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KDE 4.2 in openSUSE [Updated]

January 29th, 2009 by

The KDE Project released KDE 4.2 on Tuesday, and of course openSUSE packages were available in time for the release. If you missed the pointer from the KDE announcement info page, you can get your KDE 4.2 fix in a number of ways.

Want to install KDE 4.2 on an existing system? Grab the packages via one-click install for openSUSE 11.1, openSUSE 11.0, or openSUSE 10.3.

You can also run the 4.2 packages in a Live CD, or install a fresh openSUSE 11.1-based system with KDE 4.2 packages from the Live CD found under http://home.kde.org/~binner/kde-four-live/. You’ll find x86 and x86_64 ISOs there.

Thanks much to our KDE gurus for having this ready! If you want to run 4.2, no need to wait another minute — grab the packages and have a lot of fun!

Update: Please note that these packages are not supported. The KDE team has packaged these for openSUSE users who want to get their hands on KDE 4.2 quickly, but the packages are not supported.

openfate – New Features

January 29th, 2009 by

openfate

[29.01.2009 16:51] <digitltom> features.opensuse.org updated including vote system :-)

Wow, that was fast. openfate already had a lot of features to make feature tracking easier and the new version got a lot of improvements!

Let me point out some major new features i like and which are quite visible:

  • No login required anymore if you just want to look. Even most have a login, sometimes i really just want to look at it, for example someone posted a feature link … way faster now! And you can login on the fly: you browse, are not logged in, want to edit it, just login and it will take you back to the page.
  • The save button is better visible … I guess i was not the only one who lost a feature or comment because it was to well hidden. Now it jumps to the save button after you edit your comment, no chance to miss it.
  • One feature many people wanted is voting. Yes, it’s included and help a lot to see what the users want and where to put more energy in. On the dashboard you can see the top 5 features now. Don’t wonder if it’s not showing a change after you voted, it has a 5 minute delay, the features itself shows the right count instantly.
  • votingCheck also the “Toggle Statistics” link in the voting window. Happy voting!
  • Features can be tagged now, and of course there is a nice tag cloud on the dashboard

You can look at the full changelog for other changes. Thanks to the openfate team for including the new features quite short after the initial release!

HP Builds on the openSUSE Education Project

January 29th, 2009 by

In December, HP announced that it would release a new desktop offering along with Novell targeted at education customers. Part of the announcement is a repository of education applications “including math, art and word games, to improve student learning,” which were based on work by the openSUSE Education project.

Novell and HP would like to formally acknowledge the community’s contribution to HP’s education repository and thank the openSUSE Education community for the work they have done to package and make available additional programs for open source education efforts.

The openSUSE Education project provides an add-on CD for openSUSE so that schools will have the benefit of educational packages not shipped by default with openSUSE. The fact that HP has sought to include work from the Education project is testament to the outstanding quality of their work and the demand for open source education solutions.

The additional repository was created for HP to provide a subset of the packages of those offered by the openSUSE Education project. HP and Novell chose to do this to limit any maintenance issues for the subset of packages offered commercially.

We’d like to thank the Education project for its patience with Novell and HP while we establish a way to work on community repositories with commercial partners. As a first-time effort, there have been a few bumps and we’ve found a few areas where we can improve communication with openSUSE projects like the Education Project.

This cooperation is particularly important as we all continue to push Linux and open source on the desktop and into “consumer” solutions. We need to work together as effectively as possible to offer well-polished open source applications that will appeal to end users who are new to Linux.

Going forward, HP and Novell will work to collaborate more closely with the openSUSE Education project and support their efforts to deliver solutions for schools and provide the best experience for educational use.

We’d also like to thank HP for offering open source to its educational customers. This is another small step towards world domination for Linux.

Thanks again to the openSUSE Education Project for their hard work and patience!

Linuxtag 2009, CFP

January 29th, 2009 by

fosdemMarko posted yesterday that the call for papers started for Linuxtag. Of course we will have a booth and we also want to do an openSUSE day again. Last year we had 8 presentations during the day, focusing on “user” topics. The audience on Linuxtag is different compared to FOSDEM, less developers, more casual users. Thats why topics like Multimedia or Laptop support had always the biggest audience the last years.

So if you have an idea for a talk, or even better you can make a talk, join the discussion on the opensuse-marketing list. Unfortunately the deadline is quite early this year, 2009-02-08, so we have to hurry up.

To see what happened last year, head over to our wiki, with slides and videos (nearly all in German).

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 56

January 27th, 2009 by

news    Issue #56 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

New layout !

In this week’s issue:

  • FOSDEM 2009
  • Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors
  • Novell’s 2009 Technical Strategy and Process
  • NTFS-3g – writing to windows partition
  • Preview/Fix broken AVI files in openSUSE

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:
German,
Hungarian,
Indonesian,
Italian,
Japanese,
Polish,
Portuguese,
Russian and
Spanish.

FOSDEM 2009

January 21st, 2009 by

fosdem One of our favorite shows for sure, and again we will be there with a lot of people. I’m also happy that Novell sponsors the event, because we think it’s quite important and we like the guys :-)

If you are not aware what FOSDEM is, head over to the website for more information, short: it’s an community event in Brussels, Belgium, on the weekend of 2009-02-07/08.

Thanks to the FOSDEM team, we have again a developer room and a booth. The room is this time H.2214 (iirc it’s the same room we had last year on the second day).

We will have 2 days of talks, some openSUSE related but some topics are for sure also interesting for users/developers of other distributions. Meet the openSUSE developers, community and friends.

For latest information what we will do, head over to our fosdem wiki page where you can also find our devroom schedule. If you want to come, and you really should, enter your name in the wiki and i will print you a openSUSE badge (SUSE/Novell employees will get it automatically). For everybody else: we will record all talks again.

See you at FOSDEM!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 55

January 19th, 2009 by

news    Issue #55 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Project Opens Feature Tracking with openFATE
  • openSUSE forums has reached 20K members
  • Wanted-Build Service Contributors
  • Joe Brockmeier: What happens with KDE with Qt license shift?
  • Katarina Machalkova: A fairytale about brave wizard QSplitter and evil ancient screen resolution from the last century

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:
German,
Hungarian,
Indonesian,
Italian,
Japanese,
Polish,
Portuguese,
Russian and
Spanish.

openSUSE Project Opens Feature Tracking with openFATE

January 16th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce that feature tracking and requests are now available to the larger openSUSE Community. The openSUSE feature tracking system, openFATE, is now live and accessible to anyone with an openSUSE account.

Hosted at features.opensuse.org, openFATE will help the openSUSE community monitor and participate in the development process. Features that are tracked in openFATE are any proposals that the project wants to see introduced in order to improve openSUSE. For example:

  • Changes to the openSUSE theme.
  • The default system editor.
  • A new feature to allow automatic bug reporting.

Anyone can use openFATE to view and discuss features, so long as they have an account. This will allow the openSUSE community to see how the releases evolve and participate directly in feature discussions.

If you’re an openSUSE Member, you can even add features in openFATE. While we can’t accept every new feature, this enables members to propose features directly for consideration. (If you’re an openSUSE contributor and haven’t applied for membership, please do so soon!)

Want to learn more about openFATE? Please see openFATE on the openSUSE wiki.

We’ll also need help in screening features for future openSUSE releases. We’ll be creating a volunteer team to help evaluate feature requests and help direct the future of openSUSE! If you’d like to participate, please add your name to the openSUSE Fate wiki under Screening Team.

Thanks much to the following for their work on implementing openFATE and making it accessible to the entire openSUSE community: Thomas Schmidt, Klaas Freitag, Andre Duffeck, Michael Loeffler, Christopher Hofmann, Jürgen Weigert, and the entire tools team. A lot of hard work has gone into opening this system, and it will be vital for improving openSUSE and enhancing community participation.

Wanted: Build Service Contributors

January 15th, 2009 by

Have you ever wanted to join Build Service development, but you had no idea what to implement? Would you like a real opportunity to learn Ruby on Rails? This is a great time to start!

The OBS developers have collected smaller projects on this wiki page. These projects are ideal for anyone new to OBS development. All you need is a local copy of the Web Client, which can easily be deployed on your development system.

Most of the jobs will enable functionality which is already implemented, but not available in the web client. The web client is great for browsing the content and the status of the projects. These improvements will help developers to get a better overview about their builds and sources.

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 54

January 13th, 2009 by

news    Issue #54 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • Bugzilla Update to 3.2
  • Contributor Gifts
  • Miguel de Icaza: Mono goes Accessible!
  • lowobu: Since when do you use (open)SuSE?
  • Nikesh Jauhari: Read-Write Support for NTFS partition on OpenSUSE 11.x

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

New: Short version in Hungarian .