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People of openSUSE: Rajko Matovic

December 28th, 2007 by

Before 2007 ends you can read Rajko Matovic interview. Rajko is an openSUSE community member contributing largely on the Wiki side being a member of the Wiki team, and having more than 1300 pages edited.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

December 22nd, 2007 by

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all openSUSE users and contributors a very merry Christmas and an enjoyable holiday! Thank you all for the great work you’ve done this year and the achievements accomplished.

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People of openSUSE: Marcus Meissner

December 21st, 2007 by

As a Christmas gift we present you Marcus Meissner – the teamlead of the SUSE Security Team, Wine and gPhoto coder and also packager. Keep reading!

The ‘People of openSUSE’ team wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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openSUSE Build Service Version 0.5 (Poinsettia) Available

December 21st, 2007 by

The openSUSE project releases the version 0.5 of the openSUSE Build Service. This code drop does provide the functionality as provided on build.opensuse.org the first time as official tar ball release. Pointsettia provides the complete infrastructure to build single hardware architecture distributions. System images can be created via KIWI.

Overview of enhancements in Poinsettia:

  • Improved repository generation. Repositories get generated out of process of the scheduler. This makes the scheduler faster and more reliable
  • Improved signing for repositories. Each project get now its individual gpg key for the repositories
  • Convenient project deletion now available
  • Bugzilla linkage. Link added to create new Bugzilla reports for certain projects or packages
  • For a detailed list look here

The openSUSE Build Service is designed to host sources of packages. It can reuse sources from other source repository systems like svn or cvs, but it is more often used to maintain all necessary files around a tar ball release from another open source project.

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Another Step in Connecting the Worlds of Users And Developers

December 18th, 2007 by

As you know for sure ;), the openSUSE Build Service (OBS) shall connect the complete different worlds of End-Users and developers/packager. This does of course already worked to that degree that everybody can download software, which got packaged in the OBS. Also the packager do already got feedback via download numbers, tags or rating within the packager web interface.

Andreas Bauer added lately the next functionality in this context. All search results in the End User interface do offer now a link to the packager web interface from now on. Every user, with a standard openSUSE account can now do the ratings and taging there directly. This will help the to improve the search results for other users later on.

Also new is the bugreport link, this means end users can create bugreports for projects or packages hosted in OBS. Such a bugreport will get assigned to the person, who is defined as bugowner. Atm only a few projects have this defined, so this is a call to all project or package owners to add yourself. This can be done easily in the web gui, simply add yourself again to the project, but switch to the “bugowner” role.

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People of openSUSE: James Ogley

December 14th, 2007 by

The Planet SUSE sysadmin, James Ogley, was interviewed by us. Apart from managing the biggest openSUSE blog aggregator, he is also part of the openSUSE GNOME team packaging lots of GNOME/GTK applications.

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Software for Millions

December 13th, 2007 by

Klaas wrote an article about the openSUSE Build Service that got published in the german edition of Linux Magazin. Everyone able to read german go here.

It covers general introduction into openSUSE’s Build Service, tutorials how to build a simple package, touches upon OSC and web client and gives an overview over the underlying technology.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 3

December 12th, 2007 by
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The third issue of openSUSE Weekly News is out! You can read it in: English, German. In this issue:

  • openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 0
  • KDE Four Live 0.8, KDE 4.0 RC2 Packages, and Koffice Alpha6 Packages
  • Indonesian openSUSE Community Annual Meeting a Huge Success
  • Results from the openSUSE Contributor Survey
  • In Tips and Tricks: How to Change to the GNOME or KDE-style YaST, Calculations in Kickoff (KDE Menu), Fonts: Subpixel Hinting

Results From openSUSE Contributor Survey

December 12th, 2007 by
Novell Open Audio

281 contributors from the openSUSE community participated in a survey last month. The survey was part of a research project on the topic of firm-sponsored open source communities, hosted by the University of Oslo. Topics in the survey include:

  • level of contribution
  • reasons for participating
  • attitude towards Novell

The results are now ready and can be found here:

The commented version includes some analysis of the results and statistical measures of correlation between questions in the survey. The simple version only shows the distribution of frequencies in percent, but also includes the answers to the open text fields in the survey.

People of openSUSE: JP Rosevear

December 7th, 2007 by

Here goes another ‘People of openSUSE’ interview, this time with a Canadian Novell employee and GNOME hacker – JP Rosevear. Besides his GNOME code contribution, he is the desktop development manager at Novell.

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