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People of openSUSE: Wolfgang Koller

May 16th, 2008 by

While some are preparing their fly to Austria to attend EURO 2008, ‘People of openSUSE’ already flew but rather to meet Wolfgang Koller – founder of SuSELinuxSupport community and author of some nice KDE applications such as KTrafficAnalyzer.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 22

May 15th, 2008 by

Issue #22 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Linuxtag 2008 – latest information
  • People of openSUSE: Marcus Hüwe
  • Upcoming… openSUSE 11.0beta3

Another Kind of open SUSE: Prague SUSE Office Opens its Doors

May 12th, 2008 by

The Novell/SUSE development offices in Prague, Czech Republic have on the 15th an event called “otevreneSUSE” which means “openSUSE” in Czech.

This event is for local people who are interested to experience how it is going in our Prague office, how developers look when they are working, what funny stuff we have done so far etc. This event is especially for people who are joining or thinking of joining the community – and like to get to talk live with some real persons that are working on openSUSE.

Detailed information are provided in Czech language only on http://www.suse.cz/akce/otevrenesuse08.html. If you need details in English or have further questions, please contact office@suse.cz.

People of openSUSE: Marcus Hüwe

May 10th, 2008 by

Despite being a openSUSE member and a platinum member of the PackMan team packaging several widely-used applications he also helps the Build Service team with osc code contributions.

With no more talk, today we nominate Marcus Hüwe as part of ‘People of openSUSE’!


LinuxTag 2008

May 8th, 2008 by

Please don’t forget the biggest Linux event in Germany, just a few weeks away! For the second time it will be in Berlin, from 28-31.05.2008. The location is slightly different, still at Messehalle Funkturm, but this time it’s hall 7 (south instead of east like last year).

Again we try to have an interesting program for you, let me be little bit more verbose …

– booth: meet the openSUSE community, talk with developers and see the latest openSUSE 11.0 beta/RC running. We will have decent hardware and big screens to show openSUSE in all it’s glory. :-) We are happy that we have again a community project at our booth, this time it’s Linux-Club.de, a big German Linux forum. If you are interested in the Novell Enterprise products, we will have also a counter with SLE. You can also meet Zonker for the first time in Germany!

– openSUSE day: one day, packed with talks, this time on Saturday! Look at the schedule for more information, we think that there is something for everybody in it.

There are of course a lot of other interesting open-source projects at the LinuxTag, so if you are in Germany/Berlin, don’t miss it!

Some links:
Program schedule: http://www.linuxtag.org/2008/en/conf/events/vp-samstag.html
openSUSE page: http://en.opensuse.org/LinuxTag

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 21

May 7th, 2008 by

Issue #21 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.0 Beta 2
  • People of openSUSE: Greg Kroah-Hartman
  • Jigish Gohil: Sliced sphere in compiz-fusion-git packages
  • arstechnica.com: Coming along strong: first look at openSUSE 11 beta 2

Blogging Platform for openSUSE Launched

May 7th, 2008 by

Today we are officially launching a new website: lizards.opensuse.org!

This site offers blog hosting for openSUSE members. The blogs should be focused on the openSUSE project, e.g. on the distribution, packages, build service, events, etc. Please contact the site administrators if you want to have your blog created.

The new site is an additional offering and should not replace any existing blogging platforms. We recognize that many people in the openSUSE community blog on various blogging platforms and encourage everybody to get their blog aggregated on Planet SUSE where lizards.opensuse.org will be aggregated as well.

Hard Disk Configuration Survey

May 6th, 2008 by

In order to optimize the YaST partitioner module for openSUSE users the user experience team decided to conduct a small survey to figure out how you deal with hard disk configuration. The survey contains some basic questions and its results will directly influence the redesign for the partitioner module.

You can access the survey here.

The survey will be online until 28th May 2008 and the results will be published on openSUSE.org as soon as possible.

Answering the questions will take less than five minutes.

Thank you for your participation and have a lot of fun!

People of openSUSE: Greg Kroah-Hartman

May 3rd, 2008 by

This weekend ‘People of openSUSE’ brings to light long time Kernel hacker and Novell employee Greg Kroah-Hartman interview. Greg KH today’s working full time on Linux Driver Project is the current maintainer of the Kernel package for openSUSE 11.0.


Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Beta 2

May 3rd, 2008 by

The openSUSE team is proud to announce the second Beta release of openSUSE 11.0! New changes include countless bug fixes, as well as the import of the new openSUSE 11.0 artwork for login, splash screens and more. The live installation should work, but there are several known quirks, so be sure to check the most annoying bugs list before proceeding.

Desktop Selection Login Splash Screen
See Screenshots/openSUSE_11.0_Beta2 for more screenshots.

Information and Download


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

Most Annoying Bugs

Live CD:


  • GNOME Main Menu is slow to respond (Bug #375701) Workaround: Click on volume control in the panel, Configure local sound server then check “Enable network access to local sound devices”
  • GNOME is extremly slow (Bug #383336) (logging in takes >1 minute etc) Workaround: Add your hostname to /etc/hosts (See bug)

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 2 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 1 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 2 is a great time to start 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 planned release is openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 on May 13.