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openSUSE poster and Free Software Calendar 2011 with Linux Magazin

December 6th, 2010 by

Ladies and Gentlemen!

The Januari edition of the German Linux-Magazin this year will feature something this Magazine has not featured for almost 10 years: a Free Software Event calendar. Sponsored by SUSE, this calendar features many of the upcoming Free Software events in 2011 mingled with interesting tidbits about Linux and Unix history! While this geeky piece of paper (offering the date & time of events in unix time) is cool, the back offers an even more exciting layer of ink: Beer! Our very own Robert Lihm, openSUSE artist Extra-Ordinaire has taken a picture of the famous “Old Toad” beer, featured at the openSUSE conference. Uttering the infamous words “A good beer is a good beer”, he decided this would form a good foundation for a poster. Hence, everyone who gets his or her hands on this first 2011 edition of Linux-Magazin can use the back of this Calendar to show how much beer and openSUSE go together (read more about the beer).

The Linux-Magazin folks have also thought about those for whom German is not a first language – they have made an English translation of the Calendar and the graphics for both Calendar and Poster are available on the openSUSE wiki for re-print under liberal licensing terms – the magazine is for sale now, get it or just download and print the calendars and of course the awesome poster! For the poster we hope to have sources online soon, if you want them now, ask Robert Lihm!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 152

December 5th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 152.
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openSUSE Announces Fourth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch

December 2nd, 2010 by

On Monday, the openSUSE project released the fourth of six milestones in the development of openSUSE 11.4.  Milestone 4 (M4) brings a wide range of updates, both major and minor.

Kernel 2.6.37rc3 is the basis of M4, including the famous “200 line” per tty task groups patch to improve desktop interactivity, and featuring the removal of the so-called ‘Big Kernel Lock’ that will improve scalability.

NetworkManager was updated to 0.8.2, seeing several last minute fixes in cooperation with upstream developers.

Libzypp 8.8 adds support for metalinks, the multiple download URL specification.

On the desktops, KDE makes the leap to version 4.6 beta 1.  This includes a complete rewrite of Kontact and is undergoing heavy testing. GNOME 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.  Zeitgeist, the activity tracker, is updated to 0.6.  KOffice is updated to 2.3beta1, bringing the exciting Krita natural media painting app to M4, while OpenOffice.org is removed, having been succeeded by LibreOffice in M3.  Qt 4.7.1 and Qt Creator 2.1beta2 will allow improved Qt Quick development.   Other major updates include the addition of the Midori lightweight browser, the Rosegarden musical notation editor in version 10.10 and monodevelop 2.4. Gnash, the free Flash viewer, comes in version 0.8.8, which has “100% Youtube support” and supports hardware acceleration.

And finally, the prize for biggest version number leap goes to xmahjong, which went from 2006.8.10 to 2010.11.8.  xmahjong fans will be happy to hear that the version bump is only due to a packaging change removing build support for SUSE versions earlier than 9.1.  The graphics and gameplay remain as they were in 1990.

A list of most annoying bugs is being compiled; please check it before installing. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences too. Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been active to ensure that your download of  M4 will be at least minimally functional.

The next milestone is scheduled for December 16.  openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.

Marketing Collaboration Days

December 2nd, 2010 by

The openSUSE Marketing Team is proud to host Collaboration Days during the month of December.  Each designated day, we will focus on a specifc area related to marketing.  The purpose of this is to get some work done on that topic to strengthen our ability to promote openSUSE to the world.

It is a day that is meant to be busy and productive for the team as well as an opportunity for non-team members to stop by and offer their perspectives and help out as we hack away.  As this is an open process, we encourage everyone to come join us, even if you are not directly related to openSUSE.  All perspectives are important and we welcome you all.

Planned Agenda:

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Third openSUSE Board Election 2010

December 1st, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce the openSUSE Board Election 2010! The Election Committee this year is staffed by:

geeko wants you Stathis Iosifidis , Sascha Manns, Satoru Matsumoto, Thomas Schmidt

The Committee has prepared the timeline for this year’s election. As last year the election process consists of 3 phases:

Timeline

Dezember 1st, 2010 (Phase 0)

  • Announcement of the openSUSE Board election 2010.
  • Start of 5 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
  • Start of 5 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board or nominate another opensuse member for the board.

January 4th, 2011 [1]

  • Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

January 5th, 2011 (Phase 1) [2]

  • Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign can continue until ballots close).

January 12th, 2011 (Phase 2) [3]

  • Ballots open

January 26th, 2011 [4]

  • Ballots close (end of phase 2)
  • Announcement of the results

All phases start and end on the given dates at 12:00 UTC. For an overview what time this is in different timezones use the links above.

Seats to get elected

In this election we will have 2 seats to get elected, as the election period of Pascal Bleser and Henne Vogelsang ends. We will probably also get a new chairman, as Michael Löffler will leave as well.

So in this election the openSUSE community elects two new members.

With the existing company affiliations in the board (Pavol – Novell, Bryen – none, Rupert – openSLX) the restraint is that at most one of the additional elected persons can be affiliated with Novell and one with openSLX.

Call for candidates and nominations

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