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.
Archive for December, 2007
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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
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.