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People of openSUSE: Stephan Binner

October 26th, 2007 by

On this ‘People of openSUSE’ week we interviewed the greatest openSUSE and KDE addict yet. He is also one of the administrators who takes care of both English and German openSUSE wikis and a bunch of other openSUSE related things: Stephan ‘Beineri’ Binner.

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Participate in openSUSE Contributor Survey!

October 26th, 2007 by

UiO logoA masters student from the University of Oslo (yours truly) is currently doing a research project on firm-sponsored open-source communities. openSUSE is the main case of study, and the research will provide some knowledge about how the community is working and its collaboration and affiliation with Novell.

As part of this study, a contributor survey has been launched. If you are an active contributor to the openSUSE project (involved in packaging, support, discussions, documentation, translation etc), please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey by clicking the link.

The results from the survey will be published on opensuse.org within a month, and the full thesis will be ready by June 2008.

Quickies: Installation Videos, KDE 4.0 Beta 3+ Live-CD, Build Service Notification RFC

October 25th, 2007 by

A small team has created videos of the openSUSE 10.3 installation with commentary and plans to create further ones. — A Live-CD based on openSUSE 10.3 with the KDE 4.0 Beta 3+ packages from the KDE:KDE4 build service project has been announced. — Build Service architect Klaas Freitag posted a proposal for a “Personal Message Dispatching” system with code name Hermes in the openSUSE Build Service and asks for feedback.

YaST IRC Channel and Workshop Results

October 22nd, 2007 by

The YaST team had last week a workshop and the participants are now updating the openSUSE wiki with their slides and comments.

Lukas announced that the YaST team is opening up their development further:

During the YaST workshop last week, the developers have decided to use the current #yast channel on irc.freenode.net as our official one. In a few days, you will be able to find most of internal YaST developers there – and we hope, more and more external as well :)

So how to talk with YaST developers online? Simply click on the link above, or:

  • Install some IRC client and run it…
  • Use these settings:
    • /server irc.freenode.net
    • /join #yast

We still don’t have any “YaST IRC Client” ;) Not yet!

Besides the #yast channel, there are more that are used by the openSUSE project, for details check the openSUSE wiki.
Have a nice day && a lot of fun!

Lukas and Andreas

Compiz Fusion 0.6.0 Out With openSUSE Packages

October 22nd, 2007 by
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The Compiz Fusion team announced the release of 0.6.0, the first stable release after six months of hard work from the community. The new version contains many fixes, new plugins, and many new features. As always, Jigish Gohil has provided packages for openSUSE 10.2 and 10.3 (using 1-click-install), in the X11:XGL Build Service repository.


KDE 4 Hack Week, KDE IRC-Meeting, KDE 3.5.8

October 16th, 2007 by

As part of the KDE 4 hack week, which the KDE desktop team and KDE people working for SUSE are doing this week, we will do an informal and spontaneous openSUSE KDE IRC meeting tomorrow at 1600 GMT. Some possible topics are getting collected on the KDE Meetings wiki page, please join us if KDE on openSUSE interests you. — KDE 3.5.8 has been released today and we have unsupported packages available in the Build Service. The release of KDE 4.0 Beta 3, of course accompanied by packages in the KDE:KDE4 build service project, is expected later this week.

Updated Build Service Roadmap Published

October 16th, 2007 by

An updated Roadmap for the openSUSE Build Service has been published. It outlines the development targets until the fourth quarter of 2008. Please understand the dates as target estimations, but not as guaranteed dates. Some functionality might arrive earlier, while other features may need some more time.

We are also to happy to help anyone to start working on any of these functionalities, if you would like to see it earlier available. Please drop a mail in that case to the opensuse-buildservice mailing list (subscribe).

openSUSE 10.3 in Review: A Solid Linux Desktop

October 13th, 2007 by

As the first reviews start to roll in, TuxMachines have just released one of the first comprehensive reviews of openSUSE 10.3, concluding that it is a mature, stable, free Linux distribution:

“Underneath its new green artwork, version 10.3’s improvements over previous versions include cutting down the time it takes to reach the graphical login screen; speeding up and streamlining its package management utility; and making it easier for users to install software using a new “one-click install” process.”

People of openSUSE: Martin Lasarsch

October 12th, 2007 by

Martin Lasarsch, the well-known openSUSE evangelist, gave us the great opportunity to let us know a little bit more about himself. You can’t miss this ‘People of openSUSE’ interview!

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More openSUSE 10.3 Numbers

October 11th, 2007 by

Last week we released openSUSE 10.3, and we want to keep you updated on its very successful launch. I finally got some more numbers:

During the first 30 hours we changed the priority on our download redirector to prefer our network; these are basically the numbers of all people went to software/download.opensuse.org and not directly to a mirror. This was to help take a little load off the mirrors during the peak time.

And of course a big “thank you” to all our mirrors!

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