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Unofficial KDE 3.5 Live CD for openSUSE 11.1

January 9th, 2009 by

KDE logoWant classic KDE on openSUSE, without the full DVD download? Carlos Goncalves has you covered. openSUSE 11.1 Live CDs and USB images featuring KDE 3.5 are now available for download.

Created by openSUSE community member Carlos Goncalves, the KDE 3.5 Live CD and USB images contain openSUSE 11.1 plus several key updates.

In addition to KDE 3.5, the Live CD offers OpenOffice.org 3.0, Smolt, Amarok 1.4.10, KDEPIM3, Firefox 3.0.4, K3b, and many other useful applications. You can see the entire package list here: package-lists-openSUSE

And, of course, openSUSE has the current KDE releases covered as well. You can download the official openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 Live CDs based on KDE 4.1.3, or if you want to follow KDE development, Stephan Binner has created a KDE Four Live CD featuring KDE 4.2 Beta 2.

Note that the KDE 3.5 live CD is an “unofficial” release. Even though it’s not a formal release, we’re excited by the work Carlos has put into supporting KDE 3.5 and showing what can be done with the build service. Want to create your own Live CD featuring openSUSE? See Carlos Build Service Live CD project on creating a Live CD here: home:cgoncalves:LiveCD, and Masim’s “How to Make openSUSE 11.1 KDE 3.5 LiveCD or LiveDVD” article.

Download

openSUSE 11.1 KDE3 Live CD and USB are available for i686 and x86_64 architectures:

If you want to report any bug found use Novell’s Bugzilla for better tracking. Feedback can be sent via email, IRC and comment in here.

A huge thanks to Stephan ‘Beineri’ Binner, Stephan ‘coolo’ Kulow, and Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier for their assistance and effort!

We hope that the openSUSE community will find it useful and have a lot of fun with KDE 3.5!

openSUSE Project Announces csync

January 8th, 2009 by

Andreas Schneider has unleashed the first public release candidate of csync 0.42, which is now available as source from the csync Web site, or via one-click for openSUSE 11.0 and 11.1.

As mobile computing becomes more and more important, file synchronization is more important than ever. Our jobs often require working not only on multiple computers, but in multiple locations, and disconnected from our networks. To help solve this problem, we need effective strategies for replication of user data and files.

csync is a bidirectional file synchronizer for Linux and allows to keep two copies of files and directories in sync. It uses uses widely adopted protocols like smb or sftp so that there is no need for a server component of csync. It is a user-level program which means there is no need to be a superuser. With pam_csync it is possible to create roaming home directories.

For more on using csync, see the user guide. Please report bugs using the bugtracker. For more information on csync, or to get involved with development, see the csync Web site and join the devel lists or find help in IRC.

Novell Bugzilla Update to 3.2 and a Guided Report Mode

January 7th, 2009 by

To make bug reporting easier, we will be updating Novell’s Bugzilla to the latest stable release (Bugzilla 3.2) with some additional features added by Novell. This update will take place on Saturday, January 10th, and Bugzilla will be unavailable from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST (that’s 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC).

One significant change is that we will have a new guided mode for reporting of bugs that is default for non-Novell accounts.

The guided report mode is a feature of bugzilla itself that we just enable.  It gives smart hints for reporting bugs including bad and good examples, makes the report more structured, suggests “hot” duplicate bugs and asks for reproducibility, expected and actual result.  This should help to create better bug reports and thus help with better resolving of bugs.

For those that use the unguided mode and want to use the guided mode (or the other way round), you can bookmark a template of the “New Bugreport” (see below for details) . Once you’ve done this, manually edit the URL of the bookmark and append “&format=guided” (if you want guided mode) or remove it if you do not want it. You can then use this bookmark for easy access, I have created that way a bookmark for openSUSE 11.1 bug reports that has already some stuff filled in, e.g. set “Found By” to “Community User”. Note that the guided mode will only be available after the update of bugzilla!

The changes for 3.2 in the upstream bugzilla are documented at the bugzilla site. In addition, a couple of bugs and enhancements in our bugzilla have been fixed.

Btw. if you want to report a bug, please check also our guidelines.

Task: How to create a template for new bug reports

  • Select “New” to create a new bug report. Enter values for the attributes you want to predefine.
  • ClickRemember values as bookmarkable template
  • A new page appears:
  • Right click on the hyperlink and and choose “Bookmark link” (Firefox) to add it to your bookmarks
  • Select the bookmark to create a new defect with your predefined attributes

Update: I rewrote the first paragraph and added a paragraph explaining guided report mode.

Update: Correction: you have to append “&format=guided”, an example URL for openSUSE 11.1 bug reports is therefore https://bugzilla.novell.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=openSUSE+11.1&format=guided

Contributor Gifts

January 7th, 2009 by

Today we had two posts that contributors received the Box and a very special gift. Again Salid was one of the first who got it. If you are not from Germany, you have to wait a little bit longer, but the packages should arrive soon.

Thanks again to all contributors!

btw: we made the T-Shirt exclusively for contributors. It is not available somewhere else!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 53

January 6th, 2009 by

news    Issue #53 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • Masim Sugianto: First Hackfest for Indonesian openSUSE Community
  • How to Make openSUSE 11.1 LiveUSB
  • Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE – One of the 10 coolest of 2008
  • Marek Stopka: Fatrat – Nice download manager in OBS…
  • Howto-How to compile the new Kernel 2.6.28?

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

New: Short version in Hungarian .

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 52

January 1st, 2009 by

Happy New Year !

news    Issue #52 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!
In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Education available SLE10 and 11.1
  • Zimbra Mail Server Training in Indonesia
  • Q&A with Joe Brockmeier
  • Forums: Getting VMware to run on openSUSE 11.1
  • Best of Newsletter 2008

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