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Update on openSUSE Board Election

December 3rd, 2009 by

For the current 2009 election of the openSUSE board, we have three seats for election and three candidates running unopposed. As our existing election rules did not anticipate this scenario, the Election Committee has made the following decision:

The seats up for election include one Novell-employed position and two non-Novell-employed positions. Pavol Rusnak is running for the Novell-employed seat and Rupert Horstkötter and Bryen M Yunashko are running for the non-Novell seats.

The election committee will declare the candidates as elected by end of Monday, 7th of December, if nobody else steps up in the respective group to run for the election. Otherwise we will have an election in that group.

This means that if further candidates for the non-Novell seats declare candidacy, we will do an election for these two seats – and if further candidates for the Novell seat step up, we run an election for that one seat – and if candidates for both step up, we elect all seats.

So, here’s the final call: If you’re happy with the three candidates, thank them – and if not, step up and declare your candidacy by announcing it on opensuse-project@opensuse.org and election-officials@opensuse.org. You can find more information on candidacy and the election in general here.

The Election committee is also open for comments on the election before the December 7th deadline when the Election Committee will declare and certify the winners.

We’d like to thank Bryen, Rupert and Pavol for stepping up and volunteering to serve on the openSUSE board. For next election the election committee will adapt the rules to cover cases like this one.

Project Bugzilla Update Planned to Version 3.4

November 9th, 2009 by

The bugtracking tool used by the openSUSE project is the Novell bugzilla and this system will be updated to a new upstream version (version 3.4) together with some changes requested by openSUSE community and Novell employees.

The date for this upgrade is Saturday November 14 at 9am mountain time (that is 16:00 UTC). Both Bugzilla and Testopia will be down for several hours on that day.


openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 Released

October 1st, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that the last openSUSE 11.2 Milestone  8 (M8) is available for download. Test now and give feedback via our bugzilla since this is the last milestone before the first release candidate.


Keysigning Party @ openSUSE Conference

September 2nd, 2009 by

Extend the web of trust! Take part at the Keysigning Party during openSUSE Conference.

There will be two Keysigning Party sessions during the openSUSE Conference, so everybody has the chance to participate:

  1. Thursday 16:45 – 17:30
  2. Saturday 16:45 – 17:30

Both sessions will be in the Unconference Track.

If you want to participate, follow the instructions in the openSUSE wiki now!  Deadline for key submissions is Sunday September, 13 at 12:00 UTC.

Thanks to Jan Weber for organizing this!  He needs a volunteer to lead the second session, please contact him if you are interested.

Novell Bugzilla Update to 3.2 and a Guided Report Mode

January 7th, 2009 by

To make bug reporting easier, we will be updating Novell’s Bugzilla to the latest stable release (Bugzilla 3.2) with some additional features added by Novell. This update will take place on Saturday, January 10th, and Bugzilla will be unavailable from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST (that’s 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC).

One significant change is that we will have a new guided mode for reporting of bugs that is default for non-Novell accounts.

The guided report mode is a feature of bugzilla itself that we just enable.  It gives smart hints for reporting bugs including bad and good examples, makes the report more structured, suggests “hot” duplicate bugs and asks for reproducibility, expected and actual result.  This should help to create better bug reports and thus help with better resolving of bugs.

For those that use the unguided mode and want to use the guided mode (or the other way round), you can bookmark a template of the “New Bugreport” (see below for details) . Once you’ve done this, manually edit the URL of the bookmark and append “&format=guided” (if you want guided mode) or remove it if you do not want it. You can then use this bookmark for easy access, I have created that way a bookmark for openSUSE 11.1 bug reports that has already some stuff filled in, e.g. set “Found By” to “Community User”. Note that the guided mode will only be available after the update of bugzilla!

The changes for 3.2 in the upstream bugzilla are documented at the bugzilla site. In addition, a couple of bugs and enhancements in our bugzilla have been fixed.

Btw. if you want to report a bug, please check also our guidelines.

Task: How to create a template for new bug reports

  • Select “New” to create a new bug report. Enter values for the attributes you want to predefine.
  • ClickRemember values as bookmarkable template
  • A new page appears:
  • Right click on the hyperlink and and choose “Bookmark link” (Firefox) to add it to your bookmarks
  • Select the bookmark to create a new defect with your predefined attributes

Update: I rewrote the first paragraph and added a paragraph explaining guided report mode.

Update: Correction: you have to append “&format=guided”, an example URL for openSUSE 11.1 bug reports is therefore https://bugzilla.novell.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=openSUSE+11.1&format=guided

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5.1 for PowerPC Released

November 14th, 2008 by

The Beta5 DVD and NET ISO images for PowerPC have just been replaced by Beta5.1 ISO images.  The only change is the way the ISOs are created – now they are bootable media.

There is a Delta-ISO from Beta5 DVD to Beta5.1 available in case you have Beta5 downloaded.

The media are available at the same place Beta5 is available: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1-Beta5

Additionally new initrd and linuxrc for PowerPC have been uploaded in the PPC-HotFix directory.

These files are for Pegasos and Efika PowerPC systems if you want to do a network installation.  Use these files and boot with the insecure=1 kernel parameter.

If you have further questions, please ask on the openSUSE PPC mailinglist,


openSUSE Webclient Survey Started

October 17th, 2008 by

Today we started an openSUSE Build Service Webclient online survey. We want to get more informations about the openSUSE Build Service Webclient users, the used hard and software and (potential) use cases.

If you use, used or want to use the OBS, please participate on the survey and help us to make a solid Webclient 2.

The survey is available via this link.

Thanks for your participation!

Intel e1000e Corruption Fixed – Already in openSUSE 11.1 Beta2 (with exception of Debug, Vanilla Kernels)

October 16th, 2008 by

The patches we did for the Intel e1000e network card for Beta2 protect the chip so that the NVRAM could not get corrupted anymore and we indeed did not receive any new bug reports and could not reproduce the bug anymore on our systems.

Further investigation by Intel has found the root cause of the problem as Steven Rostedt wrote on the linux kernel mailing list : The dynamic ftrace code contained some fragile code that could write to ioremap-ed memory and thus corrupt the NVRAM.  The issue could happen “when the init functions of a module are freed and the nvram is vmapped there as well”.  The full story can be found on LKML.

Since 24th of September, we have disabled for our kernel of the day the dynamic ftrace code due for all flavors except the debug and vanilla kernels (on x86 and x86-64 – it was not enabled on other architectures).  We have also added the NVRAM protection patches to all kernel flavors.  Therefore Beta2 already contains – by pure luck ;) – not only the NVRAM protection but also not anymore the broken code.

Beta3 will contain the same fixes – and the kernel of the day has just been updated with dynamic ftrace code disabled also for the debug and vanilla kernels (with the update to

So, if you’re running a debug or vanilla kernel, I advice – to be on the safe side – to update to the kernel of the day.  For everybody else: The Beta2 and Beta3 kernels should not corrupt your Intel e1000e NVRAM.

I’d like to thank all that were involved in debugging and fixing the issues around this, including our kernel developers Karsten Keil and Jiri Kosina who debugged and worked on a solution, testers that fried their machine and helped debugging like Stephan Binner and Vladimir Botka, and the team at Intel for developing protection code and finding and fixing the root cause.

Update 2008-10-21: Beta3 will contain

Fixing Erased e1000e NICs

Karsten Keil has developed a way to fix broken e1000e eproms.  Please contact him at kkeil@suse.de in case you need to recover from this bug.

Power Outage: Nearly All Systems are Running Again

October 11th, 2008 by

Our admins and developers – in Nuernberg, Provo and from home offices – worked hard today to get all openSUSE services up and running again.  Thanks a lot to all of them!

Nearly all services are be up and running again.  The only exceptions are the services features and ideas, these will be restarted latest by Monday.

Power Outage in Area where most openSUSE Servers are Located

October 10th, 2008 by

Just a quick note: We have a power outage in the part of the city of Nürnberg where the Novell office and the main server room is.  This means that many of our servers are right down, especially the download redirector, the mailing lists, the openSUSE build service and users.opensuse.org.

I will post a message once the power has been restored and all machines are running again.  Current estimate (11am Nuernberg time) is that it will take another 4 hours (until 3pm Nuernberg time which is 13:00 UTC) at least to restore power.

Note: the power companies do not know yet exactly where the problem is.

This server and the wiki are located in another data center and are therefore available.


13:15 CEST: New rumor: Current estimate for power restoring is six more hours, they need to dig up the street.

16:45 CEST: Bad news: It will take longer until power gets restored.  The local power company just stated “22:00 to 23:00″.  We will try to get then the first machines up but might not get everything running during the night.  Btw. currently it seems that it’s only our office complex that is without power, the rest of the area has power again.

17:15 CEST: I just chatted with our admins, and they currently hope to have everything up Saturday around 13:00 CEST (11:00 UTC) if – and only if – there are no major problems like hardware failures.

18:05 CEST: The admins will start early tomorrow morning – there’s no sense waiting for the power company this night.  The estimate stays at 13:00 CEST (11:00 UTC).  We’ve never experienced such a long outage before, this is exceptionally bad.

19:02 CEST: Beineri has uploaded some photos from the construction site (thanks!).

20:04 CEST: Marko has uploaded some photos as well (thanks!).  Some notes: I’ve heard (no official confirmation) that our office building has two power lines and currently both are getting repaired, they started with the first one and now dig out the second one as well.  Our building seems to be the last one in the area to get power back since it’s the only one with a 20kV line.

1:30 CEST: Power is back in the office – later than estimated.

9:20 CEST: Our admins have brought the basic net infrastructure up and will work on the rest now.

9:45 CEST: The first servers coming up, download.opensuse.org is available again.

10:20 CEST: lists.opensuse.org is up again, I’ve send an announcement out to the mailing lists.  I just don’t know when it will go through since some other systems are not running and I guess the mail queue is rather long.

10:33 CEST: After I approved my announcement, it went through directly and was sent out – this means, the infrastructure is indeed up and runing ;)

13:00 CEST: Most systems should be up, the only problems right now are login on users.opensuse.org and the build service.

15:00 CEST: Info from our admins:

It has turned out that the electric feeder cable outside the building was blown which had to be digged out and then repaired, so the first estimation  of the energy provider was a little bit optimistic. Connection was re-established Friday night at about 1AM (localtime) and reconstruction started this morning at 7AM and most important services were back at about 9AM.

15:08 CEST: We’re still working on users.o.o and the build service, everything else should be ok.

18:50 CEST: users.opensuse.org and build.opensuse.org are back online.  We should now be good enough for the weekend.  Currently still down are ideas.o.o, features.o.o and tracker.opensuse.org (for our torrents).  We will have these restored on monday.

20:18 CEST: tracker.opensuse.org (for torrents) is running again.