In February 2010 openSUSE held the openSUSE survey 2010 to find out more about the community. Who are the openSUSE users? What do they want? Who are our contributors? What motivates them? How can openSUSE improve? These questions and more have, to some extend, been answered by the over 27.000 participants in the three months the survey was live. Just before the end of the year we finally managed to get the winner of the Chumby his prize. Konrad Schlichtherle from Dortmund, Germany, is the lucky winner. Read on for more! (more…)
Archive for December, 2010
At the end of the year it is the time for reviews and the openSUSE Booster team did not want to let that opportunity slip. So what was important in 2010 from an openSUSE Boosters perspective? What happened, what progress was made, how did the boosters help openSUSE? A report from Klaas Freitag. (more…)
On the 6th of December, the openSUSE marketing team held the first of three Collaboration Days. The goal of these days was to get on IRC together and get some tasks done. Each day was organized by a team of two volunteers who build up a list of possible task which on the day itself were to be picked up by the attendees.
Before talking about the material results, an important note: while indeed it was great to get so many things done, the most important was something else. Working together like this was fun. Really, the team spirit was great and everyone involved deserves a big kudos for simply being such a great person! During the 24 hours that the event took, some members were online for a much longer time than you could expect anyone to stay – true dedication! The meetings really showed what the spirit of Free Software and openSUSE means – making a difference together. Because we made a difference. (more…)
Next years FOSDEM takes place again in Brussels on Feb 5th and 6th 2011 and openSUSE will be present as usual!
Apart of the well known high level open Source tech conference there will be for the 2nd time the Distribution Miniconf. The Miniconf provides the perfect place for different projects to share ideas, talk about challenges each project has and to foster collaboration – and as openSUSE is all about collaboration we want to play a major role there.
Last year was a great year. We have seen a lot happen. The Relaunch of the openSUSE BuildService provides many new features for packagers. The kde-obs-generator makes life easier for those doing cross distro packaging. The openSUSE Conference was another interesting highlight, and last but not least the imminent sale of Novell.
The openSUSE Weekly News Team searches all week long for the most important news. Now we are searching for one or two new Contributors to help us collect news with us. We give each part of the news page to one person, and that person is then responsible for his/her part of the Weekly News. For example you provide the Section “Tips and Tricks” so you can add to and remove from that Section and do what you think is best.
The Weekly News is read by thousands of people – for many, keeping up with all the openSUSE news is almost impossible and the Weekly News provides them with a good and short oversight on what has happened in and around openSUSE that week. So it is extremely important that the team gets a bit of help!
Right now the following Sections need someone taking over:
- Tips and Tricks
- In the Community
- On the Web.
Skills and how to get involved
What do you need to work on the English newsletter? The ability to read and write a little bit XML and knowing how to handle the most basic svn commands is more than enough. And if you don’t know any of that but are willing to learn you’re still a perfect candidate!
If you’re interested in helping us, just send a Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last but not least the openSUSE Weekly News team including the translations teams for Hungarian, Greek and Japanese wishe merry Christmas to all people across the world!
The openSUSE project released the fifth of six milestones in the development of openSUSE 11.4 some days ago. Milestone 5 (M5) brings a wide range of updates, both major and minor. As usual, you can get it here.
- Kernel 2.6.37rc5-12 is the basis of M5, including the famous “200 line” per tty task groups patch to improve desktop interactivity, and featuring the almost-complete removal of the so-called ‘Big Kernel Lock’, which should improve scalability. This kernel supports new drivers, including Broadcom wireless and updated open-source graphics drivers, and a host of the usual other improvements.
- Libzypp 8.10.2 adds improved support and fixes for metalinks, the multiple download URL specification.
- On the desktop, the KDE Platform makes the leap to version 4.6 beta with many improvements in the UI and underlying infrastructure. This includes a complete rewrite of Kontact and is undergoing heavy testing. There is a serious chance KDE PIM 4.6 will not make it into the final openSUSE 11.4 release, testing and development is needed!
- KOffice is updated to 2.3 RC superseding beta1, including the exciting Krita natural media painting app. Meanwhile OpenOffice.org is removed, having been succeeded by LibreOffice which is updated to 22.214.171.124.
- GNOME 2.32.1 is now available as the 2.32.2 is the final version planned for openSUSE 11.4, which is notable for being the last stable release before GNOME 3 in March.
- GNUCash 2.4 RC comes with a new complete dress-up.
- Pidgin updates fixes several MSN and ICQ issues.
- In the Virtualization area, available now are kernel-xen 2.5.37 features and kernel-ec2 2.6.37 with improvements for cloud sync services and Virtual Box 4 Beta including USB devices support and more than 2GB RAM support on 32 bit guest, Intel HD Audio, asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels image support.
- systemd 15 provides aggressive parallelization capabilities to start multiple daemons at the same time with dependencies which offers improvements to the boot times on some systems. More testing (and porting of init scripts) is still needed for systemd, which will most likely make it into 11.4 as experimental and optional feature.
A list of most annoying bugs is being compiled; please check it before installing. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences! Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been very active to ensure that your download of M5 will be at least minimally functional, thanks for that! now go and download it!
The next milestone is scheduled for Thursday, Jan 20 2011, and will be the openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 6 release. The final openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.
For the full transcript of the last openSUSE Board meeting, see our logs.
Introduction of new openSUSE Board Chairman – Alan Clark
We opened with an introduction to new Board Chairman, Alan Clark who answered general questions from the community about his role and goals. To the question of what Clark’s goals are he answered:
First, The top goal is as a Board to get the Foundation up and operational. As we continue to work towards this, I’m sure that we will uncover other issues that we will need to address.
Second: Grow the Community
Third: Is a personal goal: Tune up my decoder ring for all these alias cloaking and get to know as many people as possible -simply because that is the fun part of being in a community.
Fourth: Let people get their work done; er “have a lot of fun”
Alan also provided his background experience with open source projects, both within Novell and outside Novell.
Several board members expressed a desire to develop a more open and transparent process in communicating the development of the openSUSE Foundation than what currently exists. Some believe there has been a disconnect in how we become aware of what everyone is doing and keeping the momentum of the process going forward, as well as ensuring that all those with a vested interest are able to participate in the process.
We all agreed that we must begin to identify who are the stakeholders and take steps immediately to open up the process. To that end, a new open mailing list will be created and Alan will create a wiki page where we will collect all the relevant information for the foundation creation. Relevant points and concerns of the stakeholders will be listed and the progress of the creation will be documented.
Membership Approval Concerns
Membership approval team members expressed concern about the clarity of the rules for consideration and eligibility.
In the current rules, it states that a membership application is processed after receiving four votes. It was unclear whether that meant four votes in sum or four votes of either positive or negative. With a minor edit of the rules, we stated that an application is considered processed once it has received either four positive votes or four negative votes.
Additionally, there was concern about a recent email request to process a particular application expeditiously. Team members felt this was an inappropriate breach of protocol and that all applications are equal and that no single application should be placed ahead of existing applications. We agreed and declared that henceforth, such requests should not be honored.
Where do we fail?
Our regular topic to identify areas where we fail and can quickly remedy brought up a topic of concern regarding communication. To this, we agreed that the Board will begin regularly posting summaries of meetings (which is what you are reading now.)
We also took a general board action item to review opensuse.org product category in openFATE to ensure we stay on top of “Where do we fail?” concerns that are not brought up during board meetings.
With the holidays coming up, we will have our next Board meeting on 12 January, 2011.
A Q&A with Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate by Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE Community Manager at Novell
I had a chance to speak with Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation about his views and intentions around SUSE and openSUSE. Jeff has commented that SUSE is an important brand and business that he wants to strengthen. What are his thoughts about the community and what does he see for SUSE and openSUSE? Here below are the questions I put forward and Jeff’s current thoughts. –Jos