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A year of Collaboration ahead

March 30th, 2011 by


The openSUSE Project considers collaboration an important value for a Free Software community. After our successful openSUSE conference which had a strong focus on collaboration, several cool things have started. Now it is time for openSUSE bring collaboration to the Google Summer of Code and we invite students to join us in making Free Software stronger through working with others! For those who don’t know yet, Google Summer of Code is a project by Google to let students spend their summer time on coding instead of a waiting tables. (more…)

openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.4 out now!

March 29th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 11.4. The image is a “hybrid” iso image which can be used to burn a Live DVD or to create a Live USB stick.

This release includes the latest carefully selected software for students, educators as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything required to make a productive computing experience e for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional. We plans to update the Edu Li-f-e 11.4 image regularly with both official updates from openSUSE 11.4 and from the education project.

Right out of the box, educators and parents will be pleased to see over 150 applications to fit their student’s needs.  A wide range including mental exercise tools like Brain Workshop and GBrainy, science apps like Chemtool, mathematical programs like Euler, artistic development like TuxPaint and GIMP, study aids like the popular IGNuit flash cards app makes getting started right after installation a pleasing experience.

And education administrators will love the inclusion of highly-regarded server applications such as Moodle, ATutor, and FreeSMS.   Deploying services for your institution with the underlying rock solid stable openSUSE 11.4 operating system has never been better!

The Live DVD contains KIWI-LTSP server that can be enabled even by a non-technical user, it comes bundled with tons of useful applications from openSUSE Education, Build Service and Packman repositories. With the KIWI-LTSP server you can PXE (network) boot other PCs to use this live DVD without installing or modifying anything on them. Booting from hard disk again will leave those PCs as they were. (Please note that running LTSP from Live DVD/USB is meant for demo/testing purpose only, install on the hard disk to use it in production).

This distribution includes LAMP stack (LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) that is needed for developing or hosting PHP websites and all other major development tools. It also provides a rich multimedia experience out of the box.

The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes, if you think there is something missing that you absolutely must have on the DVD, drop us a line, see “Communicate” here.

Here are some trailers of what you can expect to see in this distribution:

The presentation videos are created on Li-f-e distribution using Openshot video editor.

You can find screenshots here.

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Use download manager or Metalink client such as aria2c for most efficient way to download.

Article contributed by Jigish Gohil (Cyberorg).

Review – openSUSE 11.4 and the much improved XFCE 4.8

March 28th, 2011 by

The default XFCE desktop

The default XFCE desktop

Just a few months ago, the XFCE project announced XFCE 4.8, the result of over 2 years of hard work. This desktop, one of the four official desktops of openSUSE 11.4, brings many new features. If you’re not having fun in the desktops provided by KDE or GNOME you should have a close look at XFCE (or the lightweight LXDE). To show you how it’s done, I checked out XFCE and wrote about my experience.
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Outage of build/api/features.opensuse.org (solved)

March 28th, 2011 by

We are currently facing problems with the the following openSUSE services:

http://build.opensuse.org
http://api.opensuse.org
http://features.opensuse.org

We are trying to resolve this as fast as possible. Apologies for inconveniences this may cause.

Please contact admin@opensuse.org with any queries.
Your openSUSE Admins

Update 2011-03-28 10:30 UTC: Everything is working again.

Update 2011-03-28 13:44 UTC: The login system is a bit unstable at the moment and might be occasionally unavailable for a few minutes again, they will be back soon. We’re working on getting everything running smoothly again.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 168 is out!

March 26th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News Issue 168.
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Linux Foundation 20th Anniversary of Linux Campaign and Video Contest

March 25th, 2011 by
vintage camera courtesy B. S. Wise

old school alternative

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Linux in August and the Linux Foundation is kicking off celebrations at The Collaboration Summit which takes place April 6-8, 2011 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. A highlight of the campaign is the annual Video Contest, which this year focuses on the 20 year celebration and will be judged by Linux Linus Torvalds himself.

The Linux Foundation has invited members and the community to create their own 20th anniversary videos in advance, which will be featured on the announcement date of April 6. Videos submitted early enough to be available during the first days of the contest will receive additional promotion by The Linux Foundation.

This is a fantastic opportunity for video makers in the openSUSE community to get some visibility for their work and their favorite distribution! (Not to mention showing off how easy it is to make awesome videos with openSUSE.)  So get started right away, and watch this space for details on how to submit your video.

openSUSE accepted for Google Summer of Code!

March 22nd, 2011 by
Yellow flowers

This could be a very special summer for you!

openSUSE has cleared the first hurdle towards a series of successful Google Summer of Code projects! As was disclosed last Saturday by OMGSUSE: Google has accepted our proposal and we are now a mentoring organization. This means that if you’re interested in working a whole summer FULLTIME on openSUSE and getting paid for it, this is your chance!

Thanks to the ideas on our GSOC 2011 ideas page and the mentors who have already stepped up, you’ll have a great start in openSUSE development. While the number of slots is not decided yet, it is now time for you, potential students and mentors, to start fleshing out those ideas and talk to each other! (more…)

openSUSE 11.4 still going strong

March 21st, 2011 by

openSUSE on distrowatch

openSUSE on Distrowatch


A bit over one week ago, we released openSUSE 11.4 introducing many exciting new features. The result was, as we wrote on Friday: a big splash. The 100.000 downloads in the first 24 hours and large numbers of blogs, articles and reviews all over the world were certainly impressive! So today we have a look at how the stats looked after one week. Did we keep the momentum going? (more…)

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 167 is out!

March 19th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News Issue 167
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Mingle Today!

March 15th, 2011 by

Connect. Mingle Today!It all started out with a simple question Pavol Rusnak asked on the openSUSE Conference ’09

What are we really doing when we develop a new tool to handle openSUSE users and groups?

The answer was simple: Connecting people to projects, groups and with each other. Connecting faces to names, nicknames and to email addresses. In the end connecting all our other tools to this one so we can share the data. These are the fundamental ideas behind our newest openSUSE tool: connect. In the following months the openSUSE Boosters and friends started to work on this tool based on Elgg. An open source social networking engine, that delivers the building blocks that enable us to create our own fully-featured social network. And today we release it to you, the openSUSE Community.

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