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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 112 is out!

February 27th, 2010 by

news Issue #112 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • Honoring openSUSE Wiki Reviewing Contributions
  • Michal Hrusecky: Public openSUSE 11.3 virtual machine
  • Jared Ottley: Alfresco PDF Toolkit
  • How to make Monitor refresh 120htz
  • Guillaume DE BURE (gdebure): A call for testers KMyMoney

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/112/Translations.

openSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

February 26th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place tomorrow (Saturday February 27)  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.

Honoring openSUSE Wiki Reviewing Contributions

February 22nd, 2010 by

Community,

we previously put a lot of efforts into encouraging the community to contribute to our Wiki Usability Concept for both the English and the German Wiki, i.e. to participate in the Reviewing Process of currently existing pages in order to provide the best openSUSE documentation resources possible. That said, a lot has been done since we started this initiative and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone already involved for their hard work. It’s awesome to see the engagement of both wiki- and forum members coming together in working for a better openSUSE wiki .. great community spirit!

But still, there’s a lot to do and we urgently need even more engaged community members to participate in our efforts in order to complete the Reviewing Process in a reasonable timeframe. Contributing into support- and documentation resources of openSUSE actually is just as important as contributing in a developing capacity actually is. That said, we’d like to honor your work with the Reviewing (past, present and future) and I therefore announce that every community volunteer contributing to our Reviewing efforts for both the English and the German Wiki will receive ..

- openSUSE Cap for 10
- openSUSE Shirt for 20
- openSUSE 11.2 Box Product for 30 reviewed pages
- Chumby for MVP (see below)

After completing the whole Reviewing for both the English and the German wiki, the MVP, i.e. that particular community member with the very most reviewed pages will receive a special prize to honor his/her engagement, a Chumby. Certainly, if the MVP isn’t easily identified, we’ll find a work-around for that situation too. While I hope that this goes without saying, please do your reviewing with care (our goal is to come up with something awesome) .. “free-riding” certainly won’t be honored, our efforts are very important to the success of the openSUSE Project.

OK, in order to get started, please have a look at the Transition Guidelines[1a/b] and the Transition Tables[2a/b] for the English and the German Wiki respectively:

[1a] http://en.opensuse.org/Transition_Guidelines#Step_1_:_Articles_review
[1b] http://en.opensuse.org/Transition_list_table
[2a] http://de.opensuse.org/Transition_Guidelines#Schritt_1_:_Artikel_sichten
[2b] http://de.opensuse.org/Ãœbertragungsliste

Feel free to participate either in the English or the German Reviewing or both, that’s up to you. Subscribing to the opensuse-wiki and/or opensuse-wiki-de mailing lists is recommended here in order to sync/keep in touch with the existing Wiki teams. Also joining the IRC channels #opensuse-wiki and/or #opensuse-wiki-de on irc.freenode.net would be appreciated for the very same purpose.

Please send an email to Rupert Horstkötter once you think you qualified for one of the prizes listed above (that certainly applies to all efforts since we started the whole Reviewing initiative .. past, present and future contributions). Special thanks goes to both open-slx and Novell for supporting this.

Thanks a lot in advance,
R

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 111 is out!

February 20th, 2010 by

news Issue #111 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • openSUSE News: Number Two Always Tries Harder: openSUSE Milestone 2
  • Linux User & Developer/Kunal Deo: Another ten essential Python tips
  • Gabriel Burt: Banshee Community Extensions
  • How to Make sure I didn’t get a Virus?
  • Jason McDonald: Qt 4.6.2 Released

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/111/Translations.

Reminder: openSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

February 18th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place Saturday February 20 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.

Number Two Always Tries Harder: openSUSE Milestone 2

February 17th, 2010 by

Milestone 2Late last month we released the first milestone of openSUSE 11.3, now we follow up with the second. Milestone 2 is part of the milestones where we track new releases in the open source universe and test the building of our various distribution images with them. While milestone 1 introduced various pre-release versions of free and open source projects (KDE 4.4 RC1, OpenOffice 3.2 Beta4 or VirtualBox 3.1 beta 1) into our development distribution openSUSE Factory, this milestone is characterized by final releases of those projects. We are also preparing everything to switch to GCC 4.5.0 as the default compiler. Currently our staging version of Factory already builds with it and our compiler people document/fix the most serious issues, they aim at milestone 3 for the switch. To learn more about the benefits of GCC 4.5.0 check the Development Tools section below. As you can see, although we are steadily moving forward, there is still a lot to come!

Go on to read about the detailed changes that happened in the various areas…

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Reminder: openSUSE german Wiki Team Meeting

February 17th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE german Wiki Team meeting will take place Saturday February 26) at 11:00 GMT. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-wiki-de channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://de.opensuse.org/Wiki-Team/Meetings#Topics

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-wiki-de

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.

Attention All KDE Users

February 16th, 2010 by

KDE SC 4.3.5 is about to become available for openSUSE 11.2 as an online update (from 4.3.1). This release fixes many bugs, so we decided to push it as an online update instead of making it an optional update in the Build Service, and by fixing bugs we give our KDE contributors more time to work for openSUSE 11.3.

This makes the Build Service KDE:43 repository redundant, so it is being removed. KDE:43 users should remove this repository from their installation sources.

For more details and information on how to use other KDE versions on all supported openSUSE editions, see KDE Repositories.

Edit: KDE 4.3 users on older versions of openSUSE are not being left out in the rain.  KDE:KDE4:STABLE:Desktop contains the same KDE SC 4.3.5 that was added to openSUSE 11.2.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 110 is out!

February 13th, 2010 by

news Issue #110 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • openSUSE News: Call for Volunteers in the German Wiki
  • Duncan Mac-Vicar Prett: You don’t need Kopete Facebook plugin anymore
  • KDE SC 4.4 in the openSUSE Build Service
  • How to submit a Story to the openSUSE Weekly News?
  • h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 4) – Architecture and virtualisation

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/110/Translations.

openSUSE Forum Team gets a Makeover

February 12th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Forum Team of Administrators and Moderators has had an overhaul following a review by the openSUSE board. The new team can be reviewed here: Forum team. The forum review has brought about the establishment of a New Administrator Triad who whilst working largely as Moderators will also act as the first point of contact between the openSUSE board and the forum team. Kim Kgroneman Kim will act as Technical Administrator, dealing with the overall web side function of the openSUSE forum. Users of the forum will also notice a number of new Global Moderators, who have been carefully selected for their outstanding participation and reputation in the forum.
New language forums have been recently established and have a compliment of Forum Moderators. Improvements in the Wiki: Revamp the openSUSE Wiki has had huge forum user involvement and a new section in the forum has been established for the Wiki: Wiki Forum Section.
A huge thank you goes out to Rupert Rupert Horstkötter who assisted the review process.