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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 31

July 17th, 2008 by
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Issue #31 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Next Helping Hands Event
  • www.opensuse-tutorials.com
  • Hubert Mantel: openSUSE Gets the JeOS
  • People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko
  • Pascal Bleser: Reporting Packman package bugs
  • Jigish Gohil: New Compiz plugins

People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko

July 12th, 2008 by

Bryen Yunashko, a openSUSE member, is a recent acquisition to the openSUSE project who is involved in the openSUSE-GNOME and Marketing teams, coordinating the Helping Hands Project as also giving a hand at the accessibility of openSUSE.

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 30

July 10th, 2008 by
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Issue #30 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released
  • Announcing openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo
  • People of openSUSE: Joe Brockmeier
  • openSUSE Build Service Trust concept
  • John Anderson: Get build dependencies with zypper
  • Michal Zugec: Network Documentation

Announcing openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo

July 9th, 2008 by

Join the openSUSE Project for a day of fun and FOSS at the LinuxWorld Expo! On Wednesday, August 6th, the openSUSE Project will be holding its first “openSUSE Day” in North America, in conjuction with the LinuxWorld Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

We’ll have a full day of presentations about the openSUSE Project, KDE, GNOME, the Linux kernel, the openSUSE Build Service, and much more.

Come by and learn all about openSUSE, pick up an openSUSE 11.0 DVD and some of the fabulous door prizes — including openSUSE t-shirts, caps, and other big prizes.

The schedule runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including an openSUSE Birds of a Feather at 4:15 p.m. See the full schedule on the wiki at: http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Day_at_LinuxWorld_Expo. (Schedule subject to change.)

Want to help with the openSUSE Day or help staff the openSUSE booth in the LWE .Org Pavilion? We’d love to have you! If you’d like to get involved, speak up on the opensuse-marketing list or contact Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier (zonker@opensuse.org).

openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released

July 9th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.0 release of the openSUSE Build Service. The 1.0 release provides all the features necessary to support building openSUSE in the public build systems and allowing direct contributions to openSUSE from all contributors. Developers can now submit contributions to openSUSE directly at build.opensuse.org.

The openSUSE Build Service allows developers to create and maintain packages for openSUSE and many other Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu. With the 1.0 release, the openSUSE Build Service expands its scope to building the entire openSUSE release, and provides everyone with the same access and transparent interface to work on the openSUSE distribution.

The openSUSE Build Service has offered a simple collaboration system since its inception for groups to work closely together on packages or solutions stacks. The 1.0 release improves on existing functionality to allow the Build Service to scale to larger projects like openSUSE’s Factory distribution, and to allow building openSUSE’s stable releases in the open.

What the changes mean for contributors:

  • Anyone can find a package’s working copy as maintained by the official packager or packaging team. Contributors can submit changes against the working copy.
  • The submission handling and notification system has been put in place, allowing any contributor to request a merge of their changes to a project.
  • Quality assurance happens before contributions are merged. Test builds of a suggested change are accessible to anyone.
  • Improved branch handling. It is easy to set up a branch of a package. The branch will build in the same way as the original package, but can be modified.
  • Source handling is improved in 1.0. It’s now possible to easily maintain a branch, and modifications are stored without creating a full copy. This makes it easier to maintain features based on the latest copy of package. The Build Service builds the latest packages, including modifications, automatically.

The majority of this functionality is implemented on the server side. The rest can be implemented by the various Build Service clients, so that contributors can take advantage of the new features.

The Build Service team has also introduced a number of smaller improvements and bugfixes to make the system more scalable and usable.

The openSUSE Build Service is now considered “feature complete” for collaboration. The Build Service team is looking for additional feedback on improving the openSUSE Build Service as it will now be the standard tool for working on the distribution.

People of openSUSE: Joe Brockmeier

July 5th, 2008 by

For those who have been waiting for a ‘People of openSUSE’ interview with our openSUSE Community Manager and long time Linux and open source journalist Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier since February, here you have it! Don’t stop, keep reading ;-)

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 29

July 3rd, 2008 by
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Issue #29 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap
  • Novell Client for Linux Public Beta for openSUSE 10.3
  • People of openSUSE: Jan-Simon Möller
  • John Anderson: Find duplicate files by content not name
  • Lukas Ocilka: Package Search and One Click Install in YaST
  • Miguel de Icaza: Moonlight 0.7 is now Available

openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap

July 2nd, 2008 by

With openSUSE 11.0 out the door, it’s time to start thinking about openSUSE 11.1. The public release of openSUSE 11.1 is scheduled for December 18, 2008, six months after the release of openSUSE 11.0.

The full schedule for the release cycle is as follows:

  • Thu, Jul 24: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1
  • Thu, Aug 21: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha2
  • Thu, Sep 18: openSUSE 11.1 Beta1 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 02: openSUSE 11.1 Beta2 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 16: openSUSE 11.1 Beta3 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 30: openSUSE 11.1 Beta4 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Nov 13: openSUSE 11.1 RC1 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Nov 27: openSUSE 11.1 RC2 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Dec 4: openSUSE 11.1 GM – final release
  • Thu, Dec 18 openSUSE 11.1 public release

This is, of course, a tentative schedule. Any critical or show-stopping bugs may delay betas and release candidates.

Major areas of interest in this release include:

  • GNOME 2.24
  • KDE: KDE 4.1.1 (optionally KDE 3.5.10)
  • Continued improvement in the software update stack
  • Linux kernel 2.6.27+

Want to get involved? The start of a release cycle is a great time to get involved in openSUSE development. See the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki for details.

See the full 11.1 roadmap on the openSUSE wiki for more details and updates.

Note that Coolo and Michl are on vacation until the end of next week, so let’s start the discussion on features once they are back on the opensuse-factory mailing list,

Andreas