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May 27th, 2011 by

FOSSCOMM 2011 was held in Patras on the 7 to 8 May from Patras Linux User Group (PLUG) and the Department of Computer Engineering & Information Technology (Computer Laboratory / Computer Center), University of Patras. The conference was very interesting with several  additional speeches, several parallel events (booths from communities and projects, parallel talks, workshops) and live streaming.

The Greek openSUSE community has united to present this two-day conference in Patras. There, we met people from other communities, discussed and promoted openSUSE and FOSS.


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…)

Outage of build/api/features.opensuse.org (solved)

March 28th, 2011 by

We are currently facing problems with the the following openSUSE services:


We are trying to resolve this as fast as possible. Apologies for inconveniences this may cause.

Please contact admin@opensuse.org with any queries.
Your openSUSE Admins

Update 2011-03-28 10:30 UTC: Everything is working again.

Update 2011-03-28 13:44 UTC: The login system is a bit unstable at the moment and might be occasionally unavailable for a few minutes again, they will be back soon. We’re working on getting everything running smoothly again.

Updating openSUSE Manuals for openSUSE 11.4

December 7th, 2010 by

With the openSUSE distribution, we have a set of openSUSE manuals and QuickStart guides. You can read them online via http://doc.opensuse.org.  They are installed by default on your system so you can access them there as

For openSUSE 11.4, we face the usual challenge of updating the manuals: The documentation writers know what’s in the manuals but do not know everything that’s changed and the developers know what’s changed but may not know all the manuals.

For openSUSE 11.4, I created feature 310944 Read the documentation at doc.opensuse.orgin openFATE which will be the one reference point for documentation. Please add there things that need to be changed in the manuals. I’ve already added a few things that came to mind.

The Novell documentation team will concentrate on updating the Startup Guide, the GNOME and KDE Quick Guides and the Reference guide. They plan to also add a short chapter on the top use cases so that for example new users know to use LibreOffice as their Office Suite and where to find more information about it.

If anybody is interested in helping improve the documentation, please reach out to the documentation team on the opensuse-doc mailing list or on IRC on the #opensuse-doc channel on the freenode network. You can also find the sources of the manuals at https://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse-doc/.

Call for help

Please add to feature 310944 new comments that explain what needs to be changed in the manuals for openSUSE 11.4.

Feature handling for openSUSE reworked

November 30th, 2010 by

openFATE, the feature tracking tool used in openSUSE has been completely reworked and the new version is live now on features.opensuse.org.

A team has started driving the handling of features and we’d like to update you with the current state and invite you to participate.

The new version is now live and contains a long list of new features so that features can be handled completely with the new web user interface. The interface uses the new openSUSE Bento theme to fit in better in the openSUSE site family, has several search options to allow the screening team to find features easily, it’s possible to edit all fields and also the product states.

Thanks to the openSUSE boosters, especially to Thomas Schmidt, for the new version.

The new team has defined a workflow to handle features and described it in the openSUSE wiki.

Features for openSUSE 11.4


Thanks for your participation at the openSUSE Conference

October 25th, 2010 by

A lot of people have been involved with the openSUSE Conference and I’ve heard a lot of people saying thanks for a great conference. This is supported by 290 attendees visiting our conference, listened to a number of talks, enjoyed a high quality program and even more important met people face to face and had a lot of fun. The conference as it took place last week wouldn’t have been possible without our community participating, sending in good talks and a number of folks preparing everything. Of the latter ones let me point out some:

First of all: All the participants (see above for the group that was still there on Saturday afternoon) and the speakers. Special thanks to Frank Karlitschek and Michael Kromer for filling two Saturday slots last minute.


The openSUSE Build Service 2.1 released

October 19th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Build Service – OBS – is  now officially at release 2.1. We’re delighted with the improvements in  this release, including an enhanced web interface, integration with online code management systems and better access controls.

OBS 2.1 Introduces New Features

Enhanced web user interface

This iteration has enhanced the web user interface of openSUSE Build Service  with features that were previously only in the osc command line client. It  now allows submitting of packages to other projects, showing a history of changes and who did them, with associated comments. This means that the full work flow needed to build packages, contribute them to projects and collaborate on them is available from the web interface.

Keysigning Party @ openSUSE Conference

October 7th, 2010 by

Extend the web of trust! Take part at the Keysigning Party during openSUSE Conference.

There will be one Keysigning Party session during the openSUSE Conference: Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 5pm

If you want to participate, follow the instructions in the openSUSE wiki now!  The deadline for key submissions is Monday,  October 18th at 12:00 UTC.

Marketing Team Meeting

October 5th, 2010 by

The monthly meeting of the openSUSE Marketing Team Meeting is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 15:00 UTC on Freenode IRC network, channel #openSUSE-Marketing.  All are welcome to join and participate.

To view the most current proposed agenda and further details, check the openSUSE wiki.

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.