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Evergreen needs you!

April 17th, 2011 by



Evergreen needs you! To make a version for 11.2 also released and to guarantee the quality of evergreen, we´re searching developers, packagers and also marketing people who are interested in creating a LTS-version of your favourite Linux-distro, openSUSE.

See what Wolfgang Rosenauer, lead developer of Evergreen is saying about this:


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 171 is out!

April 16th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 171.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 170 is out!

April 9th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new issue 170.

Linux is 20 years old!

April 8th, 2011 by

We have two birthdays this week!

While on April 6th GNOME 3 was born, another kid became 20 years old! The Linux Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of Linux with among other things a video contest. We already mentioned it but it’s now time to get those video’s to the Linux Foundation! (more…)

Welcome GNOME 3! We have a present for you…

April 8th, 2011 by

Front of Live DVD cover

Dear GNOME 3,

So, you’re born, and we here at openSUSE Project are very excited to welcome you into the world.  We’ve been watching with anticipation and excitement as the many thousands of developers and contributors mobilized around the world to make your first steps into this world a reality. The videos and plethora of information shown on gnome3.org make clear that you’re very welcome! (more…)

Invalid SSL certificate on some opensuse.org services

April 7th, 2011 by

Update from 14:30 UTC: The problem is solved.

We want to let you know that we are aware about an invalid SSL certificate on some of our servers behind the https protocol. This is the case most of the time at least between 04:00 until 11:00 CET today.

We took down some of our services temporarily after getting aware of this. Affected services were

  • build.opensuse.org
  • api.opensuse.org
  • hermes.opensuse.org
  • notify.opensuse.org
  • connect.opensuse.org
  • features.opensuse.org

The issue is reported to our service provider maintaining the proxy who delivers this certificate.

I hope everybody of you will continue not to trust invalid certifications for our services. It can always be a man-in-the-middle-attack and especially when submitting passwords or sensitive data like source code it is not acceptable. So please continue to miss-trust invalid certificates on our servers.


Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

April 6th, 2011 by

Or in other words, “The more things change, the more they stay the same…”

openSUSE does not ship major/minor releases, but our numbering/naming scheme – NN.X – has led to a common misperception that a .0 release was major and a .x  release was an update. This created a number of issues, including lack of media attention for .x releases, and user misconceptions about stability of .0 releases.

We have traditionally released versions as 11.0, 11.1, 11.2 and so on up to .3.  (The exception was 11.4 because the Project wasn’t sure what to number the next release.)

The only really clear thing was our release cycle timing, as follows:

“openSUSE releases on a fixed schedule every 8 months no matter what.  Therefore, all releases occur in November, July and March.”

There has been a lot of discussion over time within our community about our versioning scheme for distribution releases. We want to ensure our growing community, including users and media, have a clear and correct understanding of our release cycle – so naming or numbering needed to reflect that, and not cause misunderstanding.

Recently, the Project took these discussions to a poll, to gauge community feeling about the different options.  Generally, the community expressed that they wanted a scheme that was uniquely openSUSE’s and reflected our release methodology.  We looked at other distros for examples, and while we felt many had come up with excellent versioning schemes for their distros, none properly reflected our own cycle.

From this discussion and results of the poll, we have come up with the following scheme:

  • The .x shall henceforth reflect the month of release
    • 1 = November
    • 2 = July
    • 3 = March
  • We will no longer ship a .0 version.

This solution brings a meaningful rationale to the scheme, without completely revising the look.  And thus, our next release in November will be 12.1.  In July 2012, we will ship 12.2 and in March 2013, we will ship 12.3.  Then in November 2013, we will ship 13.1.

So as you can see… same great versioning look, now with explanation.
screenshot of terminal declaring openSUSE versioning scheme is now implemented!

People of openSUSE: Per Jessen

April 4th, 2011 by
Nickname: I don’t use one
Homepage: http://www.jessen.ch/
Blog: I don’t use one.
Favorite season: All/none of them, but I don’t like rain very much.
Motto: None.

Please introduce yourself!

My name is Per Jessen, I’m 46 and I live in Switzerland with my wife and son. I’m Danish and I grew up in Denmark, but left about 20 years ago and have since lived and worked in a number of European countries. Professionally I’m a software engineer, and have spent most of my career working on or with IBM mainframes. I’ve been running my own business since 2004. (more…)

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 169 is out!

April 2nd, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 169.

The Canterbury Project

April 1st, 2011 by

If you are really in a timezone where it’s still before March 31st 23:59 then…