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openSUSE Weekly News, issue 86 out!

August 29th, 2009 by

news Issue #86 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Released
  • Jan Weber: Summary of openSUSE @ FrOSCon 2009
  • Linux.com/RobDay: The Kernel Newbie Corner: Kernel Debugging with proc “Sequence” Files–Part 2
  • Will Stephenson: Sub-menus in KDE 4 panels and desktops are back
  • h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log – Coming in 2.6.31 – Part 4: Tracing, architecture, virtualisation

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/86/Translations

Apache Foundation’s Gianugo Rabellino to Keynote openSUSE Conference

August 27th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce its second confirmed keynote for the first-ever openSUSE Conference. Our closing keynote will be delivered by Gianugo Rabellino, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense and member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Rabellino serves as Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee, is a committer on several ASF projects including Cocoon, Xindice, and Jackrabbit, as well as mentor of a number of projects currently in development at the ASF Incubator.

Rabellino’s keynote, “Open Development in the trenches: a decade at the Apache Software Foundation” will provide a “look behind the scenes” at the Apache Software Foundation’s 10 years of open source leadership.

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 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 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

Unconference

The openSUSE Conference will also have a major “unconference” component. We’ll have plenty of time for contributors to discuss and work on topics they’re interested in face to face.

Unconference planning is being done on the openSUSE wiki. Want to lead a session? Jump in and edit the wiki!

Register Today!

The conference is less than a month away. If you haven’t registered yet, you need to do so today! Registration is at conference.opensuse.org/registration. We’ll accept registrations up to the conference, but space is limited.

Hotels and Getting There

Time is running out to book your hotel for the openSUSE Conference. Limited space is still available in the venue. All registrants should have received information on booking hotel. Registrations are being made through Alexia Henrie (ahenrie at novell.com). More information on hotels and directions can be found on the Web site.

Education Meeting

August 25th, 2009 by

After a long time, the next openSUSE-Education meeting will take place at the official #opensuse-edu IRC channel on freenode (irc://irc.freenode.net/opensuse-edu) on Tuesday

Wednesday 2009-08-26 14:30 (UTC/GMT)
(click on the time to convert UTC/GMT to your time zone)

This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE-Education. Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/Education/Meetings/Education_Meeting_2009-08-26

Also, if you cannot attend the meeting, but have questions you want to see discussed, please add them to the meeting wiki page as well.

For general info about our IRC meetings read:

For a general technical introduction to IRC (Internet Relay Chat) see http://www.irchelp.org/ ;(not affiliated with openSUSE) or enter “IRC help” into your preferred search engine.

The network we use is freenode – for more information on this, including how to find a server, visit http://freenode.net/ ;(not affiliated with openSUSE either).

Have a lot of fun …

Lars (on behalf of the openSUSE-Education Team)

openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Released

August 24th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that the openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 (M6) is available for download. This release includes new packages on the GNOME and KDE live CDs, Python 3.1, and Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc6.

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 5

Milestone 6 includes new packages on the KDE live CD (Choqok, KNode, Kompare, KSystemlog, Okteta and more) and Transmission is now on the GNOME live CD. This release includes Python 3.1, PackageKit 0.5.1, and a number of updated packages, including:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc6
  • Firefox 3.5.2
  • GIMP 2.6.7
  • GNOME 2.28 Beta
  • Konversation 1.2 Alpha 6
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Beta 2
  • VirtualBox 3.0.4
  • Wine 1.1.27

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 M6 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 M6 are:

  • Evolution not on the GNOME live CDs.
  • Second stage of live CD installation runs in text-mode.
  • Calling “Install Software” from start menus of both KDE and GNOME fails, work-around: start module over YaST Control Center.
  • Downloads/updates with aria/metalink support will fail, work-around: “export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0″.

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

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 M6 does have a few 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.

To learn more about testing openSUSE, visit the Testing pages on the openSUSE wiki. 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.

Get Milestone 6 Today!

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

Note, if you need to try the live DVD on a machine with no CD-ROM drive, you can copy it to a USB key with the following command:

dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

Replace “image.iso” with the name of the ISO image that you have downloaded, and replace “sdX” with the actual device name of your USB drive. Be careful! This will erase the target device, so make sure you have the correct device name and have any vital data backed up!

The next milestone is scheduled to be released on September 10. A reminder: only two more milestone releases are planned for 11.2, followed by two release candidate (RC) releases. See the detailed roadmap on the on the wiki.

openSUSE News Team Releases Survey Results

August 24th, 2009 by

The openSUSE News team has taken the comments from its recent survey and created a white paper for the openSUSE community. The paper also provides insight into the state of the openSUSE Weekly News team and its plans for the future.

The paper can be found here: http://freenet-homepage.de/smanns/whitepaper/WhitepaperWeeklyNewsSurvey.pdf

Additional feedback should be sent to saigkill@opensuse.org.

A reminder: The openSUSE Weekly News team is always seeking additional contributors, contributions, and feedback. Please see the openSUSE Wiki http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/ for a description of how the openSUSE Weekly News team works together and how you can join in.

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Wednesday August 26, 2009 at 16:00 UTC

August 24th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place today (Wednesday August 26) 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_2009-08-26

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 #85

August 22nd, 2009 by

news Issue #85 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Change in Maintenance for openSUSE 11.2 and Future Versions
  • Joe Brockmeier: OpenSource World
  • Ian MacGregor: Finding files on the comand line
  • Lydia Pintscher: Social Media Guide for free Software Projects
  • ITManagement/Bruce Byfield: OpenOffice.org and the ‘Ribbons’ Interface Brouhaha

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/85/Translations

Reminder: Weekly News Team Meeting

August 20th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place Saturday August 22 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-newsletter channel on Freenode.

All Translators, Editors and other People are invited.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

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

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-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

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.

Change in Maintenance for openSUSE 11.2 and Future Versions

August 18th, 2009 by

Michael Löffler has announced to the opensuse-announce mailing list:

With regards to the discontinuation mail for openSUSE 10.3 sent out by Marcus the other day I’d like to clarify the changes in the maintenance period of openSUSE.

openSUSE will shorten the maintenance period to 2 versions plus 2 months which translates with the current release cycle of 8 months to 18 months instead of 24 months we had with openSUSE 11.1 and previous releases.

With that we now can guarantee an overlap time from a maintenance perspective which gives enough time to update machines to newer versions.

Best
Michael

Reactions including discussion about forming a group to provide longer life time can be found on the opensuse-project mailing list.

openSUSE Weekly News, issue 84

August 15th, 2009 by

news Issue #84 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 5 released
  • People of openSUSE: Marcus Schaefer
  • Linux.com/Rob Day: The Kernel Newbie Corner: Kernel and Module Debugging with gdb
  • Guillaume DE BURE: More skrooge features
  • LDN: Kernel Log – Coming in 2.6.31 – Part2: Graphics, Audio and Videor

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/84/Translations