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People of openSUSE: Klaas Freitag

November 24th, 2007 by

The ‘People of openSUSE’ team had the pleasure to interview Klaas Freitag – a Novell employee working as an architect in the department responsible for the Build Service, and an active KDE contributor being a KDE e.V. board member.


New openSUSE Packages: KDE 4.0 RC1, KOffice 2 Alpha5, Firefox 3.0 Beta

November 24th, 2007 by

The release of KDE 4.0 RC1, KOffice 2 Alpha 5, and Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 were all announced in the last week. As always, openSUSE packages are available in the openSUSE Build Service via 1-Click-Install. The openSUSE-based KDE development live CD “KDE Four Live” has also been updated.


openSUSE KDE/GNOME Packaging Day: 30th November / 1st December

November 21st, 2007 by

The GNOME and KDE teams have teamed up to provide two packaging days, from November 30th until December 1st (from any timezone to any timezone). It will take place on IRC in the #opensuse-buildservice channel.

We will help interested newcomers and already experienced packagers in learning all the little tricks and bits needed for creating good openSUSE packages of your favourite application with the openSUSE Build Service. A little existing experience in compiling software from source is recommended, and the wiki page also lists several other useful things to read.

So join our effort in creating more packages for your favourite Linux Distribution!

Dirk Mueller and Michael Wolf

Status Mail Highlights

November 21st, 2007 by

The highlights of this week’s status mails, for your convenience as a news article!

  • We are working on a new LiveCD with updated packages (beta version here).
  • Unfortunately the online update last weekend caused some problems, so we are thinking about how to avoid this next time. More information on this soon.
  • FOSDEM 2008 planing started, join the discussion later this week on the opensuse-project mailinglist. Great news from the OBS team: Klaas wrote a 6 page article for the German Linux Magazine about the Build Service!

More information is available in the specific mailing list posts; if you are not subscribed to the mailinglists you can also read them in the archive. Here are the direct links to the mails:

YaST Survey Finished

November 17th, 2007 by

The YaST survey has now been closed. More than 11,000 individuals participated in it. Thanks to everybody!

A PDF of the results is now available.

People of openSUSE: Federico Mena-Quintero

November 16th, 2007 by

Federico Mena-Quintero, the last member of the first openSUSE Board being interviewed on the ‘People of openSUSE’, is a full time GNOME ‘bug-fixing’ hacker, and one of the founders of the GNOME Project.


Open Source Event in Chile, Valparaíso

November 16th, 2007 by

openSUSE developer and Novell employee Cristian Rodríguez will perform 3 talks during an event entitled “Opensource : mas cerca del código” that will take place on Valparaíso, Chile at the dependencies of INACAP (Av. España 2255) between November 20 and November 22.

The current schedule, defines the following:

On Tuesday 20, he will be all day sharing and talking with interested people about the project as well giving away some nice t-shirts and hats :-D

Wednesday 21:
11:00- 13:00: “PHP5 y el camino a PHP6″(“PHP5 and the road to PHP6″) unfortunately, the room is already full. no more participants allowed :(

Thursday 22:
11:00- 12:00: “openSUSE, presente y futuro” (“openSUSE , present and future”) at the Auditorium (capacity : 400 persons, still open for registration)

15:00- 17:00 : “Tutorial openSUSE 10.3″ already “sold out”, registration closed.

In case you are interested to participate on this or other interesting talks please visit http://www.infovalpo.os-solutions.cl/opensource and register yourself before is too late ;)

Novell Open Audio: Creating Custom Distributions Based on openSUSE 10.3 and Telephony with Asterisk

November 11th, 2007 by
Novell Open Audio

As part of their openSUSE release series, Novell Open Audio has talked to Jan-Christoph Bornschlegel and Stephan Kulow about KIWI, openSUSE’s operating system imaging solution. They talk about how you can create a customized distro, USB and preload images, and how it was used to create the openSUSE 10.3 Live-CDs. In the second part Reinhard Max describes Asterisk, an open source telephony engine and tool kit, where to find packages for openSUSE and its usage within Novell.

People of openSUSE: Jigish Gohil

November 9th, 2007 by

We caught up with Jigish Gohil – a Compiz Fusion developer, openSUSE packager, and also a true openSUSE evangelist, for one more ‘People of openSUSE’ interview.


Announcing the First openSUSE Board

November 8th, 2007 by

The openSUSE board has been setup to lead the overall project. The board will: act as a central point of contact, help resolve conflicts, communicate community interests to Novell, facilitate communication with all areas of the community, and facilitate decision making processes where needed.

The board should provide guidance and support existing governance structures, but shouldn’t direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board should document decisions and policies.

The initial board has been appointed by Novell — in the future, the board members will be elected by the community and the chair person appointed by Novell. One of the missions of the board is to define a process to elect the next board.