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A Strategy for the openSUSE Project: Proposals and Discussions

June 17th, 2010 by

As announced previously, the openSUSE Board and its Strategy Team have worked on three strategic proposals to define the direction of openSUSE’s future, as a Project, Community and distribution.  Each strategy proposal includes the same community statement.  We will therefore discuss the community statement and the three strategies separately.

Focused Discussion

To have a focused discussion, we like to handle the discussion as follows on both opensuse-project mailing list and the openSUSE forums:

  1. Present today all three strategy proposals and the community statement, they are available on the wiki.
  2. We will start discussing the community statement now in its own thread. (mailing list | forums)
  3. Monday, June, 21st: We start a new thread to discuss the strategy proposal “openSUSE – Home for developers“. (mailing list | forums)
  4. Thursday, June, 24th: We start a new thread to discuss the strategy proposal “openSUSE – Base for derivatives“. (mailing list | forums)
  5. Tuesday, June, 29th: We start a new thread to discuss the strategy proposal “openSUSE – Mobile and cloud ready distribution“. (mailing list | forums)

What do we want to achieve with these discussions?

  • Refine the proposals, e.g. remove or add activities
  • Discuss what needs to be done for each strategy proposal
  • Figure out which strategy proposal is best, so pros and cons of each ones.

Note that each statement contains three lists of activities describing current activities the openSUSE Project does and possible future activities (or tasks).  The first list (“We need to be excellent in the following”) describes the items that we want to do really excellent and better than everybody else.  The second list (“We will try to do the following effectively”) are needed to do but we don’t need to strive for excellence, just for effectiveness.  The third list (“We will not focus on the following anymore”) are activities we will not do at all as part of the project but rather rely on other FOSS projects.

In the end, we’d like to have a vote by the openSUSE members on which strategy to choose.

Pavol Rusnak and Andreas Jaeger will consolidate comments and proposal changes for these in the openSUSE wiki.


openSUSE Build Service 1.8 and 2.0 Announced

June 9th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.8 and 2.0 releases of the openSUSE Build Service (OBS). It is an open package and distribution development platform that provides a transparent infrastructure that allows developers to build for various major Linux distributions and hardware architectures.

The public server http://build.opensuse.org is available for all open source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions including Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu. It is also used to build the openSUSE and MeeGo distributions.

OBS 2.0’s key features are a newly designed Web UI, anonymous access and an enhanced request system. OBS 1.8 is an update to the 1.7 release driven by the needs of the MeeGo project. Its major feature is access control enforcement. The next OBS release 2.1 will also include the access control enforcement, which is not yet in 2.0.



The completely refreshed Web UI for OBS 2.0 allows developers to work more efficiently, as data is displayed where it is expected, and the Web service loads faster and provides better access to projects, packages and meta data.

Anonymous access in OBS 2.0 to all packages and projects offers great convenience for users and more effectively promotes packages in the Build Service to the world at large, enabling search engines to index the Build Service as well. It also makes it easy to collaborate with other developers to show them patches or log files.


With OBS 2.0, review handling by a team is supported and roles can get assigned to groups instead of just to a single person.

The access control enforcement feature of OBS 1.8 allows access for projects, packages and repositories to be restricted to specified users and groups. This acknowledges privacy concerns of users.

“The openSUSE Build Service has substantial momentum in the mobile and embedded space, specifically being used now by the MeeGo project. The Linux Foundation is proud to be a strong contributor to OBS, including making substantial contributions to these new releases and features. We look forward to working with our members on OBS-related projects.”

said Amanda McPherson, vice president marketing and developer services at the Linux Foundation.

“The openSUSE Build Service 2.0 release is a significant improvement for developers, it eases collaboration with the broader open source community due to supporting anonymous access. Developers can get their job better done with the new WebUI and the faster and more flexible OBS. ”

said Michael Löffler, chairperson of the openSUSE Board.


Users can use OBS 2.0 on the project’s public server http://build.opensuse.org or run it in their own on-premise infrastructure. Deployment is possible directly from source code or from our appliance image.

For additional information, please read the release notes for OBS 1.8 and 2.0.

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7: Preparing for RC Phase

May 26th, 2010 by

Milestone 7, a snapshot of the openSUSE Factory “work in progress” build, leading up to openSUSE 11.3 release in July, is now available for download.

M7 is the last milestone release, the next release will be RC1 on June 17th. Now it’s time for testing and bugfixing! (more…)

openSUSE Build Service 2.0 Beta1 Release Brings New User Interface

May 25th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Build Service (obs) is an open package and distribution development platform that provides a transparent infrastructure that allows developers to build for various major Linux distributions and architectures.

The public server build.opensuse.org is available for all open source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions incl. Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Red Hat, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu. It is also used to build the openSUSE distribution.

This is the first beta release of version 2.0. Version 2.0 is planned to be released on June 10th. We have updated the public server http://build.opensuse.org with the current code stream as part of our testing. We invite others running a build service to test the code and give feedback via the opensuse-buildservice mailing list and report bugs in bugzilla.

Beta1 is feature complete, new features will go in the next major release (release planned for end of 2010), we will concentrate on fixing bugs now. (more…)

Updates Go Twitter

May 5th, 2010 by

For our openSUSE distributions, we release regularly updates to fix security issues and general bugs.  As desktop user, you get notified in GNOME and KDE via the updater apps about new packages once they run (normal setup is once a day).

Security announcements are send out via the opensuse-security-announce mailing list (subscribe via lists.opensuse.org).  To get informed about all updates as soon as they are released, you can read the opensuse-updates mailing list  (subscribe via lists.opensuse.org) and now follow also the new Twitter user @openSUSE_Update Follow openSUSE_Update on Twitter.

We also have two RSS feeds: openSUSE Maintenance All Updates and openSUSE Maintenance Security Updates.

Btw. the SUSE Linux Enterprise folks liked the @openSUSE_Update Twitter account so much that they setup a similar mechanism for SUSE Linux Enterprise updates, just follow @SUSE_SLE_Update on TwitterFollow SUSE_SLE_Update on Twitter.

Thanks to Dirk for driving this and for Klaas for his work on Hermes that allowed this!

openSUSE on Twitter

Speaking about twitter, there are a couple more openSUSE project accounts you might want to know:

  • @openSUSE – English speaking official openSUSE project Twitter
  • @openSUSE_DE– The German speaking openSUSE project Twitter
  • @OBSHermes – a tweet for each checkin to the openSUSE:Factory development version

The @openSUSE account has a number of lists with other twitter users from the openSUSE project that you can check for additional accounts. To be added to one of them, please send a DM to @openSUSE.

Happy Twittering,

Andreas or @jaegerandi

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 Release

March 25th, 2010 by

Geeko at work

The fourth of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 4 focuses on switching to upstart as init daemon.

Here’s what you may find interesting in the new release:

  • OpenOffice.Org has been updated to 3.2.1 Beta1 with new features
  • NetworkManager has been updated to version 0.8 with fixes to better support bluetooth and GSM.
  • cups has been updated to version 1.4.2, it “adds over 67 changes and new features to CUPS 1.3.11, including improved Bonjour/DNS-SD support, supply level and status reporting for network printers via SNMP, an improved web interface, and the CUPS DDK tools.”
  • The conntrack  – network filtering system has been added. These are userspace tools that allow system administrators interact with the Connection Tracking System, which is the module that provides stateful packet inspection for iptables.
  • The Mono stack has been updated to the bug fix release 2.6.3 together with MonoDevelop 2.2.2.
  • Python was updated to the bug fix release 2.6.5 RC 2
  • samba has been updated to version 3.5.1
  • The Moblin team has started with the integration of the Moblin UI into the distribution and plan to have everything ready for the next milestone.
  • The LiveCDs  have virtualbox guest tools.  Now features like  screen resizing, seamless mode, and shared clipboards work fine and automatically after boot-up! Check this (~8,5MB) ogv video to see the guest addition features in action.

Gnome/GTK desktop users:

  • GNOME has been updated to the GNOME 2.30 release candidate (2.29.92)
    • With the next milestone, empathy will be the default IM client for GNOME. Empathy supports now sending files via drag & drop and the IRC module now includes support for common IRC commands such as /join.
    • Tomboy’s startup time has been drastically improved. Syncing is now done automatically.
    • Natilus’ user interface now includes a new split view mode and the default is set to browser mode.

KDE desktop users:

  • KDE has been updated to version 4.4.1 the most important changes:
    • A performance problem in KMail when sending emails has been fixed
    • Various fixes in Plasma widgets and other addons, such as the analog clock and the picture frame
    • A number of fixes in Konsole, KDE’s powerful terminal application
  • Amarok is now at version 2.3, “Areas such as podcast support and saved playlists have seen huge improvements, as has the support for USB mass storage devices (including generic MP3 players)”.
  • k3b is updated to 2.0 RC2

LXDE desktop users:

  • Switch to pcmanfm 0.9.3 and libfm 0.1.9. Now lxde fully supports trash, automount, gvfs, “menu-browsing” and much more.
  • lxsession: upgrade to 0.4.3 with d-bus support

As this is a milestone release, 11.3 milestone 4 does contain bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing.

The known bugs include:

  • gwibber has been updated but depends on desktopcouch and that stack is not yet integrated into openSUSE.

You can track the most annoying bugs on the wiki along with 11.3 development. If you want to make sure 11.3 final is free of annoying bugs, we’ll need your help finding, reporting, and fixing those hidden bugs.

To learn more about testing openSUSE, visit the Testing pages on the openSUSE wiki. To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list (Subscribe | Help | Archives) and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

The next openSUSE Milestone is scheduled to be released on Friday, April  the 9th, with additional new features and bug fixes.

Get Milestone 4 Today!

What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release from software.opensuse.org/developer today!

openSUSE Education Li-f-e Update

March 24th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Education team is happy to announce the availability of the updated openSUSE Education Li-f-e DVD iso. The Linux for Education (Li-f-e) contains a wide selection of education, development, office, as well as multimedia packs to meet all possible computing needs of students, teachers and parents.

Some of the highlights of this update:

Desktop Environments:



  • All official updates to openSUSE 11.2 since its release
  • LTSP, includes fat-client support
  • Banshee 1.6 RC1
  • Code::Blocks SVN 6182
  • and of course most of the education packages like gcompris and tux4kids suite got updated.


Direct Download | metalink | torrent | md5sum

More mirrors on sourceforge

More information here: http://en.opensuse.org/Education/Live

Have a lot of fun

Your openSUSE Education team

Planet SUSE Status

March 23rd, 2010 by

Planet SUSE aggregates blog posts from the SUSE Linux universum, including openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise.  It aggregates not only English blog posts but also as separate feeds German, Spanish, Polish,  and Portuguese posts.

Planet SUSE has been unavailable for the last days due to some problems while renewing the domain. We have therefore setup an alternative DNS entry for the server under the openSUSE domain, you can reach the planet now as planet.openSUSE.org. The alternative name will stay, so feel free to change your bookmarks permantelty to it.

If you’d like to see a blog shown on Planet SUSE, please tell the admins James Ogley and Pascal Bleser.

A special thanks to our Planet heros – James, Pascal, Darix and Justin.

Update 2010-03-24: The original DNS entry www.planetsuse.org is available again.

Announcing New openSUSE Board Members

December 9th, 2009 by

The election committee announces the three new members of the openSUSE board:

  • Bryen Yunashko (non-Novell seat)
  • Pavol Rusnak (Novell seat)
  • Rupert Horstkötter (non-Novell seat)

These three will serve two-year terms beginning on December 22nd.

Stephen Shaw and Bryen Yunashko have completed their terms on the Board. In addition to those seats, a new seat has been added to the Board effective with the inauguration of the new Board.  The full Board will consist of:

  • Bryen Yunashko
  • Henne Vogelsang
  • Michael Löffler (chair)
  • Pascal Bleser
  • Pavol Rusnak
  • Rupert Horstkötter

The election committee wants to thank Stephen Shaw for his tenure on the board and the new board members Bryen, Rupert and Pavol for stepping up and volunteering to serve on the openSUSE board.

To get in touch with the board send an email to board@opensuse.org.

The next board election will be starting October 2010.

Andreas Jaeger
Member of the openSUSE Election Committee

Move of openSUSE Infrastructure Repositories

December 4th, 2009 by

In the past, we had one central openSUSE subversion (svn) repository on Novell Forge for the openSUSE infrastructure including the openSUSE Build Service. This repository has grown over time.  We’ have now split the repository in some smaller projects and some repositories are now using git.

The git repositories are publicly available at gitorious.org via http://www.gitorious.org/opensuse/. Besides the Build Service and openSUSE infrastructure projects, you find at gitorious also other projects used in the openSUSE distribution, e.g. the SuSEfirewall2 project or the openSUSE kernel repository.

The migrated subversion repositories are at BerliOS and reachable via http://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse/.  The translation repository  (suse-i18n) is also moving now (details on the mailing list).

Details about the infrastructure move are in the following emails by Adrian and Coolo:

Since some repositories are now using git, here’s some information about git as well:

Thanks to Adrian, Coolo and Darix for doing the move! A big thanks to BerliOS and Gitorious for hosting these projects!

I’ll update this post once more concrete information has been published.

Update 2009-12-08: The localization repository is migrating to http://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse-i18n/