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People of openSUSE: Christian Boltz

October 8th, 2007 by

This week we interviewed Christian Boltz, one of the most active openSUSE development testers and bug reporters.

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openSUSE 10.3 on PS3 and Other PowerPC Hardware

October 6th, 2007 by

The spicy power team concentrated for openSUSE 10.3 on supporting the Sony Playstation PS3, the major changes are:

  • openSUSE 10.3 is fully installable with YaST on the Sony Playstation PS3
  • a kexec-based bootloader called petitboot is used for PS3
  • There is a development pattern for Cell development on PS3 to easily install the needed packages

More details on installing openSUSE 10.3 on PS3 can be found at http://en.opensuse.org/PS3.

Besides the PS3, 10.3 also runs on the previously supported Apple Power Mac, IBM POWER, and Pegasos PPC hardware for details see http://en.opensuse.org/POWER@SUSE.

Release Day – All Hell Breaks Loose

October 5th, 2007 by

Yesterday we released openSUSE 10.3, and we are pretty impressed what happened.

Some rough numbers:

Our download for the iso images peaked at 14Gbit/s, the average was 12Gbit/s. This is without the mirror servers, this is just the download from Novell!

Our wiki had a load of 99 but was still responsive. The admin team in Provo added another server with load balancing, thanks for that! We had over 1000 request per second, after the new server kicked in the load was going down to 30 :-).

Thanks to everybody who helped with this release, i want to mention a few people: the admin team in provo, Frank who fixed the download page, Francis for the announcement and all mirror servers.

Novell Open Audio: openSUSE 10.3

October 5th, 2007 by

As part of a Novell Open Audio series on openSUSE, they will be interviewing various openSUSE developers to find out more about the project, particular involvements and new technologies in the distribution. Today’s interview features a talk with Martin Lasarsch, an openSUSE evangelist. He extensively goes over the changes in openSUSE 10.3, highlighting all the nice improvements along the way.

The episode also features a talk with no fewer than 10 of the core openSUSE developers, as they provide insight into the openSUSE releases and how things like the numbering of our releases work.

Announcing openSUSE 10.3 GM

October 4th, 2007 by

The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world’s most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

openSUSE 10.3 will be supported with security and other serious updates for a period of 2 years.

This version contains new beautiful green artwork, KDE 3.5.7 and parts of KDE 4, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, a GTK version of YaST, a new 1-click-install technology, MP3 support out-of-the-box, new and redesigned YaST modules, compiz and compiz fusion advances, virtualisation improvements, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more! Read on for details of what is new and available in openSUSE 10.3, and for all the necessary download links.
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Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 10.3: A Plethora of Improvements

October 2nd, 2007 by

With this last article the Sneak Peeks series comes to an end for this release. But don’t worry: it’s tightly packed with an extra share of information on the latest openSUSE 10.3 goodies! Today we’re going through all those things that either didn’t get the chance to have their own article, or are extra convenient small improvements that haven’t been properly covered. As you will know, it is all those extra little things that really contribute to a great user experience on the Linux desktop.

Today we’ll be taking a look at: the new updater applet; redesigned network card module; OpenOffice 2.3; Xfce; the new Kontact; Giver, an easy file sharing tool; KIWI, a system image generator; and much more! We’ll also be getting some closing thoughts from Andreas Jaeger, director of openSUSE, to find out about plans for the future and community contributions.

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YaST Survey Started

October 1st, 2007 by

We have just published a survey on YaST, our systems management and installation framework.

If you use any of the distributions openSUSE, SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, I encourage you to participate in our survey to support us improving YaST. The survey will be online until mid November and the results will be published on openSUSE.org.

Click here to take the survey.

By the way, if you would like to know more about YaST, visit the openSUSE YaST wiki page.

Thanks for participating in the survey – and a big THANK YOU to Anica to design this together with quite a couple of different stakeholders in YaST,

Andreas