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SSL Certificate for *.opensuse.org Has Expired

December 13th, 2008 by

On Saturday, 13th December, the SSL certificate used by iChain for secure login to *.opensuse.org sites (like openSUSE Forums, Build Service, Wiki and others) has expired. Login to Bugzilla is not affected. We are aware of the problem and are working on fixing it. Most browsers will issue a warning about the expiration and deny a direct connection. You may add a (temporary) exception for the old certificate, after that you will be able to login and continue to work on the sites as usual.

Update: The new certificate is up so this problem doesn’t exist anymore.

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.1: Improved Installation, Easier Administration

December 13th, 2008 by

Welcome to the first in a series of Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.1! With less than a week to go until the release of openSUSE 11.1,we’ll be talking about the great new innovations included with openSUSE 11.1. To kick things off, we’ll be discussing how most people will be kicking off their openSUSE 11.1 experience: the installer.

The Installation: Building on a great base

openSUSE’s installation has long been regarded as one of the best in the Linux world. Never before has that compliment been more accurate than in openSUSE 11.1. We started by building on the great base built in openSUSE 11.0 this past summer: a sleek new look, and a simpler installation process.

Installation - welcomeInstallation - Desktop SelectionInstallation - Installing openSUSE

New Partitioner

The updated new installer features an updated look, as seen above, but there is one very big improvement, and most users won’t even see it. It’s the new hard drive partitioner. Luckily, in most cases, the installer can recognize what needs to be done to a user’s hard disk to enable them to use openSUSE, often while keeping their previous operating system and files intact. However, many times advanced users wish to make their own custom partition table, and the improved partitioner helps them do just that.

Partitioner 1Partition 2Partition 3

This partitioner was the subject of usability testing, and was designed to accommodate the needs of our users.

You can also get a quick guide to the installation of openSUSE 11.1 in our Installation Walkthrough.

Help driver development with Smolt

Smolt notification

Upon logging into your openSUSE desktop, you’ll be asked to send some hardware information to the Smolt Project. Smolt is a combined effort of Linux distributions and projects including the Fedora Project and openSUSE. Together, collecting the types of hardware in computers running Linux helps put pressure on hardware manufacturers to support Linux better, which is better for everyone.

Getting a rough estimate of the number of users for different types of hardware is also helpful to the developers of device drivers for Linux, which gives them a better idea of what drivers they should help work on to help the most amount of users. It’s one click, it helps you, it helps openSUSE, and it helps the entire Linux community!

Continual improvements to managing software

Recommended Software

GNOME SOftware manageropenSUSE 11.1 features even more improvements to installing, removing, and maintaining software. In addition to openSUSE’s famous 1-Click Install feature, openSUSE now features a new way to discover new software.

The software manager now recommends or suggests software for your computer depending on what is already installed. These packages aren’t required by another applications, but instead extends their functionality or compliments them. It’s a fun way to discover new things you can do with your computer! Simply select the software, click Install, and the rest is taken care of.

The new KDE updater

KDE users now have a new method of keeping their computer up-to-date. Introducing the new openSUSE Updater for KDE, based on PackageKit. This new updater brings openSUSE into a cross-distro standard with PackageKit, plus enables new functionality within the updater.

Packagekit 1PackageKit 2

The new updater still uses the openSUSE software management system, libzypp, so users still get the speed and other advantages of using our modern, state-of-the-art software management system. Advanced, modern tools wrapped up in one easy to use updating application for KDE.

GNOME users will continue to use their PackageKit-based updating application.

Ready for openSUSE 11.1?

This is just the start of what’s available in openSUSE 11.1! openSUSE 11.1 ships December 18th, 2008 for both download and boxed editions, so stay tuned for more Sneak Peeks and all other news about openSUSE 11.1!

Release Party In Nuremberg

December 10th, 2008 by
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Just a reminder, we will have a party on the releasy day in Nuremberg. If you are nearby, don’t miss it! We plan to have some demo systems, burn service and of course some food and drinks. It’s on December, 18th, 18:00-21:00 CET.
The address is Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nuremberg, Germany :-)
Google Maps, Stairs up, turn left and you will see the entrance like in the picture.
Please send an email to me if you want to come to the party, mlasars _at! suse !dot_ de (subject: party).

If you are not from Nuremberg, look first at the party locations at the wiki, or make your own party!

Infrastructure Maintenance Thursday

December 10th, 2008 by

Some parts of the openSUSE Project’s infrastructure will be down briefly for maintenance tomorrow, December 11th, starting at 10:00 UTC (11:00 CET / 05:00 EST). This should last between 5 and 15 minutes, so the impact on project services should be minimal.

This will impact download servers, the mirror stage server, and the Subversion/git server. See Peter Poeml’s email to opensuse-announce for more information.

Pre-order openSUSE 11.1

December 9th, 2008 by

openSUSE 11.1 is gold, and available for pre-order! The release date is still the 18th of December, just in time to have some fun over the holidays …

So what do you get for your money?

11.1 Box
  • dual layer DVD9, with 32 and 64bit version(not available for download)
  • NON-OSS add-on CD with programs like flash, acrobat reader, mp3 support etc.
  • Printed manual
  • 90 days of installation support
  • All this in a nice and shiny grey Box. Still not impressed? Ok, this time we have a special gift for you. If you buy the box you will get an openSUSE branded LED flashlight for free! (limited to the first run of boxes) Now hurry, head over to our shops!

    BTW: For our German users: if you pre-order from the German shop, shipping is free …

    UPDATE:I just heard that only the German Box have the flashlights. There are to many problems to send them to other countries because of taxes/customs, batteries are mostly a no-go and other annoying stuff. Sorry.

    openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 49

    December 7th, 2008 by

    news    Issue #49 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
    In this week’s issue:

    • Andreas Jaeger: openSUSE 11.1 Goes RC2
    • Joe Brockmeier: Mounting remote directories using FUSE and sshfs on openSUSE
    • Henne Vogelsang: What’s Working Well and What To Do With It
    • RedDwarf: Check your multimedia problem in ten steps
    • arstechnica.com: Distro(s) of the Year: OpenSUSE and Foresight

    The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:
    German,
    Indonesian,
    Japanese,
    Polish,
    Portuguese (delay),
    Russian and
    Spanish (delay).

    openSUSE-Education: Live-CD, CD-Cover and 1.0 Beta2 for openSUSE 11.1

    December 4th, 2008 by

    Here are the first results of the great last Meeting of the openSUSE-Education Team two weeks ago…

    We are proud to announce the first openSUSE Live-CD containing applications from openSUSE-Education – created via Studio by Andrea Florio!

    http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education_1.0.i686-0.0.5-LiveCD.iso (696M)

    This ISO image is based on openSUSE 11.0 (x86) and enhanced with a few of our applications for Education. We are currently testing the possibilities of SUSE Studio with the Live-Media – and might release updated versions in a shorter timeframe. Stay tuned!

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    openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 48

    November 30th, 2008 by

    news    Issue #48 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
    In this week’s issue:

    • Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available
    • Joe Brockmeier: YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!
    • Ben Martin: Debug your shell scripts with bashdb
    • Lluis Sanchez: MonoDevelop 2.0 alpha 2 is out
    • Susegeek.com: Linux Kernel Magic SysRq keys in openSUSE for crash recovery

    The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:
    German,
    Indonesian,
    Japanese,
    Polish (NEW!),
    Portuguese and
    Russian,
    Spanish (delay).

    Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available

    November 27th, 2008 by

    The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 is now available. If all goes well, this will be the last testing release before the final 11.1 public release on December 18th.

    This release includes a number of bugfixes and changes since 11.1 beta 5, as well as a new license.

    Digg it! http://digg.com/linux_unix/Development_Release_openSUSE_11_1_RC_1_Now_Available

    Call for Testing

    We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and work with the testing releases to find any critical bugs before release. Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find.

    Remember that this is a release candidate, and is not suitable for use on production systems, however. Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution and/or testing releases for day-to-day work we want to stress that it’s entirely possible that you will encounter serious bugs.

    See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on Testing.

    To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

    What’s changed since beta 5?

    Major changes in this release include:

    * A new, shorter distro license
    * Linux kernel 2.6.27.7
    * glibc 2.9
    * Additional translations
    * Amarok 2.0 RC 1
    * Zypper 1.0.1

    See the Factory News page for changes in the Factory distribution between release announcements. DistroWatch also carries an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

    Media and Download

    11.1 RC 1 can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. See http://en.opensuse.org/Mirror_Selection for a full list of mirrors. Note that you don’t need to choose a mirror yourself, but you can use the mirror list if you want or need to select a mirror manually.

    Most Annoying Bugs

    While many bugs have been eliminated since the last beta, we still have a few remaining (and new) bugs that testers should be aware of:

    Bug 448270: the license has no translations yet
    Bug 449711: no OpenOffice for ppc
    Bug 449422: Amarok2 on KDE4 does not stop
    Bug 449513: Novell vpn doesn’t work at novell-ipsec-tools 0.7.1.

    Future Release Announcements

    Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to call out for future release announcements, please send an email to Zonker with any information that should be in that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled release.

    openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 47

    November 23rd, 2008 by

    news    Issue #47 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
    In this week’s issue:

    • openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5.1 for PowerPC Released
    • Fresh Factory Live-CDs
    • People of openSUSE: Vincent Untz
    • ARM Support for openSUSE Buildservice and openSUSE
    • First SUSE Studio Production

    The openSUSE Weekly News is translated to:
    German,
    Russian,
    Japanese,
    Spanish,
    Portuguese and
    Indonesian.