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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 173 is out!

April 30th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 173.

Upcomming power outage Saturday, 2011-04-30

April 29th, 2011 by

We will have a service outage this Saturday (30 April) due to work on power supply in one of our server rooms. As result, the infrastructure in front of the following services will not be reachable on that day:

  • build.opensuse.org
  • api.opensuse.org
  • software.opensuse.org
  • stage.opensuse.org
  • features.opensuse.org
  • connect.opensuse.org
  • hermes.opensuse.org
  • users.opensuse.org
  • board.opensuse.org
  • conference.opensuse.org

The content on download.opensuse.org will come from a fall back system and will not get updated during Saturday evening.

openSUSE happy to welcome 16 GSOC students!

April 28th, 2011 by

picture of a gecko by Tambako the Jaguar on flickrWe’ve got excellent news! We’ve received many excellent submissions for our Google Summer of Code application and Google has given us 16 slots. This means that 16 eager students have been selected and will start working with their mentors on an awesome openSUSE project! (more…)

openSUSE 11.4 DVDs for Events

April 26th, 2011 by

Following the huge success for filling requests of openSUSE 11.3 media in February, we have produced openSUSE 11.4 DVDs to distribute at events, Linux user groups, universities etc. (more…)

openSUSE Coming to LFNW

April 25th, 2011 by

LinuxFest Northwest Totem logoFollowing in the growing list of appearances we’re making worldwide, openSUSE will land in Bellingham, Washington for the LinuxFest Northwest conference ( LFNW ) on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Bellingham Technical College. We’re excited to be joining in the festivities there, along with an exxpected attendance of over 1,000 visitors, running a booth and 3 presentations, doing our best to help make the event interesting and successful for everyone. (more…)

GNOME 3.0 arrives for openSUSE 11.4

April 23rd, 2011 by

The wait is finally over and the much anticipated release of GNOME 3 on openSUSE’s latest distro release, 11.4 is ready for download at a desktop near you.  Frederic Crozat, a member of the openSUSE GNOME Team, has been working tirelessly, burning the midnight oil getting GNOME3 stable enough for you all to use.  See his blog for the full details. Our friends from GNOME Foundation also welcomed GNOME 3 for openSUSE with a welcome tweet.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 172 is out!

April 23rd, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our issue 172 of openSUSE Weekly News.

People of openSUSE: Alexander Naumov

April 20th, 2011 by
Nickname: anaumov (as nickname on IRC), Ute11ok
Homepage: http://en.opensuse.org/User:Alexander_Naumov
Blog: http://thefreecountry.wordpress.com/


Favorite season: Autumn.
Motto: “be free like… freedom”


openSUSE servers with one click

April 20th, 2011 by

Everybody knows openSUSE offers a great desktop experience; but its also a perfect fit for servers!  Go download the Installation DVD (or use one of the manufactured DVDs) and we’ll see how easy YaST makes it to setup a variety of specialized servers.

During the course of a normal installation, the opportunity to add servers is slightly hidden. The last step before an actual installation is the Installation Overview.  At this point, you can see a list of selected software patterns.  Either click the “Software” header, or click “Software…” on the “Change…” menu.  At this point, you will be presented with a list of available software patterns, including the Server Functions patterns: simply check off any servers you would like to install and click “OK” to return to your normal installation!

Some explanation of the available Server Functions patterns is in order; continue on for more detail…


Infrastructure Updates

April 19th, 2011 by

We had way too many server downtimes during the last month in our infrastructure. These were caused by an unreliable login proxy. We have now developed and setup a new login proxy and use it for the following sites:

  • build.opensuse.org
  • api.opensuse.org
  • hermes.opensuse.org
  • notify.opensuse.org
  • features.opensuse.org

We hope that this new proxy is working reliably now.  The new proxy is open source and source code can be found on gitorious.org. A future version of the openSUSE Build Service (OBS)  (not 2.3) will come with this proxy as authentication mechanism as well.

For the openSUSE Build Service, another change is that we switched to apache and the passenger module on our productive system, following the new default of OBS 2.3. This should also fix some cases of invalid http answers.

In short, we have changed some key parts of our infrastructure and introduced a new login proxy, so there might still be some pitfalls. But we have it under our control now and can debug and even fix any issue with it. In case of problems, please speak up on the opensuse-buildservice mailing list.

Your make-OBS-stable-team, Michael Schröder, Stephan Kulow and Adrian Schröter