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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 134 is out!

July 31st, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our brand new openSUSE Weekly News 134! :-)
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The openSUSE Project welcomes Jos Poortvliet as new Community Manager

July 28th, 2010 by

We’re proud to announce today that Jos Poortvliet will join the openSUSE project and Novell as openSUSE Community Manager starting on August 1. With Jos we’ve found a leader with excellent community building experience combined with a very welcoming nature, many fresh, promising ideas and a strong drive to grow the openSUSE Project. Jos holds a degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of Utrecht and has gained valuable experience in several professional roles ranging from Project Manager at KPN to Service Level Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. Last but not least, Jos is a leading member of the KDE Marketing Team and has helped Akademy and the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit attract a vibrant and collaborative audience.

Jos commented, “The opportunity to become part of the international openSUSE community is very exciting. There are a great number of interesting developments going on in the free software world, and openSUSE plays a major role in many of them. I look forward to working with the community on these, helping it grow, finding new directions and ways of developing, and delivering its innovative technologies to users and developers around the world.”

We enthusiastically welcome Jos and look forward to his working with the openSUSE community to shape the future of the openSUSE project. After his start he will be deeply involved in the openSUSE conference, other community events and activities, and of course he will have the pleasure of promoting openSUSE wherever possible.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 133 out now!

July 24th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 133!
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Timeline for openSUSE’s strategy discussion

July 21st, 2010 by
Due to the positive fact that more proposals emerge, we wanted to take the time to make them into polished proposals that we want to publish for discussion as well.
Here’s our new timeline:
  • Consolidate community proposals for discussion till July 25
  • Discuss proposals starting, July 27  (4 days for each discussion)
  • end of public discussions, Aug 10.
  • Create final proposals
  • Define voting and acceptance procedure
  • Start voting

As voting procedure is not yet defined we can’t give a date on voting yet. To read what this Srategy discussion is all about you’re invited to go here and especially see the difference between strategy and activity . For a summary of the discussions already happened Pavol and Andreas put them here.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 132 it out!

July 18th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News! (more…)

openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.3 available now!

July 17th, 2010 by

openSUSE Education team is very thrilled to announce the availability of openSUSE Edu: Linux for Education(Li-f-e). Li-f-e is built on openSUSE 11.3. The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes

It comes bundled with a wealth of softwares carefully selected to meet every need. Educational softwares covering wide range of subjects such as IT, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, electronics etc catering to students right from preschool to research.

Softwares for graphic designers include GIMP, Inkscape, Blender and more. Office applications to work on pdfs and any office formats including those of the latest MicroSoft Office is included.

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openSUSE 11.3 Launch Information

July 16th, 2010 by

We had a successful openSUSE 11.3 launch yesterday. The announcement itself saw many friendly comments. Many people retweeted the announcement from @openSUSE.

Besides the announcement on news.opensuse.org, Novell released a press release and distributed it through the press channel. We’re collecting all press mentions of the launch in the openSUSE wiki.

A couple of launch parties were held and more parties are upcoming, reports from them will show up on Planet openSUSE soon.  So far I’ve seen a report about the launch in Bucharest and in Nürnberg.

After 24 hours, it’s time to write up a few numbers as well. A total of 49599 requests for ISOs were reached via our download redirector.

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openSUSE 11.3 is here!

July 15th, 2010 by

11.3 is here

openSUSE 11.3 is here!

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of openSUSE, with support for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. openSUSE 11.3 is packed with new features and updates including SpiderOak to sync your files across the Internet for free, Rosegarden for free editing of your audio files, improved indexing with Tracker, and updates to Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird.

Among these many new features, openSUSE also provides support for netbooks and the Btrfs file system support. Users can expect to see improved hardware support with the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and updated graphics drivers. And support for the next generation of interactive computing for touchscreens like the HP TouchSmart.

openSUSE continues its tradition of delivering the popular KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments, and now also provides the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. With GNOME, you can use the latest 2.30.1 version or take your installation for a drive with a preview of the upcoming GNOME 3.0. Or choose KDE SC 4.4.4 for the latest updates. They all feature the polish and integration that the openSUSE distro has been known for.

Click the desktop screenshots for a full view or see the complete collection of screenshots here.

GNOME Shell in GNOME 3.0

GNOME Shell in GNOME 3.0

Plasma Desktop on KDE SC 4.4.4

Plasma Desktop on KDE SC 4.4.4

For servers and development platforms, administrators can take full advantage of the new MariaDB and MySQL Cluster services as well as Conntrack to filter network packets for iptables. Developers will appreciate the plethora of tools available at their fingertips with GCC, GDB and Mono and IDEs such as Netbeans, Qt-Creator and many others. This is all on top of the countless libraries available through the openSUSE Build Service (OBS).

Visit our Product Highlights page for a detailed list of new features.

The next release will be openSUSE 11.4 in March, 2011. Thank you, and have a lot of fun!

New wiki, what now?

July 12th, 2010 by

We just switched to the new wiki. So here it is. And now? Let me explain what you can do to help!

Create your user page

Every user of the wiki has a personal page and we did not transfer any of them. We wanted to use this opportunity to brush them up and standardize them. Your userpage should be your first task in the new wiki. If your username is Geeko, just go to http://en.opensuse.org/User:Geeko and press “create”.  After that load the userpage teamplate by pressing on the “Load” button. Then fill out the form and you will get a nice standardized userpage!

You can also of course transfer your old userpage. Just go to http://old-en.opensuse.org/User:Geeko to find the content.

Report Missing Pages

Can’t find your page? Think we missed something? Just report the page to the opensuse wiki team! We will try our best to help you getting it back!

Transfer Missing Pages

Want to get your hands dirty? Dive right into the new wiki and learn how it works on the Wiki Portal or the previous posts on this blog. After you did that and know all the new wiki Kung-fu you go and find the pages you think are missing on http://old-en.opensuse.org. Now you have two options, either use the Special:Export page on the old wiki and the Special:Import on the new wiki if you want to transfer the article with all of its history or you just copy and paste the article if the history is not that important.

Otherwise just

Keep Calm And Carry On

Change in openSUSE Membership handling

July 12th, 2010 by

Anyone can become openSUSE member after showing continued and substantial contribution to the project of any kind (bugs, support in forums, wiki edits, code contribution etc.). For those who don’t know what openSUSE Membership is or how to become a member I suggest to read this wiki article or older blogpost by Andreas.

Some time ago openSUSE Board decided to delegate the membership handling process to so-called Membership officials. They review applications and give -1, 0, +1 points depending on user’s contributions to the project. Once user receives +4 resp. -4 points, the application is accepted resp. rejected. The length of this process depends on how much you write about yourself in the application. If you make your contributions vivid in this description, it’s very easy to verify them and you can become openSUSE member in a few days.

In both cases, an email is sent automatically to the user informing about the result. If the membership is approved, additionaly admins are informed, so email/cloak/lizards account can be set up and Weekly News team can present the new members in the separate section in OWN. The officials team currently consists of 16 very active community members, who can be reached on email address membership-officials@opensuse.org and their list is in the mentioned wiki page.