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People of openSUSE: Matthias Fehring

May 30th, 2008 by

‘People of openSUSE’ caught up the man behind the great effort done on the German openSUSE wiki – Matthias Fehring. He is one of the system operatores of the de.opensuse.org wiki and long time openSUSE user.


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

See more screenshots

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.


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


  • 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!

Linuxtag – Day 2

May 29th, 2008 by

Second day on the Linuxtag, i tried to post yesterday but the Network was not working that good. Anyway, we are in Berlin!

car booth ready!

On the first pic you see the car i have, the big blue bag is where we planed to have Zonker, but unfortunately the car was to stuffed .. So i drove alone to Berlin, Zonker took the train. The booth setup was chaos like usual, at 20:00 we where finished with no big issues. We already had a lot of visitors, and we wonder, and are happy, that there are a lot of new Linux users. Everybody is impressed about our new packagemanagement, and the other features we will have in openSUSE 11.0. So far the systems are working very well with Beta3, even KDE4 runs stable. Ok, back to the booth, more tomorrow …

More photos on my Flikr page.

Linuxtag … T-2

May 26th, 2008 by

Well, for me and some other openSUSE guys it’s T-1, we going tomorrow to set up the booth.
packed car
(actually the picture is from last year .. :-)). So why should you come to Berlin?

  • you can meet a lot of openSUSE members
  • we have a pretty booth with 4 counters: 2x openSUSE 11.0 beta3, Enterprise Server and Linux-Club.de as supported community project
  • see the ultra fast new packagemanagent and other changes in openSUSE 11.0
  • Saturday is openSUSE day with a lot of interesting talks
  • meet Zonker, the openSUSE community manager
  • Lars will present the Education project
  • get one of the new openSUSE stickers! :-)
  • If you have no chance to go to Berlin, don’t worry. We will record all Talks, i will try to have streaming video from the booth, and you will find all Talks later on our wiki. But yes, you would miss the live feeling of Linuxtag

    Thesis on openSUSE Published

    May 24th, 2008 by

    A year’s research on Novell and the openSUSE project is now published as a master’s thesis at the University of Oslo. “Managing Firm-Sponsored Open Source Communities” details the collaboration between Novell and the openSUSE community. Community members and employees in Novell have participated in the study.

    The study deals with the tension between openness and control often found in projects that mesh corporate entities with the open source community. On the one hand, Novell wants to enable participation and contributions from external contributors, but cannot turn over full
    control to the community because it produces its enterprise product from openSUSE.

    The study finds that the relationship between the community and Novell is evolving rapidly, and how the relationship works and where it may go.

    A summary of the study, the full thesis, and pictures are available at Jan Fredrik’s Weblog.

    People of openSUSE: Klaus Kämpf

    May 23rd, 2008 by

    Long time openSUSE developer Klaus Kämpf joined former S.u.S.E nine years ago and since then never looked back being committed to his System Management Architect job at Novell.

    Please enjoy this ‘People of openSUSE’ interview! ;-)


    openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 23

    May 22nd, 2008 by

    Issue #23 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

    In this week’s issue:

    • Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3
    • People of openSUSE: Wolfgang Koller
    • Status Updates
    • Duncan Mac-Vicar P.: The greatest unknown openSUSE 11.0 package management feature
    • Lukáš Ocilka: Function Keys in YaST ncurses Frontend
    • andi.opensuse-id.org: KDE 4.0.4 on openSUSE 10.3

    Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting on May 21, 16:00 UTC

    May 20th, 2008 by

    A quick reminder, we have an openSUSE Project Meeting coming up on Wednesday, May 21, at 16:00 UTC, to discuss the latest developments in openSUSE.

    For a listing of this week’s topics, see the agenda on the openSUSE Wiki here: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/Project_Meeting_2008-05-21. This week, the agenda includes status updates from the board, old action items, the openSUSE build service, and Q&A from the channel.

    Have something to discuss that’s not listed on the agenda? Please add your topics to the agenda as soon as possible.

    To join the meeting, head to #opensuse-project on the Freenode network (see instructions here: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About) at 16:00 UTC on Wednesday, May 21. (See here for the time in your time zone.)

    See you on Wednesday!

    openSUSE Wants Your Vote (on Bugs)

    May 19th, 2008 by

    Attention openSUSE users and contributors! It’s time to exercise your vote and help the openSUSE team identify the bugs that need to be squashed prior to the openSUSE 11.0 release. On May 22nd, we’re having a bug voting day to help ensure we identify the most troublesome issues in Bugzilla under openSUSE 11.0.

    Please join us on Thursday, May 22nd from 07:00 UTC until 19:00 UTC. Check out the voting instructions on the Bugzilla and openSUSE wiki. We’ll also have live help available in the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode.

    If you don’t have a Bugzilla account yet, you can sign up for one here. You know you want one! Sign up today!

    By prioritizing the bugs, we can ensure that we’ve got the right bugs in our sights for the openSUSE 11.0 release.

    Of course, you can help with bug voting at any time. There’s no need to wait for a bug day! Just roll up your sleeves and head over to the openSUSE Bugzilla and jump right in.

    Questions or suggestions before the bug day? Drop me a note at zonker@opensuse.org.

    Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3

    May 16th, 2008 by

    The openSUSE team is proud to announce the last Beta release of openSUSE 11.0! Over 700 bugs has been fixed since Beta 2. This means we’re on the home stretch for openSUSE 11.0 and ask you all to do final heavy testing with it and give feedback or even send us patches. And we’re not only asking for help we’d like to thank you all for the great contributions up to date! First bunch of screenshots here

    Have a lot of fun!

    Information and Download


    Remember that this is a beta. It may not be safe to run for production systems, eg. in power plants ;-), and should be used by users interested in testing the next release of openSUSE for bugs.

    Most Annoying Bugs


    • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch
    • parallel driver grabs IRQ14 preventing legacy SFF ATA controller from working Bug #375836
    • T41p shutting down due to “temperature critical” Bug #378327
    • Branding not yet complete Bug #369270
    • Package selector doesn’t show any patterns (Bug #390139)


    • YaST control center does not start under GNOME (Bug #389069)
    • No window decoration, workaround run compiz-manager & or metacity –replace& Bug #387168)


    • kdm looses keyboard when detecting an unknown previous session type Bug #389098)
    • Kontact starts with sidebar splitter on right window border Bug #389141, work-around: move it to left to see components
    • opensuseupdater-kde unable to start ‘yast2 piwo’ Bug #389765

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

    Call for Testing

    If you want to help testing our standard test-cases, just take a look at openSUSE.org/Testing, and in particular the Testing:Features_11.0 sub-page which includes a definitive list of the features added into openSUSE 11.0. You can also coordinate with others and subscribe to the opensuse-testing@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list to help with our organized testing.

    Media and Download

    openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 for i386, x86-64 and PPC comes as different media sets, all of which can be downloaded from http://software.opensuse.org/developer. Deltas from Beta 2 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.

    Comments, Feedback and Helping


    openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 is a great time to start and continue testing-out openSUSE 11.0 before it is officially released. You can directly help and contribute to the openSUSE distribution by filing bug reports and giving feedback to the developers.

    For other queries and ways to communicate with the openSUSE community take a look at the Communicate wiki page.

    The next release is openSUSE 11.0 RC1 on May 29