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openSUSE Guiding Principles Take Effect

November 8th, 2007 by

It’s official: the openSUSE project Guiding Principles are now in force. The Guiding Principles are a framework for the project and give everyone a clear view of who we are, what we stand for, what the project wants and how it works. The Guiding Principles document was created by the openSUSE community and is embraced by Novell – the founder and largest sponsor of the openSUSE project. This important document will help ensure the success and continued progress of the project. Along with the Guiding Principles, we are also launching the openSUSE Board to offer a central point of contact to the community and make community participation in project governance easier. The openSUSE Board consists of both external community members and community members employed by Novell .

We encourage all to support the Guiding Principles here. Create your profile and support the Guiding Principles.

We want to especially thank all contributors to the Guiding Principles, and last but not least, all community members who make the openSUSE project such a success.

Have a lot of fun!

Adrian Schröter
Andreas Jaeger
Benjamin Weber
Cornelius Schumacher
Federico Mena Quintero
Francis Giannaros
Gerald Pfeifer
Jeff Jaffe
Justin Steinman
Klaas Freitag
Martin Lasarsch
Martin Schlander
Michael Löffler
Pascal Bleser
Roger Levy

IP Exchange Sponsors openSUSE Project

November 7th, 2007 by

IP Exchange, a major german Internet Service Provider, is sponsoring the openSUSE project with internet connectivity. They provide a mirror server in their location with a up to 1 GBit/s, a fast connection from the openSUSE Build Service and the central openSUSE ftp server to the mirror servers.

During the launch of openSUSE 10.3 we did already benefit from the sponsoring of IP Exchange. It allowed us to get the ISOs fast to the mirrors and to the people downloading 10.3.

We highly appreciate the contribution of IP Exchange and like to thank in the name of the openSUSE community. This makes the openSUSE project even more attractive to Linux contributors all over the world.

Novell Open Audio: YaST Improvements and 1-Click-Install

November 5th, 2007 by
Novell Open Audio

As part of their openSUSE series over the next coming weeks, Novell Open Audio is taking a look at the YaST Improvements and 1-Click-Install in openSUSE 10.3. It features interviews with Thomas Göttlicher, Martin Lasarsch and Adrian Schröter. They talk about the YaST speed improvements, openSUSE updater improvements, and of course 1-click-install.

Free openSUSE 10.3 Boxes Shipped

November 5th, 2007 by

The openSUSE release is not only available for free download but also as separate boxed product to buy from retail shops and internet shops. The box product contains two DVDs for 32-bit x86 and 64-bit x86-64 systems which have the complete ftp tree of the openSUSE 10.3 distribution. Additionally, it comes with a printed start up manual and free installation support.

As with every openSUSE release — and also previously with SUSE Linux releases — we have sent out during the last week to upstream package maintainers, the openSUSE translation teams and to active bug reporters an openSUSE 10.3 box for free to say thank you!

openSUSE 10.3 Live Version Available

November 2nd, 2007 by

The live version of openSUSE 10.3 is now available as a GNOME or KDE CD. Both contain the same software as the 1 CD installation versions would provide you with, but as a live version.

The live system can be used as a productive system or rescue system. You can also use it to just check out how openSUSE 10.3 runs on your computer without touching your hard drive. The Live CDs are available as 32bit versions in US English only and also contain, for the first time, an install option on the desktop. You can see a screenshot of the KDE Live CD below:

openSUSE 10.3 Live KDE CD

If you click on the Install icon you will be guided through the installation of openSUSE 10.3 onto your hard drive.

For now the images are available at:

The Live CDs version will be incorporated into software.openSUSE.org over the next few days.

Have a lot of fun!
The openSUSE team

YaST Tools for Creating Installation Media and Appliances

November 1st, 2007 by

The casual reader of news.opensuse.org knows that openSUSE 10.3 contains a YaST tool for creating images using KIWI. However, it is not that known fact that openSUSE 10.3 contains much more tools to manipulate RPM-based software and wrap it into a numerous ways for delivery, from a simple repository to a complete appliance creation. The picture below describes how the tools fit together.



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.


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