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OBS Books Project

January 18th, 2011 by

openSUSE Build Service (OBS) has a problem. It is horrible powerful, but no one knows. Or no one knows how to make use of it in short.

Our documentation exists only in the wiki so far. While the wiki is still and will remain as a documentation resource, several of us OBS users and developers think we need something more structured and edited. A real book in short, which you can read to get an entire overview.

Therefore we started to create the infrastructure to write such books, it is part of the openSUSE documentation project. This means the documentation is written in docbook and hosted in svn.

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 158 is out!

January 16th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News.
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Small server maintenance Thursday, 2011-01-13

January 12th, 2011 by

We will have a service outage (expected are 30 minutes) this Thursday morning between 09:00 and 10:00 CET.

This means the following services will not be reachable during that time:
* build.opensuse.org
* features.opensuse.org
* api.opensuse.org

The software search on software.opensuse.org might also be affected during that time.

The openSUSE Board election 2010

January 12th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Board Election process, started in December 2010, is heading full-speed for the planned announcement of the results on January 26, 2011. Today the voting begins and it’s time to take a closer look at the candidates and make up our minds!
image of 'uncle sam' Green style!
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KDE Meeting

January 12th, 2011 by
January 12, 2011
17:00to18:00
March 16, 2011
15:00
April 20, 2011
15:00to16:00
May 4, 2011
15:00to16:00
June 1, 2011
16:00to17:00
June 22, 2011
17:00
July 21, 2011
14:00to15:00
March 20, 2012
15:00to16:00
March 21, 2012
19:00to20:00
October 17, 2012
17:30to19:00

The openSUSE KDE Team will meet in the channel #opensuse-kde on the freenode IRC network and everyone is welcome to join in and participate!

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

Feel free to add yourself to the list of people who should be notified before the meeting, at this page.

GNOME Meeting

January 11th, 2011 by
January 20, 2011
15:30to16:30
15:30to16:30
March 17, 2011
15:30to16:30
May 5, 2011
15:30to16:30
June 16, 2011
15:30to16:30
October 13, 2011
15:30to16:30
December 15, 2011
15:30to16:30

The openSUSE GNOME Team will meet in the channel #opensuse-gnome 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 GNOME on openSUSE.

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

Reviewing the Trademark Guidelines

January 11th, 2011 by

In 2009, a set of trademark guidelines were created to help define how the community and beyond could use the openSUSE logo and related trademarks in their own products and services.  Along with this, Novell granted powers to the openSUSE Board to be the guardians of the openSUSE trademarks.  This included ensuring that proper usage followed the guidelines as well as giving the Board the ability to review special use cases

It also helped those who wanted written permission from the Board authorizing the use of trademarks on their products and services.  Formal requests for such permissions were sent to permission@novell.com, and Novell would forward the request to the Board for review.

As you know, trademark protection is important because it represents the identity of an organization.  Trademark usage also provides an important tool for the community that wishes to promote openSUSE.  The use of the trademarks makes it easier to share and spread openSUSE works.  Of course, regulating the appropriate usage of the trademarks is also a necessary evil to prevent abuse.

As with anything in life, time gives perspective.  There has been sufficient time since the implementation of the first guidelines to observe real use cases where the guidelines were either effective or ineffective.  And for the Board, this includes identifying a more responsive workflow to addressing requests for authorization of usage, as we, and others, recognize the current process as being perfectible.

The Board, along with others in the community, would like to begin a review of the current state of our trademark guidelines and identify where it can be strengthened and be more effective.  To this end, our first step is to open an openFATE Feature request for comments.  We invite the community and beyond to review the current guidelines and offer their input on language and past use case experiences.

While we would like comments submitted on openFATE, if you prefer, you can post your comments here or send your thoughts directly to board@opensuse.org.
A specific timeline for completion of this process has not been determined yet, but it is the intention of the Board to move forward on this topic in order to help the community at large move forward on their own projects.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 157 is out!

January 8th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News.
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Putting our Accessibility Heads Together

January 6th, 2011 by

Accessibility has become an important selling point in getting computing solutions into many organizations. Organizations are faced with legislations and regulations that require their environments be accessible and they take it into account when looking for a solution that fits their needs. For government organizations, software that doesn’t live up to certain accessibility standards is simply not an option.

Let’s just be frank here. While the openSUSE community cares about accessibility as much as anyone else does in FOSS, we haven’t done that well in delivering the best accessible solution. There are various people who look at the situation in their own corners and try to make the best of it. Andrew Wafaa highlighted some of the challenges in two recent articles.
Orca-A powerful Linux screenreader
Meanwhile openSUSE presents a very unique advantage that hasn’t been leveraged yet. With DBUS, the GNOME and KDE communities have worked together to leverage GNOME’s long-standing applications to work well on KDE. As openSUSE is a major distribution that provides support equally to GNOME and KDE, we have a distinct opportunity to provide the best integration of KDE and GNOME with accessibility. Thus offering prospective users and organizations a real choice on a distro that is known for its stability and support.
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openSUSE finished 2010 big

January 3rd, 2011 by
image of cat in Tumbledryer

By somenametoforget at Flickr

Since the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg in October, the openSUSE community has been extremely active. New projects announced there have had progress, others have emerged. One example of the latter would be Project Tumbleweed, aiming to create a rolling-release repository for openSUSE. Going in the opposite direction is Project Evergreen – the Evergreen developers want to provide longer-term support for older openSUSE releases for a core set of packages. And there is the new Virtualization:Cloud project, where a team got together to create a cloud software repository. Finally, we can’t forget to mention the new GNOME:Atayana project, bringing Unity to openSUSE! And those are new just since our last conference! (more…)