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Announcing New openSUSE Board Members

December 9th, 2009 by

The election committee announces the three new members of the openSUSE board:

  • Bryen Yunashko (non-Novell seat)
  • Pavol Rusnak (Novell seat)
  • Rupert Horstkötter (non-Novell seat)

These three will serve two-year terms beginning on December 22nd.

Stephen Shaw and Bryen Yunashko have completed their terms on the Board. In addition to those seats, a new seat has been added to the Board effective with the inauguration of the new Board.  The full Board will consist of:

  • Bryen Yunashko
  • Henne Vogelsang
  • Michael Löffler (chair)
  • Pascal Bleser
  • Pavol Rusnak
  • Rupert Horstkötter

The election committee wants to thank Stephen Shaw for his tenure on the board and the new board members Bryen, Rupert and Pavol for stepping up and volunteering to serve on the openSUSE board.

To get in touch with the board send an email to board@opensuse.org.

The next board election will be starting October 2010.

Andreas Jaeger
Member of the openSUSE Election Committee

Move of openSUSE Infrastructure Repositories

December 4th, 2009 by

In the past, we had one central openSUSE subversion (svn) repository on Novell Forge for the openSUSE infrastructure including the openSUSE Build Service. This repository has grown over time.  We’ have now split the repository in some smaller projects and some repositories are now using git.

The git repositories are publicly available at gitorious.org via http://www.gitorious.org/opensuse/. Besides the Build Service and openSUSE infrastructure projects, you find at gitorious also other projects used in the openSUSE distribution, e.g. the SuSEfirewall2 project or the openSUSE kernel repository.

The migrated subversion repositories are at BerliOS and reachable via http://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse/.  The translation repository  (suse-i18n) is also moving now (details on the mailing list).

Details about the infrastructure move are in the following emails by Adrian and Coolo:

Since some repositories are now using git, here’s some information about git as well:

Thanks to Adrian, Coolo and Darix for doing the move! A big thanks to BerliOS and Gitorious for hosting these projects!

I’ll update this post once more concrete information has been published.

Update 2009-12-08: The localization repository is migrating to http://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse-i18n/

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.