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Reminder: openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo

July 31st, 2008 by

Join the openSUSE Project for a day of fun and FOSS at the LinuxWorld Expo! On Wednesday, August 6th, the openSUSE Project will be holding its first “openSUSE Day” in North America, in conjuction with the LinuxWorld Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

We’ll have a full day of presentations about the openSUSE Project, KDE, GNOME, the Linux kernel, the openSUSE Build Service, and much more.

Come by and learn all about openSUSE, pick up an openSUSE 11.0 DVD and some of the fabulous door prizes — We’ll be giving away two Chumby’s and tons of openSUSE swag — including openSUSE t-shirts, caps, and other big prizes.

The schedule runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including an openSUSE Birds of a Feather at 4:15 p.m. See the full schedule at: http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Day_at_LinuxWorld_Expo.

Attendance is free, and if you’re registered you also have access to the show expo floor. To register, go to http://linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/register//SN335015. Select the openSUSE Community Day and sign up.

Want to help with the openSUSE Day or help staff the openSUSE booth in the LWE .Org Pavilion? We’d love to have you! If you’d like to get involved, speak up on the opensuse-marketing list or contact Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier (zonker@opensuse.org).

Help Create the Artwork for openSUSE 11.1

July 30th, 2008 by

Now with openSUSE 11.0 out the door, and Alpha 1 of openSUSE 11.1 just released, it’s time to start thinking about the look of openSUSE 11.1! Once again this year the Pixel Pool is open for community members to submit ideas about the 11.1 artwork! To make a new theme idea, all you need is a wiki account, and a good idea. Everything from mockups to scanned-in sketches, to even plain text (of course, it has to convey your idea well) can be submitted.

Help make the artwork for openSUSE 11.1 awesome, visit the Pixel Pool today and discuss on the opensuse-artwork mailing list!


Kevin “Yo” Dupuy (AJ is just publishing this on behalf of Kevin)

KDE 4.1 Released With openSUSE Packages and Live CD

July 29th, 2008 by

The KDE team today released KDE 4.1. The KDE developers, including the openSUSE KDE Team, have been working on it for the last six months. Lots of feedback from people trying out KDE 4.0 has gone into KDE 4.1, filling most of the gaps people experienced with the 4.0 releases. See the release announcement for more information and screenshots.

KDE Four Live 1.1

KDE 4.1 Packages, openSUSE-based KDE 4.1 Live CD

Regular KDE 4 Packages and an openSUSE-based KDE Four Live CD have been available throughout the whole cycle, and final versions of them are also available now. On openSUSE 11.0 you can use 1-click-install to get the KDE 4.1 desktop environment (for openSUSE 10.3 follow above link):

Or you can choose to install a more basic KDE 4 desktop. Developers can also optionally install the KDE 4 build dependencies: all the packages you need to have installed for compiling KDE 4.x from source (experts only).

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 32

July 26th, 2008 by

Issue #32 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.0 Survey
  • openSUSE 11.0 PromoDVD
  • openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1 is Available
  • Bugzilla: Changed Definitions
  • One Year of openSUSE News
  • Andrew Wafaa: Lug Radio Live 2008 Report

openSUSE 11.0 PromoDVD

July 23rd, 2008 by

Again we have some nice, new and shiny PromoDVDs, now with openSUSE 11.0. The main goal is to spread them. Some examples:

– you organize or take part of an event
– you want good software in your school/university
– you have a local LUG meeting

To make the process easier Andreas Bauer created an order tool for it, just head over to


and enter your request there. The old order process, sending mails to me or marketing@whatever is now obsolete.

Everything you need to know is explained on that page. If you want information about the PromoDVD in general:


Bugzilla: Changed Definitions

July 22nd, 2008 by

We are standardizing now on the definitions given at http://en.opensuse.org/Bugs/Definitions. The severity definitions are now the same as in most other open source projects, so that we speak the same language and reduce confusion.

The major changes we are doing are basically:

  • Severity Blocker means “Blocks development and/or testing work”
  • Severity Critical means “Crash, loss of data, corruption of data, severe memory leak”
  • We would like to ask you to fill in the “Found by” field correctly, this will be “Beta-Customer” for openSUSE community members before a release and “Customer” if you file a bug after the release.
  • Novell will use internally both severity and priority for handling bug reports.

We would like you to use the changed severity definitions for every new bugreport that you are filing and also set the “Found by” field.  We hope that these changes reduce some confusion and help us at Novell to better prioritize and fix bug reports.

Kernel Bug Squashing Day on Wednesday, July 30

July 21st, 2008 by

The kernel team is going to be hosting a kernel bug squashing day on Wednesday, July 30th. The goals of the bug squashing day are to:

  • Reduce the number of kernel bugs in openSUSE’s bugzilla
  • Get rid of old / invalid bugs in bugzilla and find duplicates
  • Send patches and bugs upstream
  • Test and review fixes for kernel bugs

If you’re interested in helping, join the kernel team on #opensuse-kernel on irc.freenode.net.They’ll be at it all day on Wednesday, July 30th starting at 00:00 UTC — so all time zones have equal opportunity to participate!

One Year of openSUSE News

July 19th, 2008 by

Exactly one year ago the openSUSE News site went live to provide users with the latest news and an event calendar. 19 authors posting under their own names and some one-time contributors wrote 246 stories (of which 122 were submitted to Digg) and filled the calendar with 170 entries. With the integration of the news feed into the Wiki and the release announcements the generated traffic grew and the site is now one of the busiest sites hosted by Novell.


People of openSUSE: Frank Sundermeyer

July 18th, 2008 by

Former webservers administrator and presales consultant at S.u.S.E. he is currently working as a technical writer contributing to the openSUSE documentation and openSUSE web skin an wiki. Today you have the opportunity to meet Frank Sundermeyer!


openSUSE 11.0 Survey

July 18th, 2008 by

Survey time again! After nearly a month of the openSUSE 11.0 release we want to know what you think about it, how you use it and about openSUSE.org in general. As usual we will post the results shortly after the survey is closed end of August. We’ll raffle some openSUSE t-shirts and caps under all participants. You will find the survey here: openSUSE 11.0 survey, it will only takes a few minutes …

btw: I already got feedback on it. If you think the questions should be different, just send me a mail: mlasars at suse.de ….