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Testing the Current Upstream Linux Kernel

August 15th, 2007 by

Andrew Morton has spoken at different occasions about testing of the Linux kernel and asked users to test the current development version and report their findings.  For our openSUSE releases we have in general a frozen version and add only fixes for bugs that are encountered during testing – but stay with the same version for the lifetime of a release.

With our openSUSE Build Service we build a daily kernel, where we take the current upstream development kernel without any patches (besides those we need for building a RPM).  We do call this the vanilla kernel. It can be downloaded from:
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Kernel:/Vanilla/SUSE_Factory/

Btw. if you test the vanilla kernel, report any problems to the Linux kernel mailing list (for details check the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/) and not to the openSUSE bugzilla.

Quickies: LWE Announcements, Coolo Interviewed, Israeli openSUSE Portal, Art SVN, SCO

August 13th, 2007 by

Again time to sum up news that didn’t make it to an own story here: At LinuxWorld San Francisco it was announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, which is based on the openSUSE distribution, will be preloaded on systems of Dell and Lenovo. DistroWatch.com has interviewed Stephan Kulow about his new role as openSUSE project manager. Tomer wrote in to inform us about the chameleon.org.il portal he founded which offers forums, articles, chat and you can even test-drive openSUSE via NX. openSUSE artwork is now developed in a new SVN repository. Last but not least, a court ruled against SCO, stating that Novell is the owner of the UNIX copyrights.

Bug Slashing/Hunting Weekend is Over

August 13th, 2007 by

bugs_green.pngThe Bug Slashing Weekend has come to an end, and we are happy to report that it was a huge success! Countless old bugs were slashed, updated, and looked over, though for the majority of the time it was more of a Bug hunting weekend in that we were trying to discover and file all openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 bugs.

Among other things, the weekend consisted of up to 50 people in #opensuse-bugs around the peak period, 2200 posts being made on the IRC channel (excluding bugbot comments), 108 bugs being filed against openSUSE 10.3 on the weekend alone, and 107 bugs being marked as “resolved”. Thanks to everyone for making it a great Bug Weekend!

Discussion on the upcoming openSUSE 10.3 is still encouraged in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel; the Bug Slashing wiki page will also contain up-to-date information on ways in which you can help test the openSUSE distribution.

openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 Live CDs

August 12th, 2007 by

Stephan Kulow has created and uploaded Live CDs of the 1-CD installations for your pleasure: GNOME Live ISO, KDE Live ISO. He writes: “Please put ‘live CD’ into the summary of bug reports, so we don’t confuse them with the installation CDs. The Live CDs are still very early in development, but we would like to hear your feedback in general.” The password for both the root and the ‘linux’ user is ‘linux’.

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 10.3: Greatly Improved Boot Time

August 12th, 2007 by

openSUSE 10.3 is going to be filled with new improvements and exciting technologies. To allow you to discover exactly what the developers have been working hard on behind the scenes over the last few months, we bring you a little series: Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 10.3. Today we are looking at the great new improvements to boot time in openSUSE.

openSUSE 10.3 will include some great improvements to the init boot scripts which will dramatically decrease the time your computer takes to boot up. These come as the result of many different tests and research (documented here, and here); the first round of improvements have already been submitted and will make it into the final release.

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People of openSUSE: Francis Giannaros

August 10th, 2007 by

Here is another ‘People of openSUSE’ interview: this time you can read Francis Giannaros’ answers!

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openSUSE Bug Slashing This Weekend!

August 10th, 2007 by

bugs.png So openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 has now been released and it’s looking great. A long-discussed topic on the opensuse-project@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list was the suggestion of having a “Bug Slashing” day or weekend. Now we can finally go ahead with that idea.

The aim of the weekend is to try to help developers and packagers by trying to clear up the Bugzilla, finding out which bugs need to be addressed, seeing if particular bugs can be reproduced and how, and where necessary seeing which open 10.2 bugs still apply to current Factory (10.3 Beta1). It’s also the place to ask about a particular bug, or ask any other queries about whether you have found a bug. These days have run very successfully within other projects, so it is certainly time for us to give it a go too!

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LWE 2007 is Over…

August 10th, 2007 by

First I have to praise 10.3 Alpha 7. We had it running on our demo laptops all day, and beside the Konqueror/flash bug and the bug of the all black splash screen when starting OpenOffice (jk :-)) it ran pretty well. Usually I don’t show beta or alpha versions on exhibitions … I can’t wait to get home and try Beta 1, and help on the Bug Slashing weekend!

Anyway, how was LWE in San Francisco? Very good, we met a lot of longtime SUSE users and spread a lot of 10.2 PromoDVDs to new users. Thanks Novell for the support, they had a booth in the main part of the hall. We had some nice talks with the users and other projects, it was really worth to go to LWE this year. Greetings from Seth, see you next year! By the way, happy birthday!

Announcing openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1

August 9th, 2007 by

The openSUSE team is proud to announce the first Beta release of openSUSE 10.3. There are many exciting enhancements and features in the new release. Among these are a whole new and greatly improved package management stack (libzypp), significantly faster boot time, parts of KDE 4, a 1-CD KDE Install and a 1-CD GNOME install, beautiful green artwork, a new One-Click Install technology that integrates with the openSUSE Build Service and much more

What’s New

CD Boot Screen Default Background SUSE greeter
For some more screenshots head over to Screenshots/openSUSE_10.3 on the wiki.

Desktop Advances

1-Click Install: As we recently announced, the openSUSE Build Service front-end got a complete makeover and now also utilizes the new One-Click Install technology. This new feature allows you to install applications at the single click of a button. More announcements on the way this is used are to come.

KDE 4: In the early stages of development we noted that openSUSE was to be among the early adopters of KDE 4.0, and we can start to see this coming through in openSUSE 10.3. The latest stable KDE 3.5.7 is included as the default KDE session, but this release also includes some KDE 4 applications (such as KDE games) in by default. All other parts of KDE 4 are directly available in the official online repositories, and of course the KDE 4 repository in the openSUSE Build Service will continue to regularly release snapshots.

New Media Selection

This new release has a few changes in media, which also includes two new CDs: one KDE installation CD, and one GNOME installation CD, so you no longer have to download three CDs to get openSUSE running! See below for more details.

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People of openSUSE: Stephan Kulow

August 9th, 2007 by

Today you can also read the ‘People of openSUSE’ interview with Stephan Kulow, the release manager of the openSUSE distribution.

Read on to see which answers he provides.

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