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openSUSE Board election 2011 started

December 2nd, 2011 by

The openSUSE board election just started! Please go to:
https://connect.opensuse.org/pg/polls/read/digitaltomm/15228/opensuse-board-election-2011 and cast your vote for this election. All openSUSE members[1] are eligible to vote.

The board consists of 6 members and one chairperson. As the election period of Bryen Yunashko, Pavol Rusnak and Rupert Horstkotter ends, this election will appoint 3 new board members.

The election period ends at December the 16th.
All candidates have put their agenda on the wiki[2], linked as “Platform” after the candidates’ name.

If you have any questions, please contact the election officials (election-officials@opensuse.org).

Greetings

[1] http://en.opensuse.org/Members
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election_2011

Join The G(r)EEKOS Release Parties!!!

November 29th, 2011 by

The openSUSE 12.1 distribution is released. After 8 months of hard work by the openSUSE community, the result could be something less than awesome. It is true that openSUSE 12.1 has received the best reviews of all famous open source sites and also has begun to gain many new members at the community, users and contributors.

 

Time to celebrate!

As is known the openSUSE community after the hard work done to release another great distribution, wants to celebrate it! And why not! Around the world communities, Linux groups and LUGs organize release parties.

 

The G(r)eekos Way!!!

openSUSE 12.1 is already installed on our machines by November 16. The Greek openSUSE community in collaboration with other communities, university Linux teams and LUGs invites you to come and celebrate the brand new release of openSUSE 12.1. Release parties are organized in many Greek cities! If you’re near a city where a party is organized do not hesitate to meet us, attend an Install Fest or a presentation about openSUSE 12.1, drink lots of beers, talk with us and have fun!

We expect to meet you at one of the parties, as well as help you organize one in your town! Good company, beer and goodwill are the key ingredients of a successful Release party!

On Thursday 1 December we will celebrate in Larisa with a presentation and an Install Fest at 13:00 and afterward we will go at a local tsipouradiko. Moreover, on Saturday 3 December in Kastoria at 19:00 at Zaza bar. Furthermore, on Sunday 4 December we will celebrate in Thesaloniki at Bar Pierrot Le Fou at 22:00. Last but not least there will be 3 more parties that are going to be announcend the next few days.

Have a lot of fun!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 203 is out!

November 26th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our Issue 203 of openSUSE Weekly News.
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Art Meeting

November 24th, 2011 by

Members of the openSUSE Art Team will meet in the channel #opensuse-artwork 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 artwork of openSUSE.

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

Maintenance downtime Thursday 2011-11-24

November 23rd, 2011 by

We need some maintenance downtime to work on the following issues:

  • Failed geekofix storage problems on Build Service machines
  • increase network subnet mask for external available servers (means: we are growing ;-)
  • exchange some SSL certificates on servers delivering content via HTTPS

We are trying to get everything done during the standard infrastructure window:

Thursday (2011-11-24), 08:00 – 10:00 CET (7:00 -9:00 UTC)

but some services might need a bit longer (for example the schedulers of the Build Service).

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

openSUSE Weekly News 202 is out!

November 19th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our Issue 202 of openSUSE Weekly News.
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openSUSE 12.1 Launch Feedback

November 19th, 2011 by

openSUSE 12.1 was launched on Wednesday and it’s time to look back at the successful launch of a great distribution.

We’ve seen a lot of positive feedback regarding openSUSE 12.1 via press, social networks, blogs etc. The interest in social media is significant with good conversations and new members, our facebook group has grown the last weeks by several hundred new members, the followers of our @openSUSE twitter increase and the recently launched  Google+ page is in the circles of over 3200 people.

Looking over twitter messages directed to our @openSUSE account, here’re just a few comments about openSUSE 12.1:

Really impressed (I’m not impressed easily) with all of the added configuration and customization @openSUSE 12.1 brings very polished – by OhHeyItsLou (more…)

openSUSE participates in Google Code-in

November 18th, 2011 by

Introducing people to the world of free and open source software (FOSS) has always been a priority for the openSUSE project. We’re not only doing so for new users with our distribution (did you get 12.1 yet?) or for new contributors with our project, we also frequently participate in programs like Googles Summer of Code or Code in. Those programs have introduced a lot of new contributors to both openSUSE and the FOSS community. So with pride we announce that, after a successful participation in Google Summer of Code this year, openSUSE will also participate in Google Code-in.
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openSUSE 12.1: All Green!

November 16th, 2011 by

boot image from installer
It is November 16, 2011 and our mirrors have synced. Time to present to you: openSUSE 12.1! This release represents more than eight months of work by our international community and brings you the best Free Software has to offer. Awesome improvements include the latest GNOME 3.2 desktop as well as the newest from KDE, XFCE and LXDE; your ownCloud made easy with mirall; Snapper-shots of your file system; and much, much more.

Desktops

openSUSE 12.1 comes with the new GNOME Shell 3.2. We presented you with a taste of GNOME Shell on openSUSE 11.4. Since then, many bugs have been squashed and numerous small improvements have made life on the Shell more comfortable. Notifications are much nicer, you can now configure your online accounts in one place and Shell handles multiple-screen setups better.

Among the features is color management, something GNOME shares with KDE where openSUSE is the first to integrate the Oyranos color management system. Also new from KDE is Apper, an easier-to-use PackageKit front end.

ownCloud integrating with the local calendar

Cloud things

It is 2011, and most of us use ‘cloud’ technology like having our files on Dropbox, friends on Facebook and music on Spotify. But these technologies are arguably dangerous from a security and privacy point of view. While not solving all problems yet, ownCloud aims to bring these services back under your control.

openSUSE is the first Linux distribution to support ownCloud with its own unique mirall desktop integration. For end users, mirall makes the difference between thinking that ownCloud is interesting and being able to actually use it. Read about mirall and ownCloud in our documentation to find out why!

For more demanding use cases in the small business area, our Virtualization and Cloud repository offers the latest versions of Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and OpenStack for openSUSE 12.1. And we support all the virtualization technologies including Xen 4.1, KVM and VirtualBox which can be managed with the latest virt-manager and open-vm-tools.

SUSE Studio users can already build unique versions of openSUSE 12.1, with custom package selections, artwork, scripts, etc. that can be deployed directly to Amazon EC2 or onto a variety of other cloud platforms.
Snapper in action

Under the hood

openSUSE 12.1 includes Snapper, a new and unique tool that employs the snapshot functionality in btrfs to allow you to view older versions of files and revert changes. The integration of Snapper into the zypper package manager allows roll back of system updates and configuration changes.

openSUSE is also the first major distribution to ship the Go programming language, Google’s new open development language. Go is a fast, easy-to-use language that helps programmers handle multi-core, networked machines with the convenience of garbage collection and run-time reflection.

Keep tumblin’ and rollin’!

openSUSE 12.1 can of course also move to Tumbleweed, our cutting-edge rolling release repo which contains the latest stable versions of all software. Tumbleweed lessens the significance and change impact of major releases by updating systems continuously. Existing Tumbleweed users will have to make a small change to their repositories to stay current. For future releases of openSUSE this won’t be needed anymore.

Go and have a lot of fun!

“While the big updates include Snapper, systemd and ownCloud, there are also many smaller enhancements like the improvements to YaST or the work on zypper. And that is only what our own community did,”

said Bryen Yunahsko, member of the openSUSE Board.

“We’re standing on the shoulders of the gigantic open source community. I would not be surprised if openSUSE’s latest update has over 300,000 improvements that resulted from efforts in the open source community.”

For more details about the latest and greatest in openSUSE 12.1 visit opensuse.org/12.1 and read our extensive Product Highlights! If you want, go and download it right away from our mirrors.

Have a lot of fun!

Almost openSUSE 12.1

November 15th, 2011 by
Installer screen

Welcome to openSUSE 12.1!

Yes, it is almost time. Tomorrow openSUSE 12.1 will be released to the world, bringing a large number of new features and cool stuff. We’ll look at a few things today and show you some screen shots!


    WARNING: Spoiler-alert!
    WARNING: Pretty Pictures!

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