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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 60

February 24th, 2009 by

news    Issue #60 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Open Letter to the openSUSE Community
  • Andrew Wafaa: Ciao For Now And Bonne Chance Amigos
  • Lars Vogdt: Why the Buildservice is currently not for endusers
  • Miguel de Icaza: Mono Runtime Debugging
  • Jonathan_R: Getting YaST to read your own community repos

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:

NEW: French !

German,
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Polish,
Portuguese,
Russian,
Spanish and
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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 59

February 17th, 2009 by

news    Issue #59 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

New layout !

In this week’s issue:

  • Special Edition about FOSDEM2009
  • OpenOffice_org 3.0.1 final available
  • Jan-Christoph Bornschlegel: Product Creation with the openSUSE Build Service
  • Henne Vogelsang: Fosdem talk about collaboration features and Contrib
  • kamilsok: installing 64bit Java on openSUSE 11.1

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:

German,
Hungarian,
Indonesian,
Italian (delay),
Japanese,
Polish,
Portuguese,
Russian (delay) and
Spanish.

NEW: Chinese !

FOSDEM openSUSE.org Devroom Recordings

February 17th, 2009 by

This year Juergen and me (tom) went to FOSDEM to do the video recordings of the talks in the openSUSE developer room. Last year we had some problems with the sound quality, so this year we brought some more equipment, amongst others 2 head mics for the speakers, one mic for the audience, an 8 channel mixer and speakers for the audience.

I think the result is quite good, both the sound experience in the room and on the recordings. I am sorry for the delay of the recordings, but amongst other distractions my system harddisk decided to die during the video renderings. The recently discovered tool of choice for doing the post-processing is kdenlive which in version 0.7.2 is the best video tool I’ve used on linux.

Talks Day 1:

  • Welcome – openSUSE
  • Who can you trust?
  • openSUSE community
  • openSUSE Build Service overview
  • Collaboration in the openSUSE Build Service
  • Putting Cross Development Support into OBS
  • Create your own Linux Distribution
  • Creating customized openSUSE versions with SUSE Studio
  • Legal aspects of distribution development
  • Apport – Automatic Application Crash Reporting for openSUSE

Talks Day 2:

  • openSUSE education
  • Zypper – openSUSE’s command line software manager
  • Wine – the free Windows Emulator
  • MirrorBrain – Free CDN for Free Software Projects
  • openSUSE on Netbooks
  • YaST2 – Future Roadmap
  • openFATE – How to get your most wanted features into openSUSE
  • Architecture of Collaboration
  • Bits from your GNOME team (with build service fun inside!)
  • Putting the ‘open’ in openSUSE : Community-driven KDE development

The slides are linked from the FOSDEM09 wiki page, and the recordings are available as .ogg and flash video .

FOSDEM, The Day After

February 9th, 2009 by

The Car crew arrived today at 01:00 in Nuremberg, except some snowstorms at Cologne it was a very smooth ride. This year we had really luck with the weather. What i heard so far there where no major incidents, nothing is missing, everybody got back somehow. In the afternoon i will have fun to unbox and sort all the equipment …

So what are my impressions on FOSDEM this year? I think it was even more crowded than last year, but i’m waiting for official numbers, and overall it was a lot of fun. Because i’m organizing it for openSUSE i had not really time to attend some talks, most of the time i was at the booth or in the devroom. But even that was a lot of stress, thanks to all the speakers and Jürgen and Tom who took care of the devroom most of the time.

Speaking of Jürgen and Tom, the recordings will rock this year. They had a lot of equipment to make proper recordings with good sound. The last years we had only the camera micro, hence more background noises and less speaker sound. You fill find them later this week on our FOSDEM page.

We gave away around 1000 PromoDVDs, and i hope everybody got the contributor shirt.

FOSDEM is not possible with the help from a lot of people, actually that are to many to mention everybody. So thanks to everybody from Novell/SUSE, the community and the FOSDEM crew!

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(some pics on my flickr page)

More Efficient Factory Development

February 5th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Factory distribution is our permanent development distribution. Currently used to develop openSUSE 11.2. We want to make the factory distribution better usable for everybody to get a better testing for next release.
One of the complaints we received in the last years is that the huge amount of newly built packages makes it hard for people to keep their system up to date, simply due to the time needed for downloading and installing the packages.

We have switched now to a new mechanism, which will reduce the number of packages which get published significantly.
To explain the new mechanism, we should look at the old concepts to build a distribution:

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FOSDEM …

February 4th, 2009 by

Preparing stuff for FOSDEM, call me Sir Printalot. So we have nametags (if you didn’t added you to the list you have to live with a handwritten one), schedules and posters. I also preparing the demo systems, collecting merchandise and writing blogs about it :-) See you on Friday in Bruxelles …
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(psst, there is an obvious error in one of the printouts, if you find it (and it’s the one i mean), post a comment, the first one will get a free T-Shirt at FOSDEM. Post only if you are going to Brussels and you are not working for Novell/SUSE :-) )

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 57

February 3rd, 2009 by

news    Issue #57 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

New layout !

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE@FOSDEM2009
  • HP Builds on the openSUSE Education Project
  • Masim Sugianto: Tutorial : VirtualBox on openSUSE 11.1 Part 2
  • openSUSE Forums: How to install KDE 4.2
  • Build maemo-apps with openSUSE BuildService ? – It works !

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

People of openSUSE

February 3rd, 2009 by

Who is this guy named notlocalhorst, FunkyPenguin or cb400f? Well, without people of openSUSE it’s quite hard to tell if you didn’t met them in person. So it’s a great overview to see what the people are doing, how the look and how the tick. Of course this will not replace the joy of meeting some of them in person, like on FOSDEM :-)

Anyway, Carlos the previous maintainer of the series can’t do it anymore because of time reasons. It would be a shame if we let it die … If someone from the community is willing to do that job? It could be even a small team, there is no strict schedule when to release an interview, and everybody will love you :-)

If you want to do it, just head over to the openSUSE-marketing list, there will be a tread called “people of opensuse soon” …

Carlos: thank you for doing it for quite a long time!