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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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Feature handling for openSUSE reworked

November 30th, 2010 by

openFATE, the feature tracking tool used in openSUSE has been completely reworked and the new version is live now on features.opensuse.org.

A team has started driving the handling of features and we’d like to update you with the current state and invite you to participate.

The new version is now live and contains a long list of new features so that features can be handled completely with the new web user interface. The interface uses the new openSUSE Bento theme to fit in better in the openSUSE site family, has several search options to allow the screening team to find features easily, it’s possible to edit all fields and also the product states.

Thanks to the openSUSE boosters, especially to Thomas Schmidt, for the new version.

The new team has defined a workflow to handle features and described it in the openSUSE wiki.

Features for openSUSE 11.4

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 151 is out!

November 27th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new issue 151.
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New signing key in openSUSE:11.3:Contrib

November 24th, 2010 by

The old openSUSE:11.3:Contrib signing key got deleted by an accident, so we have to generate the new one and sign all packages in this repo with it. It is safe to accept key with the following fingerprint when yast/zypper ask you to do so:

4FC8 6B50 8808 B7D7 D36C 59E3 CC9C 2F60 7296 AFB2

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Where do we need to improve?

November 23rd, 2010 by

Community,

during our bi-weekly Board Meetings on IRC we have a regular agenda topic “Where do we need to improve?”. We’re very much interested in ideas you may have to improve the inner workings of the Community/Project and we also like to provide an opportunity to step up and make us aware of complaints you may have with various aspects of the Community/Project. We’re particular interested in addressing those issues that are both fast and easy to fix while providing a significant advantage to our success and the sake of our community.

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Novell, Attachmate and openSUSE

November 22nd, 2010 by

Is this thing on? *tap* *tap*. Good evening friends, this is your openSUSE Board speaking. If you didn’t hear yet, Novell has agreed to be acquired by Attachmate Corporation. What does that mean for the openSUSE Project? We don’t know exactly yet because our crystal ball is currently in the shop and therefore fortune-telling is not our greatest talent ;-) However, we have other talents: we are a software developer community and we’re here to work on one of the greatest GNU/Linux distributions and other world class software distribution tools to advance Free and Open Source software together with the global FOSS community!

For now, we don’t know much about Attachmate, we have had no dealings with them yet and, as Novell is a publicly traded company, all of this is as new to us as to anyone else. But the openSUSE Project has had, since its beginning, a very vibrant cooperation with Novell, especially with Novell’s SUSE business, and we are looking forward to continuing this once Novell and SUSE become part of Attachmate! Our best wishes go out to the people of our community that are employed by Novell and SUSE, may this bring nothing but good things for you and your careers.

The second part of the deal relates to the intellectual property that is changing hands. Our hope is that this does not add to the minefield that software patents are today for Free and Open Source software developers. The openSUSE Board generally believes, like the rest of the global FOSS community, that software patents impede innovation and are inconsistent with Open Source and Free Software.

What makes us proud is that Attachmate wants to further and strengthen the SUSE brand, which is based also on products and technology built by the openSUSE Project. Furthermore we are more than willing and looking forward to teaching another corporation about the principles, values and strengths of the Free and Open Source software development model. If you are reading this as an Attachmate employee, we would like to encourage you to just swing by and talk to us about the opportunites we can offer you to participate in this project!

And apart from all that it’s business as usual and we are continuing to work on, rather than predicting, the future of this project and have a lot of fun!


By the way if you wonder what that means practically, the next step into the future of this project is described in the post below: Our great bug squashing day on Saturday. See you there!

Your openSUSE Board

UPDATE

Meanwhile Attachmate released the following statement:

In conjunction with the announcement today on the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire, upon closing, Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), Attachmate Corporation released the following statement:

“The openSUSE project is an important part of the SUSE business,” commented Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation. “As noted in the agreement announced today, Attachmate plans to operate SUSE as a stand-alone business unit after the transaction closes. If this transaction closes, then after closing, Attachmate Corporation anticipates no change to the relationship between the SUSE business and the openSUSE project as a result of this transaction.”