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Update 2011-03-28 10:30 UTC: Everything is working again.
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With the openSUSE distribution, we have a set of openSUSE manuals and QuickStart guides. You can read them online via http://doc.opensuse.org. They are installed by default on your system so you can access them there as
For openSUSE 11.4, we face the usual challenge of updating the manuals: The documentation writers know what’s in the manuals but do not know everything that’s changed and the developers know what’s changed but may not know all the manuals.
For openSUSE 11.4, I created feature 310944 in openFATE which will be the one reference point for documentation. Please add there things that need to be changed in the manuals. I’ve already added a few things that came to mind.
The Novell documentation team will concentrate on updating the Startup Guide, the GNOME and KDE Quick Guides and the Reference guide. They plan to also add a short chapter on the top use cases so that for example new users know to use LibreOffice as their Office Suite and where to find more information about it.
If anybody is interested in helping improve the documentation, please reach out to the documentation team on the opensuse-doc mailing list or on IRC on the #opensuse-doc channel on the freenode network. You can also find the sources of the manuals at https://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse-doc/.
Call for help
Please add to feature 310944 new comments that explain what needs to be changed in the manuals for openSUSE 11.4.
openFATE, the feature tracking tool used in openSUSE has been completely reworked and the new version is live now on features.opensuse.org.
A team has started driving the handling of features and we’d like to update you with the current state and invite you to participate.
The new version is now live and contains a long list of new features so that features can be handled completely with the new web user interface. The interface uses the new openSUSE Bento theme to fit in better in the openSUSE site family, has several search options to allow the screening team to find features easily, it’s possible to edit all fields and also the product states.
Thanks to the openSUSE boosters, especially to Thomas Schmidt, for the new version.
Features for openSUSE 11.4
A lot of people have been involved with the openSUSE Conference and I’ve heard a lot of people saying thanks for a great conference. This is supported by 290 attendees visiting our conference, listened to a number of talks, enjoyed a high quality program and even more important met people face to face and had a lot of fun. The conference as it took place last week wouldn’t have been possible without our community participating, sending in good talks and a number of folks preparing everything. Of the latter ones let me point out some:
First of all: All the participants (see above for the group that was still there on Saturday afternoon) and the speakers. Special thanks to Frank Karlitschek and Michael Kromer for filling two Saturday slots last minute.
OBS 2.1 Introduces New Features
Enhanced web user interface
Extend the web of trust! Take part at the Keysigning Party during openSUSE Conference.
There will be one Keysigning Party session during the openSUSE Conference: Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 5pm
If you want to participate, follow the instructions in the openSUSE wiki now! The deadline for key submissions is Monday, October 18th at 12:00 UTC.
We had a successful openSUSE 11.3 launch yesterday. The announcement itself saw many friendly comments. Many people retweeted the announcement from @openSUSE.
After 24 hours, it’s time to write up a few numbers as well. A total of 49599 requests for ISOs were reached via our download redirector.
As announced previously, the openSUSE Board and its Strategy Team have worked on three strategic proposals to define the direction of openSUSE’s future, as a Project, Community and distribution. Each strategy proposal includes the same community statement. We will therefore discuss the community statement and the three strategies separately.
To have a focused discussion, we like to handle the discussion as follows on both opensuse-project mailing list and the openSUSE forums:
- Present today all three strategy proposals and the community statement, they are available on the wiki.
- We will start discussing the community statement now in its own thread. (mailing list | forums)
- Monday, June, 21st: We start a new thread to discuss the strategy proposal “openSUSE – Home for developers“. (mailing list | forums)
- Thursday, June, 24th: We start a new thread to discuss the strategy proposal “openSUSE – Base for derivatives“. (mailing list | forums)
- Tuesday, June, 29th: We start a new thread to discuss the strategy proposal “openSUSE – Mobile and cloud ready distribution“. (mailing list | forums)
What do we want to achieve with these discussions?
- Refine the proposals, e.g. remove or add activities
- Discuss what needs to be done for each strategy proposal
- Figure out which strategy proposal is best, so pros and cons of each ones.
Note that each statement contains three lists of activities describing current activities the openSUSE Project does and possible future activities (or tasks). The first list (“We need to be excellent in the following”) describes the items that we want to do really excellent and better than everybody else. The second list (“We will try to do the following effectively”) are needed to do but we don’t need to strive for excellence, just for effectiveness. The third list (“We will not focus on the following anymore”) are activities we will not do at all as part of the project but rather rely on other FOSS projects.
In the end, we’d like to have a vote by the openSUSE members on which strategy to choose.
Pavol Rusnak and Andreas Jaeger will consolidate comments and proposal changes for these in the openSUSE wiki.
- 2010-06-17: Discussions started about community statement (mailing list | forums)
- 2010-06-21: Discussions started about the first strategy (mailing list | forums)
- 2010-06-24: Discussions started about the second strategy (mailing list | forums)
- 2010-06-29: Discussions started about the third strategy (mailing list | forums)