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YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!

November 21st, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project and YaST team are happy to announce the winner of the YaST Mascot Contest. After extensive deliberation, the judges have chosen the Aardvark concept, submitted by Klára Cihlářová.

The judges have also settled on a name for the mascot, which will be called Yastie.

We had a lot of great submissions, and it wasn’t easy picking the best idea out of the bunch. We received a number of high-quality submissions, and it’s clear that a lot of thought and hard work went into each submission. Thanks to everyone who participated, it shows just how important YaST is to the community.

As we mentioned in the contest guidelines, we were looking for an idea for the mascot, and not necessarily the final artwork. We want to make sure that the YaST Mascot fits with other openSUSE artwork and branding. Our own Jakub Steiner (jimmac) is going to work on the final artwork, and we’ll be showing that very soon.

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

People of openSUSE: Vincent Untz

November 20th, 2008 by

Continuing the last ‘People of openSUSE” interviews with people involved in the openSUSE Board Elections Committee, today we introduce you another member – Vincent Untz. Vincent is a Novell employee working 101% of his time for the openSUSE and GNOME projects, non-stop! ;-)


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 46

November 15th, 2008 by

news    Issue #46 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Released
  • Updated Build Service Roadmap
  • KDE’s Compositing in openSUSE 11.1
  • SLES Now Easy for Users of RHEL and CentOS
  • YaST Preview

The openSUSE Weekly News is translated to:
German (delayed),
Portuguese (delayed) and
Indonesian (delayed).

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5.1 for PowerPC Released

November 14th, 2008 by

The Beta5 DVD and NET ISO images for PowerPC have just been replaced by Beta5.1 ISO images.  The only change is the way the ISOs are created – now they are bootable media.

There is a Delta-ISO from Beta5 DVD to Beta5.1 available in case you have Beta5 downloaded.

The media are available at the same place Beta5 is available: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1-Beta5

Additionally new initrd and linuxrc for PowerPC have been uploaded in the PPC-HotFix directory.

These files are for Pegasos and Efika PowerPC systems if you want to do a network installation.  Use these files and boot with the insecure=1 kernel parameter.

If you have further questions, please ask on the openSUSE PPC mailinglist,


Banshee 1.4 Released

November 14th, 2008 by

Aaron Bockover has announced that the 1.4 release of Banshee is now available. The new release includes support for Android G1, better device support, a new track editor, the ability to rescan libraries for new or deleted tracks — plus 196 bugs fixed since Banshee 1.2.1.

See the Banshee download page for the one-click installer for openSUSE 11.1 and 10.3, as well as packages for other platforms.

Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Now Available

November 13th, 2008 by

Greetings, openSUSE fans! We have another development release ready for your testing pleasure. openSUSE 11.1 beta 5 is now available for immediate download and testing.

You may have noticed that we were scheduled to release RC 1 today. However, as Stephan Kulow mentioned on openSUSE-Factory list on Tuesday, we have several blocker bugs and 11 P1 bugs still present. While we’re ready to do another release today, we decided that it wasn’t ready to be called a release candidate. This shouldn’t push back the final release, but it will mean that we will only plan to have one release candidate.

With just a little more than a month before the public release on December 18th, there’s still plenty to do. So, roll up your sleeves and start downloading!

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 test the beta releases.  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 beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems. Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution and/or beta release 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 4?

Major changes in this release include:

  • More 11.1 branding is now in place.
  • Upgrade to PackageKit 0.3.9
  • Integration of Smolt finished
  • More translations!
  • Linux kernel updated to
  • KDE 4.1.3
  • Xfce 4.4.3
  • Many updated packages, including: Amarok, Banshee, Blender, Digikam, Bazaar, Frozen Bubble, The GIMP, LyX, and Wine.

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.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 is shaping up nicely for 11.1. Petr Mladek has sent in the following new and remaining bugs for OpenOffice.org:

+ OOo does not start in KDE when OpenOffice_org-gnome is installed (bnc#442678)
+ Pyuno components are still not registered
+ Mono integration is not correctly installed
+ Localized strings are not updated from extra sources
+ The user configuration includes symlinks to /usr/share/ooo3 instead of real files. This may be a feature, but it might also cause problems in the future
+ Missing OOo-sdk compat stuff (bnc#428403)
+ Suse-puzzler.xls works only partly; e.h. “Sneaky Peak” or “About” works but the “Shuffle” does nothing. Also, you can’t move the puzzle pieces with a mouse.

These bugs are being worked on for RC1.

Media and Download

11.1 beta 5 can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. You can find mirrors that have beta 5 images here:


This release does include PPC media, so users with PowerPC machines have the opportunity to test beta 5 on those as well.

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:

Selecting KDE 3.5 also installs KDE4 workspace and defaults to KDE4. Workaround: Choose KDE3 desktop at login manager.
Installation via network on Pegasos2 and Efika is not possible since the initial image does not contain the network drivers (they are available after installation)
Bug #439126: Hibernation does not work with 32-bit PAE kernels.
Bug #432980: On some Intel chipsets (945GM) display can’t wake from sleep.
Bug #444127: kupdateapplet shows error when license is requested
Bug #437735: printers are not installed
Bug #444519: the i586 DVD does not contain any i686 glibc

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.

People of openSUSE: Claes Backstrom

November 10th, 2008 by

This week on ‘People of openSUSE’ we have interviewed openSUSE Election Committee member, Senior Linux Trainer and VMware Trainer Claes Backstrom. Besides all these titles he has he still has time to package games on openSUSE Build Service, beta testing, and promoting openSUSE in his North European cold country, Sweden!


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 45

November 8th, 2008 by

news    Issue #45 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • Lukas Ocilka: YaST-Mascot Contest-How to submit your ideas
  • openSUSE News: OpenOffice.org Fix for openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4
  • The openSUSE Board
  • Jan Weber: Announcing Easy-KIWI-GUI
  • Stephan Binner: openSUSE 11.1-Plasma-Desktop-Toolbox

The openSUSE Weekly News is translated to:
Portuguese and
Indonesian .

Get Your openSUSE 11.1 Countdown Button Here

November 6th, 2008 by

Yes, you too can have a beautiful openSUSE countdown button just like the one you see in this post.

The banners have been updated, and as Pascal Bleser reports, we have localization for the following languages:

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese (traditional and Taïwan)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Walloon

Thanks to everyone who contributed translations, and to Jakub “jimmac” Steiner for doing the artwork. Pascal has full instructions on adding one of the banners to your site (we have small, medium, and large banners) and everything you’d want to know about the countdown banner.

OpenOffice.org Fix for openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4

November 5th, 2008 by

Good news, everybody! One of the most annoying bugs from openSUSE 11.1 beta 4 has a fix. A problem starting OpenOffice.org was found too late to fix for the beta, but we do have a fix now — so you can update your system and have a working install of OpenOffice.org:

  • After installing 11.1 beta 4, open a terminal and run:
    sudo zypper refresh
    sudo zypper lu
  • You should see something like this:
    Loading repository data...
    Reading installed packages...
    S | Repository       | Name                     | Version   | Arch
    v | Updates for 11.1 | OpenOffice_org-kde       | | x86_64
    v | Updates for 11.1 | OpenOffice_org-libs-core | | x86_64
    v | Updates for 11.1 | gdm                      | 2.24.0-4  | x86_64
  • Go ahead and run the update command:
    sudo zypper up

    and say yes when it asks if you want to continue.

Note that, if you prefer the GUI method, you should also be able to do this by going to YaST and using the Software Update module. Reports of bugs or problems with this, if any, would be appreciated.

If you’ve installed 11.1 beta 4 or were thinking about installing the beta but were waiting for a fix to bug 440816 then it’s time to go! Download and install the beta and get to testing!