We are pleased to announce our openSUSE Weekly News #131.
Archive for July, 2010
On Saturday, July 10th from 09:00 AM CET to 03:00 PM CET, our infrastructure vendor will be shutting down services in the Nuremberg (Germany) data center to allow for a scheduled maintenance of the main power supply. As result, general network connectivity from and to the location will not be available.
As result, the following services will not be available:
The staging version of these sites will be similarly affected.
Please spread the news about this, so that we can keep user disruption to a minimum.
As mentioned in earlier posts, the new English wiki is scheduled to go live on Monday.Â Here are a few technical details about the change itself:
- The transition will begin on Monday, July 12 at 17:00 GMT (1:oo PM EDT)
- The move should be completed in 10 – 15 minutes
- During the move
- The wikis will stay live
- The old and new English wikis will behave unexpectedly at some points
- www.opensuse.org and the other language wikis should not be affected at all
- After the move
- The old wiki (currently en.opensuse.org) will be located at old-en.opensuse.org
- The new wiki (currently wiki.opensuse.org) will be located at en.opensuse.org
- wiki.opensuse.org will be an alias for en.opensuse.org
The wiki team has worked hard to get the new wiki tested and perfected for Monday.Â However, if any issues are discovered after the switch, please send a message to email@example.com or file a bug at http://bugzilla.novell.com under the openSUSE.org product.
A couple of days ago I gave you the big picture on what will happen to en.opensuse.org on Monday when we switch to the new wiki. Now let me go into the nitty gritty details of the change to the new wiki. I especially want to focus on the changes important for the people who are familiar with the old wiki. Here we go.
Note: A German version is below – Deutsche Version unten.
We plan to create a German Forum at forums.opensuse.org in the near future. So we’re searching for Moderators.
If you would like to join the team, you should have:
- good knowledge in Linux, specially in openSUSE, and you should have motivation to share it.
- good knowledge in writing German.Â So you should be able to explain complicated things in an easy way.
- be patient, sympathetic, andÂ gently. RTFM is not a solution.
- have enough time to search posts in the forums that need a review.
It would be great if you can understand and write English because the team’s Language is English.
If you’re interested in helping us, please send an email to u.buckesfeld (AT) web.de.
You hear it in the bushes since quite some time, rumors spread and people whisper about it: A new wiki for the openSUSE project is coming very soon! The openSUSE Wiki team is in the last preparations to launch the new wiki on
Monday the 12th of July
As with all shiny new things the new wiki is different than the old one. But different how? You can sum that up in one word: Structure
The current wiki, online since the start of the openSUSE project in 2005,Â grew wild into something that is not maintainable anymore. This is because content in it is in no way structured and we use it as a simple information dump. We don’t have any rules on how to present information or how to connect it to related bits and everybody is just adding pages. It makes adding content very easy but it neglects completely the biggest group of users of this wiki: the readers. On a normal day we have 10 people adding and 78.000 reading content. Yet we do very little to ensure that those 78.000 people find what they are looking for.
This is about to change. We, the openSUSE Wiki Team,Â sat down and thought about the wiki. What is it and for whom is it for? Why can’t we maintain it? What are the most common complaints? And how can we solve this with the resources we have? We had a very lively discussion about this in the winter and afterward started to explore the options we have. We tried and discussed a lot methods, rules and mediawiki extensions. We came to the conclusion that we need to structure the content for the user-groups we have, provide better means of navigation than simple links, work on standardized templates and make sure that the most prominent content is of a acceptable quality.
The content in the new wiki is separated by topic in a couple of namespaces. Most prominently the main namespace (with no prefix) for the presentation of the latest openSUSE Distribution, think of it as the product brochure, for people who are new to openSUSE and maybe to Linux in general. The support database’s SDB: namespace for people who have a problem with the openSUSE distribution and seek written instruction on how to solve it. And the openSUSE community’s openSUSE: namespace to collaboratively write on documentation for their projects and teams. With namespaces we ensure that the right content in the right form reaches the right users.
Navigation happens now through portals. Portals are entry points for a specific topic, similar to the main page. They provide an overview over a topic and guide readers to the content they seek which is either another portal or an individual article. Also categorization is very important so we can automatically generate overview pages and navigational structures. With these rules for navigation we ensure that our readers find the content we produce.
Styling of content happens through templates. There are 2 kinds, templates for a specific kind of article like the general article template, like the one for Portals or for support database articles and templates for styling of recurring content in articles like introduction and info boxes, hints and instructions or external sources and items. With these rules about styling we ensure that people understand the content we produce.
Prominent namespaces (currently: Main & Portals) in the new wiki are subject to a quality assurance (QA) process to ensure articles meet the required quality. This QA process happens via a system which provides the opportunity to have several revisions of articles in parallel and one approved by the openSUSE Wiki Team. It does not limit creation of new content, but allows only quality content to be shown by default. With this process we ensure that first time visitors get drawn into page and stay.
You can see the current state of our preparations at our temporary location http://wiki.opensuse.org. Have fun exploring it and please don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas or problems on our mailinglist firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following up on Michael Loeffler’s previous RC1 announcement, openSUSE is now doing a final check of instrumentation before landing.Â The weather continues to be clear and all conditions continue to be smooth, and all systems are a go for final landing on July 15, 2010.Â Now’s the time for us all to download the latest openSUSE RC2 release and all join in on a final check and get that 11.3 polished and in good condition.Â You can download RC2 from our software portal and find detailed information on the evolving openSUSE 11.3 page.
You can find our most annoying bugs here.Â And if you find anything new, please do report it on Bugzilla.Â The ground crew needs your reports!
Have a lot of fun and let’s get to downloading!Â They’re waiting to greet us at the terminal.
The vBulletin software that is the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ behind the openSUSE Forum has just undergone a major upgrade from v3 to v4. This resulted in some considerable down time on 30 June 2010. However, the results are impressive and openSUSE Forums now has a completely new look. It’s more than that though, the upgrade adds a much improved look and feel. The Forum Team expect some teething problems, as well as much discussion and opinion about the change. As far as changes go, I’d put this on a par with the kde move from 3 to 4. The dust will settle soon enough. Be assured the Forum Staff will be ready and willing to offer advice and assistance relating to this and of course normal help/advice with openSUSE.