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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 27

June 18th, 2008 by

Issue #27 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • HOT! Upcoming o p e n S U S E 1 1 . 0
  • People of openSUSE: Rupert Horstkötter
  • Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: KDE with Stephan Binner
  • Tips and Tricks: Jigish Gohil: Getting NVIDIA and ATI drivers on openSUSE 11.0
  • Planet SUSE: Ben Kevan: Why upgrade to openSUSE 11 from openSUSE 10.x

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: KDE with Stephan Binner

June 17th, 2008 by

With openSUSE 11.0 just a few days away, it’s time to look at one of the stars of the show: KDE. In openSUSE 11.0, you get two KDEs for the price of one. Here we’ll take a look at what’s coming in KDE, and talk to one of openSUSE’s KDE contributors, Stephan Binner.


People of openSUSE: Rupert Horstkötter

June 14th, 2008 by

This week the openSUSE Project announced the launch of forums.opensuse.org, a merger of the three largest openSUSE forums. Continuing the openSUSE Forums euphoria we present you the Project Manager РRupert Horstk̦tter.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 26

June 13th, 2008 by

Issue #26 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Launches Merged Forums
  • Announcing the openSUSE Marketing Team
  • People of openSUSE: Cornelius Schumacher
  • Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0
  • Tips and Tricks: Jigish Gohil: Useful openSUSE One-Click installs from command line

Recorded Presentations Available From openSUSE Day at LinuxTag

June 12th, 2008 by

The presentations held at LinuxTag, Berlin during the openSUSE day are now available as video and partly as slides as well. Beside of Zonker’s part in the project presentation all are in German. For all with German language skills you’ll find here latest information on topics such as openSUSE Build Service, Multimedia, Laptop 2.0, KDE4 and others presented by people which are deeply involved in these topics and know what’s going on.

Go and get it here.

openSUSE Build Service 1.0 RC 1 released

June 11th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project has released the first release candidate of the openSUSE Build Service 1.0. With the release candidate, all the features are now in place to support external collaboration with the community to build openSUSE in the open. Developers can now submit contributions to openSUSE directly at build.opensuse.org.

The openSUSE Build Service has offered a simple collaboration system since its inception for groups to work closely together on packages or solutions stacks. The 1.0 RC 1 release improves on existing functionality to allow the Build Service to scale to larger projects like openSUSE’s Factory distribution.

What the changes mean for contributors:

  • Anyone can find a package’s working copy as maintained by the official packager or packaging team. Contributors can submit changes against the working copy.
  • The submission handling and notification system has been put in place, allowing any contributor to request a merge of their changes to a project.
  • Quality assurance happens before contributions are merged. Test builds of a suggested change are accessible to anyone.
  • Improved branch handling. It is easy to set up a branch of a package. The branch will build in the same way as the original package, but can be modified.
  • Source handling is improved in 1.0. It’s now possible to easily maintain a branch, and modifications are stored without creating a full copy. This makes it easier to maintain features based on the latest copy of package. The Build Service builds the latest packages, including modifications, automatically.

The majority of this functionality is implemented on the server side. The rest can be implemented by the various Build Service clients, so that contributors can take advantage of the new features.

The Build Service team has also introduced a number of smaller improvements and bugfixes to make the system more scalable and usable.

The openSUSE Build Service is now considered “feature complete” for collaboration, but the team is expecting a lot of user feedback since this now is our standard tool for working on the distribution. We will be releasing frequent updates to improve the Build Service based on this feedback. Contributors can discuss the build service on the mailing list and on Freenode in the #opensuse-buildservice channel.

Banshee 1.0 Released!

June 10th, 2008 by

The Banshee team has released version 1.0! This release will be found in openSUSE 11.0, and includes tons of new features and improvements over the previous Banshee releases. This is a ground-up rewrite that improves speed, a redesigned interface, better integration with Last.fm, and video management!

See the entire release announcement on the Banshee homepage, including screenshots and a full list of new and notable features.If you’d like to help spread the news, please use this Digg link to vote it up.

The Banshee team includes openSUSE contributors Aaron Bockover, Gabriel Burt, and James Willcox.

openSUSE Launches Merged Forums

June 10th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the launch of forums.opensuse.org, a merger of the openSUSE Novell support forums, suseforums.net, and suselinuxsupport.de – the three largest English-language dedicated support forums for openSUSE. The merged forums at forums.opensuse.org will provide a single forum for the openSUSE community to find support and discuss openSUSE.

The forums went live on June 9th, a result of the combined effort between the staffs of the suseforums.net, suselinuxsupport.de, and the Novell forums. The project team has been working since early 2008 to merge the forums and provide a unified forum for all English-speaking openSUSE users. The openSUSE Project will be looking at adding other languages to the forums in the very near future.

The new infrastructure is hosted by Novell to provide the highest possible quality of service, as part of Novell’s support of the openSUSE Project.

The forums hosted at forums.opensuse.org are available immediately. Users with an openSUSE account for the wiki, bugzilla, and other services wil be able to use their existing username for the forums. Users of suseforums.net and suselinuxsupport.de will be able to create new accounts on forums.opensuse.org.

With the launch, the forum team won’t stop working to add new features to support the openSUSE community. The merged forum is just the first step in bringing all openSUSE users and contributors better ways to communicate and support one another.

If you have questions or comments about the forums, the forums staff can be found in IRC on Freenode in the #opensuse-forums channel.

(Please digg this link to help get the word out. Thanks!)

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: Compiz, with Dennis Kasprzyk

June 7th, 2008 by

There have been several changes with the Compiz setup in openSUSE 11.0, including both exciting and new features in Compiz Fusion, and extra developments behind-the-scenes which make running and managing Compiz easier. Today we will be taking a look at these, and we’ll be catching up with Dennis ‘onestone’ Kasprzyk, a Compiz Fusion core developer and openSUSE user, to find out more.


People of openSUSE: Cornelius Schumacher

June 7th, 2008 by

Before openSUSE 11.0 GM get released next Thursday, we have the chance to meet Cornelius Schumacher – member of the incubation team, former Build Service developer, KDE vice president, and also the one who started writing down the openSUSE Guiding Principles.