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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 11

February 27th, 2008 by

Issue 11 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Factory Live CDs Now Available
  • FOSDEM 2008 is Over
  • Mono Hack Week Summary
  • In Tips and Tricks: How to fix the Amarok Update Problems; How to try out openSUSE releases with VirtualBox
  • In the Press: SUSE Linux on the ThinkPad T61 Review; Compiz wins “Window Manager of the Year” Award

FOSDEM 2008, It’s Over…

February 25th, 2008 by

I’m still a little bit groggy after FOSDEM, but so far i’m quite happy. Nothing really bad happened, it seems that everybody got back alive. :-)

I will for sure forget something to list, but let me start.

  • Talks
    • First day was a little bit slow, the devroom was not that crowded compared with the 2nd day.
    • Second day was in a smaller room, we changed with the Mozilla team, they needed a bigger room. Especially the laptop talks were quite crowded – so next year we will have only laptop talks. :-)
    • Somebody made a picure of the chalkboard saying “openSAUNA”? It was very hot and filled with used air.
    • Very interesting community talks from the Jordis, nice to meet you guys, and Benjamin.
    • We recorded all talks, you will find them with the slides on the openSUSE wiki, keep in mind that Jürgen and Tom need some time for cutting/encoding.
  • Booth
    • The setup was good, we had 2 demo systems, mainly showing KDE4 and GNOME on the other system. Both with big monitors and decent hardware. We also showed Alpha2 in Virtualbox, since many people wanted to see the new installation workflow. We had power and ethernet directly at the booth this time! (Murphys Law: you only need long cables if you don’t have them with you)
    • We spread 1080 PromoDVDs!
    • On the first day we had more visitors at the booth, i feared that we would run out of DVDs very fast. Second day was slower, so vice versa compared to the talks. I brought back 4 PromoDVDs, so it fitted perfectly :-)
    • A lot of interesting communication at the booth.
    • Staffing was imho better than last year, let me thank especially Adrian and Frank for the support. Francis and Andrew helped a lot, and “Mr. Showman” Michael Meeks :-)
    • Unfortunately i found out too late that live.yahoo.com works very nice with openSUSE and a webcam. Be prepared that from now on you will have a live stream from every event where i am.
    • We didn’t have the nice counters from last year, they are too big to get them into one car. :-(
    • We didn’t clean up the booth proper before leaving. A big apologize to the FOSDEM team!
  • Organization
    • Most of our organization went smooth, no big problems.
    • Zonker was at FOSDEM for the first time, prepare to see him more often in the future!
    • The FOSDEM orga was very good, thanks to the whole FOSDEM team and again Pascal!
    • Wlan was good this year. Sure, sometimes it was a little bit slow, but it worked!
    • I still suck at providing drinks for the booth/presentation room, sorry for that.

If you want to see some pictures, so far there is nothing on gallery.opensuse.org, check out the collection Carlos made.

Overall it was a great weekend, a lot of fun (and that’s what it is about .. or?), and it showed again that FOSDEM is one of the most important events in Europe. If you have suggestions how to make it better, feel free to send them to the project mailing list. Thanks to everybody who helped/made a talk/supported us! If i didn’t named you above, it’s quite likely that i just need some sleep … See you next year!

People of openSUSE: Rossana Motta

February 22nd, 2008 by

Continuing the ‘People of openSUSE’ series, this time we have the pleasure to meet openSUSE Member Rossana Motta, well-know among SuSELinuxSupport forum users.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 10

February 20th, 2008 by

Issue ten of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • A look at SUSE Hack Week Innovations
  • FOSDEM 2008 – This Weekend!
  • In Tips and Tricks: How to Enable 3rd-party Upgrades
  • And much more!

FOSDEM 2008 – This Weekend!

February 19th, 2008 by

This weekend (23-24.02) the openSUSE folks will again go to Brussels to one of the most important developer events in Europe: FOSDEM.
For all openSUSE users we will again have an openSUSE devroom, which means 2 days full of interesting presentations about the openSUSE universe.


Some highlights:

  • 19 talks total
  • We will record all talks
  • openSUSE Buildservice track
  • Laptop track
  • Community talks
  • Meet Zonker for the first time in Europe
  • openSUSE booth
  • Meet the community!

For a detailed schedule visit the FOSDEM openSUSE wiki page, where you will also find the videos and slides after the event. Or visit the official FOSDEM schedule for the openSUSE devroom.

People of openSUSE: Michael Meeks

February 15th, 2008 by

GNOME and full time OpenOffice.org developer Michael Meeks was invited by ‘People of openSUSE’ to an interview, and here are his answers!

Just in case, if you will be in FOSDEM 2008 do not miss the opportunity to meet him there, and attend his talk in the openSUSE DevRoom.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 9

February 13th, 2008 by

Issue nine of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! You can read it in English or German.

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2 is out
  • openSUSE Membership Now Open for Applications
  • Hackweek Part II this week at SUSE
  • In Planet SUSE: Lightning-fast package management for 11.0, Command-line 1-Click-Install
  • Upcoming: FOSDEM

Hackweek 2 at Novell

February 11th, 2008 by

We had last June our first Hackweek and have this week (from 11th to 15th) our second hackweek. Some of us do use the ideas.opensuse.org website for collecting ideas but not everybody.

The goal of the hackweek is for everybody in the engineering group of the Open Platform Business Unit of Novell to work on some innovate and cool ideas – and not look at the usual work.

Therefore you might notice that some people are less communicative this week and will not answer emails or bugzilla at all – and some will send lots of emails discussing what they are doing or would like to do.

I’m inviting everybody to join us hacking, documenting and testing!

Happy Hacking!


Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2

February 8th, 2008 by

Only three weeks after Alpha1, we’re glad to announce the release of openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2. There are various exciting changes in there that we would like to have feedback on.

Installation - Location KDE 4.0.1 Desktop GNOME Desktop
For more screenshots head over to the Screenshots/openSUSE 11.0 Alpha2 wiki page


People of openSUSE: Jake Rogers

February 8th, 2008 by

It’s community week, and as so ‘People of openSUSE’ interviewed the most popular openSUSE IRC helper around there, Jake Rogers!
He is also the author of help.opensuse.org, and one of the newest openSUSE Members.