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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 8

February 6th, 2008 by

Issue eight of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • KDE News: KDE 4.0.1, openSUSE Live CD, New KDE Repo Layout
  • openSUSE Welcomes Zonker – The New Community Manager
  • Applications for openSUSE Membership Now Open
  • Upcoming: openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2, this Thursday

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

openSUSE Welcomes Zonker – The New Community Manager

February 4th, 2008 by

I’d like to give a warm welcome to Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier who joins the openSUSE project as “openSUSE community manager”. You can reach him directly at zonker@opensuse.org. He has his own openSUSE blog at http://zonker.opensuse.org, I advise to go over and see what he has to say himself!

He is a long time Linux user and does a lot of writing about Linux and open source for several publications and conributed to books as well. Prior to his new role as community manager for openSUSE he served Linux Magazine as Editor-in-Chief. His personal webpage is http://www.dissociatedpress.net.

The openSUSE community manager will act as community advocate and ombudsman thus relaying openSUSE community and users needs back to Novell. Therefore you will find Zonker on many community events. He will also drive marketing programs around openSUSE to make the project more successful and attract more developers and users.

Zonker will be travelling the next weeks and you can meet him and other openSUSE members at these two venues:

  • at SCALE from 8th to 10th February
  • at FOSDEM from 23th to 24th February

For those that wonder what happened with the “openSUSE Chief evangelist” position that was opened in October: this is exactly the position, we just found it more suitable to change the title of Joe.

I have talked a lot with Zonker through the last weeks and look forward to working with him – and look forward meeting him soon in person here in Nürnberg!


openSUSE Mailinglist: Check for Accidental Unsubscribtions

February 4th, 2008 by

Last week we had a small problem at lists.opensuse.org which unsubscribed a couple of mailing list members by accident. We’re really sorry about this and hope that everybody subscribes again manually.

Henne our mailadmin wrote the following email and tried to send it out to everybody that might be affected:

there was a lists.opensuse.org maintenance process hanging (undetected) for a very long time. This process continued a couple of minutes ago.
Unfortunately because of the long delay some calculations went wrong (bounce times). This had the effect that the list software may have you

Please check your subscriptions. To do so you can simply subscribe again by sending a mail to <listname>+subscribe@opensuse.org. In case your are still subscribed the system will tell you about it. In case you are not anymore subscription is exactly what you want :)

Sorry for the inconvenience. The underlying problem has been fixed.

I noticed on the mailing lists that some people did not get Henne’s text above and therefore decided to publish it here again. So, if you miss traffic in your inbox for some mailing lists, please follow the instructions above.

Thanks – and sorry again for this,