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Novell, Attachmate and openSUSE

November 22nd, 2010 by

Is this thing on? *tap* *tap*. Good evening friends, this is your openSUSE Board speaking. If you didn’t hear yet, Novell has agreed to be acquired by Attachmate Corporation. What does that mean for the openSUSE Project? We don’t know exactly yet because our crystal ball is currently in the shop and therefore fortune-telling is not our greatest talent ;-) However, we have other talents: we are a software developer community and we’re here to work on one of the greatest GNU/Linux distributions and other world class software distribution tools to advance Free and Open Source software together with the global FOSS community!

For now, we don’t know much about Attachmate, we have had no dealings with them yet and, as Novell is a publicly traded company, all of this is as new to us as to anyone else. But the openSUSE Project has had, since its beginning, a very vibrant cooperation with Novell, especially with Novell’s SUSE business, and we are looking forward to continuing this once Novell and SUSE become part of Attachmate! Our best wishes go out to the people of our community that are employed by Novell and SUSE, may this bring nothing but good things for you and your careers.

The second part of the deal relates to the intellectual property that is changing hands. Our hope is that this does not add to the minefield that software patents are today for Free and Open Source software developers. The openSUSE Board generally believes, like the rest of the global FOSS community, that software patents impede innovation and are inconsistent with Open Source and Free Software.

What makes us proud is that Attachmate wants to further and strengthen the SUSE brand, which is based also on products and technology built by the openSUSE Project. Furthermore we are more than willing and looking forward to teaching another corporation about the principles, values and strengths of the Free and Open Source software development model. If you are reading this as an Attachmate employee, we would like to encourage you to just swing by and talk to us about the opportunites we can offer you to participate in this project!

And apart from all that it’s business as usual and we are continuing to work on, rather than predicting, the future of this project and have a lot of fun!

By the way if you wonder what that means practically, the next step into the future of this project is described in the post below: Our great bug squashing day on Saturday. See you there!

Your openSUSE Board


Meanwhile Attachmate released the following statement:

In conjunction with the announcement today on the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire, upon closing, Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), Attachmate Corporation released the following statement:

“The openSUSE project is an important part of the SUSE business,” commented Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation. “As noted in the agreement announced today, Attachmate plans to operate SUSE as a stand-alone business unit after the transaction closes. If this transaction closes, then after closing, Attachmate Corporation anticipates no change to the relationship between the SUSE business and the openSUSE project as a result of this transaction.”

openSUSE Forum has New News Editor

November 9th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Community News letter is published each week and the forum section has been edited since March 2009 by @caf4926. Starting issue 149 @knurpht (A Global Moderator for the openSUSE Forum) will be editing the Forum section of the news letter. @knurpht is well placed to find and list interesting threads from the forum. This should ensure the continuation of a great community news letter.

OSC2010 Key note – From Developers to Users and back

October 21st, 2010 by

Frank Karlitschek will show us on Saturday at 9:30 the project he’s working on to simplify the way software gets to users. Frank has deep knowledge in open source communities as member of the KDE e.V. Board of Directors and eg. as driver behind the open-PC project and some more activities he’s doing.

What makes developers and users happy ?
Currently developers create great software solving the user’s problem. But getting the software in a consumable way, simple, fast and efficient to the user nowadays still comes with some challenges. And marketing of the software isn’t covered either yet. So, maybe this situation could be improved.
This is the first public presentation of on ongoing project to radically simplify the work for the developers and make new applications available for end users in just a few minutes.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so here to assure we have enough chairs. Our yearly conference is free of charge, offers interesting talks and gives you the best chance to meet many cool people in person!

The third openSUSE Conference Keynote

October 18th, 2010 by

This Wednesday the 2nd openSUSE Conference 2010 opens its doors and we are very happy to announce the third keynote today.

The Desktop and the Cloud – Thoughts about Freedom on Thursday morning at 9:30 am. How relevant is the desktop in a world where computing is happening in the cloud?

The motto for our conference is one of the basic ideas of openSUSE: Collaboration across borders. This is why we are especially proud to have this subject addressed in a keynote by two key people from the free desktop world: Cornelius Schumacher, president of KDE e.V., and Vincent Untz, former president of the GNOME Foundation.

They’ll show how KDE and GNOME evolved on their mission to bring user-friendly Free Software to users, where they stand today, and why the Free Desktop is needed to protect our freedoms in a cloudy world.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so here to assure we have enough chairs. Our yearly conference is free of charge, offers interesting talks and gives you the best chance to meet many cool people in person!

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Fill up Birds of a Feather sessions

October 12th, 2010 by

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Just one week to go untill the openSUSE conference opens its doors. We moved all Birds of a Feather (Bof) sessions and workshops out of the conference tool into the wiki.

Put your slides, descriptions etc. up there, add new BoF sessions off your own.

Take the chance to get your topic covered and discuss it with the right people during the conference. During the conference we’ll have white boards where we/you schedule more BoFs ad hoc.

And, if you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so here to assure we have enough chairs. And remember the conference is free of charge, offers interesting talks and gives you the best chance to meet people in person.

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Conference keynotes you shouldn’t miss!

October 8th, 2010 by

12 days from now it will be the 20th of October – the day the openSUSE Conference will start in Nuremberg, Germany. The conference will be kicked of by keynotes on Wednesday and Friday. With the keynotes we aim to inspire and energize our visitors, sharing some insights or a look at things they haven’t seen before. Henne talks in his opening keynote about how openSUSE has become more open – and how you should take advantage of that if you want to change things. On Friday, Gerald talks about the place of Novell in the openSUSE community and how and why it supports us.

Kick Ass
The opening key note on Wednesday will be given by Henne Vogelsang, openSUSE Board Member and active in various open source projects. His key note is titled “Get your ass up!”. The idea is that he’ll then kick it – or rather, we should get of our collective asses. Henne wants to talk about the heart and soul of Free Software Communities: how we work, how things change. Influence in a community is based on doing. Everyone is equal and if you want to change things, speak up and influence the project. And how: you need to release early, release often. Everything! Not only code but your frustrations, ideas and plans also. That means that people will see your early errors. People will spot your inconsistencies. People will get on your nerves with their own ideas about your stuff. But it also means you don’t have be 100% correct, don’t have to be 100% ready and you don’t have to do 100% yourself. Put everything out there, KICK ASS!
More on his vision of the openSUSE project you find in Henne’s blog

openSUSE & Novell – an odd couple?
On Friday October 22, 9:30am Gerald Pfeifer, director of product management in Novell and a long time free and open source contributor will open the 3rd day of this year’s openSUSE conference with his view on the relationship between Novell and it’s development teams and the wider openSUSE community. He will elaborate on the reasons why Novell is supporting openSUSE and working with and within the community. He will further discuss how the project is an open community and how there are almost limitless possibilities to contribute and influence things in openSUSE, changing the future for one of the major Free Software products in the world.

We’re looking forward welcoming you at the openSUSE conference. Meanwhile check the program, register and spread the word about the conference. We just created a new conference poster to print out ;-)

Announcing Smeegol 1.0

October 6th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Goblin Team are pleased to announce the first public release of Smeegol.
Meego with a touch of Geeko
Smeegol is based on the netbook user interface that came from the MeeGo(TM)* project. Smeegol offers the latest Banshee’s powerful music player, a newer Evolution Express as mail and agenda client and several additional social networks.


OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Take an LPI exam at openSUSE Conference 2010

September 28th, 2010 by

Thanks to the support of Linux Professional Institute (LPI) we are able to provide a number of the well known and useful LPI exams to be taken at the openSUSE Conference 2010. Examination day will be Saturday, October 23 from 9 to 11am.

Exams offered :

  • LPIC-1 und LPIC-2 (101, 102, 201, 202) – in German and English
  • LPIC-3 (301, 302, 303, 304) – English only
  • Univention Certified Professional Prüfung (LPI 198) – German only

For further information and registration please visit our LPI page.

Dank der Unterstützung des Linux Professional Institute (LPI) können wir auf der diesjährigen openSUSE Konferenz 2010 verschiedene der bekannten und nützlichen LPI Prüfungen anbieten. Prüfungstag ist Samstag 23. Oktober von 9 bis 11 Uhr.

Mögliche Examen:

  • LPIC-1 und LPIC-2 (101, 102, 201, 202) – auf Deutsch und Englisch
  • LPIC-3 (301, 302, 303, 304) – auf Englisch
  • Univention Certified Professional Prüfung (LPI 198) – auf Deutsch
Mehr Information und die Anmeldung gibt’s auf unserer LPI Seite

Forum Users Benefit from openSUSE KDE Repository

September 12th, 2010 by

Without question, users who frequent the openSUSE forums are very appreciative of all the work being done by ALL the various development teams. The progressive nature of KDE4 continues to spark a great deal of interest generally, though especially do users want options to try the latest and greatest, yet at the same time maintain a level of stability. With KDE development moving so quickly between distribution releases, users don’t want to be stuck with the distro release version of KDE. The much requested 4.5.* stable repo has now been provided for openSUSE 11.3 users. Those currently using the Factory repo will now be able to switch to:

A great shout of praise must go out to all those involved in making this repository possible.

Server maintenance next Saturday, the 21 August

August 18th, 2010 by

We will have a service outage this saturday (21 August) due to work on power supply in one of our server rooms. This means the following services will not be accessable on that day:

  • build.opensuse.org
  • api.opensuse.org
  • software.opensuse.org
  • stage.opensuse.org
  • hermes.opensuse.org
  • users.opensuse.org
  • board.opensuse.org

The content on download.opensuse.org will come from a fall back system and will not get updated during saturday.