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iFolder Packages Available for 11.1

June 30th, 2009 by

Good news, everybody! iFolder client packages are now available for openSUSE 11.1 from the openSUSE update repositories. This means you can install iFolder client on openSUSE 11.1 using YaST or zypper, without any modifications to your installed system.

Like openSUSE, iFolder is an open source project sponsored by Novell. iFolder is a simple and secure storage solution that can make syncing and sharing files easy. You can back up, access, and manage your personal files from anywhere, at any time. Once you have installed iFolder, you simply save your files locally and iFolder automatically updates the files on a network server and delivers them to the other machines you use.

To install iFolder, just fire up YaST’s Software Manager and search for “ifolder3”, or open a terminal and type the following:

sudo zypper ref

sudo zypper in ifolder3

The iFolder server is available in the openSUSE Build Service. Just search for “ifolder3-enterprise” at software.opensuse.org/search.

For more information on iFolder, see the iFolder site. Want to run an iFolder server without having to set up a server from scratch? Stephen Shaw, Mario Carrión, and Andrés G. Aragoneses created a openSUSE-based server appliance using SUSE Studio. Just download the VMware image and fire it up in VMware or VirtualBox.

To get involved with iFolder, see the how to contribute doc and join real-time discussions in the #ifolder channel on Freenode.

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting July 1 at 16:00 UTC

June 30th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place Wednesday July 1 at 16:00 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.

openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3 Available

June 29th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3. Images are ready for download and testing. This release includes the 2.6.30 Linux kernel, KDE 4.3 beta 2, GNOME 2.27.2, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Alpha, and more!

This is a Milestone Release, one of several leading up to the 11.2 release in November. It may not be suitable for production systems, but should be stable enough for testing.

Screenshots of the milestone releases and factory development can be found (or added) on the wiki.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2

A lot has changed since the M2 release, and many packages have been updated for 11.2 M3. Some of the major changes in this release include:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.30
  • GNOME 2.27.2
  • KDE 4.3 beta 2
  • PulseAudio 0.9.15
  • Konversation 1.2 Alpha 3
  • VirtualBox 2.2.4
  • Wine 1.1.23
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Alpha

See the openSUSE Wiki for additional changes in 11.2 Milestone 3. You can see the latest packages in Factory on DistroWatch, which tracks 203 major packages in openSUSE.

Getting Milestone 3

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


Help us make openSUSE 11.2 the best release yet! 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.

openSUSE Forums Hits 30,000 Users!

June 27th, 2009 by

Short but sweet post here: Getting a few numbers on community growth for the openSUSE Day introduction at LinuxTag, I noticed that the openSUSE Forums have now passed 30,000 users!

That’s pretty amazing considering that we started the merged forums on June 10, 2008. In about one year’s time, we’ve seen more than 30,000 people sign up for the forums.

Congrats to everyone who works on the forums, and everyone in the community who has participated!

openSUSE at LinuxTag Pictures: Day One

June 25th, 2009 by

Once again, it’s LinuxTag time, and (of course) openSUSE is there. Today was day one of LinuxTag, and the openSUSE crew turned out to talk openSUSE, Build Service, and SUSE Studio.

The first day of LinuxTag was off to a bit of a slow start, with traffic a bit lighter than it was last year — but we still had quite a few people stopping by the booth and asking about openSUSE, playing with the netbooks and other demo systems, learning about SUSE Studio and the openSUSE Build Service, and generally having a good time.

If you’re in Berlin or nearby, be sure to visit LinuxTag this week! LinuxTag runs through Saturday, June 27th. Don’t forget, Saturday is openSUSE Day at LinuxTag! We have great talks in store for everybody at LinuxTag, including presentations on LTSP in openSUSE, Wine on openSUSE, AppArmor, and what’s new in openSUSE 11.2.

Here’s a sneak peek of the openSUSE booth for those of you who haven’t made it to LinuxTag just yet:

openSUSE Booth Day One

See the other shots from day one on Flickr. (Note, shots taken with a camera phone – better quality shots to come tomorrow!)

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 77

June 24th, 2009 by

news    Issue #77 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Factory is now open
  • GSoC Status Reports
  • Lubos Lunak: OpenOffice.Org KDE4 Integration
  • openSUSE 11.2 Launch Planning
  • Linux.com/Rocky: The Plasma desktop shell of KDE 4

For a list of available translations see this page:

openSUSE Factory is Now Open

June 18th, 2009 by

openSUSE development is now even more open than before. Factory development is changing, and we’re making it easier for contributors to take responsibility for packages and to contribute directly to openSUSE. This means contributors will be able to be directly responsible for packages, without having to go through a Novell employee to make changes.

Factory development is being split into devel projects organized by topic areas, such as KDE, GNOME, Education, Java, and so on. Devel projects are responsible for sets of packages and will be able to organize themselves rather than following a top-down model of management.

The idea is to allow teams to be self-organizing and for all contributors to have equal footing in terms of being able to contribute to openSUSE Factory.

To get started, the current Novell and openSUSE package maintainers will be working with each other to define responsibility within the devel projects and how the team will work together. As time goes on, they will integrate new maintainers into the teams and commit privileges will be based on merit and not whether a person is employed by Novell.

How to Get Started

If you’re new to working with Factory and the openSUSE Build Service, you can start with the Factory Packaging page on the openSUSE Wiki. This explains the Factory workflow, how to check out packages and submit changes, how to create new devel projects, and so on.

Have questions or need help getting started? There are plenty of openSUSE Factory contributors who’d be happy to answer questions and help you get started. To learn more, join the opensuse-factory mailing list, or get real-time help in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel on Freenode.

The policy changes that have been made with Factory are another step in making openSUSE a more independent project, and allowing all contributors to take equal responsibility. As Factory development and devel teams evolve, we hope to see more contributors taking a lead role in leading openSUSE development and shaping the openSUSE distro. Factory is open!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 76

June 16th, 2009 by

news    Issue #76 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • OpenSUSE at the Southeast Linuxfest
  • Status Reports from Google Summer of Code
  • susegeek : openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2 step by step install procedure
  • OpenSUSE-EDU
  • Chris von Eitzen/h-online.com: Linux Kernel 2.6.30 released

For a list of available translations see this page:

Infrastructure Maintenance Downtimes

June 16th, 2009 by

We do a number of software and hardware updates this week for our openSUSE servers. That means that some services will not be available for some time.

Tuesday 10:00 UTC
Maintenance of our content delivery infrastructure for about 1 hour. That means the following service will not be available:

  • download.opensuse.org
  • stage.opensuse.org

Wednesday 12:00 UTC
Maintenance of our Build Service infrastructure for about 1 hour. That means the following service will not be available:

  • software.opensuse.org
  • build.opensuse.org
  • api.opensuse.org
  • users.opensuse.org

We will update the Factory development projects according to the new discussed list. So Build Service packages should expect a high load on the system, it will most likely not really usable at this day.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but lets hope that a larger and stronger infrastructure will offer the services to you afterwards :)

People of openSUSE: Lars Müller

June 13th, 2009 by

Lars Mueller is one of Samba developers.

I have limited need for Samba which is the most often used way to connect Windows and Linux networked computers, so I couldn’t miss openSUSE wiki article. Wiki can edit anybody, so check who are the authors is part of routine, and I looked at Lmuelle.

He has universal views on Linux and openSUSE, and as you going to see, you can agree with many of them.