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openSUSE-Education: Live-CD, CD-Cover and 1.0 Beta2 for openSUSE 11.1

December 4th, 2008 by

Here are the first results of the great last Meeting of the openSUSE-Education Team two weeks ago…

We are proud to announce the first openSUSE Live-CD containing applications from openSUSE-Education – created via Studio by Andrea Florio!

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education_1.0.i686-0.0.5-LiveCD.iso (696M)

This ISO image is based on openSUSE 11.0 (x86) and enhanced with a few of our applications for Education. We are currently testing the possibilities of SUSE Studio with the Live-Media – and might release updated versions in a shorter timeframe. Stay tuned!

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openSUSE-Education 1.0 for 11.0 is Ready

September 28th, 2008 by

The openSUSE-Education Add On for openSUSE 11.0 is ready! Big steps compared to the 10.3 release:

  • Better LTSP integration: now Easy-LTSP helps you to configure your whole LTSP server with one graphical tool and the clients can run local applications like Firefox to save resources on the LTSP server.
  • Many package updates and new applications (the repository contains >1300 packages now!) – please have a look at the current patterns on your local machine to see the big improvement.
  • Direct integration into the community repositories – with “Education” being part of the “YaST2 – Software Repositories” module the online repository is just one click away.
  • Separate online update repository: if you like, just enable the education update repository to get the latest updates of your education applications.
  • Complete new structure for the development of the next openSUSE-Education releases. Please have a look at the mailing list to get a short overview.

You can either download the ISO image from here:

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education-1.0-for-11.0.iso

(md5sum: 8b9a756f775c052ac38d47fe7d46361e)

Or add the online repository as installation source:

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/repo/1.0/11.0/ (Note: Please re-add it if you’ve added it before – just delete the current repository via YaST and re-add it.)

A delta-iso against RC1 (240MB) is also available.

Announcing RC1 of openSUSE-Education for 11.0

September 11th, 2008 by

It is nearly done… As announced on our roadmap, I’m happy to announce the first release candidate for our openSUSE-Education add on for openSUSE 11.0!

We’ve produced an Add-On-ISO image and updated the online repository with the new packages. Everyone who likes to help us testing is very welcome – let’s make it the best openSUSE-Education you’ve ever known :-)

You can find the ISO image here:

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education-1.0-for-11.0-RC1.iso

and the online repository here:

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/repo/1.0/11.0/

Now it’s time for the Education Team to focus on the documentation and fix the last package bugs. No more updates or additional packages are allowed until we released the final version for 11.0. Please report Bugs in our Bugzilla or try another way to communicate with us.

Known bugs:

  • Koha: missing dependencies. Still not fixed :-(
  • netbeans-ruby: wrong dependency
  • gnome pattern selection: still no provider which KDE applications doesn’t work under GNOME.
  • Atomix: Main window does not repaint during play

As some people in IRC and on the mailinglist already discussed the package selection, please report packages you want to have installed always or just shown up, so we can adapt our selection.

FYI: The final release of openSUSE-Education is planed for 25/09/2008, the next openSUSE-Education meeting is on Tuesday 2008/09/16 17:00 UTC.

KDE 4.1 Released With openSUSE Packages and Live CD

July 29th, 2008 by

The KDE team today released KDE 4.1. The KDE developers, including the openSUSE KDE Team, have been working on it for the last six months. Lots of feedback from people trying out KDE 4.0 has gone into KDE 4.1, filling most of the gaps people experienced with the 4.0 releases. See the release announcement for more information and screenshots.

KDE Four Live 1.1

KDE 4.1 Packages, openSUSE-based KDE 4.1 Live CD

Regular KDE 4 Packages and an openSUSE-based KDE Four Live CD have been available throughout the whole cycle, and final versions of them are also available now. On openSUSE 11.0 you can use 1-click-install to get the KDE 4.1 desktop environment (for openSUSE 10.3 follow above link):

Or you can choose to install a more basic KDE 4 desktop. Developers can also optionally install the KDE 4 build dependencies: all the packages you need to have installed for compiling KDE 4.x from source (experts only).

Announcing openSUSE-Education for 10.3

June 18th, 2008 by

openSUSE-Education LogoGood things come to those who wait: I think we’ve waited long enough to release the first openSUSE-Education version for openSUSE 10.3.

Just use the YaST2 “Add-On Product” module to add our Online-Repository. A more detailed description can be found at the openSUSE wiki.

For those without permanent Internet connection, we’ve created a DVD ISO which can be downloaded here:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/education/openSUSE-Education-1.0-for-10.3.iso (3,7GB)

To give new users a hint how to install the DVD, we’ve created PDFs in english, german and italian language containing all needed information and in addition some descriptions for LTSP, GCompris, iTalc and Tuxpaint. We want to reuse existing wiki articles for this in 11.0 and add these descriptions also to the Helpcenter. The PDFs are also available in the documentation directory of the DVD.

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Packman: Building for openSUSE 11.0 and 10.0 Package Removal

April 29th, 2008 by

As SUSE Linux 10.0 has reached its end of life in November last year, the Packman team will be removing all SUSE Linux 10.0 packages from its repository end of this week. If you want to keep them aside, make sure to download a copy before.

And as for good news, the Packman team has started to build its packages for openSUSE 11.0 (against Beta 1) since a few days. You can enable it by going to YaST -> Software Management. From there select Repositories -> Manage Repositories in the menu. Then select Add -> Community Repositories, and from here select the “Packman Repository”.

The codecs one-click-install for 11.0 should be updated and available next week.

openSUSE-Education 1.0 RC2 for openSUSE 10.3 is Ready

April 6th, 2008 by

With RC2 for openSUSE 10.3 the openSUSE-Education project starts the last testing phase before we release the final version of openSUSE-Education 1.0 for openSUSE 10.3. At this point, the only things left for the release is fixing possible bugs in the current packages and working on the documentation.

Recent Changes

In contrast to the normal release work-flow, we updated many packages and even added new ones to the media. Below is an incomplete list of changes with this release:

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KDE Quickies: KDE 4.0.1, openSUSE Live CD, New KDE Repository Layout

February 5th, 2008 by

Just in time for the KDE 4.0.1 release, the openSUSE KDE team has updated the KDE 4 packages in the Build Service to the KDE 4.0.1 state, featuring several improvements over the plain KDE 4.0.1 release and including further integration fixes.

KDE Four Live 1.0.1

KDE Four Live, the openSUSE KDE4 Installable Live CD, has also been updated to contain these packages and changes.

KDE Four Live

KDE Repository Re-structuring

After a long discussion and feedback period, the openSUSE BuildService repository layout for KDE packages has finally been overhauled.

There are: latest, stable and regularly updated KDE 4.0.x packages as well as experimental KDE 4.1 packages available. The repositories are kept in a modular state so you can choose how much of your system you want to be possibly affected by selecting one of the stable or unstable Desktop, Extra or Community repositories. As a result, the current KDE:KDE4 repository has now been frozen and will be removed in the future, so please update your repositories accordingly.

Of course the Backports and KDE3 repositories, which do not update any of your system libraries, are still available and will be extended even further in the near future.

~ Dirk

KDE 4.0 Released With openSUSE Packages and Live CD

January 11th, 2008 by

The KDE Community has announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.0.0. This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4 era. KDE developers, including our openSUSE KDE Team, have been working on getting toward KDE 4.0 for over 2 years.

The Start of Something Amazing: A Revolutionary New Desktop

The KDE 4 Libraries have seen major improvements in almost all areas. The Phonon multimedia framework provides platform independent multimedia support to all KDE applications, the Solid hardware integration framework makes interacting with (removable) devices easier and provides tools for better powermanagement.

The KDE 4 Desktop has gained some major new capabilities. The Plasma desktop shell offers a new desktop interface, including panel, menu and widgets on the desktop as well as a dashboard function. KWin, the KDE Window manager now supports advanced graphical effects to ease interaction with your windows.

Lots of KDE Applications have seen improvements as well. Visual updates through using vector-based artwork, changes in the underlying libraries, user interface enhancements, new features, even new applications — you name it, KDE 4.0 has it. Okular, the new document viewer and Dolphin, the new filemanager are only two applications that leverage KDE 4.0′s new technologies.

The Oxygen Artwork team provides a breath of fresh air on the desktop. Nearly all user-visible parts of the KDE desktop and applications have been given a facelift. Beauty and consistency are two of the basic concepts behind Oxygen.

KDE Four Live 1.0

See the rest of the visual guide for more information and images.

KDE 4.0 Packages, openSUSE-based KDE 4.0 Live CD

Regular KDE 4 Packages and an openSUSE-based KDE Four Live CD have been available throughout the whole cycle, and final versions of them are also available now. On openSUSE 10.3 you can use 1-click-install to get the KDE 4.0 desktop environment:

Or you can choose to install a more basic KDE 4 desktop. Developers can also optionally install the KDE 4 build dependencies: all the packages you need to have installed for compiling KDE 4.0 from source (experts only).

Novell Open Audio: Creating Custom Distributions Based on openSUSE 10.3 and Telephony with Asterisk

November 11th, 2007 by
Novell Open Audio

As part of their openSUSE release series, Novell Open Audio has talked to Jan-Christoph Bornschlegel and Stephan Kulow about KIWI, openSUSE’s operating system imaging solution. They talk about how you can create a customized distro, USB and preload images, and how it was used to create the openSUSE 10.3 Live-CDs. In the second part Reinhard Max describes Asterisk, an open source telephony engine and tool kit, where to find packages for openSUSE and its usage within Novell.