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openSUSE happy to welcome 16 GSOC students!

April 28th, 2011 by

picture of a gecko by Tambako the Jaguar on flickrWe’ve got excellent news! We’ve received many excellent submissions for our Google Summer of Code application and Google has given us 16 slots. This means that 16 eager students have been selected and will start working with their mentors on an awesome openSUSE project! (more…)

openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.4 out now!

March 29th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Education team is proud to present openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e (Linux for Education) based on openSUSE 11.4. The image is a “hybrid” iso image which can be used to burn a Live DVD or to create a Live USB stick.

This release includes the latest carefully selected software for students, educators as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything required to make a productive computing experience e for either home or educational use without having to install anything additional. We plans to update the Edu Li-f-e 11.4 image regularly with both official updates from openSUSE 11.4 and from the education project.

Right out of the box, educators and parents will be pleased to see over 150 applications to fit their student’s needs.  A wide range including mental exercise tools like Brain Workshop and GBrainy, science apps like Chemtool, mathematical programs like Euler, artistic development like TuxPaint and GIMP, study aids like the popular IGNuit flash cards app makes getting started right after installation a pleasing experience.

And education administrators will love the inclusion of highly-regarded server applications such as Moodle, ATutor, and FreeSMS.   Deploying services for your institution with the underlying rock solid stable openSUSE 11.4 operating system has never been better!

The Live DVD contains KIWI-LTSP server that can be enabled even by a non-technical user, it comes bundled with tons of useful applications from openSUSE Education, Build Service and Packman repositories. With the KIWI-LTSP server you can PXE (network) boot other PCs to use this live DVD without installing or modifying anything on them. Booting from hard disk again will leave those PCs as they were. (Please note that running LTSP from Live DVD/USB is meant for demo/testing purpose only, install on the hard disk to use it in production).

This distribution includes LAMP stack (LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) that is needed for developing or hosting PHP websites and all other major development tools. It also provides a rich multimedia experience out of the box.

The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes, if you think there is something missing that you absolutely must have on the DVD, drop us a line, see “Communicate” here.

Here are some trailers of what you can expect to see in this distribution:

The presentation videos are created on Li-f-e distribution using Openshot video editor.

You can find screenshots here.

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Article contributed by Jigish Gohil (Cyberorg).

openSUSE 11.4 still going strong

March 21st, 2011 by

openSUSE on distrowatch

openSUSE on Distrowatch


A bit over one week ago, we released openSUSE 11.4 introducing many exciting new features. The result was, as we wrote on Friday: a big splash. The 100.000 downloads in the first 24 hours and large numbers of blogs, articles and reviews all over the world were certainly impressive! So today we have a look at how the stats looked after one week. Did we keep the momentum going? (more…)

openSUSE 11.4 – A New Hallmark For The openSUSE Project

March 10th, 2011 by

Dear openSUSE Community. Users. Contributors. Fans and friends. The time has come: openSUSE 11.4 has arrived!. After 8 months of hard work, you can learn what is new, download it and upgrade!

We are proud to announce the launch of 11.4 in the openSUSE tradition of delivering the latest technology while maintaining stability. The 11.4 release brings significant improvements along with the latest in Free Software applications. Combined with the appearance of new tools, projects and services around the release, 11.4 marks a showcase of growth and vitality for the openSUSE Project! Read on for more details about this release…

Get 11.4

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openSUSE 11.4 Will Be First To Roll Out With LibreOffice

March 7th, 2011 by

LibreOffice Splash on openSUSEopenSUSE 11.4 is set to release on 10th March 2010. A highlight among many exciting features is the debut of LibreOffice, successor project of the popular cross-platform desktop office suite by OpenOffice.org.

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GNOME on openSUSE 11.4

March 3rd, 2011 by

The upcoming new release of openSUSE 11.4 will be shipped with the latest and greatest GNOME 2.32. GNOME 2.32 is the last release in the GNOME 2.x series and has a number of final refinements to offer openSUSE users a stable base for the next 8 months. At the same time, the openSUSE GNOME team is already busy preparing for GNOME 3. A preview of GNOME 3 and the new GNOME Shell will be available in openSUSE 11.4.
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openSUSE 11.4 and KDE

March 2nd, 2011 by

openSUSE KDE desktop with Dolphin and Gwenview KDE fans must definitely watch out for openSUSE 11.4, which will be the first major Linux distribution to feature KDE’s Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform version 4.6. This trio of releases by the KDE community brings much better performance as well as many usability and feature improvements all over the place. Upgraders will feel a double dose of KDE goodness, as openSUSE 11.4 brings two major releases’ improvements over the KDE 4.4 shipped with openSUSE 11.3. (more…)

Build Service team releases new versions fixing security problems

March 2nd, 2011 by

The openSUSE Build Service team has released verison 2.0.8 and 2.1.6. of OBS. Both versions are fixing a critical security leak which can be miss-used to modify projects or packages without having write permission there. We highly recommend to update your instance of OBS as soon as possible to these new versions. Version 1.7 is not affected by this issue.
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Open-Bugs-Day Held Last Sunday

February 25th, 2011 by

As announced previously, openSUSE organized an Open-Bugs-Day held on January 20. Many people participated, including a large number of contributors new to #opensuse-testing on Freenode servers!

Results

Bernhard Wiedemann created a nice tool at openbugs.zq1.de to avoid the situation where two people work on the same issue. There were VM’s prepared with VNC access so people could easily test and someone in the team ran his first KVM Virtual Machine at home, thanks to the help of the rest of the team. Another participant filed his first bug on bugzilla (that would be bug number 673629). In the end, the team went through and updated 60% of all old 11.4 bugs (=132 of 219)!

And of course, they had a lot of fun…

Finally, we have some crude statistics about yesterday’s most active participants, who can get the geeko-gear reward (just send your details to Bernhard Wiedermann)!
This list is generated with a perl script | sort | uniq -c | sort -n -r | head -11
49 Rainer Hurtado Navarro
34 Bernhard Wiedemann
24 Pieter De Decker
13 Larry Finger
11 Terje J. Hanssen
10 Malvern Star
10 Karsten König
9 Michal Hucko
8 Refilwe Seete
8 John McInnes
8 Jason Craig

Congrats on the great work!

Future

The team decided it would be nice to have such events on a regular basis, so 2011-04-02 is proposed for the next Open-Bugs-Day.

Article contributed by Bernhard M. Wiedermann

30 min downtime for build.opensuse.org and software

February 24th, 2011 by

We need a short service outage to move one of the big storages behind the openSUSE Buildservice to a new location. As result, build.opensuse.org and software.opensuse.org/search would not be available for ca. 30min.