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Meet The KDE Plasma Developers at SUSE, Feb 22

February 11th, 2010 by

On the evening of Monday the 22nd of February, the KDE Plasma, KWin and Oxygen developers will be holding a public event at the SUSE office in Nuremberg, Germany. All are welcome to come to the openSUSE Community Space to hear the KDE hackers present their vision of the state of the art in user interfaces.

This evening forms part of the 4th Plasma coding sprint, codenamed ‘Tokamak4‘. Sponsored by KDE e.V. and Novell, twenty-five leading KDE developers will be coming together from all over the world to work on the Plasma Desktop for future versions of KDE Workspaces, including the desktop and netbook shells, the window manager, and the desktop look and feel. With KDE SC 4.4 still burning up broadband lines and download mirrors everywhere, the developers are moving on to address important challenges for the next release, including empowering Plasma with semantic technologies, easier extensions using JavaScript and other scripting languages, enhancing mobile devices with Plasma interfaces, and enriching the desktop with more Web content from Project Silk.

For many years, there has been close cooperation between SUSE and upstream desktop projects. For KDE, this has resulted in the Kiosk lockdown framework, the love-it-or-hate-it Kickoff application launcher, usability testing and more recently the openSUSE Air theming for 11.2, KNetworkManager and integration with Firefox and OpenOffice.

The doors open to the public at 1800 in the openSUSE Community Space, Maxtorhof, Maxfeldstr 5, 90409 Nuernberg. If you’re planning to attend, it would be much appreciated if you can let Will Stephenson know in advance – but feel free to come along spontaneously.

KDE Plasma Desktop

KDE Plasma Desktop

Call for Volunteers in the German Wiki

February 9th, 2010 by

some of you have noticed, that we’re making a Cleanupsession in the German Wiki. Old Articles are to be deleted, other just to updated.
Now we have created a new QA-Set with declarations of Styles, Formatting and Templates.
All of this means many things to do. So we’re making an Call for Volunteers.
This Guys who would like to read the new QAs, could read the there: http://de.opensuse.org/Benutzer_Diskussion:Saigkill.
Also a new thing is our new Sublist for Wiki Communication. You can subscribe this List with: mailto:opensuse-wiki-de+subscribe@opensuse.org.

All who wants to participate our Project can post it in this List. On this place we held upcoming coordinations.

What’s the next? First we try to creating an temp. Wiki Team specially for this Project.

At last i can say: “It would be great, if many hands are helping”.

openSUSE Build Service 1.7 now available

February 9th, 2010 by

Today, the openSUSE Build Service team released the latest version of the openSUSE Build Service, a tool that provides software developers with the ability to create and release software for openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise and other Linux distributions, including Fedora, Red Hat, Mandriva, Debian and Ubuntu. The openSUSE Build Service allows developers to create packages, software stacks or even a whole distribution as well as use and integrate them with other open source components.
Key features of the 1.7 release include:

  • A new attribute system – A flexible system that stores information related to projects or packages. This gives a good overview and enables teams or individuals to use the openSUSE Build Service as database for their information.
  • Faster build speeds – The SAT Solver speeds up the dependency calculation by factor of 1,000, which means a package change submitted to the build service starts building in seconds instead of minutes.
  • Customized branding – For local instances of the openSUSE Build Service, this release offers the ability to add custom branding and the Web user interface (UI) now supports individual themes.
  • An openSUSE Build Service server appliance – Built as hard disk image and live CD, this appliance allows users to run the system from a USB stick and just replace it with a new version on update without losing the data they have submitted to the server.
  • In addition to bug fixes, other improvements include a request system that now offers a review mechanism, improved status information (package build dependencies, repository status, etc.), and improved merge handling of sources for automated conflict resolution.

For more information and to download openSUSE Build Service 1.7, go here.

Project Meeting

February 9th, 2010 by

Participants of the openSUSE Project will meet in the channel #opensuse-project on the freenode IRC network and everyone is welcome to join in and participate! This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE.

You can find and edit the agenda and read the meeting minutes on past meetings on our meeting page in the openSUSE wiki

openSUSE Survey 2010 – Participate now

February 7th, 2010 by

Participate in the openSUSE survey 2010 to give feedback to the openSUSE project about the distribution, the openSUSE tools environment and the project in general. Let us know where things are in good shape and areas where improvement is needed. There are also some questions to get some demographic knowledge about our users. The more we know in which direction our project shall move the better we can address this. The survey will take about 8 mins.
The survey will be online till Feb 28, 2010 and we raffle amongst all participants some t-shirts, openSUSE 11.2 boxes and 1 one really neat device (most probably a Chumby). If you wanna participate in the raffle please provide your email address at the end, if not just skip it.

Have a lot of fun! & Thanks for participating

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 109 is out!

February 6th, 2010 by

news Issue #109 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • Its here! openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1
  • Sirko Kemter: First Art-Team meeting
  • OStatic/Joe Brockmeier: Joe Brockmeier: Video editing in Linux: a look at PiTiVi and Kdenlive
  • Jeffrey Stedfast: Weird bugs due to gcc 4.4 and strict aliasing
  • KDE SC 4.4 RC3 Released

For a list of available translations see this page:


Reminder: first openSUSE Medical Team Meeting

February 5th, 2010 by

The first openSUSE-Medical Team meeting will take place tomorrow (Saturday February 6) at 14:00 UTC. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-medical channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:


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

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.

openSUSE Build Service 1.7 RC 1

February 4th, 2010 by

We are happy to announce that we reached a state which can be considered as final version of 1.7.0.

No more changes, except for the version number are planned until 1.7.0 final release next week.

We fixed a number of issues since beta 3, esp

  • fixed references to static.opensuse.org got removed
  • initial Kiwi 4.1 support
  • attribute handling fixes
  • various runtime error exceptions
  • patchinfo handling

The release is available as version 1.6.99 in the openSUSE:Tools:Unstable project for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise platforms.

The OBS-Appliances needed larger changes, due to the fact that we had to switch the used kiwi version to the original version from openSUSE 11.2. Nevertheless they look good right now.

New are the OBS Worker images to run just workers, without the server itself.

Its here! openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1

February 1st, 2010 by

Download Now!Its here! The first openSUSE 11.3 Milestone. This is the first step toward the next openSUSE release. The most important goal of this first milestone is to test the build interactions between newly added features in openSUSE Factory, also known as “get the snapshot to build”. It is in no way feature complete or ready for daily usage. There is no code freeze for any component yet, so many major changes are still to come.

This 11.3 Milestone build will give you a first glimpse of the direction we are pushing the distribution. Read more to learn about the major changes that happened since the release of openSUSE 11.2.