver until AMD release a new one.
If you were using the normal repository the update should appear directly

To change the url if your repository is called FGLRX
zypper mr -n FLGRX http://geeko.ioda.net/mirror/amd-fglrx/openSUSE_13.1


For tumbleweed due to the change of openSUSE version from 12.3 to 13.1, you will certainly have remove the old package and install the new one.

zypper rm fglrx64_xpic_SUSE123

zypper in fglrx64_xpic_SUSE131
[snipped par of installation]
Calling 'depmod -a 3.12.5-3.g48b587a-desktop' this may take a while...

Summary report:

   Kernel     => 3.12.5-3.g48b587a-desktop
   Detected   => RPM package
   Build      => [ OK ]
   Install    => [ OK ]

Please read "/usr/share/doc/packages/fglrx/README.SuSE" for
configuration details when using SaX2.

Release Note

A release note is available on AMD website

Fixed issues

    [384861]: Ultra slow dota2 fps
    [383176]: System hang when startx after enable Eyefinity
    [383109]: System hang when run Unigine Heaven 4.0
    [382494]: Screen corruption when run C4Engine with GL_ARB_texture_array enabled
    [384193]: Fix the procfs permission issue on kernel 3.10 and later
    [373812]: System hang when run some OpenGL stress test
    [383430]: Glxtest failed with force AA
    [383372]: Fail to launch cairo-dock
    [384509]: glClientWaitSync is waiting even when timeout is 0
    [383573]: AC/DC switching is broken
    [384194]: Tear-Free Desktop sets V-Sync to 30Hz instead of 60Hz
    [385123]: CrossFire aspect observed in CCCLE where it should not
    [385414]: Steam crashes and games hang on a black screen when Force AA is on
    [387027]: Glxtest failed on SLED11 SP3
    [382079]: MARI crash with weird stack
    [387797]: X crash when kill X with Xserver 1.13 and 1.14
    [389431]: Screens are distorted when connecting an external monitor on some PowerXpress platform with Intel Haswell
    [389728]: Segfault after disabling display on re-launch of CCCLE
    [387573]: Soft hang and error observed on BasicDebug sample for OpenCL when run on x86
    [385704]: Black window when run glxgears with TWM
    [376115]: Display corruption when using rotation

 Known Bugs