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Annual Desktop Linux Survey by The Linux Foundation – 3 Days Left for Participation

November 28th, 2007 by

The survey is designed to pinpoint areas of user need in order to focus development efforts and accelerate the global adoption of Linux desktops and clients. It will be conducted till November 30, 2007. Survey results will be made publicly available shortly after it concludes. The survey is available here.

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Announcing the First openSUSE Board

November 8th, 2007 by

The openSUSE board has been setup to lead the overall project. The board will: act as a central point of contact, help resolve conflicts, communicate community interests to Novell, facilitate communication with all areas of the community, and facilitate decision making processes where needed.

The board should provide guidance and support existing governance structures, but shouldn’t direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board should document decisions and policies.

The initial board has been appointed by Novell — in the future, the board members will be elected by the community and the chair person appointed by Novell. One of the missions of the board is to define a process to elect the next board.

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openSUSE Guiding Principles Take Effect

November 8th, 2007 by

It’s official: the openSUSE project Guiding Principles are now in force. The Guiding Principles are a framework for the project and give everyone a clear view of who we are, what we stand for, what the project wants and how it works. The Guiding Principles document was created by the openSUSE community and is embraced by Novell – the founder and largest sponsor of the openSUSE project. This important document will help ensure the success and continued progress of the project. Along with the Guiding Principles, we are also launching the openSUSE Board to offer a central point of contact to the community and make community participation in project governance easier. The openSUSE Board consists of both external community members and community members employed by Novell .

We encourage all to support the Guiding Principles here. Create your profile and support the Guiding Principles.

We want to especially thank all contributors to the Guiding Principles, and last but not least, all community members who make the openSUSE project such a success.

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Adrian Schröter
Andreas Jaeger
Benjamin Weber
Cornelius Schumacher
Federico Mena Quintero
Francis Giannaros
Gerald Pfeifer
Jeff Jaffe
Justin Steinman
Klaas Freitag
Martin Lasarsch
Martin Schlander
Michael Löffler
Pascal Bleser
Roger Levy

IP Exchange Sponsors openSUSE Project

November 7th, 2007 by

IP Exchange, a major german Internet Service Provider, is sponsoring the openSUSE project with internet connectivity. They provide a mirror server in their location with a up to 1 GBit/s, a fast connection from the openSUSE Build Service and the central openSUSE ftp server to the mirror servers.

During the launch of openSUSE 10.3 we did already benefit from the sponsoring of IP Exchange. It allowed us to get the ISOs fast to the mirrors and to the people downloading 10.3.

We highly appreciate the contribution of IP Exchange and like to thank in the name of the openSUSE community. This makes the openSUSE project even more attractive to Linux contributors all over the world.

openSUSE 10.3 Live Version Available

November 2nd, 2007 by

The live version of openSUSE 10.3 is now available as a GNOME or KDE CD. Both contain the same software as the 1 CD installation versions would provide you with, but as a live version.

The live system can be used as a productive system or rescue system. You can also use it to just check out how openSUSE 10.3 runs on your computer without touching your hard drive. The Live CDs are available as 32bit versions in US English only and also contain, for the first time, an install option on the desktop. You can see a screenshot of the KDE Live CD below:

openSUSE 10.3 Live KDE CD

If you click on the Install icon you will be guided through the installation of openSUSE 10.3 onto your hard drive.

For now the images are available at:

The Live CDs version will be incorporated into software.openSUSE.org over the next few days.

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The openSUSE team

openSUSE is Looking for a Chief Linux Evangelist

September 28th, 2007 by

To strengthen the openSUSE project we’re looking for an enthusiastic Chief Evangelist to:

  • promote and spread the adoption of openSUSE
  • be a public face for the project on conferences and events
  • act as voice of the community back to Novell’s leadership team
  • develop and nurture the openSUSE communities
  • pro actively drive openSUSE marketing

This is a global role and as such, you can be located anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to you. For detailed information please look here.

2007 Desktop Linux Survey Results Revealed

August 24th, 2007 by

Some interesting data on the dektop usage of Linux. What’s striking is that popularity of openSUSE almost doubled form roughly 10% in 2006 to close to 20% in 2007 survey.