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openSUSE KDE Bug Squashing Days (20-21 September)

September 11th, 2008 by

The openSUSE KDE team wants to dedicate some time on KDE bugs before openSUSE 11.1 gets released, focusing on reported KDE bugs on bugzilla.novell.com inviting the community to take part of it.

Let’s stamp out bugs in KDE for openSUSE 11.1! The openSUSE KDE team is holding a Bug Squashing event to work the KDE bugs reported in bugzilla.novell.com. You can be a part of a bug-free KDE!

The openSUSE KDE Bug Squashing event is scheduled September 20 through September 21 (right after openSUSE 11.1 Beta1 release), and the main goal is to have zero bugs!

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openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results

September 11th, 2008 by

The openSUSE survey results are out now. The survey we made in July/August time frame attracted over 12,000 participants. Here is a short summary on changes compared to the last one we did approximately 1 1/2 year ago with the openSUSE 10.2 release. The summary is in the same order as the questions are.

  • meanwhile over 90% of our users have broadband access and 3/4 of them have a flat rate. Percentage of people having slow or no internet connection is below 5%. Anyway we should find a way getting our distro physically to emerging countries as we fear they didn’t even take part at the survey due to internet issues :-(
  • usage of an OS called Windows dropped from 31% to 21% which either tells us people do the full step to Linux or we may lose newbies?
  • Vista is not there yet, XP usage is approx. 3 times larger then Vista usage
  • KDE4 is already adopted by kind of 40% out of all KDE users, this is quite impressive to us as we’re mainly talking about KDE 4.0 which isn’t that mature as KDE 4.1 is today (yes, we know KDE 4.1 still needs some work to be perfect ;-))
  • involvement in openSUSE has risen strongly, from 15% to 25% and that’s all over the place – be it openSUSE Build Service, bug reporting, openSUSE Forums or others.
  • We’ve seen happily that the main reasons for not being involved in the openSUSE project was no time or familiy. But some people mentioned they don’t know how or it’s not clear where to start. We definitely need to address the latter one.
  • openSUSE and the first experience with Linux is down from 11% to 6%, that either tells us users from other Linux distros are joining or we’re losing people new to Linux
  • rating for “Ease of installation” climbed up strongly, obviously the streamlined installation workflow was the right thing to do.
  • On the question what should be changed for future versions the wish for more software packages declined. So it looks like the openSUSE Build Service and the 1-click installation helps many users to get additional software from.
  • The things above are for us the most eye catching results. In general the results are pretty similar to the last survey. For comparison you find the old survey on the UX page. As you see those results – at least some times – open room for interpretation in one or the other direction. For feedback please use the opensuse-project mailing list.

    We want to thank all people participated at the survey and some of them will receive soon an openSUSE t-shirt or cap.

    Announcing RC1 of openSUSE-Education for 11.0

    September 11th, 2008 by

    It is nearly done… As announced on our roadmap, I’m happy to announce the first release candidate for our openSUSE-Education add on for openSUSE 11.0!

    We’ve produced an Add-On-ISO image and updated the online repository with the new packages. Everyone who likes to help us testing is very welcome – let’s make it the best openSUSE-Education you’ve ever known :-)

    You can find the ISO image here:

    http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education-1.0-for-11.0-RC1.iso

    and the online repository here:

    http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/repo/1.0/11.0/

    Now it’s time for the Education Team to focus on the documentation and fix the last package bugs. No more updates or additional packages are allowed until we released the final version for 11.0. Please report Bugs in our Bugzilla or try another way to communicate with us.

    Known bugs:

    • Koha: missing dependencies. Still not fixed :-(
    • netbeans-ruby: wrong dependency
    • gnome pattern selection: still no provider which KDE applications doesn’t work under GNOME.
    • Atomix: Main window does not repaint during play

    As some people in IRC and on the mailinglist already discussed the package selection, please report packages you want to have installed always or just shown up, so we can adapt our selection.

    FYI: The final release of openSUSE-Education is planed for 25/09/2008, the next openSUSE-Education meeting is on Tuesday 2008/09/16 17:00 UTC.

    Last Call for openSUSE Board Candidates

    September 10th, 2008 by

    The openSUSE Project is looking for a few good leaders, and voters! As already announced by AJ, the board founded the election committee for the first openSUSE board election. The committee is now seeking candidates and encouraging openSUSE contributors to sign up for membership.

    The election committee encourages all openSUSE contributors to apply for an openSUSE membership to gain voting rights, and to consider running for a position in the board. Being a member of the first community elected board is an unique opportunity to help the openSUSE Project mature and grow. There are only two weeks left to get this done – application deadline ends September 24th, 12:00 UTC. Find the full schedule and much more information on the election wiki pages.

    The openSUSE board leads the overall project and provides guidance and support existing governance structures, but doesn’t direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board consists of five members, four elected by the openSUSE members (2 Novell and 2 non-Novell) and a Novell appointed chairman. Pascal Bleser (Part 2) and Andreas Jaeger have written some blog posts on the first year of the board and gave some interesting insight views on what should be done next.

    This is going to be a very important year in the growth of the openSUSE Project, and we want to start it off right. Whether you want to run for a board seat, or just vote for the candidates you trust to do the best job, don’t wait! The deadline for board candidacy and to have openSUSE membership approved in time for the election is less than two weeks away!

    The new board members will be elected for either one or two years, starting first week of November.

    openSUSE membership is granted to those who have made continued and substantial contributions to the openSUSE Project. Members are approved by the openSUSE Board, and membership must be submitted by September 24th for members to be eligible to vote in this election.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the election committee.

    KDE in openSUSE 11.1 and Beyond

    September 9th, 2008 by

    After receiving a great deal of feedback on the issue of KDE 3.5 inclusion in openSUSE 11.1, the KDE team has decided to take the following course of action.

    • KDE 3.5 will be part of the DVD media for openSUSE 11.1, though we may need to slim the package selection for 3.5 sightly.
    • KDE 3.5 will not be included on the main desktop selection page, but will be included with other desktop environments and window managers like Xfce, WindowMaker, etc.
    • This will be the last release with KDE 3.5 packages maintained by the current KDE team. We are not opposed to continued development of KDE 3.5 by the community, however, and would be happy to work with contributors who are interested in packaging KDE 3.5.x for future releases of openSUSE.
    • KDE 3.5 will not be included on 11.2 “official” media or in the release repository for 11.2, but the community certainly has the option of creating KDE 3.5 packages in the build service, and creating live CDs with KDE 3.5 packages for 11.2.
    • The Novell KDE team will only be addressing P1 (high priority) bugs for KDE 3.5.x from this point forward. Again, this does not preclude community contributors from supporting KDE 3.5.x, and we encourage them to do so.

    We’d like to thank all the people who helped provide constructive feedback while we evaluated the best course for the next release of openSUSE. While we know that no solution is guaranteed to make every user happy, we think that we’ve reached the best compromise for openSUSE 11.1 and beyond, to ensure a smooth transition.

    Now that we have a clear path, we welcome any contributors who wish to help out. Please join the #opensuse-kde channel or speak up on the opensuse-factory list if you have any questions about how to get started with testing and packaging.

    openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 37

    September 6th, 2008 by

    news    Issue #37 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
    In this week’s issue:

    • Hack Week III Judging
    • Novell OpenPR Blog: Zonker Blogs
    • Board election
    • Hackweek review
    • Jigish Gohil: Spin openSUSE Live CD or USB stick image “easily”
    • Stephan Binner: New KDE Four Live-CDs