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Feature Testing on Thursday

November 5th, 2008 by

We will have tomorrow an extensive feature testing of openSUSE 11.1 beta4. If you want to join, and we would really appreciate it if we get some help on this, please join us in the #opensuse-testing channel on Freenode. We will be there between 11-19:00 CET.

For more information about the testing, please look at the wiki or see the longer post on the openSUSE-announce mailing list.

Happy testing! :-)

Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 Now Available

November 3rd, 2008 by

Hot on the heels of openSUSE 11.1 beta 3, the openSUSE Project is happy to announce the availability of openSUSE 11.1 beta 4.

This release includes a number of important bugfixes since the last beta, as well as a few new bugs that need to be squashed before the final release. Read on for details about this release and how to get involved with testing.

Screenshots

KDE4 Cover Switch Effect

KDE4 Cube Effect

GNOME Desktop SearchF-Spot Photo Manager

If you’re curious about what openSUSE 11.1 will look like, have a look at the rest of the screenshots on the openSUSE wiki. Thanks to Kevin Dupuy and Martin Schlander for taking the time to put up the screenshots!

Important: 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 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 beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems, however.

We have a page of new features specific to openSUSE 11.1 here: http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.1 This is a definitive list of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

Please use this page to identify and test new features — and then mark them complete when you’ve finished testing.

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 3?

Major changes in this release include:

Inclusion of Nomad, a set of components that provide an unmatchable remote desktop experience to openSUSE. See more at: http://en.opensuse.org/Nomad

Timo Hoenig reports that fingerprint reader support is now feature complete, and he’s accepting bugs. The most common fingerprint readers on the market should “just work,” and users can register their fingerprint using the YaST module. Once registered, users can log in using their fingerprint. Console, GDM, ‘su – $USER’, gnome-screensaver, and gnomsu should all work with fingerprint support. KDE status is unknown.

  • Linux 2.6.27.4 kernel
  • Mono 2.0.1
  • GNOME 2.24.1
  • VirtualBox 2.0.4
  • Evolution 2.24.1
  • Banshee 1.3.3

See DistroWatch for an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

Webcam Support Re-enabled

Some Webcam and framegrabber drivers had been removed from the kernel, but are now re-enabled in beta 4. The list of supported drivers includes:

Mediavision Pro Movie Studio
Quickcam BW
QuickCam Colour
W9966CF Webcam (FlyCam Supra and others)
CPiA
CPiA2
Stradis 4:2:2 MPEG-2
Zoran ZR36057/36067
Sony Vaio Picturebook Motion Eye
Siemens-Nixdorf ‘Multimedia eXtension Board’
Conexant cx23416/cx23415 MPEG encoder/decoder (aka ivtv)
USB 3com HomeConnect (aka vicam)
USB IBM (Xirlink) C-it Camera
USB Konica Webcam
USB Logitech Quickcam Messenger
OmniVision Camera Chip
USB W996[87]CF JPEG Dual Mode Camera
USB OV511 Camera
USB SE401 Camera
USB STV680 (Pencam) Camera
USB Philips Cameras
ForteMedia FM801 + TEA5757 tuner

Thanks to Jean Delvare for the report.

Media and Download

11.1 beta 4 is just one of the releases that will lead to the final 11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap. Downloads are available 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

The list of annoying bugs is getting smaller! Still, a few things that we need to mention:

  • Bug #440816: OpenOffice.org 3.0 cannot be started
  • GNOME branding is broken with DVD installs, looks correct on live cds
  • GNOME updater will ask for registration, this is broken. Just ignore the question
  • KDE updater will not ask for smolt integration (which the GNOME updater should ask for too).

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.

Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 44

November 1st, 2008 by

news    Issue #44 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • Less than 50 days to openSUSE 11.1
  • Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election
  • Ben Kevan: fslint – Take control about your Filesystem
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0 final
  • counter.opensuse.org updated

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

Status Update for openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4

October 31st, 2008 by

After work on the remaining show-stopper bugs we found this week, we have solved the blocker bugs, but were unable to generate all the necessary media and have it propagated to the mirrors in time for a Friday release per our release policy.

We are confident that we will be able to release on Monday, however, so please check back Monday for the release announcement. Or subscribe to the openSUSE announce mailing list (opensuse-announce+subscribe@opensuse.org) to receive the announcement as soon as the release is ready.

Thanks again for your patience. We look forward to this beta and moving closer to 11.1!

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 Slip

October 30th, 2008 by

Just a quick note. The 11.1 release is slipping by at least one day due to a few major problems with the DVDs found during testing.

Specifically:

  • The network is broken during second-stage installation
  • No update repos are registered

There are some further problems with missing branding for GNOME, the slideshow and release notes don’t display, and some bugs that we hope will be ironed out shortly.

We are still aiming to release beta 4 this week, and will be providing further updates as events warrant.

While we don’t like to slip the schedule, we still consider it important to release betas in a condition that allows significant testing. If you’re interested in following openSUSE development and testing more closely, we recommend subscribing to the openSUSE Factory mailing list.

Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election

October 27th, 2008 by

So the polls are closed now and all votes have been accounted for and confirmed valid, and we are now proud to announce the election results! The openSUSE project would like to welcome the first community elected board, and would like to thank all voters for taking the time to use their vote.

The new board members are, from the Non-Novell side of the community Pascal Bleser and Bryen Yunashko and from the Novell side we have Henne Vogelsang and Federico Mena-Quintero. We are proud to announce that Michael Löffler has been appointed by Novell as chairman of the new board. Being the candidates with the most votes in their category, Pascal and Henne already agreed to serve the board for the next two years. Bryen and Federico have been elected for one next year, hence the next election will take place about the same time next year.

The election committee would like to congratulate them on their election and wish them all the best in steering our fine community and project. We would also like to thank all of the candidates for their interest in serving on the board, and we’re proud to have so many excellent candidates to choose from for the board.

For those that like numbers, the spread of votes is as follows:

Non-Novell
Bleser, Pascal 148 45.96 %
Yunashko, Bryen 69 21.43 %
Linnell, Peter 42 13.04 %
Rodriguez, Alex 30 9.32 %
Pasanen, Tuukka 18 5.59 %
Rusinek, Jakub 15 4.66 %
Total: 322
Novell
Vogelsang, Henne 126 38.18 %
Mena-Quintero, Federico 86 26.06 %
Shaw, Stephen 71 21.52 %
Michna, Marco 47 14.24 %
Total: 330
 
 

A total of 75.11% (178 of 237) voters participated in the poll. Voters had the option of casting two votes for each category, for a possible total of 356 votes per category for the election. Some voters, however, choose not to use both of their votes for each category.

The final count does not convey how close the election was in some parts, but it does show that the openSUSE community is committed to ensuring that they take a stake in their own project and that the understand that to make the project prosper they need to be active.

The election committee wants to thank the first openSUSE Board, Marcus ‘darix’ Rückert and Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier for their ongoing support. In addition to this we want to thank again all openSUSE members for their participation.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 43

October 25th, 2008 by

news    Issue #43 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Build Service Webclient Survey Started
  • Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 Now Available
  • We want YOU – for openSUSE Weekly Newsletter
  • People of openSUSE: Henne Vogelsang

The openSUSE Weekly News is not only translated to German, but now also available in Russian and Japanese.

Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 Now Available

October 22nd, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the availability of beta 3 of the 11.1 release. It’s a few days late, but much better for the delay. Beta 3 is now available for immediate download and testing.

As mentioned on news.opensuse.org, this release was delayed significantly by the power outage in Nuremberg over the weekend of October 11th.

Important: 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 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 beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems, however.

We have a page of new features specific to openSUSE 11.1 here: http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.1 This is a definitive list of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

Please use this page to identify and test new features — and then mark them complete when you’ve finished testing.

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 2?
Major changes in this release include:

  • Live CDs for x86 and GNOME and KDE
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0
  • Mono 2.0 Final
  • Linux 2.6.27.1 (fixes e1000e issue)
  • CUPS 1.3.9
  • Parts of 11.1 branding are now in place
  • Amarok 2.0 beta 2
  • Banshee 1.3.2
  • GNOME 2.24

Installing openSUSE 11.1 beta 3 on Mac OS X machines should work fine.  Previous openSUSE releases would not write the partition table correctly to the MBR, but it should now be possible to install openSUSE on Macs more easily.

KVM is broken in this release due to a kernel configuration change before beta 3. It should be working in the next release.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 integration continues and should be much better in this release. The most annoying bugs with missing icons, broken dialogs, Java registration, and others should be fixed. However, a few bugs remain, and new ones have been reported. Current issues include:

  • KDE and GNOME integration is ignored (bnc#433076)
  • GNOME quickstarter does not work (bnc#434778)
  • localized strings are not updated from extra sources
  • optional packages are not really optional because the registry files are not spread correctly
  • the user configuration includes symlinks to /usr/share/ooo3 instead of that real files; it might be a feature but it might also cause problems in the future.
  • pyuno components are still not registered
  • Suse-puzzler.xls works only partly; e.h. “Sneaky Peak” or “About” works but the “Shuffle” does nohing. Also, pieces can’t be moved by mouse.
  • some missing hacks from ooo-build/bin/package-ooo and older OOo.spec
  • missing OOo-sdk compat stuff (to build voiko…, bnc#428403)

See DistroWatch for an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

Media and Download
The 11.1 beta is just one of the releases that will lead to the final 11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap. Downloads are available here:

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
* no x86_64 LiveCDs available
* no PPC ISOs available (due to Bug #431945)
* Bug #432732: yast2-x11: Broken xorg.conf written during installation (GeForce 6200TC/7300LE/7300SE/Go 7300, Intel 965G/965GM, Radeon, vmware). Workaround: Use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to console, login as root, init 3, sax2 -r, init 5.
* Bug #436949: screensaver crashes gdm
* Bug #437411: su and console login do not work. Workaround: sudo vi /etc/pam.d/common-auth and remove the pam_fp line. We will release a test update.
* Bug #428963: dbus-1 session bus connection policy bug / was gnomesu.  We will release a test update.
* Bug #436835: sbl installed and running by default
* Bug #436524: GDM autologin – somewhat broken …
* XEN does not work [a huge number of bug reports]

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 (zonker@opensuse.org) with any information that should be in that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled release.

Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

YaST Mascot Contest

October 21st, 2008 by

Because not everybody was aware of the contest and wondered a little bit about the reminder mail, we extended the deadline for the YaST mascot contest. The new deadline for the submissions is November 09, 12:00 UTC. Participate, show us your vision of the mascot! We are not only searching for a sketch/picture of the mascot, also for a name. The winners will get all the fame and a stuffed Geeko! So get your pencils/mice/brains ready :-)

More information with the rules in the wiki page.

Status Update: openSUSE 11.1 beta 3

October 19th, 2008 by

A quick status update on openSUSE 11.1 beta 3. The DVD installation ISOs were not complete by Friday night, and only the x86 live CDs have built correctly — the x86_64 images are too large to fit on CD-R media. Building the distro was not finished until end of business (EOB) Nuremberg time.

The team will try another test build Monday morning and see what the state of the build is. If those work well, we should be able to push out a release Tuesday. Otherwise beta 4 will be delayed further and we will provide further updates.

We’re sorry for the delays, but we are more interested in pushing out a usable beta 3 release than rushing something out the door that isn’t suitable for widespread testing.