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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:
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Release:/45/openSUSE_11.3/

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.

openSUSE Connect hacking session at FrOSCon 2010

August 9th, 2010 by

Join the HackMeck!

HackMeck is the weekend hack retreat of the openSUSE Boosters team in the openSUSE development room @ FrosCON. The aim of HackMeck is to advance Connect, the social networking framework the project is using to connect its users with each other. This is a great opportunity for new contributors to participate together with experienced members on some specific objective.

Connect is built on top of the Elgg plattform and most of the features we want are already available as Elgg plugins. We will evaluate and enhance those in order to match our expectations. However, some additional features will also require the creation of new plugins. Connect runs on a combination of a web server and the MySQL database and is written in the PHP scripting language. If you already posses knowledge about this very popular web server environment we encourage you to join HackMeck! But even if you don’t there are plenty of cool things to do and this weekend will give you the opportunity to learn and further yourself.

The features that will be worked on during HackMeck include:

  • OAuth and OpenID support for the login procedure
  • An Event Calendaring System with CalDAV support
  • Support for location based services like geotagging of people/events
  • Enhance the ”play factor” by engaging the users with badges and awards
  • Support for generation of business cards and other representative supplies

If you are interested in social networking, hacking and shaping the future of this project and want to discover the inner workings of openSUSE make sure to come to HackMeck @ FrosCON 2010, August 21st and 22nd at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Don’t forget to register using the following form so it will be easier for us to plan the event.

The openSUSE Project welcomes Jos Poortvliet as new Community Manager

July 28th, 2010 by

We’re proud to announce today that Jos Poortvliet will join the openSUSE project and Novell as openSUSE Community Manager starting on August 1. With Jos we’ve found a leader with excellent community building experience combined with a very welcoming nature, many fresh, promising ideas and a strong drive to grow the openSUSE Project. Jos holds a degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of Utrecht and has gained valuable experience in several professional roles ranging from Project Manager at KPN to Service Level Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. Last but not least, Jos is a leading member of the KDE Marketing Team and has helped Akademy and the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit attract a vibrant and collaborative audience.

Jos commented, “The opportunity to become part of the international openSUSE community is very exciting. There are a great number of interesting developments going on in the free software world, and openSUSE plays a major role in many of them. I look forward to working with the community on these, helping it grow, finding new directions and ways of developing, and delivering its innovative technologies to users and developers around the world.”

We enthusiastically welcome Jos and look forward to his working with the openSUSE community to shape the future of the openSUSE project. After his start he will be deeply involved in the openSUSE conference, other community events and activities, and of course he will have the pleasure of promoting openSUSE wherever possible.

Timeline for openSUSE’s strategy discussion

July 21st, 2010 by
Due to the positive fact that more proposals emerge, we wanted to take the time to make them into polished proposals that we want to publish for discussion as well.
Here’s our new timeline:
  • Consolidate community proposals for discussion till July 25
  • Discuss proposals starting, July 27  (4 days for each discussion)
  • end of public discussions, Aug 10.
  • Create final proposals
  • Define voting and acceptance procedure
  • Start voting

As voting procedure is not yet defined we can’t give a date on voting yet. To read what this Srategy discussion is all about you’re invited to go here and especially see the difference between strategy and activity . For a summary of the discussions already happened Pavol and Andreas put them here.

openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.3 available now!

July 17th, 2010 by

openSUSE Education team is very thrilled to announce the availability of openSUSE Edu: Linux for Education(Li-f-e). Li-f-e is built on openSUSE 11.3. 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

It comes bundled with a wealth of softwares carefully selected to meet every need. Educational softwares covering wide range of subjects such as IT, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, electronics etc catering to students right from preschool to research.

Softwares for graphic designers include GIMP, Inkscape, Blender and more. Office applications to work on pdfs and any office formats including those of the latest MicroSoft Office is included.

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Change in openSUSE Membership handling

July 12th, 2010 by

Anyone can become openSUSE member after showing continued and substantial contribution to the project of any kind (bugs, support in forums, wiki edits, code contribution etc.). For those who don’t know what openSUSE Membership is or how to become a member I suggest to read this wiki article or older blogpost by Andreas.

Some time ago openSUSE Board decided to delegate the membership handling process to so-called Membership officials. They review applications and give -1, 0, +1 points depending on user’s contributions to the project. Once user receives +4 resp. -4 points, the application is accepted resp. rejected. The length of this process depends on how much you write about yourself in the application. If you make your contributions vivid in this description, it’s very easy to verify them and you can become openSUSE member in a few days.

In both cases, an email is sent automatically to the user informing about the result. If the membership is approved, additionaly admins are informed, so email/cloak/lizards account can be set up and Weekly News team can present the new members in the separate section in OWN. The officials team currently consists of 16 very active community members, who can be reached on email address membership-officials@opensuse.org and their list is in the mentioned wiki page.

openSUSE.org Scheduled Outage

July 9th, 2010 by

On Saturday, July 10th from 09:00 AM CET to 03:00 PM CET, our infrastructure vendor will be shutting down services in the Nuremberg (Germany) data center to allow for a scheduled maintenance of the main power supply. As result, general network connectivity from and to the location will not be available.

Due to a separate maintenance activity the openSUSE Build Service will only be available again by 07:00 PM CET.

As result, the following services will not be available:

* http://build.opensuse.org
* http://software.opensuse.org

* http://svn.opensuse.org
* http://community.opensuse.org
* http://education.opensuse.org
* http://powerpc.opensuse.org
* http://boosters.opensuse.org
* http://board.opensuse.org
* http://users.opensuse.org
* http://hermes.opensuse.org
* http://notify.opensuse.org
* http://retro.opensuse.org
* http://connect.opensuse.org
* http://crashdb.opensuse.org
* http://gallery.opensuse.org
* http://shop.opensuse.org
* http://help.opensuse.org
* http://i18n.opensuse.org
* http://apparmor.opensuse.org
* http://count(er|down).opensuse.org
* http://gcc.opensuse.org
* http://license.opensuse.org
* http://xgl.opensuse.org
* http://pluginfinder.opensuse.org

The staging version of these sites will be similarly affected.

Please spread the news about this, so that we can keep user disruption to a minimum.

Maintenance for openSUSE 11.0 extended

July 5th, 2010 by
openSUSE 11.0 was released on 19th of June 2008 and was planned to be under security maintenance for two years. Upon multiple requests from the community, the SUSE Security and Maintenance Team has decided to extend the maintenance period of openSUSE 11.0 until openSUSE 11.3 release, which is scheduled for July 15th 2010.
We will stop handling new requests at that day and plan to finish with the last update on July 21st 2010 to assure that openSUSE 11.0 users have a smooth upgrade path to openSUSE 11.3. Special thanks to Dirk Mueller who innitiated this.

openSUSE Forums – vBulletin Upgrade Complete

July 1st, 2010 by

The vBulletin software that is the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ behind the openSUSE Forum has just undergone a major upgrade from v3 to v4. This resulted in some considerable down time on 30 June 2010. However, the results are impressive and openSUSE Forums now has a completely new look. It’s more than that though, the upgrade adds a much improved look and feel. The Forum Team expect some teething problems, as well as much discussion and opinion about the change. As far as changes go, I’d put this on a par with the kde move from 3 to 4. The dust will settle soon enough. Be assured the Forum Staff will be ready and willing to offer advice and assistance relating to this and of course normal help/advice with openSUSE.