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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 108 is out!

January 30th, 2010 by

news Issue #108 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • openSUSE News: Wanted: Linux Community Manager
  • Sirko Kemter: Art-Team meeting
  • Worldlabel.com/Dmitri Popov: OpenOffice.org Extensions for Business Users
  • Ben Kevan: Installing KDE 4.4 RC2 on openSUSE and Kubuntu Linux
  • LinuxFoundation: Sign Up for the Free Linux Training Webinar Series

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/108/Translations.

Wanted: Linux Community Manager

January 27th, 2010 by

At the end of this month Zonker, our openSUSE community manager for the last two years, will be leaving Novell. On behalf of the whole openSUSE community I would like to take a moment to thank Zonker for all the great work he’s done. openSUSE is a larger, more open and more engaged community than ever before – one where experienced hackers and new Linux users can all find a home. Zonker has been at the forefront of our community outreach, and has been a great steward for SUSE. As he now moves to start the next chapter in his career, I want to thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best for the future.
The openSUSE community is more vibrant than ever and we want to sustain the momentum. We are looking for the next great community leader who can help SUSE reach even more people and make an even bigger impact on the world. If you’re passionate about Linux, love to work with people around the world, have some ideas about marketing, and think you can make an impact, we want to hear from you! Please contact Joe Goss (jgoss at novell dot com) if you would like to be considered.
In the meantime, I will be working with Andreas Jaeger and other Novell colleagues in marketing and engineering to cover openSUSE community relations activities. Thanks everyone for your inquiries and support.

openSUSE Art Team Meeting

January 25th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Art Team Meeting will take place on Saturday, the 30th of January, 2010 at 16:00 UTC in #opensuse-artwork IRC channel on irc.freenode.net

This will be the first openSUSE Art Team Meeting. We’ll get to know the people interested on contributing artwork and we’ll discuss how the Art Team can help the openSUSE Project.
Feel free to join and participate. If you are not able to join our meeting, you can also leave your ideas on the Art Team Wiki page.

Please use time and date.com to get the time of the meeting in your time zone.

Not familiar with IRC? Take a look at IRC_for_newbies.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 107 is out!

January 23rd, 2010 by

news Issue #107 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • Wiki Cleanup – Geeko wants you!
  • Masim Sugianto: Recover Deleted Files on Linux with Extundelete
  • Updated GNOME for openSUSE 11.2, and why it’s good
  • Carlos Gonçalves: PySide packages for openSUSE, Mandriva and Fedora
  • Skype 2.1 beta 2 aka Talking Screens for Linux

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/107/Translations.

openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2010

January 19th, 2010 by

It is that time of the year again!

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

FOSDEM will take place at the first weekend in February (6th/7th) in Brussels and we’re going to attend. There is a buttload of tracks, devrooms and lightning talks to visit. Including, but not limited to: Security, Scalability, Monitoring, Distributions, KDE, GNOME, Ruby on Rails, X.org, LiMux, csync, GeeXboX and so on and so on. You should check the Schedule. Of course also the famous exhibition exhaust pipe hallway will be back once more with project booths ranging from CAcert to Zarafa Community.

Our project will attend mostly in the individual project’s devrooms and together with CentOS, Debian, Fedora and Mandriva in the distribution mini-conference that will happen. Of  course we also have a booth to show off and hand out promo DVD”s of the greatest distribution on this planet. We hope you seize this opportunity to meet, learn from, get inspired by and shape the community that will gather at the the best Free Software and Open Source event in Europe!

openSUSE releases the openSUSE Build Service(OBS) Beta 2 today

January 18th, 2010 by

This release is now feature complete and also the API should be final by now.

Biggest changes since beta 1 are:

  • Switch to Ruby on Rails 2.3.5
  • The branch call is doing full copies of packages now, not just _link files anymore
  • Repository status + dirty flag is calculated and displayed in the web interface (and with osc 0.125)
  • many bugfixes esp. in api and webui
  • Workers can get auto configured via SLP.

This release got deployed on build.opensuse.org server today as well. In total we look good to be able to release an RC soon and the final release on 9th February.

Download OBS 1.7 Beta 2

Packages for OBS 1.7 Beta 2 are available via our openSUSE:Tools:Unstable project. You need to add this and the openSUSE:Tools project to get supporting packages.

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:Tools/
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:Tools:Unstable/

The version of the packages are 1.6.90.

We do not release packages for non-SUSE systems, because we have currently no active packager for other platforms. If you are interested in doing this,
please speak up.

OBS-Appliance

This release is the first one which comes also with an appliance. This appliance can be used for just demo purposes, but also to
run a production OBS server. Furthermore it can be used to deploy OBS workers in your network.

Please find details about this on this wiki page:

http://en.opensuse.org/Build_Service/OBS-Appliance

This appliance is of course built in openSUSE Build Service itself ;)

Hope you had a nice start in 2010
Your openSUSE Build Service team

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 106 is out!

January 16th, 2010 by

news Issue #106 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • openSUSE News: OBS supports new branch and merge handling
  • Unixmen/srlinuxx: Five useful extensions for Openoffice
  • Jussi Kekkonen (Tm_T): KDE Software Compilation 4.4 RC1 Codename “Cornelius” released
  • Sirko Kemter: Building an openSUSE Art-Team
  • TuxRadar: The best Linux desktop search tools

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/106/Translations.

Reminder: openSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

January 15th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place tomorrow (Saturday January 16) at 14:30 UTC. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-newsletter channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

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

We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

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.

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

The openSUSE Forums Reach 40,000 Users

January 12th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Forums blew past another milestone on January 5th. More than 40,000 users are now registered on the openSUSE Forums!

The forums are currently at 40,445 users, and growing. Since the last time we posted a milestone link, the forums have not only added thousands of members, but also several language-specific forums in addition to the main English language forums. The openSUSE Forums now host Français (French), Magyar (Hungarian), Pусский (Russian), as well as links to external forums in Deutsch (German) and עִברִית (Hebrew).

If you’d like to see a new language-specific forum launched, leave a comment in the comments and suggestions thread on the openSUSE Forums (preferred), or touch base with Kim Groneman and/or Rupert Horstkoetter directly.

Congrats to the openSUSE Forums team! The openSUSE Forums were launched in June of 2008. It’s only taken 18 months to reach more than 40,000 users. Any bets on how long it takes to reach 50,000?

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Wednesday January 13th, 2010 at 16:00

January 11th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place Wednesday, January 13, at 16:00 UTC. The meeting time in all time zones are listed on the Fixed Time World Clock. Project meetings are always held in the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/Project_Meeting_1010-01-13

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. We also take live questions, of course. Logs of the meeting are posted to the wiki here:

http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/Archive

New to openSUSE’s IRC meetings? For more on our IRC meetings and how they’re run, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

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/. Alternatively, you can log into the IRC meeting via a Web-based interface at webchat.freenode.net.

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

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

If you’re interested in how the openSUSE Project is run and want to participate, please be sure to join us on Wednesday. See you there!