Home Home > 2009 > 03
Sign up | Login

Archive for March, 2009

openSUSE Project Accepted to Google Summer of Code 2009

March 19th, 2009 by

Once again, the openSUSE Project will be participating in Google’s Summer of Code program! openSUSE was one of the 150 mentoring organizations accepted this year, and we’re excited to have the chance to work with students on projects to improve the openSUSE distribution and its tools.


Now it’s time to start signing up Mentors for the openSUSE Project. Mentors review the student applications and score them, work with students during the Google Summer of Code, and evaluate students performance.

We’re looking for committed mentors who will work with students closely and provide guidance not only on the project they’re working on, but also help them integrate with the overall project and teach them how to work within an open source project.

If you’re interested in mentoring with the openSUSE Project, sign up before March 23rd.

You’ll need to create a site-wide user profile and send a request to become a mentor (or send me a note with your user ID).


Working with the Google Summer of Code is a great way to earn cash over the summer while doing something rewarding and interesting, and contributing to the open source community. Students who complete the Summer of Code will earn $4,500 if they complete the program in good standing. (See the Google FAQ for the payment schedule.)

The student deadline for Google Summer of Code is Friday, April 3rd. See the FAQ for the full scoop.

We’re looking for students who can work on existing ideas or bring their own. If you have a great idea that fits within the openSUSE Project, please apply!

If your proposal is accepted, expect to do a great deal of work over the summer. The time commitment is substantial, and we’re aiming for 100% completion of projects this year.


There’s still time to submit ideas on the openSUSE wiki. Preferably, these will be from students or mentors who will work on the ideas — but that’s not a requirement. If you have a great idea, feel free to put it up.

If you have questions about participating in the Google Summer of Code in general, check out the #gsoc channel on Freenode. If you have questions specific to the openSUSE Project, email zonker@opensuse.org or ask on the openSUSE Project (opensuse-project@opensuse.org) mailing list.

openSUSE Build Service 1.5 Announced

March 19th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.5 release of the openSUSE Build Service. This release takes developers beyond just building packages. You can now build your own distribution using the openSUSE Build Service!

The 1.5 release makes it possible to build entire releases within the build service. and export ISO images and FTP trees. All users can create images locally using “osc build,” and permission can be granted to build images using the hosted build service as well. A presentation on KIWI imaging with the openSUSE Build Service can be found online (PDF).

The openSUSE 11.1 release was built entirely in the openSUSE Build Service, and it’s now possible for other projects to be created in the openSUSE Build Service as well. Whether you’re creating a derivative distribution or product like the openSUSE Education CDs, the openSUSE Build Service now has you covered.

Building Appliances and Live CD Images

OBS 1.5 includes the ability to automatically calculate dependencies and create installable images, such as the live CDs and network deployment images for the openSUSE:Tools build hosts.

In addition to ISO images, OBS 1.5 can create images for installable USB sticks, Xen images, and VMware images.

Another benefit to the 1.5 release is the ability to create product add-ons, such as the openSUSE nonfree add-ons for 11.1.

Experimental Features

OBS 1.5 also includes several experimental features added by the openSUSE Community, including:

* Support for cross-architecture build support, added by Martin Mohring of 5e Datasoft as part of the work towards supporting the ARM architecture with openSUSE.

* Package download on demand support thanks to Marcus Hüwe.

* Filtering of build results via the Web monitor. This means that OBS users can view only relevant results – like failed builds or only builds targeted at specific distributions.

These features are not considered production ready, but are available for developers looking to have early access to these features

The OBS team is always looking for additional feedback and contributors to improve the openSUSE Build Service. To discuss Build Service development, subscribe to the opensuse-buildservice list (opensuse-buildservice+subscribe@opensuse.org), and see the #opensuse-buildservice channel on Freenode.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 63

March 17th, 2009 by

news    Issue #63 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Geeko wants you!
  • Update on openSUSE Infrastructure Services (download.opensuse.org)
  • KDE 4.2.1 released
  • OpenSUSE vs. openSUSE
  • Easgs: How to setup a software RAID-5 distribution in openSUSE (video)

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:

Chinese (delay),
Italian (delay),
Portuguese (delay),
Russian (delay),

Update: download.opensuse.org Restored

March 12th, 2009 by

Good news, everybody! The download.opensuse.org and stage.opensuse.org systems are now fully restored, and all services should now be available.

DNS has been changed to point to the new system from widehat, which is standing by in the event that the new system were to go down. We also have a second system that will be configured to back up download.opensuse.org and stage.opensuse.org in the near future.

We apologize for any inconvenience. The openSUSE infrastructure is one of our top priorities. As mentioned previously, we will continue improving the openSUSE Project infrastructure and working to ensure that we have as little downtime as possible.

Thanks much to Peter Poeml for his work over the last two days to resolve this situation, as well as Christian Schneemann, Nat Friedman and his team, and everyone else who jumped to get this fixed as quickly as possible.

We appreciate the patience and words of encouragement to the openSUSE team while this was being fixed.

SUSE in LPAR on as400 Featuring openSIS

March 12th, 2009 by

openSIS is proud to announce that we are beginning construction of a Linux server on an IBM iSeries computer using a SUSE LPAR.  This is a joint venture proof of concept with one of IBM’s premier hardware resellers,  Mainline Information Systems. The goal of this effort is to demonstrate that openSIS and many of the other packages offered  in the openSUSE-Education project will be viable solutions that run natively on the IBM iSeries.

The proof of concept is designed to demonstrate the viability of openSIS and openSUSE on the iSeries platform, which runs an older green screen SIS (TERMs) for approximately half of Florida’s school districts.  If the proof of concept is successful, OS4Ed and Mainline will be positioned to offer Florida districts an alternative SIS that is free and modern and will run natively on the same hardware they use today.  This will allow these school districts to migrate to a modern web-based SIS with no licensing costs, no proprietary software licensing costs and no hardware costs.  Best of all, school IT personnel will not have to be retrained to support the hardware platform as it will remain the same.  This is very important during a time where Pearson School Systems is ending SasiXP support in 2010 and state budget cuts in the billions are being made.

Please stay tuned as we will post follow announcements and updates as we move forward with this exciting proof of concept.

Update on openSUSE Infrastructure Services (download.opensuse.org)

March 11th, 2009 by

We’ve restored user services to download.opensuse.org and are working to restore all services and add redundancy to the system.

The repository inconsistencies last night were caused by a missing configuration on the system, which caused it to redirect requests on metadata to mirrors, which are often outdated. That is now fixed.

A few services have not been restored yet. Specifically, Publishing new Factory snapshots is disabled right now, and build server publishing is stopped. These services will be restored when the new system is fully integrated – which we expect to happen by tomorrow. We are copying content to the new system now, which will take about 12 hours.

This will also add mirror stage serving to the services offered by download.opensuse.org. When the restore is complete, we will also add redundancy, so the problem of having a backup will be solved.

In addition, we’re re-examining the openSUSE.org infrastructure to ensure that we reduce the risk of overall and unscheduled downtime. This will be an ongoing process, and we will notify the community of progress here.

Thanks for your patience while these issues are taken care of. Thanks to Peter Poeml, Christian Schneemann, Nat Friedman and his team, and everyone else who jumped to get this fixed as quickly as possible.

Downtime for download.opensuse.org

March 10th, 2009 by

Peter Poeml has reported that the storage array is down for download.opensuse.org. We don’t have a definite time for it to be up again, but it could be more than one day. We’re working on the problem and will be getting a backup in place shortly.

In the meantime, the openSUSE mirror network is still available. See mirrors.opensuse.org to find a mirror near you.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 62

March 10th, 2009 by

news    Issue #62 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Project Meeting next Wednesday
  • openSUSE Trademark Guidelines Released
  • Ken Yap: How to clone a VirtualBox Linux VM to a real machine (v0.9)
  • 11.2 Roadmap and Fixed Release Cycle for openSUSE
  • Rupert Horstkötter: OSF Status Report #3

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:

Italian (delay),
Portuguese (delay),
Russian and
Spanish (delay)

NEW! : Swedish

Gearing Up for Google Summer of Code

March 7th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is looking for a few good mentors for the Google Summer of Code 2009! The openSUSE Project was a mentoring organization last year, and we’re hoping to participate again in 2009. Organization signup starts next week, and prospective mentors can sign up next week as well.

Signup starts March 9th at 19:00 UTC/12:00 PST and ends March 13th at 19:00 UTC/12:00 PST. Accepted organizations will be announced on March 18th, and there’s a week (March 18 through 23) for organizations and students to meet and discuss.

The student application period begins March 23rd, and ends April 3rd. All of the dates are on the Google SoC FAQ and we’ll be sending out announcements as each of the important dates approach.

Right now, we’re gathering ideas for the Summer of Code on the openSUSE wiki. (Thanks to Lukas Ocilka, Stanislav Visnovsky, and Jiri Srain for starting this!) Feel free to add your own ideas or help revise the existing ideas.

Also, if you’re interested in helping out, please add your name to the openSUSE GSoC ’09 page.

In addition to mentors (and students…) we’ll need help finding mentors, reviewing GSoC applications, facilitating communication during GSoC, and so forth. (Again, see the wiki!)

If you have questions about openSUSE and GSoC, ask on the opensuse-project list.

openSUSE Project Meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 17:00 UTC

March 5th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will be Wednesday, March 11th, at 17:00 UTC on Freenode. Again that’s:

2009-03-11 17:00 UTC

See all the timezones here: http://is.gd/lZgv.

This is going to be a fairly substantial meeting, so if you can attend please do so! We’ll be discussing the latest developments in and around openSUSE. Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:


Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see:


As always, we meet in #opensuse-project on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-project.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at http://www.irchelp.org/. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.