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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 69

April 29th, 2009 by

news    Issue #69 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 1 Released
  • People of openSUSE: Jan Engelhardt
  • Michal Vyskocil : How to track changes in packages: osc vc
  • Joe Brockmeier: The argument for free fonts
  • openSUSE Forums: Newbie KDE Questions

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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 1 Released

April 24th, 2009 by

Lizard lovers, get ready to start your engines! The first milestone release for openSUSE 11.2 is now ready for your testing pleasure.

Please note: This is a milestone release. It’s for openSUSE contributors who want to use the release for testing and development (or want a sneak preview of the 11.2 release), but it is not for production use.

What’s New in 11.2 Milestone 1

The 11.2 milestone 1 includes a number of new packages and improvements to the base system that are in development:

You can track all features for 11.2 in openFate.

See more on Factory progress on the Factory Page on the openSUSE wiki. Screenshots are available (and can be uploaded to) Screenshots/11.2_Alpha_0.

Getting Milestone 1

The latest development versions are available from http://software.opensuse.org/developer/. You can choose x86 or x86-64 DVDs or KDE and GNOME Live CDs.


We all want openSUSE 11.2 to be the best release yet, and we need your help to get there. Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a milestone release, and is not suitable for use on production systems.

Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution and/or testing releases for day-to-day work we want to stress that it’s entirely possible that you will encounter serious bugs. See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on Testing. To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

People of openSUSE: Jan Engelhardt

April 23rd, 2009 by

Jan is one of silent community members that is active in kernel packaging and development area. Thanks to him openSUSE users have had chance to try stable real time kernel (RT kernel). He doesn’t take time to chat very often, but if you have problem and it is kernel related there is a great chance that you will have his attention, specially if you post your question to opensuse-kernel mail list.

His development home is suser-jengelh/, or recently added http://jftp.medozas.de/. The Build Service repo j-engel belongs to another person – Johannes Engel.

Jan mentioned that openSUSE 11.1 users don’t have RT kernel due to difficulties with 2.6.27 that prevented it to be ready by release date, but he provided alternatives 2.6.25-RT and 2.6.29-RT that can be found in either of his repositories.


openSUSE Community Week Coming May 11 through May 17

April 22nd, 2009 by

Want to contribute to the openSUSE Project, but not sure where to start? Join us for the openSUSE Community Week May 11 through 17th. Want to help lead the project and mentor new community contributors? Step up and join in!

The idea behind Community Week is to show users in the openSUSE community how they can become contributors, and to help existing contributors become more effective.

The community week is being organized in several topic areas, so you can attend the sessions that cover your area or areas of interest. The topics include:

  • KDE
  • openFate and Triaging Features
  • Packaging
  • Testing and Quality Assurance(QA)
  • Translation
  • Wiki and Web site improvements

See the Community Week page for more information on each topic. The openSUSE Board will also be posting session times to meet with the board members online and suggest improvements for the project.

Are we missing any topics? Feel free to take ownership of a topic and post it on the wiki. Topic owners are responsible for preparing presentations and materials that will be posted on the wiki for future reference, and leading sessions online.

Most importantly, help us spread the news — we’re looking to reach as many new contributors as possible. You can find the counter on the openSUSE site and instructions on using different sized banners on Pascal Bleser’s site.

openSUSE Google Summer of Code Accepted Projects Announced

April 21st, 2009 by

On Monday, Google announced the accepted projects for all of the Google Summer of Code organizations. The openSUSE Project has nine projects that were accepted for the Summer of Code 2009.

The following students have had projects accepted:

  • Eryu Guan: Porting openSUSE to MIPS platform
  • Marcus Huewe: Integrating oauth into the openSUSE Build Service
  • Peter Libic: Prototype git backend for OpenSUSE Build Service
  • Kusum Madarasu: openSIS-MySQL
  • Jan-Simon Möller: Porting openSUSE to ARM platform
  • Udit Sajjanhar: OpenID Support for openSUSE Build Service
  • Jeffrey Shantz: YaST Education Module
  • Peter Somlo: Synchronization with Mobile Devices
  • Mohit Verma: NLP+Voice UI system for the openSUSE desktop

Of course, we received more than nine excellent proposals. While we couldn’t accept every proposal that we’d have liked, we’d like to thank all of the students who submitted proposals.

Also, a big thanks to all of the mentors who have volunteered to mentor, worked with students to answer questions about proposals, and provide guidance so far.

The next step is the Community Bonding Period to help students get acclimated with the project and learn how to work within the openSUSE Project. Some of our students are already long-standing members of the community, but please give all of them a warm welcome and any assistance they need in getting started.

Coding starts officially on May 23rd. Let’s get ready to have a great summer!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 68

April 21st, 2009 by

news    Issue #68 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Call for Participations: openSUSE Summit 2009
  • openSUSE at LinuxFest Northwest
  • People of openSUSE: Jean-Daniel Dodin
  • Google Summer of Code Status Update
  • Bryen Yunashko: Accessible Appreciation: The Sequel

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Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Wednesday April 22 at 13:00 UTC

April 18th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place Wednesday April 22nd at 13:00 UTC. See all time zones on the Fixed Time World Clock. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode.

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: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

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 irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

Google Summer of Code Status Update

April 16th, 2009 by

Quick status update on the Google Summer of Code program for openSUSE. The deadline for student applications has passed, and yesterday was the “duplicate resolution” meeting for organizations that had a student that had been accepted to multiple organizations.

openSUSE has 9 slots. This isn’t 100% set in stone at the moment, but it’s pretty firm. Likewise, our top selections for those slots look very good, but they’re not set in stone. The final accepted proposals will be announced on Monday, April 20th. As soon as those are announced, we’ll post the news here as well.

The next step in the GSoC timeline is the community bonding period which will allow students to get up to speed with the organization, get prepared to work on their project, and get to know members of openSUSE and their mentors better. Please extend a warm welcome to our students during this time period.

While students are officially working with a single assigned mentor through the Summer of Code program, we can all be “unofficial” mentors and help students new to the project feel welcome and provide help if they need it.

At the same time, during this period students need to provide Google with their payment info and so forth so that Google can issue payments.

Coding begins officially on May 23rd.

The “midterm” begins on July 6th. We should make sure that students have plenty of feedback going into the midterm period and there are no surprises when we give evaluations.

The midterm evaluation is due on July 13th at 19:00 UTC. For the full timeline, see the Summer of Code site. We’ll try to always provide updates via openSUSE News and the openSUSE Announce mailing list, but it’s also up to students and mentors to be familiar with the timeline and to read the appropriate Google mailing lists!

Call for Participations: openSUSE Summit 2009

April 16th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is opening the call for participation in the openSUSE Summit 2009, to be held September 17 through 20 in Nuremberg, Germany. We’re looking for contributors to openSUSE, upstream projects, and members of the openSUSE community to participate.

The summit will be an opportunity to bring the openSUSE contributor community together to share ideas, experience, hack, and help guide the direction of the project. So we’re looking to members of the community to give presentations, tutorials, and lead birds of a feather and panel sessions in several tracks:

  • Community: Marketing, translations, wiki, documentation, forums, and openSUSE governance.
  • Desktop: Topics related to the openSUSE desktop, including KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and applications.
  • Server: Use of openSUSE on the server or development of server applications.
  • Toolchain and System: The kernel, YaST, packaging, and openSUSE Build Service.
  • Open Day: Saturday will include a track for openSUSE users and people new to Linux.

If you’re interested in presenting at the openSUSE Summit, fill out the Call for Participation Form with all of the details for your participation. We’re accepting talks, tutorials, birds of a feather, and panel discussion submissions. (Birds of feather sessions will be scheduled after hours.)

The summit will not be entirely composed of prepared presentations, so we will be accepting a limited number of proposals.


All proposals must be submitted by May 20th. To submit a proposal, fill out the form before 12:00 UTC on May 20.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 67

April 14th, 2009 by

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In this week’s issue:

  • OBS will be added to LDN
  • People of openSUSE: Sascha Manns
  • Jigish Gohil: Most efficient Ways to Download
  • polishlinux: KDE 4.3 – early preview
  • tuxmachines.org: We’re Linux” Video Contest Winners

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