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The openSUSE Project Turns Two

August 9th, 2007 by

It happened again. Another year passed (flew by). Happy Birthday openSUSE!

Read on for a look back and some things to come.

There are tons of things we achieved…

In the past 365 days we successfully released openSUSE 10.2 with numerous improvements and new features. Up until now it has been installed hundreds of thousands of times. We brought the Build Service to a broader audience as an open source project with cool features like release management, build monitoring package tags, statistics, an ever improving command line client, patterns and one click installations. This must have impressed AMD because they quickly became a Platinum Sponsor. The software/download page was completely rewritten and relaunched. Several other sites appeared, including but not limited to opensuse-community.org, suse-art.org to share your openSUSE artwork, the Localization Portal to help bring openSUSE to your language, Benji’s package search tool, our own idea pool, several localized openSUSE wikis, and not to forget this site here.

We also made huge progress on other means of communication. For instance, we migrated about 40 mailing lists with 40,000 individual subscribers to the new mailing list server. In the meantime we have a bunch of new mailing lists, that’s over 50 now with 44,000 individual subscribers. We had nearly 30 meetings in our irc channels and also attended several successful fairs like FOSDEM or Linuxtag and, at the moment, the Linuxworld Expo. 34,000 people told us their view on topics such as openSUSE in general, network settings or proprietary software in our surveys. We opened up our Styleguides and our own cookbook-style book project for the openSUSE distribution: Lessons for Lizards.

While we are at the topic of opening up. The YaST, Limal and Zypp developers completely moved everything under the hood of openSUSE. We launched our own SVN server and are trying to bring the various package repositories together into one software portal. We also had some fascinating ideas implemented during our Hackweek, for instance a Build Service project that recompiles Debian packages or Giver for easy file sharing. The first versions of KIWI, our imaging technology, appeared which helps everybody to deploy their own versions of openSUSE . Everything is completely in the open. To manifest this spirit we worked together on some guiding principles for everyone to adhere to. All this in the light of our motto: openSUSE – Linux for open minds.

… and even more things to come!

Today the first beta release of openSUSE 10.3 with lots of new features arrives. The final release is only 2 months away! The localization project has taken over all the translations for 10.3. This weekend we will try to slash as many bugs as we can. We are working vigorously on building the distribution inside the Build Service and implementing a framework for contributions. The Software Portal is coming on, and more and more people are joining the openSUSE packagers team. There are more openSUSE images built with KIWI coming; the latest addition is an image for USB sticks. We will have weekly interviews here under the category People of openSUSE. The final draft of the guiding principles was just released and we have to form the openSUSE Board. Also in the pipe are various re-designs of our web pages. The splash on www.opensuse.org and the download/software pages will be followed by the wikis and the Build Service. And this won’t be everything that is coming in the next year, we promise!

So enjoy this day and have some cake or a drink on openSUSE.

Happy Birthday!

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69 Responses to “The openSUSE Project Turns Two”

  1. Hossam

    eid milad saeed عيد ميلاد سعيد

  2. piegope

    Happy Birthday openSuse!!!!

    Feliz Cumpleaños (Spanish)
    Animo y para adelante
    La mejor distribucion de Linux en el mercado

  3. Happy Birthday to openSUSE projet ..

    Selamat Ulang Tahun…(in indonesia) ^-^

  4. gj

    Glückwunsch zur reifen Leistung und weiter so.
    Die Redmonder sollen sich schwarz ärgern.

  5. OPENSuSE thank you for all !
    You are the best Distri !

  6. FlatlinerUK

    Many happy returns openSUSE!

    openSUSE now lives on every computer I own and without SuSE 5.2 I doubt I would ever have “discovered” Linux at all.

    Thanks very much to all the hard working developers out there who dedicate their time and effort in making openSUSE the most refined Linux distro out there!

  7. Να ζήσεις OpenSUSE
    και χρόνια πολλά
    μεγάλη να γίνεις
    με προγράμματα καλά
    παντού να σκορπίζεις
    του FLOSS το φως
    και όλoi να λένε μια να ένα καλό OS

    transalation from G(r)eek
    Live long OpenSUSE
    for many year
    get older
    with many Good projects
    spread all over
    the light of FLOSS
    and may everybody say thats a good OS

  8. chris

    happy birthday openSuse. keep up the great work everyone :D

  9. DarkMac

    Happy birthday openSuSE.
    Suse changed my life….and i try to change suse in order to give more and more performance for end users.
    Thanks again suse for everything…

  10. XLuís

    Moitas grazas dende Galiza, OpenSUSE. Longa vida a todos os que traballan no software libre.

  11. Israel Espinoza

    Felicidades OpenSUSE, realmente la mejor distribución de Linux que he tenido, espero sigan adelante y por mucho tiempo mas.

  12. H.Espresati

    Felicidades Geeko! \|_|

    Happy Birthday! \|_|

  13. agbr


  14. adán

    We are very happy!! suse linux is the best.
    Feliz cumple suse !!! we hope to have suse for hundreds of years!!

  15. adolfo

    Two years? Wow time goes by fast!
    I’m use OpenSUSE almost a year ago, I find it in a magazine with 2 DVDs and a complete guide to install. I’m already other Linux distribution but i had red comments about the ease of use and great software packages… I love it! many thing that I made manually now are get automated.
    Thanks OpenSUSE team for an oustanding Linux distribution. I hope be able to give back to you a little part of that you have give me: a complete free software Linux distribution, in 2 two weeks finally I gonna have Internet at my home to join you to develop free software.

    Happy birthday and many more.

  16. arkay