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openSUSE Pizza Parties the Geeko Way

September 30th, 2011 by

Prosciutto, anchovy and onion pizza.

The new openSUSE 12.1 Release is approaching very soon and all you Geekos should not miss the opportunity of becoming a double GPM!

Party time starts this weekend and lasts until November 2011 in all Geeko-towns and Geeko-homes. Gather all your fellow Geekos to the best local pizzeria and let the party begin!


Get your package in Factory for 12.1!

September 27th, 2011 by

Walter Baker Factory

The upcoming openSUSE 12.1 release is being developed in Factory. According to the release schedule the Toolchain and several other critical components are frozen, but there is still time to get most package updates in! It’s not hard to do that, especially if you build packages on the Open Build Service anyway and you get your software to be part of openSUSE! Read on to learn more.

openSUSE Weekly News Issue 194 is out with Hackweek 7, Women in openSUSE and Wunderlist

September 24th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce the openSUSE Weekly News Issue 194.

SUSE Hackweek 7 – Next Week

September 22nd, 2011 by

One of the ways SUSE and its developers contribute to openSUSE is through Hackweek: – a week long sprint permitting developers to work on something entirely of their own design or wishes as long as it is FOSS-related. Started in 2007, it has become a regular part of SUSE’s development. This is in keeping in line with the openSUSE Project’s goal of being more than just an organization that benefits itself. We believe in a project that benefits the greater good of free and open software.SUSE Hackweek Logo

Some 150+ developers will have free reign to work on new applications or make improvements to other software projects. Hackweek also permits developers to push away from the grind of deadlines and “must fix” bug fixing (unless it’s a critical customer situation) which can be at times stressful and tedious.

So, how does this relate to the larger openSUSE community? First, some ideas come directly from openFATE, the openSUSE tracker for wish-list items and ways to help guide development of the distro: You can see the list of proposed Hackweek projects here, which will surely grow in the next few days.

Second, nothing blocks people outside the SUSE staff from participating. Most importanly, it shows that SUSE is an innovative distribution whose contributions make open source better for everyone.

And third, it follows openSUSE’s motto: Have a lot of fun ! Hackweek has it’s own motto: “No Motto, do what you want, but do it!”

We asked Jürgen Weigert and Pavol Rusnak, developers from SUSE, to explain how they participate

Q: How does someone from the openSUSE community participate Can they also have their own project?

Jürgen: Yes, they can work together with others (check openFATE for a list) or do their own project.

Pavol: But for doing their own project they don’t have to wait for Hackweek, right? :-)

Q: Can you give some examples of projects which were started from Hackweek ?

Pavol: SAT-solver used in zypper by Michael Schroeder, Fifth Leg font by Jakub Steiner, SUSE Paste by Michal Hrušecký and cnetworkmanager by Martin Vidner.

Jürgen: Polka by Cornelius Schumacher, YaSTroid by Stephen Shaw.

Q: What will you work on during this coming Hackweek ?

Jürgen: Make EyeFI sdcard work with Linux – see Fate#312811

Pavol: Rewrite spec-cleaner into Ruby – see Fate#312823

Q: What other projects are planned for this upcoming Hackweek ?

Pavol: Getting Enlightenment 17 into Factory, various openQA additions, Continuous YaST testing in Jenkins and much much more!

Jürgen: Also hackers need catering and thus we will have food provided in the common area – and the common meal is also a great chance to discuss Hackweek projects face to face. The camera team will go around and record videos and upload those to blip.tv and YouTube. Also, there’s a rumor about some nice surprise. :-)

Q: For developers what is the most satisfying part of Hackweek ?

Jürgen: Switching topics to something completely different and extend my comfort zone by looking at new areas. This year it’s wireless, an area I never touched before as developer.

Pavol: Yeah, I think working on something unknown, unexplored is always exciting and challenging

Q: How does the openSUSE and the larger open source community benefit ?

Jürgen: Quite often it’s scratching my own itches – and if something is successful, it might become a successful open source project. I’ve seen some people interested in projects like Bretzn or ARM support for openSUSE that will benefit openSUSE directly. Some people which are surprised by the late announcement of this Hackweek have said that they will just have a look into the upcoming beta of openSUSE 12.1 – getting familiar with new technologies like systemd, report bugs and improve the distribution.

Pavol: Lots of the projects that are started during Hackweek are directly integrated into the following openSUSE release. Also if they are usable by others they are adopted by other distributions as well or merged directly into upstream which is cool!

Q: Are there any awards or competitions during Hackweek ?

Pavol: Previous years we had a small group of judges that went through the finished Hackweek projects in openFATE and awarded three developers with nice gadgets. I expect it will be similar this year, but I am not sure.

Jürgen: Yes – for those that register their projects in FATE. Details will be announced later.

Q: Is there anything else the larger openSUSE community should know about ?

Jürgen: The infrastructure teams will also participate in Hackweek and thus not make major changes – and also might not review openSUSE:Factory submissions directly. Please let them know if you run into serious issues.

Pavol: If you see a project in openFATE which you like, tell us so in the comments or vote for the feature. Also if you have some nice idea, feel free to put it in openFATE, maybe some undecided developer will find it interesting and implement it.

Q: Thanks for the interview.

Both: Thank you and have a lot of fun!

So, stay tuned for the results of Hackweek where everyone has a lot of fun!

article submitted by Peter Linnell

openSUSE 12.1 Beta taking more time to become good

September 21st, 2011 by

Last Friday Stephan Kulow, our openSUSE Release Manager, started a discussion on Factory mailing list about show-stoppers for the 12.1-Beta release scheduled for 2011-09-22.
It became clear that Factory still needs some polishing to become a useful Beta for large numbers of testers to try out..

Particularly, one of the reasons is the challenges relating to the switch to use systemd by default, which means that it is also Man in construction hat working on pipesused during install and first boot (which has the special configuration stuff).  And between the timing of last week’s openSUSE Conference and next week’s planned Hackweek, the Factory team agreed it is better to take the time to ensure a release that meets the level of quality that our openSUSE Distro is known for.

You can read more on this thread via our mailing list archive here.

This means, the Beta will be up to two weeks later than planned, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it is ready for download.  On the bright side, this also means you have more time to prepare for the Beta Pizza Party in your home area.  And our final release date for openSUSE 12.1 is still targeted for November 11th.

Systemd is being removed from Tumbleweed

September 20th, 2011 by

Respecting users is a priority to the openSUSE Project so when something does not work the way it should be, taking a step back is more preferable than delivering something that is not ready yet. For that reason yesterday afternoon Greg K.H. announced to the openSUSE-factory mailing list that systemd is being removed from Tumbleweed so that users won’t have a problem with it. That way it will allow developers to spend more time on working on it in order to have systemd ready for the upcoming 12.1 instead of chasing problems that are specific to Tumbleweed.

Here is the e-mail from Greg K.H. announcing the removal of systemd from Tumbleweed:

Due to a number of inter dependencies on packages that are not ready for
Tumbleweed, and other interactions with the system that are causing
problems for some users, I’m going to remove systemd from Tumbleweed
today to allow the developers to spend more time on getting it stable
for Factory and 12.1 instead of having to chase down problems that are
specific to Tumbleweed only.

So if you have installed systemd in Tumbleweed, I suggest you now remove
it with a simple:
zypper rm systemd


greg k-h

openSUSE Weekly News 193 is out with Conference, Libre Office 3.4 and next Nepomuk

September 17th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 193.

openSUSE Conference Fun!

September 15th, 2011 by

All kinds of Geekos
At the openSUSE conference in Nürnberg almost 400 visitors have shown up for the four tracks of sessions about technical and community matters and the many other events and parties. While a longer article is coming, we’d like to give a taste of the conference here!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 192 is out!

September 10th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce the openSUSE Weekly News 192.

openSUSE celebrates Beta with BetaPizza Parties!

September 6th, 2011 by

Prosciutto, anchovy and onion pizza.

The openSUSE community is happy to announce that the 6th Milestone of the upcoming release will be renamed openSUSE 12.1 Beta. This change in name reflects the state of this milestone, being ready for more extensive testing. After the beta, two release candidates will become available in quick succession before the final release. To celebrate the Beta release and give it a good workout, we call out on the community to organize Beta Pizza parties around the world!