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JPackage in openSUSE – Get Involved!

September 17th, 2007 by

The JPackage project aims to provide rpm packages with lots of Java programs and libraries. The main focus is on free and open source software. Currently there are about 450 packages maintained. Examples of packaged software are: ant, jakarta, jboss, jeronimo, excalibur and plexus.

Due to differences between Linux distributions most of the packages from JPackage do not build currently on openSUSE. We would like to change this state. We’ve already started with adjusting of packages to fit our distribution and moved now further packages into the Build Service. Please, visit the Java:jpackage-1.7 project in the openSUSE Build Service to get the feel.

If you like Java and want to help us we would like to welcome you in our team. Please, get involved and help us to get JPackage fully into openSUSE. If you prefer other distributions like Fedora or Mandriva we would like to hear from you as well as BuildService is also perfectly suitable for you.

Ales, anosek@novell.com

KIWI-LTSP for openSUSE 10.3

September 17th, 2007 by

KIWI-LTSP team is very happy to announce the new project on Novell Forge. The project aims to  combine the Linux Terminal Server and openSUSE KIWI imaging technologies.

LTSP offers immense benefit of being able to use obsolete/lower configuration PCs as a diskless thin clients. The thin clients can be put to any use just like normal desktops without even installing any operating system on them, for example, browse the Web, send e-mail, create documents, and run other desktop applications.

Many schools and corporates are now realizing the huge cost (TCO) advantage of using thin client computing. Thin client computing is the only way for many of the third world countries that cannot afford to purchase software licenses and new hardwares to run today’s softwares.

The openSUSE KIWI Image System provides a complete operating system image solution for Linux supported hardware platforms as well as for virtualisation systems like Xen, Qemu or VMware. KIWI features distribution independent design, support for virtual systems, network deployed images, live CDs, thick clients and now with KIWI-LTSP diskless clients too.

KIWI-LTSP utilizes this ease of deployment and management provided by KIWI to bring our awesome distribution openSUSE 10.3 to everyone that wishes to use thin client computing.

The project page is located here:
http://developer.novell.com/wiki/index.php/KIWI-LTSP

The step-by-step instructions to get you started are here:
http://en.opensuse.org/LTSP

Have a lot of fun!

JackLab Project Announces its First Public Release

September 17th, 2007 by

jacklab.jpg The technical manager of the JackLab project, Oliver Bengs, released the final 1.0 version of the JackLab Audio Distribution (JAD) today after a development period of over eight months. JAD 1.0 is based upon openSUSE 10.2 with the addition of a real-time Kernel for fast audio processing with the professional audio server JACK. JackLab 1.0 is the most comprehensive selection of open source audio and multimedia software to date. The Enlightenment D17 window manager (with ‘KDE-lite’ tweaks) is used by default, with the option of using the full KDE 3.5.7 instead.

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