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New SSL Certificates

February 4th, 2011 by

We will be updating our certificates for *.opensuse.org and *.suse.de today, sometime between 19:00 and 22:00 UTC.  We will be upgrading to a 2048 bit certificate, which will provide better security for the site.  We are also switching to a different vendor who can provide us more efficient support.  We plan on chaining the certificate up to the Entrust root CA.

It is possible that a small portion of the community may experience some issues with this switch.  Specifically, any system previous to SUSE 10 may not have the Entrust CA in its system certificate store.  For these systems, utilities such as wget may present an error when trying to pull a resource from opensuse.org over an SSL connection.  The solution is to either run wget with the “–no-check-certificate” option or to add the Entrust root to the system certificate store (found in /etc/ssl/certs).  Browsers and cURL use their own certificate store and should not be affected by this switch, even on older systems.

If anyone discovers an issue after we make the switch, please contact webmaster@opensuse.org.

Small server maintenance Thursday, 2011-02-03

February 3rd, 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:
* http://download.opensuse.org
* http://features.opensuse.org

Bretzn results released into the wild

February 1st, 2011 by

Apart from being a tasty Bavarian bread-snack, Bretzn is a code-name for a collection of technology aimed at solving a problem which has existed in software development for a very long time: “How do you get your applications to your users?”
Screenshots of the Bretzn plugin interface
This is particularly a question for the many developers of applications that are not part of a project like GNOME or KDE. These developers must either provide binaries for a range of distributions themselves or hope that distribution volunteers will do the packaging for them. Don’t they all dream of a better solution?