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openSUSE-Education 1.0 for SLE10 and 11.1

December 22nd, 2008 by

The first version of the openSUSE-Education Add-on is drawing to a close. By releasing the final version for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 and the first Release Candidate for 11.1, we hopefully have the first community Add-On media which is available for each (open)SUSE Release, soon!

The only thing left to reach this great goal: fix the last bugs for the openSUSE 11.1 release!

So please help us releasing a bugfree openSUSE-Education release 1.0 for 11.1 in the next days by testing and reporting bugs in our bugzilla. (Note: The next release should be the final one for 11.1 – and the completion of our 1.0 version.)

You can either use our Online-Repository by adding it via the “Community-Repositories” Section in YaST or via the “Add-on”-YaST module – or use the ISO-Image (2.6GB) as “non online” version. Both contain the same packages.

The RC1 release contains a lot of package updates (and fixes) – a complete Changelog for all packages is available in the root-directory of our installation source. There are still 10 packages left in the Build Service  which needs fixes to build for 11.1 – hopefully we get them fixed soon enough for the final release.

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Get Going. openSUSE:Contrib ready!

December 17th, 2008 by

It’s alive! In an effort to bring another joy of contributing to the openSUSE distribution a new team, process and package repository just recently saw the light of day: openSUSE:Contrib

Contrib logo

The openSUSE:Contrib repository is an extension of the openSUSE distribution. The goal is simple: making maintainership of packages in the openSUSE distribution possible for everyone. Currently with openSUSE Factory it is “only” possible to do code-contribution in the form of patches sent through the collaboration features of the openSUSE Build Service. While that is fine it is missing an important motivation bit: responsibility. Having responsibility for a piece of software inside a Linux distribution is a demanding but rewarding task and it is also the one task that is essential to the whole distribution business because that’s what a distribution is, a collection of packages. No matter if you create a nice desktop wallpaper or hack on a system service, if you want it to end up on the distribution you have to squeeze it into a package and use the whole process around that. With openSUSE:Contrib it is now possible for everyone to do that for the openSUSE distributions. So if you have experience in RPM packaging and you miss a piece of software in the openSUSE distribution join the openSUSE:Contrib team to scratch that itch. For starters you should read the openSUSE:Contrib wiki page and subscribe yourself to the openSUSE:Contrib mailing list. See you around!

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