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openSUSE Conference Keynote Announcement – Register Today to Attend!

July 30th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the first confirmed keynote for the first-ever openSUSE Conference. The openSUSE Conference is an opportunity for openSUSE contributors to attend talks, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, and collaborate together face to face. The conference will be held from September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today to reserve your spot!

The opening keynote will be given by Leslie Hawthorn of Google. Leslie is a program manager for Google’s Open Source Programs Office, and community manager for the Google Summer of Code. The topic of the keynote is “Mentoring for Fun and Profit,” and the full description can be found on the openSUSE Conference Web site.

The openSUSE Conference is for anyone and everyone making a contribution to openSUSE. Whether you’re a developer, packager, translator, artist, or ambassador, you belong at the openSUSE Conference if you want to help promote, improve, and influence the openSUSE Project.

The conference will have two daily tracks of pre-planned talks, plus “BarCamp” style tracks for attendees to plan and provide their own content. Scheduled talks include:

  • openSUSE Build Service and Cross-Platform Packaging: Peter Linnell
  • Git in the openSUSE Build Service: Andreas Gruenbacher
  • openSUSE & Moblin: Michael Meeks
  • Building Commercial Grade Appliances with SUSE Studio: Marcus Moeller

The openSUSE KDE team will be holding a full program of contributor workshops and sprints during the openSUSE Conference.

We’ll also be celebrating Software Freedom Day on Saturday, September 19th with Open Day — a full day of introductory sessions for users new to Linux, open source, and openSUSE.

Register Today!

If you haven’t registered yet, do it today! Attendance is free, but we do have limited capacity at the venue, and other logistics require a good headcount prior to the event. Be sure to register today!

Conference Details:

  • Dates: 17 September through 20 September.
  • Location: Tagungszentrum BFW Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany.
  • Cost: Free to attend.

More to come! More keynotes will be announced shortly, and keep watching News.opensuse.org and the opensuse-announce mailing list for further updates on the openSUSE Conference. We’ll see you in September!

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Today

July 29th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place today (Wednesday July 29) at 16:00 UTC. See all time zones on the Fixed Time World Clock. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/Project_Meeting_2009-07-29

Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-project on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-project.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 81

July 28th, 2009 by

news Issue #81 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Call for openSUSE Core Test Team
  • Hackweek IV
  • Linux.com/Rob Day: The Kernel Newbie Corner: Building and Running a New Kernel
  • openSUSE Forums: How to Recover Home Partition?
  • Ubuntuforums.org/Leif Sandvik: Howto; Firefox profile in RAM for increased speed and stability

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/81

Ready to Rumble: openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 4 Released

July 27th, 2009 by

Looking for some summer fun? Try the latest milestone release for openSUSE 11.2! Milestone 4 is hot off the openSUSE Build Service and ready for your testing pleasure.This release includes updates to KDE, GNOME, NetworkManager, Samba, YaST, and many other updated packages.

This is a Milestone Release, one of several that lead up to the 11.2 final release in November. It may not be suitable for production systems, but is ready for contributors who want to help with testing and development for 11.2.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3

Lots of changes since the M3 release! The live CDs can now be deployed using USB sticks — which is particularly important for netbook computers without CD or DVD drives. The live CDs now contain mc, and the KDE live CDs include YaKuake. And YaST has a new Qt-based Control Center. Other updates and changes:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.30.2
  • CUPS 1.3.10
  • NetworkManager 0.7.1
  • Samba 3.4.0
  • Firefox 3.5
  • KDE 4.3 RC1
  • Qt 4.5.2
  • Qt Creator 1.2
  • Seamonkey 2.0a3
  • VirtualBox 3.0 beta 2

A more complete list can be found on the wiki and an updated list of Factory packages can be found on DistroWatch.

11.2 is looking fantastic. Want screenshots? We’ve got ‘em! Check out the shots here, and/or add your own.

Most Annoying Bugs

As this is a milestone release, 11.2 m4 does contain a few bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing. The big bugs in 11.2 M4 are:

  • Bug #525243: Booting the live CDs in VirtualBox, you’ll get 800×600 resolution at start, no matter what was selected at boot.
  • Bug #522025: X does not display properly in VirtualBox initially. This can be worked around by switching to a virtual console (Ctrl+F1) and then switching back to X (Ctrl+F7).
  • Bug #525094: Some packages are missing from KDE live CDs, including plasma-addons and OpenOffice_org-kde4.
  • Bug #496505: Live-CDs will not boot from USB if system has a CD-ROM drive.
  • Bug #515529: During installation, an empty error box is shown during the bootloader config, but it does install properly.

You can track the Most Annoying Bugs on the wiki along with 11.2 development.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 M4 does have a few annoying bugs that we know about — but there may be more lurking somewhere in the release that haven’t been found yet. If you want to make sure 11.2 final is free of Most Annoying Bugs, we’ll need your help finding, reporting, and fixing those hidden bugs.

Holger Sickenberg has put out a call for testing team members. If you’re interested in doing some heavy testing on openSUSE, check out Holger’s announcement.

Get Milestone 4 Today!

What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release today! Downloads are available at software.opensuse.org/developer/ right now.

LinuxTag Videos Online – openSUSE Day at LinuxTag 2009

July 24th, 2009 by

Thanks to Jürgen we now have all presentations (documents and videos) from openSUSE day at LinuxTag online. This time Jürgen managed it with his unbeatable charm to get a direct line to the microphone and therefor the audio quality is superb this time. Thanks to Jürgen who made again talks of an openSUSE event accessible for a very large audience. Most of the talks were given in German but 2 in English as well – marked on the page. Have fun to listen to informative talks about AppArmor, openSUSE 11.2 and the opening of Factory, SUSE Studio, Wine and more.

Reminder: openSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

July 23rd, 2009 by

We are pleased to invite you (Editors/Translators) to the Weekly-News
Team Meeting.

The Topics from our Meeting are placed in:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/Meetings/Topics_current

New Topics can included until Sat, 10h UTC

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Date: next Saturday {7/25/09}

Time: 14:30h UTC
Channel: #opensuse-newsletter @ irc.freenode.net

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 80

July 21st, 2009 by

news Issue #80 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Register Today for the openSUSE Conference!
  • Lydia Pintscher: The Way to Amarok 2.2
  • Sebastian Schöbinger : Adding a music profile with the KDE Energy Manager Plasmoid
  • Michael Andres: libzypp-6.10.4: Tune automatically created solver testcases (zypper dup)
  • Interviews from the LinuxTag @ Radiotux

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/80/Translations

Register Today for the openSUSE Conference!

July 16th, 2009 by

Join us in Nürnberg, Germany, 17 September through 20 September for the first-ever openSUSE Conference! The openSUSE Conference schedule is up and registration is open!

Attending the openSUSE Conference is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided, so please be sure to sign up early so we can get an accurate headcount.

The openSUSE Conference is for anyone and everyone making a contribution to openSUSE. Whether you’re a developer, packager, translator, artist, or ambassador, you belong at the openSUSE Conference if you want to help promote, improve, and influence the openSUSE Project.

The conference will have two daily tracks of pre-planned talks, plus “BarCamp” style tracks for attendees to plan and provide their own content. Scheduled talks include:

  • OBS and Cross-Platform Packaging: Peter Linnell
  • Git in the Build Service: Andreas Gruenbacher
  • openSUSE & Moblin: Michael Meeks
  • Building Commercial Grade Appliances with SUSE Studio: Marcus Moeller

The openSUSE KDE team will be holding a full program of contributor workshops and sprints during the openSUSE Conference.

We’ll also be celebrating Software Freedom Day on Saturday, September 19th with Open Day — a full day of introductory sessions for users new to Linux, open source, and openSUSE.

Conference Details:

  • Dates: 17 September through 20 September.
  • Location: Tagungszentrum BFW Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany.
  • Cost: Free to attend.
  • Dress code: None, but clothes are mandatory.

More to come! Keynotes will be announced shortly. Keep watching News.opensuse.org and the opensuse-announce mailing list for further updates on the openSUSE Conference. Don’t forget, sign up today and we’ll see you in September!

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Wednesday July 15 at 12:00 UTC

July 14th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place Wednesday July 15th at 12:00 UTC. See all time zones on the Fixed Time World Clock. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/Project_Meeting_2009-07-15

Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-project on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-project.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

Hack Week IV Approaches

July 8th, 2009 by

Novell is once again sponsoring a Hack Week, from July 20 through July 24th. This is an opportunity for Novell’s Open Platform Solutions developers to use their Innovation Time Off and hunker down and work on the projects that catch their fancy.

Hack Week projects can be new features, new applications, or improvements to existing services and applications. Previous Hack Weeks have generated projects like Tasque, Giver, Debian package support in the openSUSE Build Service, and many others. Hack Week is also a chance for Novell employees to work with the openSUSE Community contributors if they wish on projects that help improve openSUSE.

You don’t have to be a Novell employee to participate! If you’d like to hack on something cool and useful, you’re welcome to join in!

We’ll be collecting ideas in openFATE for Hack Week, so if you’d like to contribute an idea, just go to openFATE and log in with your openSUSE account. Then select “Create” and add your feature, as well as any test or use cases.

If you’d like to help implement one of the ideas, check out the features that are already in openFATE for Hack Week IV. Go to “Browse” and select Hack Week IV as the Product, and you’ll see all of the proposed features for Hack Week.

Have questions about Hack Week? Email Olaf Kirch or ask in #opensuse-project on Freenode.