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Help Wanted: openSUSE Review Team

August 28th, 2013 by

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The openSUSE Review Team is interested in adding 1 to 2 new members to the team.  This person will review submissions to opnSUSE Factory that will improve the quality of the product and add great new functionality to the already awesome openSUSE distribution.  Details of the tasks performed by the members of the Review Team can be seen on the openSUSE Review Team wiki page and the associated openSUSE Factory Submissions portal.

Ideally we want to add a non-SUSE employee from the community, but all qualified candidates will be considered.  (Dominique “Dimstar” Leuenberger would really appreciate some more non-SUSE folks on the team.  Who can blame him?!)

A qualified candidate would display the following characteristics:

a) works well with the Review Team and the openSUSE (and greater Linux) community
b) considerable expertise with RPM packaging
c) considerable expertise with openSUSE packaging methods and standards
d) reasonable awareness of Linux security concerns
e) an appreciation for quality controls and the value of solid, quality software
f) an availability to routinely perform these tasks for the community.  Typically a few hours per week divided over several days during the week.
g) willing to apply the rules to everybody; primary goal is to safeguard quality, not friendship :)    You’re even allowed to decline coolo’s request!

Applications will be considered until 9 September 2013.

If you’re interested, please send email to the Review Team via review@opensuse.org.  In your email, tell a little about yourself, particularly about the “a” through “g” qualifications listed above.

Oh, and don’t forget to have fun.

openSUSE Announces First Public Release of openQA

October 11th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Project announces the 1.0 release of the unique cross-distribution-capable, fully automated testing framework openQA. openQA is the only comprehensive testing tool which can run tests on every level of the OS, from core functionality like the bootloader and booting the kernel up to testing applications like Firefox and LibreOffice. It shows the results in a convenient web interface and allows testers to see screenshots and even videos of the issues found. openQA is used to run nightly tests of the ‘Factory’ development repository for the upcoming openSUSE 12.1 release. openQA is available under the GPL version 2 or later.
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Open-Bugs-Day on Sunday the 20th of February

February 16th, 2011 by

As you all know, we’re closing in on the Final Release of openSUSE 11.4…

and so in this last window for bug-fixing we need your help! The testing team is looking for volunteers to help with bugs in bugzilla on the Open-Bugs-Day at Sunday the 20th of February. Participants are going through the bugs that currently exist for 11.4 in bugzilla, close what is fixed and confirm what still needs some work. It’s all part of a final push for a great 11.4 release, with us clearing out what is fixed, the developers can focus their energies on fixing bugs instead of clicking around in bugzilla! We will meet, hang out and coordinate during the Open-Bugs-Day in the IRC channel #opensuse-testing on the Freenode network and anyone using openSUSE is welcome to help. Read on to learn more about how you can make a difference.

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 130 is out!

July 3rd, 2010 by
We are pleased to Announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 130!

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 3 is out!

March 15th, 2010 by

Geeko at work

The third of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 3 focuses on using GCC 4.5 as the default compiler, leaving a great deal of the work in the hands of the openSUSE Build Service after a few issues (such as kernel panics) were resolved.

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Status Update: openSUSE 11.1 beta 3

October 19th, 2008 by

A quick status update on openSUSE 11.1 beta 3. The DVD installation ISOs were not complete by Friday night, and only the x86 live CDs have built correctly — the x86_64 images are too large to fit on CD-R media. Building the distro was not finished until end of business (EOB) Nuremberg time.

The team will try another test build Monday morning and see what the state of the build is. If those work well, we should be able to push out a release Tuesday. Otherwise beta 4 will be delayed further and we will provide further updates.

We’re sorry for the delays, but we are more interested in pushing out a usable beta 3 release than rushing something out the door that isn’t suitable for widespread testing.

Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Now Available

September 20th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce the first beta release of openSUSE 11.1. openSUSE 11.1 includes quite a few improvements and new features over the 11.0 release, including new versions of KDE, GNOME, the Linux kernel, improved YaST modules, and much more!

The ISOs for this release have been created using KIWI and RPMs created in the openSUSE Build Service. This caused some delay in the release of beta 1, but is part of the transition to using the openSUSE Build Service for all development of openSUSE.

What’s in openSUSE 11.1 beta 1?

There are plenty of changes in 11.1, here are some of the most notable improvements, upgrades, and new features.

GNOME 2.24

  • PulseAudio improvements (PulseAudio 0.9.12)
  • Ekiga 3.0
  • Empathy Instant Messenger based on Telepathy framework
  • File manager improvements, including tab support and “compact” view in Nautilus
  • New deskbar plugins
  • New screen resolution controls
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Power Manager improvement: Tab added to configure time to automatically wake from suspend/hibernate
  • Banshee 1.3

KDE 3.5.10
openSUSE 11.1 will include KDE 3.5.10 on the DVD media, but moved to the “other window managers” selection.

KDE 4.1.x

  • KWin has compositing enabled by default, testing welcome!
  • Amarok 2.0 beta 1
  • KWin cube effect
  • Accessibility support
  • SVG support “almost everywhere”

Basic SELinux enablement: This was announced on openSUSE News previously.

New YaST Modules

Cluster stack features significant usability changes and has adopted OpenAIS, an industry standard also supported by leading vendors, for its core infrastructure.  See http://openais.org/ for more info.

Support for Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) – using KIWI, users can easily create an EC2 cloud based on openSUSE 11.1. (Documented here: http://svn.berlios.de/wsvn/kiwi/kiwi-head/doc/kiwi.pdf?op=file&rev=0&sc=0)

Improvements in OCFS2: Full integration with userspace cluster stack, POSIX file locking, extended attributes, and file system sizes up to four Petabytes (4PiB).

IPv6 improvements: openSUSE can be installed in an IPv6 environment and run an IPv6 Web server.

New BlueTooth features with BlueZ 4.6.

Other major packages:

  • Samba 3.2.3
  • Python 2.6beta3 and 3.0beta3
  • Linux kernel 2.6.27rc5
  • Xen 3.3.1 RC
  • PackageKit 0.3.2
  • GCC 4.3.2
  • X.org 7.4
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC

See DistroWatch for a full list of packages and versions being shipped in the Factory distribution.

Most Annoying Bugs

  • Bug #427678: Build key ring of openSUSE-build-key missing in initrd. Workaround: hit “Import” on Public GnuPG Key error message, to import openSUSE:Factory OBS Project key.
  • Bug #427664: openSUSE-images missing from install media. Note: Installation will be slower. Images will be added for Beta2.
  • Bug #427692: Desktop selection still offers KDE3. This option will go away in Beta2, and KDE3 will be moved to “other window managers.”
  • Bug #418585: Error: Failed to detect print queues. Workaround: Just hit OK.
  • Bug #427741: 2nd stage install: Error: no network running. Workaround: hit OK
  • Bug #427738: Autostarting compiz doesn’t work on Thinkpad R51 — white screen after login in GNOME. Workaround: remove “ati radeon radeonrandr12″ from /usr/bin/compiz-manager line 71

OpenOffice.org has been split into new packages for 11.1beta1. OpenOffice.org should be usable, but there are a number of known bugs:

  • Optional packages are not really optional, because the registry files are not correctly spread over the subpackages.
  • Java and Python components are not registered, so wizards do not work.
  • Dialog to change macro security level is empty (other dialogs may be affected as well).
  • Macro editor does not highlight lines with breakpoints.
  • Macro editor does not mark the line where the code is stopped (arrow).
  • “Help” and “From Template” dialogs do not have icons.
  • Wizard to select document type is not shown.

The most annoying problems should be fixed before beta2 and beta3.

See the wiki for the latest on annoying bugs.

Call for Testing

Please remember that this is a beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems. However, this release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta release. Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find.

If you want to help testing using the standard test cases, look at openSUSE.org/Testing, and in particular see the new features specific to openSUSE 11.1: http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.1 This is a definitive list of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

Media and Download

The 11.1 beta is just one of the releases that will lead to the final 11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap. Downloads are available here:

http://software.opensuse.org/developer

See http://en.opensuse.org/Mirror_Selection for a full list of mirrors. Note that you don’t need to choose a mirror yourself, but you can use the mirror list if you want or need to select a mirror manually.

Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1

May 29th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The good news is that we’re closing in on the final release of 11.0, but it’s not time to relax just yet. We’re getting really close, so we need all hands on deck to help test this release candidate. Since beta 3 we’ve fixed 578 bugs and resolved 1,118 bugs! Read on to see how you can help get 11.0 into top shape.

11.0YaST Software ManagementGNOME

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Information and Download

The first step is to download the release candidate. Please remember that RC1 is not a stable release. As a release candidate, openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 is almost ready for day to day use, but may still have some interesting bugs that make it unsuitable for running a production system. Be sure to have backups of any important data before using openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 on a system.

Media and Download

You can download openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 for x86, x86_64, and PPC at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. Deltas from Beta 3 are also provided. Note that you will need the latest deltarpm from Factory, or for openSUSE 10.3 you can use the home:coolo repository to grab it.

Most Annoying Bugs

This is a list of the most annoying bugs, that we’re aware of, that still exist in the release candidate.

General

  • GRUB config broken for other partitions. Bug #395085
  • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch

GNOME

  • GNOME asks for the root password on first login. Bug 390658
  • GNOME has wrong icon theme by default. Bug 391865

See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

Call for Testing

To help testing, take a look at opensuse.org/Testing, and the Feature Test List page. The Feature Test List page includes a definitive list of new features included in openSUSE 11.0.

We need to test these features in particular, so please look through the features on the page, pick one that has not yet had its test completed, and make sure it passes. If not, be sure to file a bug in Bugzilla and mark the test “failed.” See the full instructions on the Feature Test List page.

Comments, Feedback, and Helping

With RC1, openSUSE 11.0 is almost ready for release, but we can still use help with testing before the official release. This is a great chance to contribute to openSUSE, by filing bug reports, testing features, and giving feedback to the openSUSE developers.

Here’s a few ways to help:

  • Report bugs: If you do find a bug, be sure to report it in Bugzilla using the procedure given on bugs.openSUSE.org.
  • Provide feedback: We welcome feedback! Please join us on the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list. Or in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel.
  • Let the world know! Be sure to spread the word about openSUSE 11.0! Blog about it, tell your Linux User Group, start planning a Launch Party — whatever you can do to let the world know about openSUSE 11.0!

Thanks to all the developers and contributors for all the hard work that’s gone into openSUSE 11.0 so far, we’ve come a long way and only have a little more work to do before we have a final release. Fire up openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 and have a lot of fun!